Saturday, May 27, 2006

Must-have objects for a survival kit #3

The Melancholy Death Of Oyster Boy & Other Stories, by Tim Burton

Being the brain behind masterpiece movies like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks! or Batman Returns, we all know by now that Tim Burton is a genius. This is a book first published in 1997, consisting of poems and drawings that tell us the stories of tragic characters like Stick Boy, Staring Girl, The Boy with Nails in His Eyes, The Pin Cushion Queen, Brie Boy, Oyster Boy or The Girl Who Turned Into a Bed. Pretty much all of his trademarks are here: a sympathy for misunderstood outsiders, sophistication and childness, some black humor and an innocence mixed with the macabre. Enough reasons to make this a mandatory book that remind us why we like his work so much.

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