08/01/2013 7:00 pm
Diesel, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes local cartoonist and illustrator Ben Catmull to the store to sign his new book, Ghosts and Ruins, on Thursday, August 1st at 7pm.
Ghosts and Ruins is a masterwork of understated creepiness from acclaimed publisher Fantagraphics Books. Cartoonist and illustrator Ben Catmull works in the modern gothic tradition alongside artists like Edward Gorey, Berni Wrightson, and Dame Darcy, but with a style all his own. Each spread features a different haunted house, lovingly and exquisitely rendered in scratchboard on masonite, with a short, nightmare-inducing description of the scene. In the author's words, it is "...a compendium of old, forgotten haunted houses, their strange histories, and the experiences of those brave enough to visit. It is highly recommended that you read this book alone late at night in the dark, far away from civilization, preferably during a power outage."
Ben Catmull grew up in the Bay Area and currently lives in Oakland. His previous works include Monster Parade and Paper Theater.