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Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Geoff McFetridge's Wild Things book

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The tricky interim between Crankmast and Now Year! What does one do? What does one say? One's probably best to just buy a few books and disappear into the duvet and reappear in 2010 ; refreshed, rejingled and ready to mingle. Take Geoff McFetridge's Where the Wild Things are sketches book (not the name but the essence of it) for example. These aren't the latest addition to the shop but they are still very fresh in the mind. A couple of copies left, the first book of hopefully many GG! will be stocking from that fine Zurich-based publisher, NIEVES! Come and grab your copy for £9. Some words from Geoff McFetridge on the book below...

Recent Work

Geoff McFetridge (Los Angeles, USA)

This book is a small collection of some of the work I have done for Spike Jonze’s film adaptation of the book Where the Wild Things Are. I met Spike around 1998 and I have worked with him a lot over the years. This usually involved creating piles of work that amounted to a very small contribution to the project. This never bothered me, because it was an incredibly creative, fun and rewarding process that led up to the scrapping of my work!

I noticed a difference when I began working on Where the Wild Things Are. For the first time I felt that Spike and I were working on a project where I could actually contribute in a significant way. Much less of what I was making was being thrown away, which was a first. I was given the opportunity to interpret not only Spike Jonze’s interpretation of Where the Wild Things Are, but also Maurice Sendak’s original book.

Like any kid growing up in the 70’s I was greatly influenced by Mr. Sendak’s books. His books are not just on my bookshelf they are in my blood. What I did with the titles, type treatments and marketing graphics also owes greatly to the heavy creative lifting done by Sonny Gerasimowicz who designed the creatures in the film and the Art Direction of K.K. Barrett. 

Geoff McFetridge

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