Thumbs up for How to Keep a Sketch Journal: A Guide to Observational Drawing and Keeping a Sketchbook by 3dtotal Publishing. Art.

You’d think that would be silly of me to point out that there are many kinds of art, but I don’t think it’s redundant; there are so many media, techniques and genres that—while there may indeed be some people who like all of them—I sincerely doubt that most people do.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton. Comics.

I did not laugh quite as uproariously as I did when reading the first Hark! A Vagrant book, but that is setting a very high bar indeed. Check out the webcomic, and if you dig it, you’ll find that the print collections are well-worth adding to your shelf.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud. Nonfiction/art.

A great overview of the art form. I’d been meaning to read this for a while, and it seemed a natural companion to Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, which I just finished. And now this has got me wanting to read all of the other graphic novels that have been on my to-read list for ages.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for My Ideal Bookshelf by Thessaly La Force, illustrated by Jane Mount. Nonfiction.

I spent about a third of my weekly grocery budget on this book, but once it was in my hand I knew I could never let it go. (Albeit this may be more a reflection on my finances rather than on the price of the book.) It’s hard to describe an art book in prose, but the concept is that the authors asked more than a hundred famous and famous-ish people – from Malcolm Gladwell to Maira Kalman to Alice Waters – what their ideal bookshelf was.… >> Read more