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Monday, 6 December 2010

ben newman's bento bestiary

In my dreams sometimes I live in a illustrated paradise, like Little Nemo In Slumberland or Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library, but in real life I dream of creations like Ben Newman's Bento Bestiary (photo courtesy of nobrow.net), the hardback edition of which is out now. Newman's illustrations have been getting a good little punt recently across the web and in print and rightly so. I love the apparent mix of Russian constructivism, 50s cartoon advertising, art deco and punk subversion, and his take on the 18th-century depiction of the demonic spirits of the yokai (the forerunner to Godzilla among other amazing beasts) gets a lyrical companion, with words by SJ Donaldson accompanying each of the illustrations.

Bento Bestiary, hardback edition, £12, Nobrow

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