Aaron K

"Renegade Rhombus"

"Renegade Rhombus"


Aaron K is a comic book artist/musician/taxi driver living in San Francisco who keeps shunga alive. I’ve been longtime LiveJournal buds with him but never really got to see his work fully. Last week though, I received a zine he’d sent (preview of a 60 page book he hopes to complete in the future) and it’s awesome! With the way he writes and weaves the awkwardness of the scenarios in each story into the page and ink, you allllmost don’t get the catch line until you’ve already turned the page and then turn back to make sure it was there. After the jump are some pages from various zines as well as from “I Forgot What I Wanted.”

Covered

Original cover by John Byrne; Marvel 1985. Cover by Josh Holinaty.

Original cover by John Byrne; Marvel 1985. Cover by Josh Holinaty.

Covered is a blog that posts reinterpretations of original comic book covers by currently working illustrators and cartoonists. Some are mostly faithful tributes, others are clever subversions that alter the meanings of the originals. Others still are completely bizarre, eschewing traditional comic aesthetics for something totally different. I’d love to see Kyle Thomas do one of these.

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James Roper

atomizer
Recently featured in the “Seasonal Changes” show at nearby LeBasse Projects, Mancunian artist James Roper is an up-and-coming painter and sculptor creating some beautiful work. Roper writes that,

The construction of each painting fuses disparate images from a variety of sources such as fashion magazines, animation stills, comics, the Internet as well as my own photos and drawings. I predominantly choose images and try to create forms which I feel register a visual ‘peak shift’, a term given to the phenomena of ‘neurological attraction’ that appears in both humans and animals to an extreme characterisation of an object.

Chester Gould

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In late 1978, an exhibition of cartoonist Chester Gould‘s (d. 1985) art for his strip, Dick Tracy, was held at the Museum of Cartoon Art (now defunct) in Port Chester, NY. In the catalog published to coincide with the show, there is a massive appendix of 200 characters Gould created for the strip over the years. Now I’ve never read Dick Tracy as it was a bit before my time, but I had absolutely no idea it was so weird. The characters have bizarre appearances and names like Flattop, Nothing, and Vitamin Flintheart. Matt Masterson, the man who put the appendix together, says:

When I asked Chet Gould where he got the names for some of his characters, he told me he used to ride the train from his home in Woodstock, Illinois to his studio in Chicago and sketch various people he observed on the train. He would exaggerate upon certain features or characteristics. The name would follow, with he one exception being Flattop, whose name came from the popular aircraft carrier of World War II.

Some of my favorites are after the jump, but if you want to see the whole collection, click here.

Donald Dixon

Donald Dixon’s illustrations are hilarious! His style looks really Japanese to me, maybe its because some of his characters look like Astro Boy. Kind of reminds me of a summer time a couple years ago when my friend and I, both girls, wanted to act and dress like little boys…ah…youth!  The shape of the eyes and expressions also remind me of Helen Jo’s comics.

Psychosis and the human mind

Rarely do we encounter things in our daily life that sincerely challenge our sense of self. A close friend showed this to me the other day, and I think its appropriate NO my responsibility to share this with you. Its called Garfield minus Garfield.