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Thomas Ott

The Forest

On sale date: February 15, 2022

A gorgeous, ghostly, and silent graphic novella from the modern scratchboard master.

The Forest is a graphic novella told via twenty-five singular illustrations, without words, of which only Swiss artist Thomas Ott is capable. A young boy sneaks away from a family funeral and sinks into the forest depths, where he confronts man's greatest fear and must choose his path. Drawing with a technique called scratchboard, where a white surface is covered with a black layer and scratched away, Ott creates images out of negative space to harrowing effect. In Ott's hands, the medium becomes the perfect vessel for his eerie, horror-imbued morality tales. This gorgeous volume will be printed on heavy art paper with Pantone Black ink to best showcase every exquisite detail of Ott's virtuosic talent.


"The art is mesmerizing ... a series of haunting images that tell a story both fantastical and touchingly human." — New York Journal of Books

"Lovers of classical illustration techniques and eerie art will be drawn to this simple but elegant fable." — Publishers Weekly

"An inherently fascinating and intriguing story told without words in one page of deftly crafted art at a time." — Midwest Book Review

"A supernatural tale that is chillingly eerie with a level of detail that combines the everyday and the fantastic to morbid effect." — Andy Oliver - Broken Frontier


8.1" × 10.8"