This book was released in June, but I finally got my hands on a copy last month – and I’ve been browsing it ever since.
Pulphope: The Art of Paul Pope is an illustrated survey of Pope’s career, including illustrations from his major projects (100%, Batman: Year 100), sketches, unreleased comics, and some of his lesser known stuff – like his stint with Japanese manga mega-publisher, Kodansha, back in the mid 90s (“In which Pope produced hundreds of pages of material, only about a dozen pages have ever seen print” – from the jacket).
Lots of characteristically mystifying brush work from Pope, admirably printed on large pages (10.5 x 9.1) and in full colour. The stuff I dug the most were his personal essays about working in comics. Here’s a bit from an essay on his daily routine:
“There are different ways to work. I find the best is to do nothing but make comics for up to three days straight, breaking only ot eat and sleep. If it’s more than three days, the work’s usually no good, or worse, even bad.”