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Bittersweet Editions : The Iron Gall

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Bittersweet Editions : The Iron Gall
15 min2018 MAR 15
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Part one of our interview with Marcellus Hall, an acclaimed musician as well as the author and illustrator of our latest book, Kaleidoscope City. We sat down with him at Duotone Audio Group’s New York studio to talk about his newest medium – the graphic novel.

Marcellus Hall is a NYC-based illustrator. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and Time, as well as in American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and Communication Arts annuals. His first cover for The New Yorker was published in 2005. He has self-published books of drawings and writings, including Hard Luck Stories and Legends of the Infinite City. Hall illustration work in children's books include Because You Are My Baby (Abrams 2008), City I Love (Abrams 2009), The Cow Loves Cookies (Simon & Schuster 2010), Because I Am Your Daddy (Abrams 2010), Full Moon and Star (Abrams 2011), Because I Am Your Teacher (Abrams 2012), What's New? The Zoo! (Scholastic 2014), Duddle Puck The Puddle Duck (Simon & Schuster 2015), and the self-penned Everyone Sleeps (Penguin 2013).

Hailing from Minnesota, Marcellus Hall arrived in New York in the 1990s to form Railroad Jerk, an industrial grunge-folk band whose four LPs on Matador Records helped define the era. With trademark absurdist yet poignant lyrics, Hall went on to form (with drummer Dave Varenka) White Hassle, a duo with guitar, harmonica and drums that pre-dated the White Stripes and the Black Keys. Hall then embarked on a solo incarnation that enlists the talents of Damon Smith on bass and Mike Shapiro on drums. The quartet played shows in and around New York while recording songs.