|Oil on Panel - 2017|
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
|Watercolor on Paper - 2017|
That's how they used to refer to PTSD. Shell Shock. I was going through some old family photos the other day and I came across a strange one from World War Two.
Young men standing around smoking cigarettes on the porch of a military hospital. Three in uniform and one wearing fancy pajamas. I was struck by their resemblance to a punk band from the late Seventies or early Eighties. I showed the photo to others and everyone agreed with me that they might as well have been Wall of Voodoo or Joy Division.
The original photo is in black and white.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Michael Gerber has once again been kind to me and published this single page comic in the fourth issue of The American Bystander. This is the only American Humor Magazine that currently exists in the World. You can subscribe to this wonderful publication, and you ought to do so in order to get that frown off of your face. Visage improvement, that's the ticket!
Please go to: www.americanbystander.org
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Thursday, March 9, 2017
Michael Gerber of The American Bystander is so kind to me as to have published this comic short story in the third issue of the only American Humor Magazine that currently exists in the World.
I am quite thrilled to be a part of this endeavor as many of my favorite satirical writers are also participating. I feel like a stowaway teenage boy who found his way onto a marvelous pirate ship.
The other contributors are too numerous to mention and mostly outrank me. But suffice it to say that their resumes include The National Lampoon, The David Letterman Show, Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, The Onion, The New Yorker, etc, etc, etc.
You can subscribe, and you ought to do so today. Please go to: www.americanbystander.org
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Cathy Malkasian is my favorite living cartoonist. In fact, I like her work more than many of the dead ones I admire. Cathy has a brand new book, named EARTHA that is going to be available in the next month. She has a very unique and sincere way of making comics. I think this is because she isn't limited by the restraints that most cartoonists accept and self-impose.
Her drawings exhibit the lovely subtleties and dynamics more frequently found in fine art lithography than in comic books. Her background in animation and film direction informs her work with a verve and sophistication that is visually stunning. While her storytelling skills are of a caliber with the best writers of fairy tales.
I think that this is what she is actually creating, the absolutely serious realities of our time presented within the context of a simultaneously blithe and anxious fairy tale. It is dazzling stuff.
Her three previous graphic novels (Percy Gloom, Temperance, Wake Up, Percy Gloom!) all knocked me out. I am so looking forward to reading EARTHA and you should be too. EARTHA ships directly from the publisher Fantagraphics March 15th. It will be available on Amazon in digital form on March 29th and in hardcover on April 4th.
If you're interested in comics as an art form, created by someone who is original and making singular work of a stand out from the crowd quality, you have to read this book.