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Brian Blomerth's Bicycle Day

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Illustrator, musician and self-described “comic stripper” Brian Blomerth has spent years combining classic underground art styles with his bitingly irreverent visual wit in zines, comics, and album covers. With Brian Blomerth’s Bicycle Day, the artist has produced his most ambitious work to date: a historical account of the events of April 19, 1943, when Swiss chemist ...more
Published June 2019 by Anthology Editions
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Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've admired Blomerth's comics for a long time but this is definitely the longest I've spent with them. He's not a particularly great storyteller (though, to be fair, it's also a pretty simple and familiar story) but his drawing style is wholly his own. Colorful and drippy with a strong picturebook vibe. This could be a kids book... if you felt like having an interesting talk with the kid after.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully drawn in a style reminiscent of the animation that was popular at the time, this graphic novel presents an artistic retelling of Albert Hoffman's historic bicycle "trip."

The forward, written by Terrence McKenna's brother Dennis, was also very good. It pointed out that bicycle day was the same day as the beginning of the siege of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the eve of Passover in 1943. Due to my religious background, this is a powerful juxtaposition which Dennis ventures that the lesson of
Ed Erwin
Aug 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: comics, nonfiction
(I haven't read this yet, but I flipped through a friend's copy. The art is fantastically psychedelic.)
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An incredible book that highlights an incredible moment in history. The entire history of this little molecule since its inception is one complicated by the politics of Nixon's War on Drugs and a misinformation campaign on an epic scale, something that you can read about in Michael Pollan's excellent book How To Change Your Mind. The politics are set aside for this one, though(other than a couple pointed pages discussing the global climate in which this discovery was made). It is an exquisite ...more
Salomão Diniz
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ele transita entre o 3 e 4 estrelas. A palheta de cores é o grande lance aqui. A história trás pouca novidade ao que já figura no imaginário coletivo sobre Hofmann e o seu "filho problema". A história tem um pano de fundo interessante mas pouco relevante aqui, que é a segunda guerra e a tomada Nazista a Tchecoslováquia uma semana antes. As ilustração são charmosas ao melhor estilo Cartoon 30's, como Betty Boop.
Pra fechar, se você tem interesse em psicodelia e cores é um prato cheio. Eu nasci no
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I got this for the psychedelic art, which was pretty cool though I think I preferred the bits when Hofmann wasn't tripping out. What I didn't expect was that I was actually going to learn something about the early history of LSD.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thoughtful, lovingly drawn, and vividly colored book. I licked it... er, liked it.

(Blomerth's notes at the end are very entertaining and well worth reading.)
Maria Rowe
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A visually stunning, unique work of art. I could go through this book a thousand times, and see something new on every page.
Eden Bailey
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really brief but imaginative look at the discovery of LSD, if you’re into that kind of thing. Beautiful artwork.
Patrick Bello
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A simple story told in a beautiful way
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully psychedelic retelling of Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman and his discovery of LSD-25. Highly recommended.
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