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Within these pages you will find an array of fantastic images and concepts from
illustrator/publisher Charles Vess and his collaborators.
This is the place to interact with other lovers of
old ballads, comics, fantasy, illustration, and the fantastique.

All pictorial art is the transformation
of dead material into something spiritual.
--- Anonymous

"I have seen landscapes...which, under a particular light,

made me feel that at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next

ridge. Nature has that in her which compels us to invent giants: and

only giants will do."

--- C.S. Lewis

 

Magic Words

In the earliest time,

when both people and animals lived on the earth,

a person could become an animal if he wanted to

and an animal could become a human being.

Sometimes they were people

and sometimes animals

and there was no difference.

All spoke the same language.

That was the time when words were like magic.

The human mind had mysterious powers.

A word spoken by chance

might have strange consequences.

It would suddenly come alive

and what people wanted to happen could happen--

all you had to do was to say it.

Nobody can explain this:

That's the way it was.

- - after Nalugiaq

Edward Field, 'Songs and Stories of the Netsilik Eskimos

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