Graphic satire, a combination of humorous drawing and text that usually involves caricature, is a way of taking an ethical stand about contemporary politics and society. First appearing in short-lived illustrated weeklies in Montreal, Quebec City, and Toronto in the s, usually as unsigned copies of engravings from European magazines, the genre spread quickly as skilled local illustrators, engravers, painters, and sculptors joined the teams of publishers and writers who sought to shape public opinion and public policy. As fully fledged artist-commentators, Canadian cartoonists were sometimes gently ironic, but they were just as often caustic and violent in the pursuit of a point of view. This volume shows a country where conflicts crop up between linguistic and religious communities, a country often resistant to social and political change for women and open to the cross-currents of anti-Semitism, xenophobia, and fascism that flared across Europe and North America in the early twentieth century.

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They were very nice as con sketchbooks went and are now very sought after. Well now IDW, a publisher that is really making a splash with more arty books lately, has put out a very nice hardcover collecting all four. The volume includes over additional pieces not previously included some of which has been previously published in other volumes though and has some limited notes from Stevens.

There is also an informative text intro. This is a great looking book that showcases the art wonderfully. The higher printing quality really reveals the art in a way the earlier sketchbooks failed to do.

The pages, while nice, are not over glossy, which can be hard on the eyes and make leafing through art books less enjoyable.

I have been a Stevens fan for many years and this book was a real treat to get. With the artists death in from Hairy Cell leukemia, there is a finite supply of material and it seems like the bulk of it has not been released unfortunately.

A funny, thorough look at this wonderfully off beat artist. The packaging was outstanding and well worth even the current, higher price on Amazon. I really think a more complete or at least more prestigious, elaborate volume would be appropriate and there was 2 other editions of this volume, one with a signed print, and a run of 13 with a slipcase and original work!

Oh how I wanted one of those! These pages offer a very nice look at the art of these cartoons and the print quality is far superior to what we have been used to in Playboy over the decades. Included here is a section in the back of the book relating the actual process used and some general thoughts by the artist. There is also a nice selection of personal anecdotes from Mr. Sneyd himself. There is a personal warmth and richness to the all too brief stories he relates, that is very much like Mr.

I had the extreme pleasure to meet him in at C2E2 and get a beautiful print of his signed. He is clearly a very nice and personable man, an all too rare quality in many artists working today. All of which makes this a very nice package for the money and something that anyone that enjoys cartooning and beautiful, funny women will enjoy.

While not of the high quality of the other volumes mentioned here, it is a well thought out trade paperback collection and worth looking into. Share this:.


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