20 pages (2 foldout posters 20” x 28”)
4 color offset printing
10” x 14”
Limited edition 500 copies
The Foibles are an imaginary family that has existed for a very long time.
The word "foible" actually comes from the proper name of the family, and has been accepted into common parlance.
They are the google-eyed little guys that appear throughout the book.
I first drew them when I was in the 3rd grade, although they have been dormant ever since. At first I thought they were simply little mischief-makers I used to put down in my school pad, and it wasn't until they resurfaced in my work decades later that I understood exactly who they were and what they were up to.
The Foible family is very large, nearing the point of omnipresence. In fact, wherever there is a human, there is a great chance that a Foible will be close at hand.
The Foibles are watchers.
Throughout history, the Foibles have been present at every little indiscretion, every lack of judgment, every miscommunication, every sign of personal weakness. In short, every time someone blunders, a member of the Foible family is destined to be nearby.
The Foibles have been privy to many situations that started out as small indiscretions and snow-balled into world-changing events.
You never know when a Foible will be looking over the headboard of your bed...
Or peeping through your window at night...
Or farting at a surprisingly audible level during a business meeting...
Or plagiarizing parts of a famous essay on macroeconomics... even though it goes unnoticed...
Or posting testy anonymous messages on their friend’s blog only to get caught later by the style of their writing...
Or sneaking a sniff of a stranger's bicycle seat.
I have attempted to give unbiased and fair depictions of the Foibles in their natural environments without any embellishments.
I am of no relation to this family, although I have come across plenty of them in my lifetime.
Keegan McHargue 2009