Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012)

"In The Dumps" 1993 Sendak/Spiegelman, The New Yorker

   Much is being written elsewhere about the loss of the great American illustrator cartoonist (a slide-show of some excellent images and portraits is here, and the best tribute panel ever is here).
In 2010 I read "In The Night Kitchen" at the Literacy Council of Alaska for their "Banned Books Week," and as early as last December reposted here a beautiful interview he did on NPR, and Sendak's work has been and will always be a centerpiece in my drawing classes for the pen & ink portion of the semester.
  I have so many of his littler-known titles squirreled away in storage, and his art has left an indelible impression upon my childhood and career. Here's hoping his legacy will extend beyond the tentpole books such as "Where The Wild Things Are," as his craftwork and technique was masterly and sublime, and his bibliography as both author and illustrator is equally impressive and extensive. For example, excerpted above is an outstanding sample of his sequential art (via Boing Boing) from a two-page piece done with Art Spiegelman for The New Yorker in 1993.

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