Continuing the theme of simultaneous light and depth, it occurred to me as I wandered round the crowded stalls at the Comiket Festival that this is just the blended quality I look for in comics and graphic novels.
Among the impressive/exciting/daunting array which ranged from the most commercial to the most 'home-made', my friend Natalie d'Arbeloff was there with her latest work. Hindsight is a four-page graphic story that draws on memories of artistic and romantic awakening in Mexico, with a warm, subtle palette of Mexican sunshine and a rueful, equally subtle emotional palette. She's selling a set of four postcards of the original artwork (see link above). Also absolutely gorgeous is the new printed book version of her illustrated novella, La Vie en Rosé, which first appeared on her blog. Here the full-colour drawings have morphed to black and white, sometimes blended with old black and white photos. It makes a beautiful book - order from Blurb at the link above.
I also fell in love with the work of a couple of artists new to me, which I'll keep for another time since I'm trying to post something here every day in November.