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Looking Out

Today on the site, Mike Dawson talks to Katie Skelly about Tezuka's the Book of Human Insects. 

Elsewhere:

Lauren Weinstein is chronicling her spinal condition in picture-story form on Tumblr. Lauren, aside for being kind enough to marry Tim, is one of our finest cartoonists.

Juxtapoz has a rather lengthy feature on Chris Ware.

This is some fine Ken Reid 1970s underground work.

Dan Clowes interviewed at The New Yorker.

Hey, treat yourself right today and gaze at these Joost Swarte prints. 


3 Responses to Looking Out

  1. Shining Knight says:

    The Ken Reid stuff isn’t underground comics – it’s 1970s British children’s comics, in the humourous horror style that Reid started with Frankie Stein in Wham! about ten years earlier.

  2. Oliver_C says:

    Ken Reid’s grotesquerie, the equal of Basil Wolverton, is all the more remarkable given the unassuming kids’ weeklies his strips appeared in.

  3. Briany Najar says:

    Nice to see Ken Reid get a mention. I was going to point out that World Wide Weirdies was far from underground (he never did anything underground) but it’s been done. The nearest to the underground he ever got was having a few of his strips banned from publication and having some of his early work reprinted by Savoy Press, who also brought us Lord Horror, a novel which was also banned.
    The author of Lord Horror, David Britton, interviewed Ken Reid. You can read the interview here: http://www.savoy.abel.co.uk/HTML/kreid.html

    In response to Oliver C, I think it’s fair to say that Ken Reid was quite likely to have been influenced by Wolverton. When you look at those ‘horror vacui’ borders he was doing in the 70s it’s clear he was a fan of Mad magazine, at least. However much he was inspired by Wolverton and, in his early days, Disney, he remained an original and a highly creative cartoonist whose style and approach evolved continuously through his four decade long career.

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