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Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Tin House Books; 1 edition (Oct. 11 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935639137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935639138
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 5.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Not so much honored as reimagined, Moby-Dick in Kish's hands is the vertiginous immersive experience Melville intended.”

“In an age of soulless, cookie-cutter computer illustrations, Matt Kish's intense and obsessive drawings, paintings, and montages are a riotous delight. Kish's artwork renews our age-old love of expressive handmade imagery. He humanizes his material in way that has all but disappeared from the design scene. It's great to see that passion again.”
—Paula Scher, Pentagram

“[A] wondrous compendium . . . sometimes vibrant, sometimes somber, Kish’s images are relentlessly fresh and eye-catching . . . Even the least visual readers will feel energized by Kish’s artistry and his obvious passion for Melville’s work.”
—Library Journal

"Conjuring the frenetic energy of tempest-tossed waves so integral to Moby-Dick's setting, the artist's bold, full-page drawings in highly saturated colors illustrate passages he's called out, but also extend the narrative to suggest that modern-day man hungers to fulfill his self-proclaimed destiny every bit as much as the legendary whalers did… .clearly infused with an intense joy that only comes from following one's heart."
—ForeWord Book Reviews

“I'm in love… with Kish's art work… .Who knows, Matt Kish may be the impetus to finally read Moby-Dick.”
—Contemporary Literature

"Woven of equal parts visual mastery and creative bravery, Moby-Dick in Pictures is a treasure in and of itself, one that not only pays homage to Melville, but also reimagines what it means to embark on a modern-day epic voyage of creative restlessness."
—The Atlantic

"Kish has done something really fascinating [in Moby-Dick in Pictures]. He has not only re-imagined Moby Dick for a modern audience. He has also slyly, almost imperceptibly, yanked this nineteenth century novel into the twenty-first century, underlining its relevance for the post-post-modern world. These illustrations are not simply a sideshow to the novel: they are a well-thought out pleasure that enhances the enjoyment and understanding of Melville’s work."
—The Rumpus

"The overall impact of Moby-Dick in Pictures is stunning… "
—The Oregonian

About the Author

Matt Kish was born in 1969 and lives in the middle of Ohio. After stints as a cafeteria cook, a hospital registrar, a bookstore manager, and an English teacher, he ended up as a librarian. He draws as often as he can, often with whatever he can find. He has tried his hand at 35mm black-and-white photography (with real film and real chemicals), making comics and zines, a bit of collage, and lots of pen and ink. Moby-Dick is his favorite novel.

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By Arjun Basu on March 15 2012
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There are no words for this. The ambition of this thing, the sheer magnitude of this, and how this ambition perfectly matches the themes of the book, wow. It's hard to write a review of something when that something leaves your speechless. You can get lost in this for hours and hours, and find yourself in a kind of narcotic haze. A tremendous achievement.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Now...This is Different! Nov. 12 2011
By Gerard D. Launay - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have heard it said that most people who talk about "Moby Dick" have never read it. Actually, it is one of my favorite books and I am hoping that this fascinating volume might actually get people interested in reading it. The artist takes a line (or so) from every page of the book and illustrates it - sometimes in a very unique way. The pictures do not all adopt the same artistic style, but are left to the fanciful ideas Matt Kish discovers about the meaning of a particular passage.

One aspect that comes through is - not just the artwork - but how exceptional and poetic Herman Melville was. The selections create moments of thought and space in our noise-saturated world. Highly recommended because there is simply nothing like this anywhere.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Moby Dick is born again! Nov. 27 2011
By quirky grandma - Published on
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Moby Dick in Pictures is absolutely splendid, and may well become as much of a classic as its namesake. By all means go for the hardcover in slipcase. The book is a series of images using techniques such as collage, drawing, paint, inks, markers - all on "repurposed" papers that give a richness to the overall effect. Each image responds to a small exerpt from a page of the novel. Sometimes the images are clearly representative, sometimes they arise more from the emotional impact or visceral response to the quotation. Each is worth spending time to asorb. Especially if you are into altered books or collage, or edgy art that falls into the brut or naked or naive categories, you'll probably love this one as much as I.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It grows and grows on you March 2 2013
By Fran - Published on
Format: Paperback
At first glance, the low-tech art in this massive book seems odd and simplistic, but it soon grows obvious that Matt Kish's interpretation of Melville's novel is nothing short of inspired. He made one illustration a day, each referring to one page of the Signet Classics edition. Moby- Dick (Signet Classics) It's an unbelievable feat, and a feast for the senses.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Inspiration and Awe Sept. 25 2012
By dierdra fleury - Published on
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It was wonderful to receive this book. It is a book we find ourselves opening and spending time with it daily and is a treasure to have in our art collection. I love the quality of line in the artwork and Kish's illustrative telling of the text. It is extra amazing when one considers that Kish did an illustration a day to create this work. The entire work is a thoughtful gift of respect and a present day visual interpretation of a time honored classic.

I am looking forward to watching the progress of Matt Kish's career as an illustrator.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not quite what I expected May 18 2014
By Smokiechick - Published on
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The illustrations are quite remarkable. Really. However, I was expecting the full text. It was probably mentioned in the description, but I was too swept up by the illustrations and the descriptions to notice that the only text of Moby Dick is the passage on each page that inspired each illustration. I suppose I was hoping for illustration on one page and the associated page facing. I gave it to a dear friend who teaches Moby Dick. I think she appreciates it more than I do.