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Modern Masters Volume 26: Frazer Irving (Modern Masters (TwoMorrows Publishing)) Paperback – October 18, 2011
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From Grant Morrison's Introduction: Nathan Wilson's interview/conversation with Frazer is one of the best of its kind that I've read on the subject of comics and their creators; Wilson's done his research and knows when to vary the tone or deepen the inquiry but what makes this so much fun to read is his willingness to keep pace with Frazer's restless playful imagination. Wilson is unfazed by Irving's surreal digressions and the best of the knockabout exchanges read as though they were scripted for a double act. As a portrait of the artist, it more than accomplishes its job. Frazer's honesty, humour, intelligence and insight come across as vividly as the ultra-pinks and infra-violets with which he drenches in light his remarkable pages. If you're reading this, you probably already know and love Frazer Irving's work. Here's your chance to get to know and love the lad himself."--Grant Morrison --Grant Morrision
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Grant Morrison has authored too many bestselling graphic novels to count. Batman: Arkham Asylum, Doom Patrol, Animal Farm, Flex Mentallo and the Invisibles are just a few of the books with which Morrison has established himself as one of the modern masters of the medium.
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As an author, Wilson has obviously done his research, and delves into Frazer's life and portfolio to ask relevant questions about Irving's process and evolution as an artist. Irving and Wilson have an easy rapport with one another, giving the book a very friendly tone that makes for an enjoyable reading experience. It feels as if you are listening to two men who know each other talk, rather than a collection of separate interviews spliced together. Woven throughout this conversation are samples of Irving's work, photographs, and quotes from colleagues and friends (with the Foreward written by Grant Morrison). Irving is very candid about his early influences, how he developed his own style, his decisions to do his own coloring and incorporate digital techniques, along with many other personal anecdotes and reflections on his career to date. Artists reading this book will especially appreciate the way in which Irving discusses some of the technical aspects of his craft (particularly the digital art). However, any fan of Irving's should enjoy the honesty and candor (within reason - nothing too naughty) that Irving presents in this volume.
The one very minor criticism I had was that I wished there were more color illustrations. Irving has such a distinct style; even the black and white images are dynamic and powerful. All of the artwork included is phenomenal. However, anyone who has seen Irving's art in color knows what a dramatic impact it adds to his pages because "color," is so "integral to the mood and design" (pg. 36). There are several color illustration in the book, and they make perfectly clear what he meant by that statement. While all of the art is great, I just wish more color could have been included.
However, that minor criticism does not detract from the overall quality of the book. As a personal profile of an artist, this work really can't be beat. I liked Frazer Irving's work before, but now I feel I have a better understanding of why he does what he does. Reading this book reminds you of how rewarding art can be for the artist in question, but also that it really is work; a craft that its practitioners take seriously. Nathan Wilson has done a wonderful job as an author/interviewer, and Frazer Irving proves that he is an artist to keep watching. Modern Masters: Frazer Irving is a fine addition to the TwoMorrows series.
An extensive interview with Irving, unseen art, and a full-color gallery of his work make this a book no fan of Frazer Irving should be without. Wilson and Nolen-Weathington have compiled the best book on Irving to date.