9781897299852

Talking Lines

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  • ISBN13:

    9781897299852

  • ISBN10:

    1897299850

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
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Summary

Talking Lines is the first ever comprehensive overview of the graphic stories of R.O. Blechman, spanning six decades in the career of one of the most influential print artists of our time. From early work in Harvey Kurtzman's seminal Humbug in 1957 to ruminations on Shakespeare and Virginia Wolfe from the pages of the the New York Times Book Review in 2002-2006, Talking Lines collects the work of a modern master."An immensely rich talent....his qualities of taste, intelligence, and -- most vital -- his instincts never to stray into forms that will betray him, have allowed Blechman to express himself in a variety of ways that have enhanced the quality of American life." (Maurice Sendak)"The drawings of Blechman, which are minimalist, trembling, even hesitant, manage to express a universe of uncommon perfection." (Sempe)"In a class by himself." (The New York Times)Recommended age level: 16+

Author Biography

Born Oscar Robert Blechman in 1930, R. O. Blechman’s internationally acclaimed artwork spans decades, mediums, and industries. He is one of the first contemporary cartoonists to pen a full-length graphic novel, The Juggler of Our Lady, which he published in 1953 after graduating from Oberlin College. His illustrations and comics have graced magazines, anthologies, and newspapers. He has created more than a dozen New Yorker covers.

Blechman is also an animated filmmaker, and at one time he owned his own animation studio, The Ink Tank. He has been awarded the Gold Medal from the Cannes Film Festival and numerous Emmy Awards, and has been nominated for a BAFTA. In 2002, the Museum of Modern Art held a retrospective of his films titled “R. O. Blechman and The Ink Tank: A Celebration.”

Blechman is also a member of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, has been named Illustrator of the Year by Adweek, and is the creator of many notable advertising campaigns.

Blechman is married, has two sons, and lives in Ancram, New York.

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“An immensely rich talent . . . His qualities of taste and intelligence, and—most vital—his instincts never to stray into forms that will betray him, have allowed Blechman to express himself in a variety of ways that have enhanced the quality of American life.” —MAURICE SENDAK

“I have always believed that humor—particularly political satire—is one of the most effective ways to make a point. And R. O. Blechman is a master of the form.” —ARIANNA HUFFINGTON

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