Thursday, 9 July 2009

I'm Age

When I said, a while back, that the only visual poems I could bear were those by Craig Russell, I was clearly being what Bugs Bunny would call a maroon. Jeff / Catherine Jones' I'm Age ran in Heavy Metal from '81 to '84 and, as well as having one of the greatest titles ever, is a truly fantastic strip, as was it's predecessor Idyll. As art masquerading as comedy, ( or comedy masquerading as philosophy? ) it's one of my favourite thought provoking comic strips. Somebody really should collect this strip in a little book for people to leave in their bathrooms, something to freak out random house guests. As an aid to life, it sure beats The Little Book of fucking Calm.















4 comments:

  1. I've always been amazed that National Lampoon (IDYL) and Heavy Metal ran these things! As you say they were art, they were philosophy, they were visual poetry! What they weren't however is the type of thing one would expect to find from a prominent sci-fi artist in a supposedly cutting edge humor mag or a supposedly cutting edge sci-fi comic! Much of this is above my head even NOW but I recognize its artistic value and poignent expressiveness. Yes, I would buy such a collection.

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  2. Big, big thank you for this post! Only recently I started to get into comics (and comix) and Jeff Jones became one of my favourite artists along with Vaughn Bode and Akira Toriyama (they are different but best in their styles in my opinion).

    Alexei

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  3. Hey, if you're just getting into comics, start with the best, and Jones is right up there! Lots more Bode on the way as we get closer to Da Gooroo's birthday...

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  4. I always loved these...thanks very much for posting them. A really great example of what the comics form is capable of.

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