Jason Karns’ Fukitor is an attack of a different kind: reprinted from the artist’s self-published zine, the book is a 144 page compilation of full color comics that reside uneasily between a straight and satirical response to the violence, xenophobia, and sexual and racial stereotypes found in pop culture.
"...Jason just cuts loose without inhibitions, and he has drawing, color, and sequential narrative chops that are always spot-on and that work for me. I love his drawing AS drawings, and I love his sense of the comics medium as inherently impatient and assaultive. He knows what he wants to do: he gets us there, and gets it done, with alarming clarity. The panel and page borders can barely contain the horrors Jason is eager to unleash. I respond and love that energy and intensity. There's an unpretentious, no-nonsense, 'cut to the chase' reveling in the exposed marrow of genre (horror, war, fantasy, exploitation) touchstones and tropes that I find intoxicating and hilarious, and the brevity of each installment is part and parcel of those pleasures…. ...I love and respond to Jason's impatience as an artist and storyteller. It's old-fashioned comics in one sense—cover, splash, BANG into the action, story after story—and in another way it's like channel surfing with the attention span of an adrenaline addict. It's all raw, jangly nerve endings and high-octane fuel. That I'm of the movie and comix “gorehound” generation Jason is culturally and conceptually attuned to helps. I mean, when Jason riffs on, say, the Blind Dead—BANG! Got it; run with it! No need for explanations. I know precisely what and where he's coming from and just dive in. Those elements that are obstacles for some are wide-open gateways and hard-wired entry points for me…. ...If you can't see the “fuck it” in FUKITOR, you're clueless. It isn't for you, then. If you can't see that the work ISN'T the creator, but the creation, you need more than a sanity check.... The outrage at Jason's work is to be expected: Fukitor is calculated to offend and determined to outrage and infuriate. That radiates from every cover and every page…. Anyhoot: there's more. Kudos to Fukitor from this ol' TABOO and monster-lovin' dude." -Stephen Bissette
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