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Kramers Ergot #6 (Kramers Ergot #6)
"Kramer's Ergot" has established itself as the centre of the comic avante-garde, and the mammoth 6th volume is the most impressive to date - a full-on plunge into the spot where contemporary visual art discovers narrative. "Kramer's Ergot 6" successfully places the contemporary comics movement in proper perspective within the context of modern art, literature and graphic d ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Buenaventura Press
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Sammy Harkham's collection, sort of like Raw, a place to go for the avant garde comics of that year… and this was.. 2006? And this is the first time I am reading this volume, and by now I have read more expanded versions of work by the included artists. But it's nice to see them in a kind of historical context, I guess. I also just read #5, which I liked a little better, but I still did like quite a bit of this, actually, as much as I dislike collections, which are inevitably uneven. It's a pict ...more
Jan 26, 2008 Jon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who want to see unbridled creativity
More great/insane comics from around the world. My favorites in this volume are the comics by Matthew Thurber, CF, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Vanessa Davis, James McShane, Tom Gould, and most of all Souther Salazar. The addition of examining some more historical work by the late and Suiho Tagawa and Marc Smeets was a very nice touch as well (and I felt they both fit right in with the contemporary stuff). There were also many illustrations without words that weren't exactly comics but were certainly ...more
Jul 10, 2008 Robert Stevenson rated it really liked it
Recommended to Robert by: Browsing in the book store
The avant garde of comics these days - comics meets modern art. It will either appall you or blow your mind. Kramers Ergot is the place for cutting edge short-form comics lately with just a hint of yesterday's cutting edge comics. For me the precursors to the book are: Zap Comics (60's), Arcade (70's) and RAW and Weirdo (80's). Dozens of diverse artists are packed in to each issue. Check out a ten page sample
These anthologies may be the bleeding edge of the avant garde in comics, but I guess I just don't really like avant garde comics all that much. The parts that actually tell a story are for the most part okay to pretty good, and there is some work by some folks I like, but there's also a lot of pages filled with weird crap that's no fun at all.
So pretty. The cute, creepy WWII-era Japanese comics were the real reason I bought this, but there are also wonderful things by Vanessa Davis, John Porcellino, a really funny Paper Rad story, and more and more. Some are better than others, but that's the nature of an anthology. This book is incredibly rich and beautiful and makes me want to draw.
May 15, 2008 Sam Jayne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like art and comics and laughing
Recommended to Sam by: robbie lee
independent comics anthology. this is the first one I've gotten a hold of. one of the best paper rad episodes ever, a dog who drives a bomber, marc bell! more.
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