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Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

This book was a lovely surprise. Like most of the books I read it was a suggestion from a friend. In this case one of the designers of Plans Scusi, the team behind Errant Press brand and editorial design. As soon as I read it, it became a personal favorite. I liked it so much, it’s one of the books I usually buy to give away and restock in my personal library. It is also one of the few books I can’t share digitally, because part of the art of this book is the book itself, the color and sequences provided by the physical object (specific ink, paper size, dimensions, etc.).

Asterios Polyp is a graphic novel by David Mazzuchelli. Its title is the name of its main character, a famous paper architect that has never built a real building. The color is purple with lights of yellow, blue and red. The leitmotif is duality. The feeling is loneliness but also love and hope.

I would recommend it to designers, comic enthusiasts, artists, art students and someone going through a mid thirty crisis.

I bought my last copy from these guys: Mission: Comics and Art but I'm sure you can find it in your neighborhood comic shop.

A book can also exist as an autonomous and self-sufficient form, including perhaps a text that emphasizes that form, a text that is an organic part of that form: here begins the new art of making books. (Ulises Carrion)

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