There are many ways to tell a story. It doesn’t need “Once upon a time” or “happily ever after.” It doesn’t need any words at all. A story doesn’t need a beginning, middle, or end, but it might need a collection of pages, a series of visuals, or just one perfect image.
I See What You Say: Visual Stories and Narrative Art explores narrative as expressed through a wide range of illustrative media — in picture books, comics, editorial art, and beyond. The participants are not just artists, but storytellers, joining their artistic practices with their own narrative styles. Every approach is different. Every technique is different. Every story is something to see.
Contributors include some of the most wonderfully versatile visual storytellers at work today. Artists include:
Lilli Carré, an artist and illustrator working in the forms of experimental animation, comics, and print. Her newest collection of visual short stories is Heads or Tails.
Eleanor Davis, a cartoonist and editorial illustrator. Her books include the childrens’ comic, Stinky and contributions to Fantagraphics’ MOME.
Vanessa Davis, an illustrator and cartoonist known for her autobiographical comics. She is a contributing editor at Tablet Magazine, and her newest book is Make Me a Woman.
Carson Ellis, whose work can be seen illustrating The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket, Dilweed’s Revenge by Florence Parry Heide, and the Wildwood series by her husband, Colin Meloy.
Jon Klassen, a writer and illustrator of picture books including This Is Not My Hat, which received the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 2013, and Caldecott Honor book Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.
Roman Muradov, a comic and editorial artist, whose clients include The New Yorker and The New York Times. His first graphic novel, (In A Sense) Lost & Found, will be out this fall.
Aaron Renier, a cartoonist and illustrator known for his children’s graphic novels Spiral Bound and The Unsinkable Walker Bean.
Christian Robinson, a picture book illustrator, animator, and art teacher. His latest book is Harlem’s Little Blackbird, by Renee Watson.
Craig Thompson, a graphic novelist whose books include Good-bye, Chunky Rice, Carnet de Voyage, Blankets, and Habibi.
Dasha Tolstikova, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts MFA program in illustration. Clients include Enchanted Lion Books and Ladybug Magazine.
Sara Varon, a printmaker, graphic novelist, and picture book author. Her books include Sweater Weather, Chicken and Cat, and Odd Duck, with Cecil Castellucci.
Angie Wang, an illustrator and cartoonist. Her clients include The New Yorker, Taschen, and Wired Magazine. She works for the Cartoon Network.
The exhibition opens on March 16, 2013 and runs through July 7, 2013 at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. A public reception will be held on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 5 pm, and will include appearances by guest contributors Jon Klassen, Roman Muradov, and Christian Robinson, among others. Christian will be signing his new book, Rain! by Linda Ashman, and Jon will be joined by local author Lemony Snicket to sign their new picture book, The Dark