Austin: Dancing Cat Bindery, 2017. First Edition. Softcover. Oblong 8vo (217 x 240 mm / 9.25" x 8.5"). Contains 16 illustrations, each with accompanying Haiku poetry and text on facing pages. Bound by Julia Sullivan in a modified version of a traditional Japanese four-hole, non-adhesive binding, Kyoseishi paper covers. The book enclosure is Asahi book cloth ena Chiyogami decorative paper. Images printed with archival ink on archival 60 lb. Polar Matte paper. Custom gold foil title stamp in Japanese ("Kaiju" which translates to "Strange Beast" in English). Each image is signed by the artist. Fine / Fine. Item #2380
Artist's Edition, limited to just 5 copies printed on fine archival paper, with each illustration signed by the artist, and bound by Julie Sullivan in the Japanese style. ¶ From the artist's statement: "Imagine a place where fearful beasts and monsters inhabit a world of calm tranquility. Japanese gardens, pastoral landscapes and quiet rooms are combined with nightmarish creatures to create a strange and unharmonious take on the feel of ancient Japanese printmaking. Perhaps these monstrosities find a level of inner peace and serenity they never before experienced. At least for a brief moment of time." A characteristic example is the first image: Godzilla, clad in a traditional Japanese tea garb, and seated in a formal tea garden, is described in the following Haiku: "The gentle breeze drifts / Before rampaging resumes -- / A moment for tea." The Japanese characters on the upper left corner translate to "Tea Ceremony." The Haiku, at first seemingly irreverent, inspire and enhance the illustrations, and celebrate Japanese and American monster movies. The monsters depicted in this book are: Godzilla, Xenomorph Alien, Shelob spider from Lord of the Rings, Cthulhu, Pacific Rim Kaiju, Mothra and Rodan, Mars Attacks Martian, Actor in Godzilla Suit, Predator, Ghostbusters Gargoyle Dog, Gremlin, Werewolf, Six Headed Demon, Terminator, Mechagodzilla, and Godzilla vs. King Kong. ¶ Austin artist Chet Phillips continues to delight readers with his slightly off-center view of the world through his digital woodcut styled illustrations. For 30+ years his work has been showcased by advertising agencies, design firms, corporations, book publishers, magazines and movie studios.