Nicolas is a book by Pascal Girard. Drawn and Quarterly recently donated a copy to our library. A few months ago I went up to Montreal and picked this book up at the D & Q store. I read it in about 10 minutes and then read it over and over again every night for a week(exaggerating). Reasons why i love it. It can make someone cry using such a small amount of lines. It’s about Girard’s little brother who passed away from a bad disease when they were very little. I have tingles up my back just thinking about this book. It’s deceptively simple looking and you may ignore it on the shelf if you weren’t reading this. It’s a good thing that you are reading this though. Here. I’ll open the pages for you.
Now wasn’t that splendid?
I tried to draw like Girard for a few weeks after reading this book. I get irritated when this happens but I think I learned a lot about cartooning. Girard has a gift for simplifying objects(especially people) that just makes me shiver. He had a wonderful blog where he posts work form his sketchbook and stuff he is working on, including something about Bigfoot. Thanks you for this book Mr. Girard. — Chuck McBuck