Alyssa Suzumura’s Fan Art for City of Saints & Madmen

Jeff VanderMeer • November 13th, 2010 @ 5:19 pm • Culture

Alyssa Suzumura sent me a really nice email with photos of some fan art she’d done after reading my mosaic novel City of Saints & Madmen. What I particularly love about this is that it riffs off of the art in the book and makes it different not just in part by re-drawing and original drawing, but by changing the context and the medium. I am not an expert on the process involved, but clearly some kind of plate or etching was made to then print the Burning Leaves cover. The manual addition of color adds another layer of differentiation. I love the combination of suggesting something mass-produced but also carefully hand-made/detailed.

Given that both the text and the art in City of Saints are, in addition to mirroring the real world generally, in dialogue with specific modes of creativity—Decadent-era art and literature, for example; Borges/Nabokovian approaches—it feels right for fan art to continue this process of echoing and riffing in the micro details, while on the macro level making something that, to me at least, seems different from the source material. If the creator gave permission, I could certainly see incorporating this in some iteration of an Ambergris book, wherein it would itself be recontextualized and thus assimilated back into the city.



5 Responses to “Alyssa Suzumura’s Fan Art for City of Saints & Madmen”

  1. Egg says:

    Is pretty,
    Is very pretty?
    Any copies available?

  2. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    Not that I’m aware of. Maybe the creator will stop by and answer…

  3. Samuel S says:


  4. Ben Jones says:

    My cap is off to the artist. She’s done a really lovely job. And lo, one of the scary bird masks from “Martin Lake”!

  5. Alyssa Suzumura says:

    Thank you very much! If you send me a self addressed envelope, I could send you a print of it. Email me at [email protected] and I can send you an address.

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