by T. Shaw
VSW Press Founder Joan Lyons and the artist are obvious resources for an accurate production narrative of this title.
by T. Shaw
imagery: The relatively crude shapes and slightly jaggy lines of relief prints make up all of the imagery which mostly consists of people in idealized historical dress getting on a train.
graphical: The design is more or less full bleed imagery on every page. There is some typeset text which are vocalized statements, often times typograpically enhanced for effects of volume.
openings: Openings are consistent throughout. Each opening is one stage of mostly graphic sequence.
turnings: Aside from one constant--the train tracks--turnings are varied spread to spread to engage the reader in the visual narrative running throughout the book. Also prominent is the train element which overlaps the fore-edge recto to verso to provide quick-paced continuity in the turning of pages.
development: The development contains swells, a climax, and other visual rythmns making the narrative complex. Eventually, the train, a dominant graphical element, is left behind by our own momentum in turning pages and we are left with only the tracks in the end.
Since the reader's own momentum turning pages eventually surpasses the icon of train travel, it could be said the book is a subtle criticism of humankind's approach to technological development. This is supported by the book's last vocalized statement "Where are we going?" answered by "Beats me sonny."
note: [T. Shaw]
Visual Studies Workshop Press
location: Rochester, New York
edition type: editioned
publisher: Visual Studies Workshop Press
place: Rochester, New York
vertical: 5 inches closed
horizontal: 8 inches closed
binding: perfect (AAT) Perfect Bound
format: codex (AAT)
pagination: unpaginated 30