Tuesday, August 10, 2010

One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick by Matt Kish: MOBY-DICK, Page 266

I'm halfway through my self-imposed summer goal of reading Moby Dick for the First Time Ever. Today, I was inspired by Melville's descriptions of "brit":
"....we fell in with vast meadows of brit, the minute, yellow substance, upon which the Right whale largely feeds. For leagues and leagues it undulated round us, so that we seemed go be sailing through boundless fields of ripe and golden wheat."
I don't know about you, but I'd never heard of brit in this context, so I googled it--brit yellow ocean Moby Dick.

Careful, Google. Be very careful.

Happily, instead of disturbing images of naked, jaundiced Englishmen, I chanced upon artist Matt Kish's blog. He's illustrating each page of Moby Dick, one page a day. After browsing through his illustrations, I thought, this guy needs a book deal. After a bit more digging around, I saw the post which announced that the publishing gurus have, indeed, chosen to smile upon this worthy endeavor. I'll be on the lookout for the book, forthcoming from Tin House.

Here's the first brit-infused image I stumbled upon. Enjoy.

One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick by Matt Kish: MOBY-DICK, Page 266

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

ER Bound

My son wants to build a motorcycle out of a dirt bike and a weedeater. What could possibly go wrong?