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Art D'Ecco Paperback – August 2, 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
Art d'Ecco, who has the square jaw that only comics can provide, and his triangular and singularly unintelligent roommate, Gump, stumble through misadventures shaped more by the clichés of comics and fine art than by any logic. In this collection, Roger Langridge, the Eisner and Harvey –Award–winning author of Fred the Clown, presents his early collaborations with his brother Andrew. The brothers have steeped themselves in high-brow culture and regurgitated it into sharp, boldly drawn satire—the frontispiece is a riff on the famous dadaist painting La trahison des images by Magritte. The comic is filled with characters from Art 101: the unintelligible Art Nouveau; the smiley-face Kitsch and his Pacman-like wife; the Escher-esque Esch (who has a pronounced lisp); and, of course, the title character, always drawn with straight, clean lines. The stories, from the one-pagers to the longer tales, take every convention of comics and turn them on their ear. The Langridges' work crackles with an exuberance that simultaneously entertains and baffles—sometimes careening into a secret world, but always singularly inventive. (Sept.)
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These 1988-89 strips and stories verify that the creator of Fred the Clown (2004) has always been a brilliant visual parodist and reveal that his sick, antic humor runs in the family, for brother Andrew, the writer here, is even wackier than he. Andrew rapid-fires puns, one-liners, wisecracks, non sequiturs, and corn and reflexively takes a plot over the top and around the bend. Roger sticks with him all the way in some of the most dadaist comics since Krazy Kat. The characters are mostly drawn--literally----from famous modern art movements. The stars are Art d'Ecco, an angular hunk in a white-jacket tux, and the conical, village-idiotic Gump. Their principal foils in such foibles as selling old comics for big bucks, writing porn for big bucks, rescuing the Gump from a cult, and getting marooned on a desert island are Art Nouveau, a hebephrenic, photographic-negative version of Art d'Ecco, and a normal-enough woman, Emily. Though not as funny and poetic as Fred the Clown, Art d'Ecco is way more anarchic. Ray Olson
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