The glorious Sarah McIntyre always speaks sense and makes some important points. This time she’s really hit a big nail on the head. It’s maybe not something widely acknowledged, but if you start to consider your own bookshelf, you’ll likely come across this particular quirk of the book world, I know I’ve probably been guilty of it myself when referring to titles I own, and I’ve definitely been a victim of it as a creator:
A collaborative book is just that…a collaboration. To therefore celebrate a (much deserving) book and name one of its (much deserving) creators, and not the other is…off. And much more often than not it comes down to who is perceived as having put the words on the page. A book may be riddled through and carried by illustration, its story may be developed and conceived by both creators and then cleverly interwoven through text and images in a way totally planned and considered by both creators, but the bottom line is so often that one creator is the ‘author’ and the other… just drew some pictures. Often this attitude doesn’t come from within the creative world, but from the consumer/retailer/marketing level. It’s about perception of creative input and maybe we need to work harder to make it clearer.
In a prose-heavy book with occasional spot illustration, sure - fine, absolutely! It’s carried by the text and occasionally decorated by art - that’s less of a full collaboration (Though imagine Roald Dahl without Quentin Blake!). But when you’re into the realms of graphic novels and picture books - and you really should check out the beautiful books that Sarah and Philip Reeve make…they’re deserving of all praise you can heap upon them - the products go far beyond being by ‘one author and their art-monkey’. These books are joint efforts and both creators work their bums off to conceive, create and promote a title that is a perfect fusion of words and pictures. Without one of them, the book would be only half of its final wonder.
Being someone who is primarily an illustrator myself, I do appreciate that I run the risk of being accused of crying ‘it’s not fair’, but you know what? It’s not.
Let’s love EVERYONE!!! *PARTY*
I think we have all been there, what skills do we put on our CV anyway? Mine are even less impressive, I doubt that any prospective employers would be interested in the amount of icecream I could consume without brainfreeze…
Ice cream taster is a real job, I think :D
Anyways, yay! New page! ^_^
I’ve got my table number!
Remember we’re going to wander in on Friday this year!
yfstudio is at table CB12
pinkapplejam at CE7
brogancoral at CE8
awkwardbex at CE1
t-iii at CG1
Thanks so much, Lou! I’m only there on the Saturday, sat next to the fabulous Nina Serena. Table party time! See you all there ^_^
Really enjoying drawing wires. Who knew? :) It’s my new therapy!