Thursday, August 1, 2013

Late-Era Clash 24, 25

(Pegacorn PressMike Taylor’s beautifully disturbing comics are beautiful and disturbing. While his collage/sketchbook/jam pages that are scattered in the book (and on the cover) take the psychedelic chestnut of the Underground Comix era and add grit, pathos, and humanity to that tradition of drugged-out doodles, it’s the narratives that shine. It’s a discomforting pleasure to experience Taylor’s off-center characters communicate in strange, offsetting ways that challenge the concept of communication (his inky renderings perfectly matching their splotchy inner-workings), and his reflections on art, industry, and selling out make your brain twitch in the right ways.

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