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What’s the point of illustration? To Illustrate suppose


Book Club Friday night – we read and discussed something a little different this time, Cairo a Graphic Novel by G. Willow Wilson… set in modern Cairo against a backdrop of contemporary political and criminal tension and a pervasive awareness of middle-east folklore. It was a good read, (and re-read), but conversation moved onto what the purpose, or maybe i should say distinction between a novel – which enable freedom of imagination and self-imagary, and this a graphic novel, where the imaginative image conjouring is done for you… At first it seemed we were all thinking that this might limit the imaginative possibilities for the reader, but after a while i was reminded of the excellent place of illlutration in all sorts of context… especially children’s books. In conclusion… “What’s the point of illustration? It’s to Illustrate.”

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