By This Shall You Know Him

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December 2012

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“Jacobs’ intricate, geometrical artwork and limited color palette immediately caught my eye as unique … one of the most unique comics I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.” – Battle Hymns

Artist and illustrator Jesse Jacobs – whose book
Even the Giants (AdHouse, 2011) marked his major publishing debut after several award-winning, self-published titles – describes his new comic work, By This Shall You Know Him, as coming “out of the darkness of oblivion”. Within the book’s confines, Jacobs states that the reader will “bear witness to the limitless ambitions of a gang of celestial beings as they fiddle and fuss with all sorts of molecular arrangements, creating infinitely detailed patterns and strange new worlds brimming with bizarre life forms. Part art-book, part graphic novel, By This Shall You Know Him depicts all manner of beast running, crawling and slithering towards death’s cold embrace.”

Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now draws comics and things from his home in London, Ontario. In 2009, his books
Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. His work has been exhibited in galleries across the country.

“Jacobs is an impressive and singular artistic talent, with a bold aesthetic style at once impressively elaborate and economical. He delights in creating a fascinating array of potential alternate realities for his godly figures to envision, and has the artistic talent and effortless acumen for dialogue to match the scope and ambition of the dazzling, macroscopic galaxy he conjures.” – Terell Paris,
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“Artist and illustrator Jesse Jacobs' [books] Even the Giants [and By This Shall You Know Him] marked his major publishing debut after several award-winning self-published titles.”

ForwardSlashGeek

•Online geek culture magazine

“I’m a bit too obsessed with this artist at the moment, his work is beautiful and intricate, even the violent parts, which are quite often in some of his work. He sometimes draws people so ugly that they take on a hand-moulded quality that somehow makes them cute. Read By This Shall You Know Him. Right now.”

The Comics Journal

•American comics magazine

“[On] on the dense, poetic and even opaque side … a duo-tone work of myth in a vein similar to Jesse Moynihan’s Forming. Unlike the latter work, which explains a highly complicated series of origin myths for the planet Earth as essentially a by-product of alien trade wars, Jacobs’ comic posits life on Earth as the result of a sort of aesthetics contest held by a group of higher beings. This comic is earthy, visceral, occasionally bawdy, and frequently disgusting.”