Thursday, November 11, 2010

FEATURED: Ant and Bee



...hard to think of a better example of the Japanese idea of Heta-uma (bad-good art.) Or maybe its Heta-heta (see below.) I can't even imagine how an adult writes books like these. They're completely guileless. The illustrations remind me of certain aspects of Ernest Shepard's illustrations for the Pooh books. They touch on reality in a baffling way, without actually being realistic: Shepard's Roo appears to be either a semi-fetal kangaroo, or a beyond filthy Mike Kelly stuffed doll, and Rabbit's "Friends and relations" appear to be grubby little insects.

Banner's Ant & Bee follow a similar model. Although drawn in a crude pictographic style, they maintain realistic details which makes us react to them the way we would react to a real ant or bee. I'm not sure what my point is, but this is pretty terrific stuff. Its selling pretty quickly too, so stop by the store and check it out before it all disappears...



"[King Terry] believes that there are essentially four types of art:
(1) Heta-uma [Bad-good]-a high level of achievement, requiring great practice. The goal to be attained.

(2) Uma-uma [Good-good]-the truly amazing "professionals," those who can astound everyone with their works. The creme de la creme.

(3) Heta-heta [Bad-bad]-the truely bad amateur, who has neither technique nor sensibility. The average person.

(4) Uma-heta [Good-bad]-the professional whose technique is good but whose work lacks life. No soul."
- from 'Dreamland Japan' by Frederik L. Schodt





Ant And Bee And The Rainbow SOLD!
Hardcover (out of print and scarce)

Ant And Bee And The Doctor $95.00
Hardcover (out of print and scarce)





Ant And Bee And The Secret SOLD!
Hardcover (out of print and scarce)


Ant And Bee Go Shopping SOLD!
Hardcover (out of print and scarce)


Ant And Bee And The ABC SOLD!
Hardcover (out of print and scarce)

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