The minicomics of artist Noel Friebert, aka Noel Troll, are mysterious vignettes that can go from two characters engaged in fisticuffs to two characters engaged in a kind of moist sex without a moment's notice. It's decidedly jarring, visceral stuff but I love that it always feels very personal even when I don't know what the hell is going on.
I keep his silkscreened book (object) Troggy the Little Brother on my desk to revisit over and over just to take in the whole elaborate package. Simultaneously loose and meticulous, it's an impressive art book made from a single, well-folded piece of paper: A slotted tongue locks the contents closed. Once the reader pushes back the muscle, this book opens to a figure whose arms seem to open him up to the viewer while flailing fists punch down his insides. Those insides open further to reveal a bright and dizzying orgy of lumpy, cartoony faces purging emotions ranging from joy to resignation.
I highly recommend checking out all of the artists of Closed Caption Comics, a talented group of young, experimental cartoonists (Ryan Cecil's labyrinthine "Gem Cave" is another brilliant example of production complementing concept). Meanwhile, here are some of Noel's comics: 3 Bros, BrownEye, Toads N Choads 2. And his Trading Cards (which arrive sealed in plastic no less).
Is anyone else mildly annoyed that the Daily Show is on hiatus at all between now and the election? This is the home run derby and they are getting lobbed softballs with this "lipstick on a pig" hooey. Can I make a donation somewhere to keep this from happening the rest of the way out? Help us, Jon Stewart, you're our only hope...
During those heady mid-1990s, Seattle's The Stranger (which has employed, at times, a slew of comics-related folks, from co-founder James Sturm, to former art directors Jason Lutes, Joe Newton, and Dale Yarger, and columnists like Tom Spurgeon and yours truly) was a hotbed for local cartooning. Strips would come and go and you could always count on the paper's back page for some quality cartoons. One of my all-time favorite Stranger strips was a short-lived feature by Jeremy Eaton, called Jackass. This surreal gem featured a disembodied head at the mercy of Eaton's imagination, and the results were always a great blend of humor, Dada, and handsome cartooning.