I thought this book had gone off the rails but then I realized it was just that I like Lawhead (at least recent Lawhead) *much much better* when his characters are actually interacting and I'm not just reading pages and pages of GGK-style-plot-description-cum-faux-hist
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, by Chris Ware
When I first started this book I was very enthused about the art, but I hated the story. Somewhere along the way the story won me over, but that meant I didn't pay as much attention to the art. Weird, huh? Anyway, it went from an awful book to a nifty book as I read it, so if you don't have patience for reading stuff you hate, you may want to avoid it. But if you like art and are willing to resent the writing to get the art, recommended. Or maybe I'm just a surly old curmudgeon who doesn't know what she's talking about.
Mike Fay's Megatransect Journals, by Mike Fay, photographs by Mike "Nick" Nichols
Very very interesting. It was a pain trying to puzzle out Fay's handwriting from the journal pages but I recommend doing so, as the excerpted caption-y quotes don't contain some of the stuff I was most intrigued by. I kind of wish there had been a "here are all the journals and we only took out the odd thing that was too personal" general transcription of everything, rather than a coffee-table book version that had more pictures than journal - but the pictures are excellent, and I suspect most people who were willing to shell out the hundred and fifty smackeroons for the set of this & the larger more photo-focused Nichols book would prefer this version to my imaginary version. C'est la vie. Anyway, it's lovely and fascinating and the picture of Mike Fay sitting and brooding in the rain is some kind of iconographic This Is A Field Scientist Here portrait for the ages, I tell you what.