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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; Reprint edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606991701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606991701
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Might be the best reprint book of the year. A must for fans of great comics art, the undergrounds, or the medium's history, The Artist Himself is in the end most essential as a truly great read.” (Matt Seneca - Newsarama)

“The collection combines a fascinating biography of Holmes... with chapters of his finest work... The Canadian rarely gets his due among comics aficionados, but The Artist Himself should go a long way toward putting this underground legend on the list of greats.” (Alonso Duralde - Modern Tonic)

The Artist Himself... present[s] a compellingly fresh... approach to the history of the medium... It radically broadens what we think of as a cartoonist’s life, and in that Rosenkranz has given us a great gift.” (Dan Nadel - Comics Comics)

“With rare access to Holmes' journals and sketchbooks, Rosenkranz succeeds in giving readers access to the cartoonist that Holmes denied his closest friends.” (Steve Duin, - The Oregonian)

“Rand Holmes was a true artist in every sense of the world and mostly produced work intended to change society, not fill his pockets. This book is a wonderful tribute and one any grown-up art lover will marvel at and cherish.” (Win Wiacek - Now Read This!)

“The cartoonist and illustrator Rand Holmes… created hippie hero Harold Hedd, one of the more memorable fictional characters of the 1960s. Among the cognoscenti, Mr. Holmes is a peer of R. (Mr. Natural) Crumb and Gilbert (Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers) Shelton.” (Tom Hawthorn - The Globe and Mail)

“Imagine a Jack Davis MAD magazine piece with heavier overtones; that was Holmes at his best, and that best is well-represented in The Artist Himself.” (The Onion A.V. Club)

“Through excerpts from the artist’s own journals and interviews with those who knew him, Patrick Rosenkranz presents his subject as a man of contradictions, both prodigiously gifted and painfully insecure. [...] Holmes’s art was always marked by sharp visual wit and a sometimes astonishing attention to detail. He was indeed a genius, and thanks to Fantagraphics, he won’t be a forgotten one.” (John Lucas - The Georgia Straight)

“[T]he colorful (in many senses of the word) collection The Artist Himself... is a smorgasbord of senses working overtime, the coffee table book of the year for raunch-loving pop art fans and literary hedonists alike.” (Chris Estey - The KEXP-FM Blog (Seattle))

About the Author

Patrick Rosenkranz is widely acknowledged as one of the premiere scholars of the underground comix movement. His books include Rebel Visions (the most widely-heralded history of the era) and The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective. He lives in Portland, OR.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Diego Cordoba on August 17, 2010
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After having pre-ordered this book so long ago, I finally got my copy and it was worth the wait. I bought it with no idea of what might be inside, aside of the fact that it was a book by my favorite underground artist of all time. So much, that I'd only buy an underground comic if it featured art by Rand Holmes, just as I'd only buy a DC war comic or a Warren magazine if there was any Russ Heath art inside.

Rand Holmes was the sort of artist who was too good to be underground and too underground to be in Marvel or DC. But Rand's brushwork was second to none (his influences being two masters of the brush, Wally Wood and Will Eisner). This book covers the whole of Rand's life, from his childhood through, well, his untimely death... But as an extra bonus, we get some whole reprints of some of his classic stories. Pay attention because you get the COMPLETE stories of Harold Hedd number 2, "Wings over Tijuana" and the color one, "Hitler's cocaine". Wow, talk about a bonus! Plus there are also reprints from some of his first comics (not too good), some of his underground stories (lots of classics, "Basement man" and my personal favorite, "Nip and Tuk in Animal antics") and some of his later work for Kitchen Sink, but none from Pacific Comics (his "Banjo lessons" story would have been a great addition). There are also excerpts from Holmes' personal diary, and he wrote everything!!!

OK, so far so good! Now for the minor problems. Apparently, author Rosenkranz was a personal friend of Rand Holmes, yet most of the comic stories were scanned from the comic books and not from the original artwork. I've never seen any of Rand Holmes work for sale, so my guess is that he kept all his originals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James P. Danky on October 13, 2013
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Pat Rosenkranz, the most important and consistent of historians of underground comix, has crafted a loving biography/retrospective of Holmes' work from early car culture flyers in Edmonton to the mature style of his epical Harold Hedd adventures. Holmes' ability to both write and illustrate a story has few equals from the underground generation and it is a treat to experience them once again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Gray on May 28, 2013
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My only complaint is that I'd have liked it in a larger format, as the print and the comics are a bit small for aging boomer eyes. I also don't like the thumbnail-size repros of original covers; but in every other way, it's a fine book. Of all the artists who were heavily Wally Wood-influenced, Rand Holmes celebrated the Wood style with love and a great sense of humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mario chiari on November 29, 2013
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Patrick Rosenkranz is THE expert on the history of US underground comix (I love his first book: Artsy Fartsy Funnies, 1974, although he does not mention it at his [...] ).
The book on Holmes is a nice book, about a nice artist, full of love and art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Russell Morgan on April 13, 2014
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A personal and artistic history of a man who deserves wider recognition.Reflects the wide spectrum of his different styles.His art comes from adversity but manifests itself through humour.Be prepared for risqué belly laughs.
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Patrick Rosenkranz is an author, photo-journalist, educator, and filmmaker. He is widely recognized as one of the leading scholars of the underground comix movement of the 1960s and 1970s.