Christophe Neimann | Greenwillow 2010
Subway is a book best appreciated by New Yorkers or those that have spent some time on New York City’s subway. Former New Yorker, (now residing in Berlin), Christophe Niemann writes and illustrates a graphic tale of a dad and his two boys as they make a day of riding the subways through Manhattan, Brooklyn, Harlem and points between. With his gift for wit and simplicity, Christophe illustrates the entire book with public symbol iconography, a sparing palette and loosely applied gouache. He has even drawn public symbol rats, dogs and cats! He has celebrated the web of underground trains, tracks, stations and its system of numbers and letters. The boys in the story—no doubt his—are in charge; read the signs, navigate the grid, and always know what’s happening next.
This book originated from Christophe’s New York Times blog, Abstract City. He has successfully taken an adult story and language and made it into a story about life in the city and the beauty beneath only through a kid’s eyes.