Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Year of the Gavel
Publisher's Lunch, the not inaccurately self-proclaimed "publishing industry's daily essential read," has declared 2013 in book publishing "The Year of the Gavel" because of the boatloads of lawsuits that happened all year long. From the government suing Apple over ebooks to Harper Lee suing her onetime agent to get back the rights to To Kill a Mockingbird and loads of other matters in between there's no question the book world was feeling very litigious in the Year of the Snake. But honestly I don't really have anything very exciting to say about that, so instead I will use this occasion to take a peek at one of the stranger forms of illustration out there--the courtroom sketch. Who knows where the conventions of this genre sprang up from, but they are fascinating to observe. Thus.