A gothic genius
Most of us know Tim Burton, the eccentric director of gothic masterpieces like Sleepy Hollow, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Edward Scissorhands, Batman, and Corpse Bride. He also co-wrote and produced The Nightmare Before Christmas, one of my favourite stop-animation films. But what most don’t know is the massive influence of one quirky artist on Burton.
Edward Gorey is a master illustrator, gothic and creepy. His drawing are of lean Victorian-era people, with wide blank eyes and grim demeanours. Tragedy always seems to befall them. Burton’s style is very reminiscent of Gorey’s black humor. Edward Gorey’s work has been anthologized into various volumes but the best ones I’ve found so far are Amphigorey and Amphigorey Too. A sampling of one of his most famous work, The Grashlycrumb Tinies, can be found here.