An Illustrated Guide to Cockroaches
- Page Count: 96
- Size: 5 x 7 inches
- Format: Hardcover
- Publication Date: May 2011
- Price: $17.95
- ISBN: 978-1-935613-18-3
Cockroaches usually elicit fear, revulsion, and squishing, but for artist and amateur entomologist Ekaterina Smirnova, they bring inspiration. An Illustrated Guide to Cockroaches will help everyone terrified of their six-legged roommates: through Smirnova’s illustration and explanation, the entire life cycle of the typical cockroach is laid bare. Humorous, informative, and a little disgusting, An Illustrated Guide to Cockroaches is a necessary component of every city-dweller’s bookshelf.
The striking red, black, and white pages of An Illustrated Guide to Cockroaches provide unusual facts about the most extraordinary insect. Beyond basic information, like descriptions of the different species of roaches, including the chilling ten centimeter Madagascar hissing cockroach, Smirnova tells stories about roaches in space, televised roach races, and even how an enterprising prisoner used roaches to distribute contraband cigarettes between jail cells. “Except for the polar regions, a cockroach has a visa for all continents,” Smirova informs us as she explains the history of the ubiquitous insect.
Ekaterina Smirnova is an artist and graphic designer from Novosibirsk, Russia. The first solo show of her watercolors will be in July 2011, and she has shown in numerous group shows, including the Central New York Watercolor Society Spring Signature Show, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 100th Annual Juried Show, and the Northeast Watercolor Society Annual Members Exhibition.