Ronald Searle’s America Hardcover – January 11, 2016
by Ronald Searle (Author), Matt Jones (Editor)
This is legendary British cartoonist Ronald Searle’s caustic take on 1960s America, in the form of illustrations and drawings (with commentary).
Dispatched to America in the early ’60s, the golden age of illustrative reportage, Ronald Searle spent several years covering everything―in the form of drawings in his trademark satirical and virtuosic style―from sports to politics, for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and TV Guide. Topics included Palm Springs, Las Vegas, the Presidential contest between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon―as seen through the eyes of a caustic Englishman. Full-color illustrations throughout.
About the Author
Ronald Searle (1920-2011) trained at Cambridge College of Arts and Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University) for two years before enlisting in the Royal Engineers in 1939. A prisoner of war from 1942-1945 in Singapore and Thailand, he cartooned during his internment. Searle’s best-known comics series consisted of six books published between 1948-1959, featuring juvenile delinquent schoolgirls at the fictional school St. Trinian’s. (These have been adapted into films as recently as 2011.) Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004, he was also decorated with France’s highest honor for an artist, the French Order of the Legion of Honor, won the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award, and received the German Order of Merit.Matt Jones is a story artist at Pixar. His Perpetua: Ronald Searle Tribute website has become the foremost resource for Searle fans.
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1 edition (January 11, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.2 x 14.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Matt Jones’ new book on the seminal cartoonist is enormous and overflowing with masterful works by the great Searle. This book i
By nickgali on January 21, 2016
Matt Jones’ new book on the seminal cartoonist is enormous and overflowing with masterful works by the great Searle. This book is as thought-through as it is gorgeous. Smartly curated, it’s also a wonderful time-capsule: America through the astute, inventive and hilarious illustrations of a rarely-gifted observer. Searle, from the UK, is in peak form as he takes us on a tour of our United States.
Permit me a really envious aside: I’m astonished that this magnificent tome represents only a sliver of Searle’s unparalleled career, as any artist would be delirious with joy if by the end of their life they had produced the contents of this book alone.
Jones has lovingly (and obsessively) created a worthy monument to the remarkably influential father of three generations of cartoonists. And counting.