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Mahlon Blaine's Blooming Bally Bloody Book Paperback – January 18, 2015
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About the Author
Born in the first half of the last century, Roland Trenary has parlayed a modest Midwest upbringing into a modest 21st Century adventure. He is creator of seven issues of the magazine Normal Bean, one acoustic album of self-penned songs (Fever That Yearns), and several music related videos on youtube. With nearly forty years of research and collecting of the artist Mahlon Blaine, he has recently gathered together Blaine's definitive biography and bibliography (Mahlon Blaine ~ One-Eyed Visionary). He also continues to pursue a new career as a quick-sketch artist specializing in performing actors and musicians. He has steadfastly maintained that his role as The King in the Lincoln School 4th Grade production of the musical Rumplestiltskin may have been his undoing. This has yet to be proven.
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Blaine's tremendous output and influence on later artists are the more remarkable because of the early loss of one eye and agonizing headaches that might last for days.
Laboring in poverty and obscurity, Blaine produced book illustrations, paintings, erotic portfolios and innumerable drawings and sketches, the product of a fertile and outré imagination. He provided interesting but contradictory accounts of his life to anyone who asked, and one has to wonder just how many of his memoirs in this book are completely true.
His friends and acquaintances were often as odd and interesting as the artist himself, and included the writer John Steinbeck and the stage magician Dunninger. He provided book illustrations for both of them, and among the last of his many large commissions was a series of illustrations for the reprinted works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Many of his lesser-known book illustrations were commissioned by publishers of pornographic novels; Blaine always needed money, and brought his own unique flair and dash even to such hackwork.
When he died alone in a seedy New York hotel room in 1969, Blaine had been almost forgotten. He left a legacy as mysterious and enigmatic as his own life. This book will, hopefully, do much to clear up much of the mystery about this once-forgotten genius, just as Trenary's other books have introduced Blaine's remarkable artwork to a new generation.