Unflattening was featured in the New York Times Book Review! Writer Douglas Wolk said,
“Nick Sousanis’s Unflattening is a genuine oddity, a philosophical treatise in comics form. ‘Flatness,’ for Sousanis’s purposes, is not the quality of abstraction that Clement Greenberg lauded in modern art, but the lamentable condition of the inhabitants of Edwin A. Abbott’s ‘Flatland’: the inability to understand that there might be more than one can immediately perceive. The solution he proposes is admitting visual elements, and especially drawings, into the intellectual domain of language. (Psst—he’s talking about comics!)”
See the full writeup here.
“Sousanis’s drawings are first rate and his writing style economical. To demonstrate how introducing new vantage points expands our thinking, he explores a range of philosophical concepts, calling on Plato, Copernicus, and even the ‘fifth dimension’ explored in the TV series The Twilight Zone.”
Give the full feature a look here. The University of Calgary’s student newspaper the Gauntlet ran an interview with me by writer Rachel Woodward. In addition to discussing the learning potential of working visually, the article also highlights my forthcoming fall class – Comics as a Way of Thinking – which I’m really excited to see unfold. I’ve posted some info on the course here, and I’ll share more as it gets closer to September. See more reviews and interviews on my site here or at Harvard UP’s site.
I also made a new comic for the Boston Globe’s Ideas section! The piece Upwards connects some elements from Unflattening in a very different synthesis. (You can check out related pages about Flatland, Copernicus, parallax, and saccadic motion at the respective links.) It was an exciting challenge to work in the single page format, and I’m really pleased with how it all came together. Thanks to the Globe for the invitation to pitch in, and Globe editors/design team Katie Kingsbury, Heather Hopp-Bruce, and Nicole Hernandez for all the support to make it happen, and my editor at Harvard, Sharmila Sen for helping keep my words tight as usual! You can see it on the Globe’s site here and below. I’ve also included my original pitch sketch, and some of the early sketches that led to it.