Inspired by À rebours (Against the Grain/Against Nature) by Joris-Karl Huysmans. I’m in love with the book’s subtle, unhealthy humor and disconnected narrative. Please add illustrating each chapter to the list of my dream jobs.
With these nauseous colors I tried to capture the idle decay that is (probably) the surface theme of the novel, as well as the sickening aftertaste of self-pity. I’ve been thinking a lot about using color primarily as a narrative device, particularly in funibooks, even if it compromises general appeal. For instance, here’s a great post about Tim Hensley’s strip for Kramers Ergot 7 (which I’ll never afford). "I tried to replicate the hideous gradient fills found in modern Sunday newspaper coloring." How brilliant is that! Also, there’s a new Jason mini-book coming soon with lots of intriguing thingies, including an interview with Jason’s fantastic colorist Hubert. I’m really looking forward to reading that.