8409380Published by Templar

This is my favourite Shaun Tan volume. Possibly his smallest publication – only 150mm x 115mm – and very slim too, just a glorious small handful of pages.shaun-tan-07

This is the story of a foreign exchange student who, the story relates, came to stay for a time. Since there was some difficulty with the pronunciation of his name he suggested they just called him Eric.

The book is charming and exquisitely illustrated throughout. The Illustrated Cupboard in London, just of Jermyn Street had a print of shaun-tan-tales-from-oute-005what I think of as the most important illustration from the book for sale some time ago, and to be frank, I lusted after it. Sadly it is no longer on the site. A pity, but something I really couldn’t afford.



shauntanI visited the gallery last week to find that Shaun would be there yesterday to sign books and to talk to his fans.

The queue to see him reached into the street. It was a slow queue – but we didn’t mind. It was the second time I had met him; and as before I was charmed by this quiet and talented man. It was a lovely evening.

I now have a signed copy of Eric, that I will treasure, and for once, I had foresight to pre-order one of the posters from the exhibition, advertising its details, and that will be framed and put on my wall as soon as I can reasonably get it preserved.

Eric is only one of a number of Shaun Tan’s books – The Arrival is another that should be mentioned, a more serious volume perhaps. Certainly much larger, but again, beautifully produced and full of his unique and special illustrations.