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New Psychedelic/Surrealist Comic By Brendan McCarthy and Al Ewing Out Now

Brendan McCarthy (known for Zenith, Rogan Gosh and more) and Al Ewing (writer of many a 2000 AD strip) have a new comic out called Zaucer of Zilk, which has been running in 2000 AD but is now available in the States from IDW:

More preview pages at Comics Alliance

New Dossier: Paul Laffoley

Geochromechane: The Time-Machine From Earth by Paul Laffoley

Latest dossier is up: Paul Laffoley.

The Generative Art of Syntopia

3D Fractal Engine

Syntopia makes beautiful fractal and generative art, much of if it with their own open source software Fragmentarium.

Previously:

Trippy 3D Fractal Video

3D Fractal Images

Evolutionary, algorithmic & generative design round-up

Generative art by Jared Tarbell

New Paul Laffoley Book: Secret Universe 2

There’s a new collection of Paul Laffoley’s work out called Secret Universe 2 by Claudia Dichter and Udo Kittelmann. Other than the work printed in The Disinformation Interviews, it’s the only affordable collection of Paul’s work that I know of.

(Thanks Bill)

See also:

Official Paul Laffoley website

Nick Pell’s Technoccult TV interview with Paul

6 Essential Moebius Books

Joe “Jog” McCulloch rounds up the top six most essential Moebius books that you actually stand a chance of finding in the U.S. His picks are:

1. The Airtight Garage
2. The Incal [with Alejandro Jodorowsky]
3. Arzach
4. The Gardens of Aedena
5. The Long Tomorrow
6. Mississippi River

Six essential Moebius books

What are your favorites?

Moebius Career Chronology

Quenched Consciousness curator Ian MacEwan is doing a career chronology for Moebius/Jean Giraud: “Instead of a memorial entry(because I feel weird about it), I started a series of career timeline posts,” he wrote.

From the first entry, featuring art from 1958:

Over the next week, I’m going to focus on posting pieces of Giraud’s work in chronological order. Ideally, there will be at least one post of something that he drew for every year of his professional career. My hope is to give a clear and thorough presentation that will help give people(myself included) a better understanding of Jean Giraud’s life work. To that end, if any of you find that I am missing something, I would love to hear from you. So far, I am missing a few key things from his early years. Primarily, any of his work on a western strip called Frank et Jeremie for Far West Magazine, and any work he did for the French Army magazine 5/5 Forces Françaises, while serving in Algeria.

Moebius Career Chronology

Previously: RIP Moebius/Jean Giraud (1938 – 2012)

RIP Moebius/Jean Giraud (1938 – 2012)

One of France’s best-known cartoonist and comic book creators, Jean Giraud, has died aged-73 in Paris after a long-illness. Giraud, also known under the names Moebius and Gir, was the creator of the hugely popular character Lieutenant Blueberry for a Western series of the same name.

RFI: French comic book illustrator Moebius dies in Paris

(news story via Abe, Moebius self-portrait via ENKI)

See also:

In Search of Moebius, a BBC documentary on Giraud.

Quenched Consciousness – A Moebius art blog/tumblr by Popjellyfish, including a Moebius Career Chronology in honor of his passing.

Jodorowsky’s Dune, which included designs by Moebius.

Some Newer Art by Joel-Peter Witkin

Here’s a gallery of work by Joel Peter Witkin, including a lot relatively new (many pieces from the 00s) that I had not seen before:

Face of a Woman (2004) Joel-Peter Witkin

Edelman Gallery: Joel-Peter Witkin (NSFW)

(Thanks Ashley)

See also: Joel-Peter Witkin: Tribute to a Genius

If Witkin’s work looks familiar, it’s because it served as the inspiration for the video for Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer.” Here’s a comparison of some of the elements from the NIN video and photos by Witkin (also NSFW):

Rejected R. Crumb New Yorker Cover

R. Crumb New Yorker cover

Can you clarify the genders of the people on the cover, or is that giving away some sort of secret?

The verdict isn’t in; that’s the whole point. Banning gay marriage is ridiculous because how are you supposed to tell what fucking gender anybody is if they’re bending it around? It could be anything—a she-male marrying a transsexual, or what the hell. People are capable of any sexual thing. To ban their marriage because someone doesn’t like the idea of them both being the same sex, that’s ridiculous. That was the whole point of the cover; here is this official from the marriage-license bureau, and he can’t tell if he’s seeing a man and a woman or two women. What the hell are they? You can’t tell what they are! I had the idea of making them both look unisex, no gender at all. On TV once I saw this person who is crusading against sexual definition, and you could not tell if this person was male or female—completely asexual. I was originally going to do the cover that way, but when I drew that it just looked uninteresting so I decided it should be more lurid somehow.

A drag queen and a drag king getting married.

Whatever they are.

Do you think the New Yorker is homophobic?

I think it’s the opposite. The New Yorker is majorly politically correct, terrified of offending some gay person. I asked this gay friend of mine, Paul Morris, “If you saw this cover on the New Yorker, would you be offended?” He said, “I’d wanna hang it on my wall!”

VICE: The Gayest Story Ever Told

Ben Venom’s Heavy Metal Quilt

Ben Venom metal quilt

Ben Venom metal quilt

Ben Venom makes quilts out of old t-shirts. More photos here.

(Thanks Mom!)

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