I’m not sure what it is, but it seems that Fantagraphics is reading my mind about collections to publish. After reading the excellent Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead by Rick Meyerowitz about the National Lampoon — featuring some of the best work from the main contributors — I’d been hooked on the couple of Nuts strips by Gahan Wilson they reprinted. And, sure enough, in 2011, Fantagraphics released a brand new collection of ALL the Nuts strips in a gorgeous volume. Continue reading
I think I’ve mentioned before that Liquid Television was both hugely influential on me and kinda turned out to be an animated version of RAW. And it was Liquid TV where I first saw the work of RAW and, later MAD contributor, Drew Friedman. He had a few “Uncle Louie” shorts, featuring the titular character travelling through the sewers to save on travel expenses. I loved the stippling style of the artwork, the amazingly detailed and photorealistic characters — a mix of the perfectly normal and the strangely grotesque — and the cutout animation. Continue reading
Cover of Skin Deep
When I was young, my dad and I were both huge fans of MTV’s Liquid TV. Actually, that’s not quite true — we still are, it’s just not on anymore. Until they finally release it on DVD, we’ll be happy to make due with the burns of it I downloaded from torrents. The great thing with Liquid TV is the way it turned me on to a lot of great artists; that was where I saw the work of Richard Sala for the first time, and it introduced me, in a sideways way to Charles Burns – though that’d be solidified with the documentary Comic Book Confidential which included a narrated Big Baby strip.
I’ve been a huge fan of Michael Kupperman‘s work when he was known as P. Revess, running “Up All Night” in The Stranger (among other weeklies, of course). His woodcut-and-clipart inspired artwork combined with his absurdist sense of humor is a perfect combination; perhaps my favorite is Snake ‘n’ Bacon, the cop team that’s a snake (who can only hiss) and a slice of bacon (who can only talk about things you can do with bacon — like use bacon in a sandwich or pat it down with a paper towel to remove excess grease).