Named "Best Not from 2013 But Still New to Me" on Pat Aulisio's Top 5 Comics of 2013 at the Atomic Books Blog
Ron Regé, Jr. is a very unusual yet accomplished storyteller whose work exudes a passionate moral, idealistic core that sets him apart from his peers. The Cartoon Utopia is his Magnum Opus, a unique work of comic art that, in the words of its author, "focuses on ideas that I've become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools." It's part sci-fi, part philosophy, part visual poetry, and part social manifesto. Regé's work exudes psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy.
In The Cartoon Utopia, "Utopians" of the future world are attempting to send messages through consciousness, outside of the constricts of time as we understand it. They live in a world of advanced collective consciousness and want to help us understand how to achieve what they have accomplished. They get together to perform this task in a way that evolved out of our current system of consuming information and entertainment. In other words, the opposite of television. Instead, these messages appear in the form of art, music and storytelling.
Praise for Ron Regé, Jr. and The Cartoon Utopia:
"... [A] stunningly original and visionary piece of work: a study of futuristic spiritualist movements that doubles as a blueprint to inner peace. ... a book that’s not meant to be rushed through, but rather looked at closely and absorbed, to create a kind of meditative state" — A.V. Club
"The cover design and the interior art are reminiscent of late 1960s/early 1970s psychedelia; the exuberance of the creator similarly parallels the energies of that optimistic, reformist era." — Publishers Weekly
"One of a handful of cartoonists in the history of the medium to not only reinvent comics to suit his own idiosyncratic impulses and inspirations as an artist, but also to imbue it with his own peculiar, ever changing emotional energy. To me, he is unquestionably one of 'the greats.'" — Chris Ware
"Slow down when you read his pictures and ornately lettered words, quivering, scintillating, radiant, and they will leave you awake and awakened." — Paul Gravett
"Ron Rege’s Cartoon Utopia takes our souls on a journey to the depths and heights of visionary heavens, radiating into our minds a universal mysticism that is both scholarly and intensely personally psychedelic. Ron is a rare unique artist offering mind and heart expanding graphic novel storytelling directly descended from William Blake. Mystically poetic yet colloquial, longed for like a clear cool glass of refreshing spring water with 300 micrograms of LSD, Ron’s creations align us with what is healthfully nobly spiritual, so important to recover in our desperate confusing postmodern world. Get your head out of the depressing newsfeed and into the eternal light of Cartoon Utopia." —Alex Grey, artist