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A Single Match

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Well, the first day of winter is December 21st, so our last fall book arrived in the office with 13 days to spare–talk about being ahead of the game. I know…arriving in the office really means nothing as it wont be in stores for a month or so, but it means something to me. Yes, this was a momentous day–I can finally celebrate the completion of A Single Match.

Well, the first day of winter is December 21st, so our last fall book arrived in the office with 13 days to spare–talk about being ahead of the game. I know…arriving in the office really means nothing as it wont be in stores for a month or so, but it means something to me. Yes, this was a momentous day–I can finally wipe my hands clean celebrate the completion of A Single Match.


It may not officially be winter yet, but that snow INSIDE the office window tells another tale. Poor Shannon, poor interns–you see, the snow window happens to be right by the intern desk. That snow’s been there for two days now and it’s showing no sign of melting.


I guess that’s why it’s necessary for Shannon to wear both a festive sweater and a scarf (I think we’re breaking some labour laws…). Not pictured here but noted later was the addition of mittens to the ensemble. And she still managed to crack a smile for this pic. Now that’s what I call an awesome intern.

But this post has gotten way off topic. Fear of Montreal winters set aside, I really can’t express how thrilled I am to hold this book in my hands. I’ve been working on it since August and I still see new details in the images that amaze me, the stories still take me elsewhere, and, at times, still make me laugh. Oji Suzuki has a way of pulling the reader into another world–a world occupied by floating heads, bus driving birds, and figures lingering in the stars. Suzuki’s art is the perfect balance of stark lines, vigorous hatching, and breathtaking silhouettes. I know what you’re thinking: “Can silhouettes actually be breathtaking?” Well, they can. Crack open a copy of A Single Match and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.


And did I mention the cover’s glossy? This picture was taken without flash and you can still see it shining. If A Single Match isn’t on your after-Christmas list, I’d recommend slotting it in. (Does my thumb look fat in this picture?)

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