We asked Appleby about his practice and the things that inspire his thinking.
Steven Appleby interview (part one).
Background and influences.
Steven Appleby interview (part two).
Captain Star, Loomus, The Good Inn.
Frequently published in magazines and newspapers, Appleby has also written and illustrated more than 20 books of his own. In addition, he collaborates with other writers, conjuring a lively visual aspect into their works, as well as working for radio, film and musical theatre. His latest project, The Good Inn, is a collaboration with the musician and frontman of Indie band the Pixies, Black Francis, and the composer and director Josh Frank. The Good Inn is an exploratory publication that expands the genre of the picture book, weaving together elements from the graphic novel, film script and contemporary fiction.
Interview and film by MK Palomar.
London, November 2014
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Unmasking the Heroes of American Comic Art
The contemporary comic genre contains many novel and sophisticated artistic expressions. Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning MAUS and Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, winner of the 1991 World Fantasy Award for short fiction, could be called fine art storytelling.1 And the comics drawn by Chris Ware in his Acme Novelty Library would find a comfortable home among fine art books.
The Terribly Human Tomi Ungerer
Today, Tomi Ungerer is among Europe's best-known commercial artists but has been largely forgotten in America. Remarkably, he made his reputation in the United States in the swinging Sixties, initially as a children's book author-artist and then as a magazine illustrator, advertising artist and political cartoonist.