Snow storm

This week’s Flipped takes a look at a late but deserving entry into the list of possible best books of 2009, Susumu Katsumata’s Red Snow from Drawn & Quarterly. While pulling together illustrations for the column, I noticed that the cover design had changed rather drastically from solicitation to finished product.

Here’s the solicitation version:

And here’s the final:

I much prefer the final version. It’s much more in keeping with the content, and I love that it has an almost woodcut quality. The earlier version seems rather generic and lacks the earthiness that makes the stories so interesting. The first version is also sexy in an almost pandering way, I think, and it strikes me as sort of a bait-and-switch. Going in a different direction was a very good choice.

Just out of curiosity, I wondered what other versions of the book looked like. Here’s the Japanese version collected by Seirinkogeisha:

It’s nice, but it strikes me as a little delicate. It’s more in keeping with the content, but, again, it doesn’t have the grounded quality of the stories. Here’s the French version, published by Editions Cornélius:

It’s attractive in a bandes dessinées kind of way, though I still don’t find it as striking as the D&Q version. I know (or think) there’s a Korean version out there, but I’m not having any luck finding an image of the cover. I’d love to get a look at it, so if you have more success than I do, send me a link. And let me know which one you like best.

3 Responses to Snow storm

  1. k says:

    I don’t know if there’s a Korean-language version of the whole thing, but a quick search shows that there is a short story by the same name (excerpt? pilot chapter?) (Red Snow 붉은 눈) by Katsumata Susumu (가쓰마타 스스무) in the 4th volume (2007) of the Korean indie comics magazine ‘New Comics’ (새만화책).

    http://www.libro.co.kr/Product/ComicsDetail.libro?goods_id=0060001201479

    (larger pic of New Comics issue cover)
    http://blog.naver.com/PostView.nhn?blogId=saicomics&logNo=40034109037&widgetTypeCall=true

    It’s my guess that Katsumata’s work hasn’t been published in full in Korean, but I could be wrong.

  2. davidpwelsh says:

    Thanks! I guess I was confused in reading the text piece. I thought they were publishing Red Snow the book, not just “Red Snow” the story.

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