- Posted on May 4th 2011 12:00PM by Jill Langlois
With packaging and both cover and stage art under his belt, Barnes decided to tackle books, too, releasing 'What's Weird?' last week alongside of Montreal's record.
"I wrote stuff in it, but it's not telling a story," Barnes tells Spinner. "It's more something that you could just open up every day for a year, I would hope, and if you just looked for a second, you'd find something new; it's pretty dense because I draw so small.
Courtesy of David Barnes
But Barnes says he'd still like to write a children's book -- assuming he hasn't been blacklisted by the book police, that is -- which makes sense, since he loves juxtaposition in his work.
"My favourite thing is taking two things that aren't related and putting them together. I don't know why I find that so much fun. But, I guess, that's kind of the basis of comedy," he says.
"Anything kind of anthropomorphic is kind of good -- any time you can take a part of an animal and attach it to a human. You can spend a lifetime drawing variations on the centaur; it's a man and a squid; it's a man and an eagle."
And Barnes has been working on another odd pairing for his next book.
"It's a graphic novel about a pregnant football player who's kind of dumb and never really says how he got pregnant -- that's not really important. But he's just such a good kickoff returner that no one makes fun of him about it," he says.
"But then also going on in the story is a secondary story of his unborn child, and it takes place in this sort of sci-fi fantasy world. It's based on the idea of what goes on in a foetus' mind. It can't just be blank; there must be something happening. It's the idea that foetuses are on this journey in their minds to reach being born."