Daily Archives: July 23, 2009

It’s Grrrrrrreat!

Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! Volume One hardcover graphic novel
Writer/Artist/Cover artist: Scott Morse
Publisher: Red Window/AdHouse Books
Price: $14.95 US

I’ve been a fan of Scott Morse’s work — both creator-owned (such as Ancient Joe) and work for hire (Batman: Room Full of Strangers) — for several years now. I’ve missed a couple of his more recent efforts because the smaller hardcover books struck me as being a bit too expensive. Such is not the case with Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!. this oversized hardcover is well worth the marked price and more. Morse brings his usual surreal but cute style to bear once again, but this time, there’s a much more personal and revealing tone to his work, The creator exposes himself, sharing his hears, insecurities and hopes with his audience, and his unique art instills a magical quality to his heartfelt emotions and the mundane backdrop of the real world.

It takes a certain degree of confidence and ego to be an artist of any stripe as one has to believe that one’s creations merit an audience. But artist Scott Morse reveals that he often feels as lost as the rest of us. He’s struggling to live a good life, to be a good father. The world around him and the people in it can be frustrating, even infuriating, but when he pauses, he can see the wonder in the quieter, everyday moments as well.

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