New Picture book takes readers ‘Close to the Edge’

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Author Jerry Belland uses years of artistic experience to create collection of witty multifaceted illustrations

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The worlds of fine art and comic art meet in Jerry Belland’s “Close to the Edge”(published by Xlibris). An established artist from the upper Midwest, Belland turns to the single-panel cartoon format with inspired results.

Taken all together, these images create a world of their own. It is a world where readers can watch Jesus urinate on Las Vegas or meet the grim reaper in the grocery store parking lot or confess humanity’s sins at the Donuts Anonymous meeting. The author’s distinctive drawing style is complimented by his pointed use of titles and sidebars, which often heighten the thought-provoking content. The cartoons sometimes contain quick, wry observations. Most, however, tackle the big issues.

Jerry Belland looks inward to explore the world and provide insights that help readers see more and know more about themselves. He exhibits self-awareness and an ensuing struggle with his demons—and angels—that he shares with readers as he deals brilliantly with the incongruities of life. He presents them to readers through word and image often presented as humorous metaphors for the psychomachia of contending forces within everyone.

The history of the world is here in one panel. These works will intrigue any fan of comic art with their fresh and original vision.

“Close to the Edge”
By Jerrold Belland
Hardcover | 8.5x8.5 in | 48 pages | ISBN 9781503523258
Softcover | 8.5x8.5 in | 48 pages | ISBN 9781503523241
E-Book | 48 pages | ISBN 9781503523265
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Jerry Belland is a Wisconsin artist. For decades he has explored the possibilities of using words and images together. He has been recognized and published as a poet. His visual artwork sits in various private and public collections in the United States and abroad. In 2012, he received a Racine Art Museum Artist’s Fellowship. Much of the work in this collection was made during the preparation for his fellowship exhibit.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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