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UK £30.00
US $50.00
CAN $55.00
Hardback
192 pages
300 colour illustrations
28 x 24 cm (11.25 x 9.5 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4619-1
Jonny Hannah
Greetings from Darktown: An Illustrator’s Miscellany

Texts by Philip Hoare, Peter Chrisp and Sheena Calvert

The illustrator Jonny Hannah was born and bred in Scotland, and now lives by the sea in Southampton, but he also resides in Darktown – a mysterious coastal town, not found on any map, peopled by pin-up girls, jazz artists and tattooed sailors. Darktown is home to the Unquiet Grave junk emporium; the Mermaid Café, where folk legend Woody Guthrie still plays each week; McVouty’s vintage clothes shop; and a pier with a condemned helter skelter. Joining Hannah on his trip to downtown Darktown are the writers Philip Hoare and Peter Chrisp, who explore the eclectic influences on Hannah’s work, and Sheena Calvert, who introduces a special typographic catalogue of hand-drawn lettering. As he tours Darktown, Hannah presents his prints and paintings in thematic chapters reflecting his passions, and bids farewell to his alter ego, Rocket Man, who inhabits the darkest corners of pop culture.

 

The first book devoted to the popular illustrator and St Jude’s artist Jonny Hannah, whose work has graced the pages of Vogue, the New York Times and the Boston Globe

Hannah has also designed book jackets for Simon and Schuster, Penguin, HarperCollins and Candlewick Press

Presents some 300 of Hannah’s prints and paintings, including brand-new work created for this volume

An intriguing, irreverent miscellany covering many of Hannah’s favourite themes, including jazz, folk, the sea, space and shops

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Author Profiles

Sheena Calvert has more than 20 years’ experience teaching critical theory, graphic design and typography at various art and design institutions in the United Kingdom and the United states.

Peter Chrisp is a writer and artist who has published more than 60 history books for children.

Jonny Hannah studied at Liverpool school of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, London. His illustrations have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, the Sunday Telegraph and Vogue.

Philip Hoare is a writer and cultural historian. His book Leviathan or, The Whale (2008) won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction in 2009.

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Contains so many images and so much detail, it's easy to be drawn in to his fictional world

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