Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nick Bantock -- "Griffin & Sabine"

I've read the wonderful series of books that starts with "Griffin & Sabine", a masterpiece of art, suspense, and beauty written and illustrated by Nick Bantock. I wanted to share some of his art here, and encourage you to visit his web site,, in the hopes that you'll explore some of his books.

One of the many things that I loved about the Griffin & Sabine books was that they were written in a series of postcards and letters. For the letters, you opened these lovely envelopes and slipped decorated paper out of them and opened them up to read. It had a slightly decadent feel, like you weren't supposed to be reading someone else's mail, but you had to in order to understand the story.

Highly recommended.... a feast for the eyes and a challenge for the mind.

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  1. Anonymous8:36 AM

    oh, those pictures are wonderful! arg, i need to be reading something interesting like this. i will trust your word and will go down and get myself one of them and see :)

  2. I'm a fan of Nick Bantock's work too, although I only have his Urgent 2nd Class book. I haven't read any Griffin & Sabine--what could I be thinking?! Thanks for the reminder/recommendation!!

  3. Hi Lori
    Gosh this brings back memories...had a few years and years ago...I wonder where they are now (must be packed in a box with the majority of our possions!).

  4. I have the Griffin & Sabine books, I think I bought them at a yard sale or thrift store planning to use them to make stuff but ultimately I just cannot cut up a book. It's just wrong, isn't it?

  5. ChezChani, what I like is that Nick Bantock was doing collage IN the books! So if you cut them up to do collage, it would be a collage of a collage!

  6. Thanks for the reminder of Nick Bantock's wonderful books! I have many of them, and especially like the Griffin and Sabine series. I will have to read them again! (Not sure I would want to cut them up, though. Aren't they copyrighted???)

  7. Yes they are copyrighted. I have no idea what the rules are for using things for collage (I don't work in that medium as of yet) but I know there's been a lot of talk about using recognizable images and selling them -- "Twilight" in particular is getting abused pretty hard right now.

    Some people don't realize there is a copyright on that sort of thing. Some have said publicly that they don't care. But I know that there are many companies that have gone after even small one-person companies with a Cease and Desist from their lawyers (Taggies (tm), for one). It can be very confusing out there!


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