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The second book from Ray Fenwick, author of 2008’s acclaimed Hall of Best Knowledge. In Mascots, a collection of impressionistic stories combine to create a wildly absurd — yet vaguely familiar — parallel world. Like Fenwick’s previous work, the acclaimed Hall of Best Knowledge (one of Booklist’s “Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2008”), Mascots is driven by lettering and language, part art and part comics, this time taking the form of bright, full color paintings on found book covers. These paintings can be experienced individually, each on their own terms, but together they reveal a surreal world that captures the mood of our times with manic energy.
Named one of Booklist's "Top 10 Graphic Novels" of the 2008
Finalist, 2009 Doug Wright Awards' "Pigskin Peters Award" for "avant-garde comics and other non-traditional works"
"In contrast to the conventional (and sterile) typography produced by the computer, many designers have returned to the expressive practice of hand lettering... One of the leading progenitors of the hand scrawl, Ray Fenwick, is a designer and illustrator known for black-and-white samplers of wise and weird 'ideas.' Many of these are collected in Hall of Best Knowledge... While it’s fun to read Fenwick’s witty disquisitions — 'Babies: Wherein the author discusses little and greedy humans'; 'Strangers: Wherein the author tests "stare frequency"'; 'Wealth: Wherein the author can’t understand why you are poor' — the real joy of the book is the variety of quirky scrawls. Each tableau is rendered in pen and ink in a different lettering style; some mimic classic typefaces, while others are more imaginative and ornate. Not calligraphy in the traditional sense, these contemporary illuminated manuscripts are a new twist on the old art of lettering." – Steven Heller, The New York Times Sunday Book Review
"Fenwick somehow manages to combine baroque ornamentality with crafty handiwork. It’s almost like controlled outsider art. And he’s so unfailingly funny." – Marian Bantjes
"In addition to a neat bit of ventriloquism, Fenwick shows off dazzling visual originality in his eye-spinning use of pattern and lettering in HOBK... The lettering melds with its environment as surely as letters in an illuminated manuscript blend with their angels and acanthus leaves." – Print