THRILLING VISIONS again. This is going to be a lot of fun.
I am self-publishing a hardback, limited art book, THRILLING VISIONS Vol. 2, that will collect years worth of unseen sketches, unused covers, erratic doodles and a host of experimental drawings from my wonderfully ridiculous career.
From the New Wave surrealist FLAMING CARROT COMICS, to the MYSTERYMEN comics and movie, to the award winning GUMBY COMICS series, you will get behind the scenes and see whats been swept under the carpet and lost in the files until now.
Also we'll feature art from new projects, revolutionary new characters concepts, and "new hope for a nation suffocating in the swill of its own mediocrity".
This is a once in a lifetime compendium of the detritus, flotsam and surreal cacophonies from the fringes and borderlands of a mind in the furthest orbit. (Mine.)
Also I'll be including, here and there, 1 & 2 page text pieces of recollections, lessons, anecdotes, insights into the drawings, and surreal tirades, all placed interstitially between the art.
Compiling this book has been a labor of love over the last few years and a greater and greater obsession as the work progressed. It is a visual memoir of my journey as an artist and writer across the last half of the 20th century and into this one. It is an expedition of discovery and nostalgia - beauty and horror - charm and impudence - and while perhaps deeply personal, you will find it universal in appeal and, I hope, something to share with those, the most special in your life.
From the book's introduction: "My story is that of a simple laborer, a craftsman, often idle, who wandered off the trail. I was a curious pilgrim, who dabbled in the unknown for a living and played with fire. I was a journeyman, who conjured spells and fantasms, with a pencil and a brush, without regard for the judgments and consequences that came to follow me.
"All these years I have worked in the shadows... I have haunted the nightmare junkyards and creative ghost towns and I have rejoiced in the deepest curls of night with my "craft and sullen art".
"You shall come with me now and feast on the mysteries and roll in the ecstasies... for it is written, spelled out in dead bumble bees on the sidewalk, or on Twitter or Facebook or something... Go tell the Spartans: operators are standing by."
Risks and challenges
This is about self publishing, confronting American literature's boring, corporatized mainstream and having a lot of fun doing it.
While age, time and responsibilities have limited my comic work in recent years, I feel I must keep the lifeline open to my loyal readers who have followed me over the years, and Kickstarter will help solve that challenge right now. The comic book marketplace has suffered from the recession more than many other businesses, but it always was a cottage industry - like jazz or beekeeping -and, you know, everyone always needs a good laugh.
Much of this book is already scanned and done, and the drawings are done, of course, but there will be a lot of work compiling the layouts, writing all the words and producing it. For me, the greatest challenge is printing and distribution, getting the book out to people. Kickstarter makes it possible in the most efficient and personal ways. We printed the last Kickstarter book in the US and we will with print this one here too. Thanks, Bob Burden.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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