Carol Swain is one of our best cartoonists and one who seems a little under-appreciated to me. Her art has ploughed it’s own distinctive furrow whilst elements of her artistry and design at times recall greats such as Jose Munoz and Lorenzo Mattotti. She isn’t the most productive of cartoonists but what appears almost always bears a distinct stamp of quality. It seems her next book, Giraffes in my Hair, is coming from Fantagraphics (her usual publishers) in August and I can’t wait.
(cover to Giraffes in my Hair – dig those sideburns! – by Bruce Paley and Carol Swain, published Fantagraphics)
It’s a collaboration with her husband Bruce Paley where she illustrates his early adult years growing up as part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll generation who emerged from the hippie summer of love in 1967. There are a few pages knocking about the net, many from the French edition coming in November, showing us Carol’s interpretations of such notable figures as Allen Ginsberg. Should be a stunner.