In lieu of Blab 14 comes this two-for-one combo of half new stuff and half reprints from earlier numbers of the premier avant comics showcase. (After finishing one-half, you must flip the book top-over-bottom to read the other right-side-up--a circumstance that the, er, stunning cover art makes explicit.) As usual, the artwork is technically awesome and awesomely mannerist. Standouts among the new selections are Blanchet's grim folktale takeoff "Sweet Teddy," in which all the figures are silhouettes; Mark Landman's twisted "Fetal Elvis!" done entirely in lurid Day-Glo hues; Richard Sala's German-expressionistic rendering of a Scandinavian folktale; and the funniest piece, "The Paper Grin," by the writer-artist trio Charles Paul Freund and Peter and Maria Hoey, which incorporates mordantly twisted parodies of conventional comic strips. The reprints, though generally outshone by the new stuff, notably include Julien Mandel's art nouveau photo-comic, in which a lovely nude strikes balletic poses, and a portfolio of satiric drawings by Boris Artzybasheff (1899-1965). Ray Olson
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About the Author
Mark Mothersbaugh is a composer, cartoonist, and lead singer for the band Devo. He lives in Los Angeles.
Monte Beauchamp is the editor and creator of BLAB! He lives in Chicago, where he works in advertising as an art director.