Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Why are we here and where do we come from? These are two questions that have stumped philosophers, scientists, and religious sects since the human race became capable of asking such things. Religion says God created us all in seven days, Science says the Big Bang started us and millions of years of evolution refined us. Wars have started and ended because of these questions and they tend to bring the best and worst out in all of us. It’s possibly the one thing on the entire planet that absolutely everyone has an opinion on. The lack of certainty has become Jesse Moynihan’s playground, realising what other creative types have for centuries that the rich tapestry of tales and theories on how we got here can lead to some interesting stories in the modern era. How does he do? Find out after the jump.
Forming by Jesse Moynihan
Published by NoBrow Press (distributed by AdHouse Books in the
) United States
Why do we see the objects or people we perceive to have created us to be deities? Why can’t they be like us, just more evolved? No, this isn’t yet another Prometheus review, which can be left to people who care about such things. This is Forming, a beautiful, epic, and very adult book by the incredibly talented Jesse Moynihan and published by the brightest light in the
’s independent scene, NoBrow Press. United Kingdom
NoBrow have gone above and beyond with the presentation of Forming. Large, slightly bigger than a French graphic ‘album,’ Forming stands out on the bookshelf, begging to be read. The matt finish to the cover strangely adds to the vivid energy of the colours and there is also a lovely hot pink fabric spine and thankfully, no dust jacket; something that should have gone the way of the jheri-curl or the Betamax player and been put to bed years ago. On top of that, the paper stock is thick and weighty, once again proving that the smaller publishers are definitely in the business of making sure the whole product matters, not just the content. Forming marks another tick in the win column for NoBrow and alongside Mikkel Sommer’s Obsolete and the fantastic body of work by the likes of BlexBolex and Jack Teagle, NoBrow Press is the publisher to look out for going forward.
Verdict – Buy It Now!
There is no doubt that this book should be purchased but if you don’t like beautifully presented books you can read Forming on Jesse Moynihan’s website, imaginatively titled www.jessemoynihan.com for free.