No, not at all. Naturally, I tried to make every new lyric/artbook better than the previous one, but I never had any kind of masterplan how the Eleanorth-series would develop throughout the years. In fact, I regard FTIF as the most ambitious and flawless of the books up to date, but that surely doesn’t come as a surprise. However, I wouldn’t necessarily call it better than TFU, it is way too different to be compared to that 2009er output - especially in terms of its visuals. And as far as AITS is concerned: It should be seen as some sort of prologue to the actual existence of the Eleanorth-series, but it´s in no way a part of it. It's a naive debut with some good ideas, but the execution wasn't done so well. Sure, the creative core of what should become Eleanorth later already created AITS (Nomisum and myself), but it's neither having a preface of a Finnish friend of mine nor is it consisting of visuals intentionally created for the book. It was my first effort. Not less, not more.
In how far has your approach to managing the art direction changed? Do you already picture certain images / frame while writing? Has the importance of images been a different one in FTIF?
What can the reader expect to find for him/herself from FTIF. What would you like them to experience, to feel?
So why should you give a darn for "From The Icy Fire" and Behnisch' other "whimsical, so not cool papers with kinda okay pictures"? Does it have the power to change our behaviour? Hardly. But it has the majestic grace of changing our approach, the grace only those things have that shine the most when they are kept secret... Switch your iPhones and other soul-consuming machines off and act. Breathe. F e e l. R e a d!
Alexandra Zischow - 19.06.2012
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