Randall C's Sleepyhead was a multiple award winner in Europe when released back in 2007. It's a dazzling book which has a lovely, lazy, dreamlike feel which draws you into the majesty of the art. This is a tour-de-force in comics storytelling which produces a book full of philosophy, absurdism, fantasy elements, love and self discovery - plus some of the best drawn whales you'll ever see.
The Comics Journal says of it:
"Randall C.’s stories are a Chinese puzzle box of which Neil Gaiman even would lose track of the pieces. He excels at metaphoric storytelling jumps, literally letting the characters dive into their own stories and incorporating that story into the main storyline where borders between dreams, stories and reality blur into one whole beautiful cuddle. All of this is accentuated with meanderings on life and love, wrapped in allegory, metaphor and playful language.
Randall C.’s linework is a beauty to behold. The lines swerve over the pages, encapsulating characters, fore- and backgrounds in one fell swoop. The muddy earth and pastel colours seem applied by a mad midget who loves to fingerpaint outside of the lines. This only adds to the surreal visuals and storyline though. Everything works together to enforce the dreamlike occurrences that the protagonists float through.
Blank Slate chose to reprint Sleepyheads at the same size as the Dutch edition meaning that it is a beautiful hard- and soft cover oversized book (well , oversized if you take US comics as the norm). Together with Drawn & Quarterly’s release of Brecht Evens’ The Wrong Place, this will be one of the must-have books of the year. Highly recommended!"
- Bart Croonenborghs
Hardcover - Colour - Published November 2010