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J LHLS Archives: November 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
BAAU Down, Vol. 5
Bay Area Artists Unite Comic Anthology
Review by Tom Good
This comic anthology by the art club Bay Area Artists Unite begins with Sandwich, a cute story about a daydreaming girl and her snail, by Aranda Dill. From there it meanders through a variety of artistic styles and formats, including pinups, manga-style comics and even some photography. It provides an interesting look at some work by young artists from the San Francisco Bay area. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 05:47 PM PST [Link]
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Tales of Woodsman Pete (with full particulars)
By Lilli Carre
Published by Top Shelf Productions
Review by Kathryn Ramage
The Tales of Woodsman Pete is a collection of darkly humorous short comics, or graphic vignettes, most of them only 3-4 pages long, all about... well, Woodsman Pete.
Woodsman Pete, you may infer from his name, lives in a cabin in the woods. It's a lonely existence, far away from the outside world, and it's made old Pete a mite peculiar. He keeps a tally of the years by chopping off lengths of his beard and nailing them to the wall. His dearest friends are his taxidermed animals, especially a bearskin rug named Phillippe and a family of moose-heads on the wall whom he confides in and tells stories to. [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 01:42 PM PST [Link]
José Guadalupe Posada: 150 Years
Artemio Rodríguez, Editor
2003 by La Mano Press
Review by Leigh Anne Wilson
Everyone who celebrated the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead last November 2 owes a debt to José Posada. The 19th century printmaker’s etchings of creepy but playful skeletons, or calavera, are such a common household decoration it can be difficult to remember that they had an original creator.
José Guadalupe Posada’s artwork was pervasive in Mexico in the 19th century. At his peak, the peasant-born, working class Posada illustrated text for 12 newspapers, as well as issuing broadsheets, sensationalized handouts that played up the general public’s taste for the lurid, describing in breathless detail murders, grotesque births, and sightings of the devil, as well as poking fun at corrupt political figures. In fact, Posada’s use of skeletons to represent corruption predates more well-known expressionists.
Although somewhat unknown in the United States, there has recently been a revival of his work in Mexico. Artists such as Diego Rivera have cited Posada as a primary influence, and at last his work has begun to be elevated from commercialized folklore to the respect it deserves, and his influence in shaping modern Mexican art is acknowledged. [more]
Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 05:44 AM PST [Link]
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Going Down in La-La Land
By Andy Zeffer
Published by Southern Tier Editions
Review by Logan
Although I'm reviewing this "novel," I have to come clean. I didn't finish it. But therein lies the review: it wasn't worth reading to the end.
The title alone, "Going Down in La-La Land," suggests that this is going to be a seductive tale of sex, lies, and porn in LA. Unfortunately, the title is the most seductive and titillating experience in the book. I thought writing about sex was a slam dunk. Apparently, even a sex novel can be boring. [more]
Posted by Logan @ 11:45 AM PST [Link]
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Congratulations to Karl Christian and his Byron comics. We always knew you'd hit the big time someday.
Previous J LHLS reviews before Karl became such a big deal on YouTube:
Schadenfreude! (the original Byron comic)
Putting Another Dark Cloud in the Sky
Angst Boy, numbers 4 and 5
You can get all these and more! by contacting Karl, um, through his LJ (I guess). I know there's a spiffy reissue of Schadenfreude! and I'm pretty sure Karl has a few Angst Boys etc tucked away somewhere.
Posted by Editor @ 09:48 AM PST [Link]
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