Monday, 21 March 2011

"Riverboat Bill", Cliff Green, illustrations by Stephen Axelsen (Hodder & Stoughton, Australia 1975)

Not much time for blogging these days, running after so many different things at the same time - who said that living in the countryside is stress-free? I bought this book a few weeks ago because of these great character illustrations. The "hand-made" approach of the cover (all type is hand drawn) really stood out and the figures were so funny even though they appeared to be serious. This must have been Stephen Axelsen's first book (he would have been in his early twenties then) and I was glad to find out that he never stopped since! Here's the artist's official website: Many books and illustrations there.

This (below) does remind me a bit of Cut-Throat Jake from the Captain Pugwash stories but he's so appropriate as a villain.

And a very sinister version of Pugwash himself...

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