The resurgence in the popularity of illustrative art can be attributed to an array of factors. Although the acceptance of graphic novels as something more than "just comic books" has been established for quite some time, when McSweeney's released its all comics issue in 2004, the mainstream media's reaction elevated the medium, its words and images, to something beyond genre. As a result, such drawings and illustrations have found their ways into marketing campaigns, ads and galleries. While the work of individual artists varies greatly, much of it strikes an irresistible pose, whether viewers are staring at enlarged heads on distorted bodies or a shot-dead bird, its killer and a birdhouse both crying. The work is at once disturbing but oddly attractive. We here at MBP have dubbed this quality EdgyCute.
Awesome book! This is a great way to see wonerful art. WOW! What a selection and the pictures are fantastic. I love the artist descriptions and anecdotes on the artwork. Really engaging way to see new art. A must have for any artbook and coffee table book collection. My friends love this one too! ZM
UPDATE on 7/7/12: Just found out that Mr saylor has an art gallery with all the art and artists in this book...search Orbit Gallery in New York City or www.OrbitGallerySpace.com You can even email them for a link to the current inventory of really fun great new art that just came in at REALLY FINE prices! I bought a new one last week....insider info! Ya!
Now that I posted more of my faves...I think this is my top favorite! Get one. And on ebay you can get a signed copy I saw that today. Again...LUV IT! defines this art the best of all these books so far. PS: A lot of typos...so if you are a book collector...this may be the one to get in 1st edition becuase the 2nd ed will be fixed I bet!