Saturday, January 19, 2008

CoMiC StRiPs

8 x 11.5 mixed media collage
comic strip
many layers of acrylic paint over black gesso
distressed embossing

As a child I was a dreamer, well I'm still a dreamer.  I liked comic books like Archie , Betty and Veronica, Jughead, Richie Rich, Little Lulu, Krazy Kat and Nancy to name a few.  I liked to take long leisurely strolls.  I'd kick a few stones, wave to the neighbors on their stoops and pluck a dandelion or two and make a wish-- while on my way to the corner fountain shop where I grew up in Brooklyn, New York.   It was here I would capitalize on my $1, release the stronghold grip on my coin purse and score a handful of delectable treats.

I could buy an Archie comic book for .12 cents and a brown paper bag fulled with penny candies and a Yoo Hoo or a chocolate egg cream and still have change left over.  I couldn't wait for Sundays because the New York Times had the best funnies section and the colors were so vibrant.  I'd launch my Silly Putty from it's molded egg plastic case, smell it, stretch it and start capturing the images of the comics, distorting them and changing the way they looked.  Those were the days.  

As I grew older, I took a liking to Snoopy and Charlie Brown,  Ziggy and Mad magazine, remember Alfred E. Neuman?   My taste grew to "Calvin and Hobbes" and "The Far Side" and "Dilbert"  in my travels to Italy and France at the local newspaper stands, I'd stumble upon copies of Gato Felix (Felix the Cat), Occhi Bracchio di Ferro(Popeye the Sailorman), Picchiarello(Woody Woodpecker), Topolino(Mickey Mouse) and "The Adventures of TinTin".  I have always admired the work of the great Winsor McCay,  late 19th century, American cartoonist and animator.  One of my favorites compilations  "Little Nemo in Slumberland"   

Today, I still own Silly Putty, I like the smell ( it's probably toxic)  I no longer enjoy reading the comics and I choose to manipulate things in a different way.  Don't forget to laugh!

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K Hutchinson said...

I love this! The comic are so fun in this piece...the color is awesome! A fun piece that put a smile on my face!

Irene said...

That's a wonderful and happy collage. I especially like the color blue you used. I got hooked on the Sunday Comics when I lived in the States, Calvin and Hobbes were my favorites. Such a wonderful mischievous little boy and such a wise tiger. We don't have comics here in the newspaper and no Sunday newspaper at all. I used to love all the supplements and all the advertising with the coupons for things I would never buy.

John M. Mora said...

I lovew this collage, and the text on collage. It reflects what you mirror in the blog entry,

I remeber the time whern I stiopped liking many cartoons - when Sunday apper meant less.

Your favorites over time run in step with mine - but there was a time around Wartergate when Doonesbury stood for the society I beleived in. Then for me the spirit of that cartoon died a small handfull of years later.

Calvin and Hobbes was special.

Leah said...

i really love the collage!! and i enjoyed hearing your stories of comics. i have some silly putty in my studio. :-)

Kris Cahill said...

This collage is wonderful, and I enjoy the story that goes with it too. I read many of the same comics you did, and loved silly putty too. Now I may need to go get some more...

Anonymous said...

"many layers of paint" DO I read "this was originally yellow, but I didn't like the color.." just kidding..that only happens in my projects. This is awesome.I like how you branched out and made it large!! Go Chargers!

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Sanja said...

fantastic collage!!! :-)

Ro Bruhn said...

Great collage, I love circles and you've done them proud. Love the colour combinations too.

dawn said...

i love this post!

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