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Capacity Paperback – September 10, 2010
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A surreal journey through exquisitely crosshatched forests, cities and caverns, where the beasts populating dreams become skittish at the scent of the dreamer. --The Village Voice
Exactly the kind of book you discover in a dream - perhaps a whole library full - and long for so badly when they vanish upon waking. Only this one still exists in the conscious world. An indispensable visionary handbook with crossover instructions for navigating the dreams we dream in our sleep and the dream that's dreaming us. --Craig Thompson, author of Blankets
Theo Ellsworth's Capacity comics are a treasure. --Eric Nakamura, Giant Robot
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Theo Ellsworth gives us a remarkable collection of stories, chronicling his struggles & growth as a creative artist. That's not an uncommon story, of course -- but you've never seen it told quite like this, with artwork of true originality & incredible detail. You can spend hours poring over each page, constantly finding new things, all of them springing from a seemingly endless & fertile imagination. Ellsworth doesn't simply relate the difficulty of creating art while inundated with so many images & ideas, he shows us, so that we experience the same lush delirium of his experience.
But there's another, quieter level to this autobiographical work. Ellsworth comes across with a genuine warmth, modesty, and sincerity that's completely winning. What might easily be both pity party & overblown grandiosity in a lesser artist, is something most becoming & straightforward in these pages. Several graphic artists have dealt with the contents of the Unconscious, often in startling & revealing ways -- but this is something special, even in their impressive company. This is visionary work!
Needless to say, most highly recommended!
You've never seen such detail in someone's art. There is soooo much going on here, such rich depth...I found the book pressed to my face as I tried to decipher a 2.5 inch atlas...inscribed with places like `stairs to snail world' or `the original fishy.'
I want to buy a copy for every friend I know!!