Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Henry: The Heart Boy
After several weeks of sleepless nights, thanks to a relentless heat wave in Melbourne and the incessant barking, from dusk 'til dawn, of a neighbour's dog, I've been in a bit of a crappy mood of late. Over the past week however, the hot weather has eased and a couple of fun packages arrived at my door to put a smile on my face. The little demon dog is still barking, but I guess you can't have everything, right? Anyway, I'll save the second package for another post, but the first treat in the mail was a delightfully dark picture book by illustrator and animator, Ken Turner.
I first stumbled upon Ken's art (here) back in April, 2012, when a Google search for the Dark Shadows movie turned up some of his caricatures of the cast. Since then he has completed an animated series called The World of Snowboy and Crow, and is now embarking upon a short animated film called Henry: The Heart Boy, based upon the very book I purchased from his online shop. Ken also generously sent along some extra goodies with my book, including cards and prints featuring his wonderful illustrations.
Henry: The Heart Boy is the story of a boy who, quite literally, offers his heart to another only to be rejected. Although hearts being ripped from chests may sound like pretty dark subject matter, it's a poignant and fun Beetlejuice-y style of macabre. I won't give anything away, but I absolutely loved the ending and I really can't wait to see how this tale is translated to film.
If you're a fan of Tim Burton, Charles Addams, Edward Gorey or Ronald Searle, like I am, Ken's illustrative style is bound to appeal to you. You can see more of his work via the Ken Turner blog.