Monday, January 25, 2010

Golden Bear Days

An unabashed plug for Al Columbia's latest book Pim and Francie which I just purchased.  I must say that I haven't had my socks blown off quite as much in a long time.  His style is a crazy mix of the vintage animation style usually associated with early Disney and the twisted weirdness of a Mark Ryden or Gary Baseman painting. The book doesn't read like your traditional graphic novel.  It's a bizarre scrapbook-like assemblage of illustrations, paintings and sketches, many of which are unfinished.  A couple are even torn up and reassembled with tape.

The real joy of the book is entering the fascinating world created by the juxtaposition of horrific and cute imagery, and the beautiful detailed inking which can be seen almost as clearly as if you were looking at the original piece.

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