The Forest (Hardcover)

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The Forest (Hardcover)

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Ott manages a complex story in 25 images. Scratchboard - starting with black and scratching away to create images - seems fitting for the story of a boy in a forest facing fear and choosing his path. No words but the story is apparent through Ott’s black and white images. I am both mystified and drawn in by Ott’s way of telling a story.

— Ashby

A gorgeous, ghostly, and silent graphic novella from the modern scratchboard master.


The Forest is a graphic novella told via twenty-five singular illustrations, without words, of which only Swiss artist Thomas Ott is capable. A young boy sneaks away from a family funeral and sinks into the forest depths, where he confronts man's greatest fear and must choose his path. Drawing with a technique called scratchboard, where a white surface is covered with a black layer and scratched away, Ott creates images out of negative space to harrowing effect. In Ott's hands, the medium becomes the perfect vessel for his eerie, horror-imbued morality tales. This gorgeous volume will be printed on heavy art paper with Pantone Black ink to best showcase every exquisite detail of Ott's virtuosic talent.
Thomas Ott is a Swiss artist born in 1967. He received training as a graphic artist at the Kunstgewerbeschule School of Design in Zürich and has been a freelance comics artist and illustrator since 1987, as well as an animator, musician, and political cartoonist.  His books include The Number 73304-23-4153-6-96-8, Cinema Panopticum, T. Ott's Tales of Error, Dead End, Greetings from Hellville, and R.I.P.: Best of 1985-2004.
Product Details ISBN: 9781683965169
ISBN-10: 1683965167
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: February 15th, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English
The art is mesmerizing ... a series of haunting images that tell a story both fantastical and touchingly human.
— New York Journal of Books

Lovers of classical illustration techniques and eerie art will be drawn to this simple but elegant fable.
— Publishers Weekly