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A Graphic Cosmogony : 24 Artists Take on 7 Pages to Tell Their Tales of the Creation of Everything

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24 artists and comic creators each deal with a tale of creation over the course of seven pages. Readers will be familiar with cosmic farts, oversized bearded men creating the universe in a week, cataclysmic divorces, giants with irritable bowel syndrome, master carpenters and galactic seeds - now is the time to turn the reins over to another bunch of creative people to come up with more ludicrous answers to that timeless question: where did this all come from?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 184 x 240 x 26mm | 539.77g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1907704027
  • 9781907704024
  • 61,498

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In the first graphic anthology to be produced by Nobrow, twenty four artist take on seven pages each to tell their tales of the creation of everything.... Drawn from the mythology of myriad cultures and the ever creative minds of the artists within, we are taken from the fog of Niflheim to the frescoes of Florence in a worldwide colloboration of yarn-spinning talent.
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In A Graphic Cosmogony, twenty-four of today's most celebrated illustrators and graphic artists each take seven pages to tell their version of the story of the universe's origin and how our world came to be. There are unusual takes on traditional creation myths like The Book of Genesis...imaginative homages to evolution, gorgeous interpretations of Japanese folktales, and all kinds of fanciful alternative mythologies that fuse the playful with the profound.--Brainpickings As with most Nobrow releases, A Graphic Cosmogony is a thing of beauty, elegantly crafted. [...] Each artist demonstrates their nuance of storytelling while also highlighting their particular style. The anthology speaks to the myriad possibilities comics have in terms of narrative, representation, tone, and craft. [...] This is a thing to enjoy. This is an anthology you should experience for yourself.--Comics Bulletin A very exciting and characteristically quality book has just arrived from NoBrow. The publishers and purveyors of all things illustrated present A Graphic Cosmogony, their first comics compendium. With an introduction by Paul Gravett, excellent cover by Micah Lidberg and each of the 24 featured artists telling 'their tale of everything'. Think of it like a brief history of the land before time or the alternative genesis (no specific religion though unless your spiritual allegiance lies with the great comic in the sky).--It's Nice That Despite what the title might lead you to believe, A Graphic Cosmogony is not one cosmogony, but in fact twenty four separate cosmogonies, held together only by Nobrow's trademark cloth binding. If you were looking for a coherent answer to that ultimate question--how did the world come to be?--you'll have to look elsewhere. A Graphic Cosmogony is much more concerned with showcasing the work of its contributors than with scientific or theological speculation. Variously elegant, cute, shamanistic, messy, hilarious, psychedelic, satirical, and meditative, these twenty four short comics come chaotically together to form a dizzying visual feast and a testament to the creative potential of the creation myth. [...] Sturdy and well-crafted, this is the kind of book that makes an impression as an object. [...] The patterned, cloth bound spine has a striking physicality. The graphic storytelling takes place on gloriously thick matte pages, and in some of the chapters, colour bleeds extend to every edge of the page. [...] This is a book to own, keep on the shelf, and revisit again and again.--Quadrapheme Twenty four artists made seven page comics explaining their own rendition of how it all began from legends to magic to a cyclops vacuum, there are a lot of crazy tales in here that I want to believe. The artwork is gorgeous, the printing is top-notch but I guess I wasn't expecting anything less from these guys.-- Book By Its Cover A Graphic Cosmogony is the first anthology from publishers Nobrow Press. This is a Nobrow equivalent of McSweeney's albeit with a very deliberate theme. The twenty-four artists in A Graphic Cosmogony tackle creation in a fitting seven pages each--each one becoming that shamanic presence, creating their own wild, imaginative versions to answer that perennial question: 'how did we get here?' . . . A damn fine read!"--Forbidden Planet International In A Graphic Cosmogony, twenty-four of today s most celebrated illustrators and graphic artists each take seven pages to tell their version of the story of the universe s origin and how our world came to be. There are unusual takes on traditional creation myths like The Book of Genesis...imaginative homages to evolution, gorgeous interpretations of Japanese folktales, and all kinds of fanciful alternative mythologies that fuse the playful with the profound.Brainpickings As with most Nobrow releases, A Graphic Cosmogony is a thing of beauty, elegantly crafted. [...] Each artist demonstrates their nuance of storytelling while also highlighting their particular style. The anthology speaks to the myriad possibilities comics have in terms of narrative, representation, tone, and craft. [] This is a thing to enjoy. This is an anthology you should experience for yourself.Comics Bulletin A very exciting and characteristically quality book has just arrived from NoBrow. The publishers and purveyors of all things illustrated present A Graphic Cosmogony, their first comics compendium. With an introduction by Paul Gravett, excellent cover by Micah Lidberg and each of the 24 featured artists telling their tale of everything . Think of it like a brief history of the land before time or the alternative genesis (no specific religion though unless your spiritual allegiance lies with the great comic in the sky).It s Nice That Despite what the title might lead you to believe, A Graphic Cosmogony is not one cosmogony, but in fact twenty four separate cosmogonies, held together only by Nobrow s trademark cloth binding. If you were looking for a coherent answer to that ultimate questionhow did the world come to be?you ll have to look elsewhere. A Graphic Cosmogony is much more concerned with showcasing the work of its contributors than with scientific or theological speculation. Variously elegant, cute, shamanistic, messy, hilarious, psychedelic, satirical, and meditative, these twenty four short comics come chaotically together to form a dizzying visual feast and a testament to the creative potential of the creation myth. [] Sturdy and well-crafted, this is the kind of book that makes an impression as an object. [] The patterned, cloth bound spine has a striking physicality. The graphic storytelling takes place on gloriously thick matte pages, and in some of the chapters, colour bleeds extend to every edge of the page. [] This is a book to own, keep on the shelf, and revisit again and again.Quadrapheme Twenty four artists made seven page comics explaining their own rendition of how it all began from legends to magic to a cyclops vacuum, there are a lot of crazy tales in here that I want to believe. The artwork is gorgeous, the printing is top-notch but I guess I wasn t expecting anything less from these guys. Book By Its Cover A Graphic Cosmogony is the first anthology from publishers Nobrow Press. This is a Nobrow equivalent of McSweeney's albeit with a very deliberate theme. The twenty-four artists in A Graphic Cosmogony tackle creation in a fitting seven pages eacheach one becoming that shamanic presence, creating their own wild, imaginative versions to answer that perennial question: 'how did we get here?' . . . A damn fine read!"Forbidden Planet International" In A Graphic Cosmogony, twenty-four of today's most celebrated illustrators and graphic artists each take seven pages to tell their version of the story of the universe's origin and how our world came to be. There are unusual takes on traditional creation myths like The Book of Genesis...imaginative homages to evolution, gorgeous interpretations of Japanese folktales, and all kinds of fanciful alternative mythologies that fuse the playful with the profound."--Brainpickings" As with most Nobrow releases, A Graphic Cosmogony is a thing of beauty, elegantly crafted. [...] Each artist demonstrates their nuance of storytelling while also highlighting their particular style. The anthology speaks to the myriad possibilities comics have in terms of narrative, representation, tone, and craft. [...] This is a thing to enjoy. This is an anthology you should experience for yourself."--Comics Bulletin" A very exciting and characteristically quality book has just arrived from NoBrow. The publishers and purveyors of all things illustrated present A Graphic Cosmogony, their first comics compendium. With an introduction by Paul Gravett, excellent cover by Micah Lidberg and each of the 24 featured artists telling 'their tale of everything'. Think of it like a brief history of the land before time or the alternative genesis (no specific religion though unless your spiritual allegiance lies with the great comic in the sky)."--It's Nice That" Despite what the title might lead you to believe, A Graphic Cosmogony is not one cosmogony, but in fact twenty four separate cosmogonies, held together only by Nobrow's trademark cloth binding. If you were looking for a coherent answer to that ultimate question--how did the world come to be?--you'll have to look elsewhere. A Graphic Cosmogony is much more concerned with showcasing the work of its contributors than with scientific or theological speculation. Variously elegant, cute, shamanistic, messy, hilarious, psychedelic, satirical, and meditative, these twenty four short comics come chaotically together to form a dizzying visual feast and a testament to the creative potential of the creation myth. [...] Sturdy and well-crafted, this is the kind of book that makes an impression as an object. [...] The patterned, cloth bound spine has a striking physicality. The graphic storytelling takes place on gloriously thick matte pages, and in some of the chapters, colour bleeds extend to every edge of the page. [...] This is a book to own, keep on the shelf, and revisit again and again."--Quadrapheme" Twenty four artists made seven page comics explaining their own rendition of how it all began from legends to magic to a cyclops vacuum, there are a lot of crazy tales in here that I want to believe. The artwork is gorgeous, the printing is top-notch but I guess I wasn't expecting anything less from these guys."-- Book By Its Cover"
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About Various

Alex Spiro is creative director and a founding partner of Nobrow Press, London. Paul Gravett is a highly respected journalist, author and curator, with a specialism in comics, graphic novels and the sequential narrative.
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