MARKET DAY (Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95), by James Sturm, is a glimpse into a day in the life of a Jewish rug-maker. Mendleman puts every ounce of his passion and care into making the most artful rugs anyone has seen. He is thrown into despair when he can no longer sell his wares at the market, and must begin to think more about money and responsibility than about the craft itself. Sturm’s story is heartbreaking, and his artwork is equally powerful. Each panel is a dynamic collection of color and forms, and carries the sober, powerful pace of the craftsman’s day forward. Sturm’s work is as delicately woven and masterfully conceived as the beloved rugs of his character.
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