Death goes to counseling in Nicholas Gurewitch’s “Notes on a Case of Melancholia, or: A Little Death” from Dark Horse

Death goes to counseling in Nicholas Gurewitch’s “Notes on a Case of Melancholia, or: A Little Death” from Dark Horse

As someone who isn’t particularly gifted in the ways of the visual arts, I am constantly astounded by the gifts and talents of people who can put pen to paper and create entirely realized worlds and characters with their lines and brush strokes.

So I can’t even imagine the amount of time and craft it took for Nicholas Gurewitch to illustrate Notes on a Case of Melancholia, or: A Little Death, where each line was etched and carved into inked clay.

That is insanity. And based on the cover image alone, it will look absolutely stunning.

The plot of the book sounds plenty intriguing, too: Death visits a psychoanalyst because his child has no interest in carrying on the family business. It looks wonderfully macabre and masterfully crafted, so check out the details below.

Per Dark Horse:

DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH "NOTES ON A CASE OF MELANCHOLIA, OR: A LITTLE DEATH"

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (October 23, 2019) – Death arrives in this darkly humorous and brilliantly illustrated tale created by Nicholas Gurewitch, author of The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack! Notes on a Case of Melancholia, or: A Little Death is a tale of fatherhood, death, and psychoanalysis. Dark Horse’s updated edition of Gurewitch’s wildly successful Kickstarter project is set to go on sale in March 2020.

In Notes on a Case of Melancholia, or: A Little Death, Death becomes a patient of a recently-bereaved psychoanalyst. The topic of discussion? His frolicsome child, who has no apparent interest in grim-reaping! Featuring an unfathomable number of lines which have been hand-chiseled into inked clay, this labor of love by Nicholas Gurewitch invokes the morbid humor of his comic strip, The Perry Bible Fellowship, and the spooky silent-film qualities of the late Edward Gorey.

Notes on a Case of Melancholia, or: A Little Death will hit comic shops on March 18, 2020, followed by other retailers on March 31.

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