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The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes: The Sherlockian Artwork of Norman Schatell

Norman Schatell was the leading Sherlock Holmes artist of the 1970s. ‘The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes’ is a collection of over 300 humorous cartoons and illustrations based on the characters that appear in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s’ famous stories. Many of the cartoons and drawings originally appeared in ‘The Baker Street Journal’, the British ‘Sherlock Holmes Journal’, ‘The Armchair Detective’, ‘The Baker Street Miscellanea’, and ‘The Serpentine Muse’. Murder Ink, a former New York City mystery book shop, used fifteen of the cartoons to illustrate a line of stationery. The book includes the comical ‘Arts and Crafts’ Sherlock Holmes drawings, ‘The Anthropological Holmes’ (a fanciful look at Sherlock Holmes in ancient civilizations and around the world), and many of the illustrated envelopes he mailed to his friends. The book is a must for all Sherlock Holmes buffs – and a treat for anyone who enjoys the stories, movies, and television shows.

This is a whimsical collection worthy of your Sherlockian bookspace and an acknowledgement of the contribution of a Sherlockian whose imaginative sketching keeps Sherlock Holmes alive.” – Brenda Rossini

Norman Schatell’s artwork added a great deal to the world of Sherlock Holmes fandom in the 1970s. Thankfully, due to his son Glenn’s efforts, new-wave fans can now enjoy his collection of humorous, irreverent, and delightful cartoons for years to come.” – Amy Thomas

The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. In ebook format it is in Amazon KindleNook and Kobo.

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The Sydney Passengers reviews The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes, The Sherlockian Artwork of Norman Schatell

The Sydney Passengers reviews The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes, The Sherlockian Artwork of Norman Schatell

“Although I was aware of the name, I don’t know that I had seen more than a couple of Norman Schatell’s Sherlockian cartoons so I approached this collection with a great deal of anticipation. A good number of the drawings raised a smile and I laughed out loud at some of the cartoons. Mr Schatell’s drawings are affectionate, knowledgeable and never sarcastic or mean-spirited.

I was at times puzzled, though, until I realised that the collection seems to contain every extant example of Mr Schatell’s artwork about Holmes and Watson including working sketches, envelopes addressed to noted Sherlockians which he decorated with drawings, uncaptioned drawings (or those for which a caption had not yet been finalised ) and multiple variations on the same cartoon concept.

Once this aspect of the book was appreciated, it became an intriguing look into the mind and creative process of a highly esteemed Sherlockian artist of the 1970s.”

Reviewed by Phil Cornell

The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.In ebook format it is in Amazon KindleNook and Kobo.

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The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes

‘The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes’ is a collection of over 300 humorous cartoons and illustrations based on the characters that appear in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s’ famous stories. The book is a must for all Sherlock Holmes buffs – and a treat for anyone who enjoys the stories, movies, and television shows.

The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes is available from all good bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository.In ebook format it is in Amazon KindleNook and Kobo.

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Amy Thomas reviews The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes: The Sherlockian Artwork of Norman Schatell

The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes:

The Sherlockian Artwork of Norman Schatell

Reviewed by Amy Thomas

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“As an art lover, I derive special joy from visiting museums like the Met in New York or the National Gallery. There’s a somewhat impish part of me, however, that takes more than a little delight in The Far Side and any collection of cartoons from The New Yorker I can get my hands on. It’s difficult to explain the appeal of a humorous cartoon—you either get it or you don’t, much like lolcats or anti-joke chicken. If, like me, you’re the sort of person who enjoys cartoons, The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes is right up your street.

During the 1970s, artist Norman Schatell published prolifically in The Baker Street Journaland various other prestigious Holmesian publications. This book collects over three hundred of his cartoons and presents them as a delicious buffet to delight humorously-inclined Sherlockians.

Books of cartoons make wonderful coffee table accompaniments, because they bear opening over and over again to discover new things to enjoy. Schatell’s work is both whimsical and respectful. It’s obvious he was a skilled artist and a knowledgeable Sherlockian, so part of the fun for readers is finding the in-jokes he included for those who are in the Holmesian know.

My one beef with the book, the fact that it’s a little hard to read the written text on a few cartoons, actually adds to the charm: Apparently, several of the included illustrations are actually reproduced from illustrated envelopes Schatell sent to his friends, so a bit of a homespun feel is to be expected.

Norman Schatell’s artwork added a great deal to the world of Sherlock Holmes fandom in the 1970s. Thankfully, due to his son Glenn’s efforts, new-wave fans can now enjoy his collection of humorous, irreverent, and delightful cartoons for years to come.”

The Lighter Side of Sherlock Holmes is available from major bookstores including Amazon USABarnes and Noble USAAmazon UKWaterstones UK, and for free shipping worldwide Book Depository. Also available on Amazon Kindle.

 

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