The Shape of Ideas by Grant Snider

The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity by Grant Snider. April 18, 2017. Abrams ComicArts, 144 p. ISBN: 9781419723179.  Int Lvl: AD; Rdg Lvl: AD.

What does an idea look like? And where do they come from? Grant Snider’s illustrations will motivate you to explore these questions, inspire you to come up with your own answers and, like all Gordian knots, prompt even more questions. Whether you are a professional artist or designer, a student pursuing a creative career, a person of faith, someone who likes walks on the beach, or a dreamer who sits on the front porch contemplating life, this collection of one- and two-page comics will provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background.

Potentially Sensitive Areas: Allusions to alcohol use; Allusion to sex



Library Journal – web only (May 26, 2017)
This volume compiles comics from Snider’s popular website, In brief pieces, many comprising a single page, Snider offers a touch of inspiration and observational humor for just about anyone struggling creatively. Each chapter addresses the various factors involved in achieving a personal goal, whether contemplation by way of thoughtful reflection or exploration through steadfast questioning. The subjects can be applied to everyone and include procrastination, multitasking, and lack of motivation. The simple yet colorful drawings are a perfect fit for the down-to-earth advice. Verdict A wonderful addition to the self-help shelf and for anyone seeking encouragement with a dose of wit.-Lucy Roehrig, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI

Publishers Weekly (May 15, 2017)
Bold and colorful comics illustrations highlight this inspirational guide to artistic and everyday creation, focusing on sparking light-bulb-over-the-head moments through short reflections on practical and mental exploration. An orthodontist who practices cartooning and illustration on the side, Snider uses gentle and playful humor to explore subjects from the concrete (life drawing and typography) to the abstract (writer’s block and doing nothing). Although Snider’s whimsical and cheerful panels don’t paint a specific narrative, the comics format is well suited to these concepts: a page on multitasking introduces more and more objects to each static panel until they overwhelm; “How to Climb a Hill” quirkily brainstorms the Sisyphus conundrum by considering how get a stubborn tapir up a mountain. The tongue-in-cheek wit and self-deprecating style make this a pleasant introduction to the joy and frustration of making any kind of art, and the beautifully designed presentation-with a charming die-cut cover-is a fine proof of concept.

About the Author

Grant Snider is an artist with an attempt to master words and drawings. His current profession is being an orthodontist. His work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Kansas City Star, The Best American Comics 2013, and all across the internet.

He currently resides in Wichita, Kansas with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Her website is

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