A Year of Good News
Are you one of those who feel that last year we had more than enough of bad news? Then let me tell you about my book project.
I have always loved positive stories: whether in books I’ve been reading since I was a little boy or films I’ve been making as a grown-up, but above all, in real life, always trying to live it as best as I can. Still, the doom and gloom of the pandemic eventually caught up with me, too. At first it made me feel there was no way out of the mass of bad news that seemed to have taken over the world around me. But I was determined not to let the barrage of bad news get the better of me and set out to look for some good news.
I discovered that good news is actually not all that rare. Often it concerns tiny, seemingly inconspicuous acts and facts that might be found at the far end of your street just as easily as at the other end of the globe. Lots of good things happen every day but often end up buried under the weight of “big” events and dry news agency reports. So I’ve decided to put them under the spotlight and retell them in my own way. If you want to know more, check my video below, or read further:).
Admittedly, I’m not very good at drawing with crayons or on the tablet but I have managed to make a fully-fledged animated film using textiles. Maybe you’ve heard of it: it’s called The Kite and it is about the most important things in our lives – human bonds that not even death can sever. While working on the film, I also tried to find the silver lining in a difficult, sensitive subject. Taking The Kite as an inspiration, I decided to use discarded clothing as the medium with which to depict the good news that I had come across in the media.
I started by making the occasional image for a close circle of friends. But when I saw how my stories lifted their spirits, I decided to cheer them up with an illustrated good news story every week. Now, after a year’s work, I would like to share the good news with you, too.
My book consists of 52 good news stories from around the world. Some go further back in time, others are more recent than the “pandemic” year, 2020. I’d like to encourage you to become a messenger of good news yourself and spread the word about our book in your country, as we’d love to have it available in foreign languages, so that it could help readers all around the world to reclaim their positive view of the world. In any other case – happy reading everyone!
A Year of Good News 2021 was originally published by Slovak publishing house Monokel and later by German Pattloch, South Korean Woongjin Think Big and by Boxer Books and Union Square and Co. in UK and US.
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The German public television ARD - Das Erste broadcasted a report on A Year of Good News in its cultural program TTT.
A Year of Good News 2023 - as every year about this time, I am currently in the process of collecting good news that are happening in 2023 all around the world. New edition of the book will be ready in the beginning of December 2023.
Tento projekt bol podporený financným príspevkom z Fondu LITA.