Now these are abstract comics: non-representational and/or abstract symbols arranged in sequence on a single page, with formal considerations of size, density, orientation, direction – and flow – being the central concern and primary focus. Originally drawn by the Swiss artist, Warja Lavater between 1976 and 1999, the sixty pictograms that make up this collection were first published in 2008 by Nieves Books of Zurich, Switzerland. That collection has now been reissued as a co-publication of Nieves and 50 Watts Books of Philadelphia.
This is a no frills square bound edition that runs 124 pages, cleanly printed on 7 1/2" x 10” flat white stock with flat white card stock covers. Each pictogram is printed on the right of the spread, with the left (which is the backing page of the previous pictogram) left blank to provide a clear field with which to confront and absorb each image – which you’ll want to do repeatedly, as each is very open to interpretation. Here’s a book that will get any rusty synapses in the visual cortex back in action!