Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Art of Pho HC Bookplate Edition - Exclusive to Gosh!

The Art of Pho is the first graphic novel to come from Julian Hanshaw, a long-time animation artist whose short story Sand Dunes and Sonic Booms won the Observer/Cape Graphic Short Story Prize in 2008.

Drawing inspiration from the time he spent in Vietnam, Hanshaw has spun a tale that Shaun Tan calls “Part travelogue, part dream, park cookbook all wrapped in an intriguingly designed rice paper roll: …deliciously surreal.”

The noodle soup called pho is the national dish of Vietnam. When Little Blue - having been dropped by a mysterious man with a red car and being told to count to 500 - finds himself in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's baffling, daunting capital, his salvation is his own mobile pho stand. Little Blue's relationship with the city and its food brings an understanding to what it means to never want to return home and the fact that everyone goes away in the end.

Over at The Guardian website Hanshaw talks you through a few choice pages.

The Gosh! Exclusive Art of Pho Bookplate Edition is limited to 200 copies, featuring a numbered full-colour portrait of Little Blue himself. At the standard retail price of £14.99 this handsome book is a welcome and deserved addition to our line of Bookplate Editions and definitely worth picking up. If you’d like to reserve a copy or arrange a mail order, drop us a line at info@goshlondon.com.


Derek Neuland said...

Julian's art is absolutely beautiful! I definitely need to pick this up. I already have weekly cravings pho, and I'm sure having this on my shelf will only increase my desire for it.