Floris Tilanus – Zoals Het Is

This is not a graphic novel, nor is it a cartoon or a children’s book, but a proper picture book for adults. The story is small but with the fullness of the illustrations, done in pen and black ink, it feels like a more elaborate work. The whole thing has been put with great sophistication. The drawing on the cover runs over into the interior across the endpapers, the annoying EAN code required by law being squirrelled away as a poster on a bus shelter that is part of the drawing.

 

The choice of paper displays the illustrations beautifully and the book has been superbly bound, as a result of which it falls open nicely. The publishers are Van Oorschot, but in terms of production it was made possible entirely by crowdfunding, artist and author Floris Tilanus having raised the money for printer, designer and binder inside five days. We’re not surprised: his work is most attractive.

 

Edition: 2017
Language: Dutch
Final editor: Menno Hartman
Publisher / commissioner: Van Oorschot, Amsterdam
Designer: Tessa van der Waals, Amsterdam
Lithographer: robstolk, Amsterdam (Alex Feenstra)
Printer: robstolk, Amsterdam (printed in black and skeleton black)
Binder: Van Waarden, Zaandam
Dimensions: 190 x 170 x 4
Amount of pages: 36 p.
Number of copies: 1,300
Retail price in euros: € 16.50
ISBN: 978 90 282 7072 5
Font and foundry: Fakt (Ourtype), Nobel (Dutch Type Library)
Binding style: sewn hardback with a flat spine, thin boards with minimal square; the first and last pages are the endpapers
Material: 130gsm Arcoprint Edizioni 1.7 Avorio (Fedrigoni) (interior), 120gsm Arcoprint Edizioni 1.3 Avorio (Fedrigoni) over 1.5 mm grey board (binding, with matt silver foil stamping (Crown) on spine and front)