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I read Kramers Ergot #8 first and liked it, but all the GR insiders said that earlier ones were better, and a few were revolutionary, so I picked this one up, one of those most often mentioned in that way, and gave it a look-see. And I was not disappointed. And maybe especially when it cam out it was awesome, stunning, and I think it still is, as sort of one man's view of the cutting and weird edge of comics. My faves: Ware, Huizenga, Gauld, Gabriel Bell, Nilsen… but it's also an indication of m ...more
I hate anthologies. conceptually, they seem like a cool idea, all these different artists and voices presenting a plethora of techniques and points of view, all for one low price! but really what it means is that you have to sift through lots of crap to find gold. which, i guess, is what we all do when searching for anything really. so maybe, it's not just anthologies i hate, but the imperfect circumstances of human existence. Which, the very golden stories in this collection, the brutally hones ...more
Well, as you might assume from the title, this is intentionally very bizarre. Weird for weird's sake. That often comes across in really cool and interesting ways, like in a lot of the psychedelic or obviously drug influenced comics, which tend to take the comic medium wayyyyy out of the box. I mean, some of these pieces are really just modern art which happens to be comic influenced, rather than a comic per se. But it also has the more conventional sort of stories, though there is always somethi ...more
the section head i'm using doesn't really fit but whatever. this book is wonderous. a roommate had picked it up on the cheap from a Half Priced Books. It now sits in our living room book shelf so friends and other passers-through (including ourselves) might page on. I'm not really a fan of the 'coffee table book' concept. So I short it a few degrees by having a bookshelf of large easily paged through books of interest near by. whatever. I love the drawing in this book.
Kramer's Ergot is THE place for cutting edge avant garde comics. A who's who of the underground. The printing of this book is amazing. You really have to see it to believe it. Some of the comics can be frustrating in their unconventional approach to storytelling (if you can even call it that...) but there is enough here on the visual level alone to keep you poring over the thing for hours and hours. Guaranteed to either blow your mind or completely alienate you.
Kramers Ergot 5 is a great anthology of modern comic art. Kevin Huizenga, Chris Ware, and David Heatley contribute incredible work. The other selections run the gamut from good to interesting. There is less of the primitivist nonsense that overwhelmed issue 4.
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