Thursday, July 31, 2014

Blacksad artist Juanjo Guarnido visits Stuart Ng Books after Comic Con 2014

Still working on the apres-SDCC post ...

meanwhile here are some quick pics from a fun visit with Eisner and Angouleme award-winning artist Juanjo Guranido.  Junajo is best known for his art for the Blacksad  series. Stuart Ng Books was the first US bookstore to import this popular french comics series --- which is now also available in English.

Above is a copy of the 1st edition of Blacksad (in English):

Below is Blacksad book in stock at SNB ... signed by the artist, and includes a large, exclusive bookplate:

Juanjo appeared at SDCC at the Big Wow booth, and before he flew back to Paris, he made a special stop to see Stuart. Their time together at the showroom was brief, as Stuart was on his way to Dreamworks to provide the books for the last of 3 industry-related post-con signings with the artists from Secret of Kells (yes, they signed three days at our SNB booth at Comic Con too .... more on that coming soon). This was also one of the first books Junajo added to his own SNB purchases:

Here's link about this book:

Since we are just off the freeway, and close to both LAX and Long Beach airports, we have several patrons who will stop by when they are en route.

Stuart was able to show Juanjo some particular books and artists that appealed to Juanjo's interest in classic illustration. They often meet up at the Angouleme comics festival ... or in Paris afterwards ... but this was Juanjo's first visit to our showroom.

 "I could spend two years here!" he exclaimed as he explored the  shelves of books and made his stack to take home.

Included in his purchases was this book --  Illustrating Modern Life: The Golden Age of American Illustration from the Kelly Collection.

Here's a link with more about this title:

After Stuart left for Dreamworks, a colleague of Juanjo's happened to arrive at the showroom, and they enjoyed catching up. You just never know who you might find browsing at SNB.

Special thanks to Juanjo for stopping by .... and for signing a stack of beautiful, large Blacksad prints for us too!

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