In the past I have unabashedly stated that I absolutely love David Petersen’s Mouse Guard books. So today’s arrival is, for me, a very special treat.
The Art of Mouse Guard, 2005-2015 by David Petersen [Archaia Publishing, 2015 oversized hardcover] – nonfiction, art. There are two elements to every graphic work, the words and the art. Petersen is the writer and the illustrator here, Mouse Guard is his own creation in every way, and it is delightful in every aspect.
The book isn’t just a thin volume of pretty pictures, however. It’s thick, hefty at 12.25 x 12 inches and 366 thick, high-quality pages. Beautifully printed and bound, this is a true art book that is also filled with a great deal of text; Petersen discusses his ideas, sketches, technique, plotting and more. Any lover of original, creative, appealing graphic works will want this book.
I’m three-quarters of the way through a drop-everything novel, but I’m setting that aside for the time it takes me to savor every page of this. Brilliant.