Take a journey with the artist and writer Petar Meseldzija, who tells how he was allowed unparalleled access through the Invisible Curtain and into the land of giants. A year in the making, this book’s sixteen paintings and nearly ninety drawings bring to life Petar’s experiences on this journey and secrets uncovered, going back to ancient times. He shares stories of new discoveries that free giants from the murky abyss of myth and a forgotten past.
Told in three stages, The Book of Giants includes the illustrated stories The Giants Are Coming, recounting a dynamic clash that lasted one hundred years; The Little Kingdom, where a giant befriends a nation of humans and becomes their adamant protector against ferocious invaders; The Northern Giants, who embrace the warrior spirit through countless battles; Giant Velles, the story of ignorance and how the strength of goodness perseveres; and The Great Forest, wherein the author discovers little creatures called the keppetz and relates his experiences spent with ogres while on his quest to meet the Golden One and to determine the purpose of his journey. Through the strength of his own power, he discovers his blessings, his limitations and finally his personal myth.
Furthermore, you will discover why giants made a push into the underground, followed by their exodus and deliverance to a new land. You’ll also learn why the myth of giants is still alive, why their time spent with humans remains elusive and why giants prefer to remain hidden in their world. Join Petar Meseldzija on his journey of discovery.
Petar Meseldžija began his career in 1981, publishing the comic strip "Krampi" in the Stripoteka, one of the best known comic magazines in the country. This was followed by a series of short comics and his work on Tarzan.
In 1991 he moved to the Netherlands. Soon after, he dedicated himself to illustration and painting. During the 1990s he painted posters and greeting cards, illustrated a few books, had his first solo exhibition, and participated in many group exhibitions in various galleries and museums in Serbia, the Netherlands and the U.S. His work has been published in a variety of books and periodicals all over the world.
Petar has also collaborated on 2 books from the Diablo III series, published by Blizzard/Insight Editions, doing a number of drawings for this project. He worked for Scholastic Inc., US, creating 11 covers for their two children’s fantasy series, Children of the Lamp, by P.B. Kerr, and The Unicorn Chronicles, by Bruce Coville. Previous books include collections of his sketches and drawings; a book of his Tarzan comics, The Legend of Steel Bashaw as well as the art book The Art of Petar Meseldzija.
Among many awards which he received for his work are: Plaque The International Golden pen of Belgrade, 1994”, Yugoslavia (Serbia); The Art Show Judges Choice Award” 59th World Science Fiction Convention, Philadelphia, 2001, US.; Two Silver Awards from Spectrum 4 and Spectrum 10 The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art”, U.S.; Gold Award Spectrum 16 The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art”, U.S.
Petar is currently working on a series of paintings for private collectors, as well as planning his new book projects. His original work is to be found in the museum and private collections in Serbia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France , U.S., Canada, Hong Kong and Indonesia.