Wednesday, February 24, 2010
This blog called Only the Cinema has a list of Best Comics of the Decade and The Blot comes in at #19:
Tom Neely's self-published long-form debut, after a string of minicomics and shorter pieces, is a real shocker, coming out of nowhere to introduce a wholly new and exciting sensibility. His cartoony characters and obtuse symbolism add up to a difficult work, slippery in its meanings and intent, that is nevertheless impossible to look away from. With few words and very little narrative, Neely traces the experiences of a cartoon everyman, with a bulbous, rounded head, comically big feet and Mickey Mouse-style gloves, as he is consumed and pursued by an amorphous black inkblot that sometimes appears as small splotches within his white world, and sometimes threatens to flow across the page, consuming everything in its path. Neely presents various encounters between the man, the blot and a woman who sometimes seems to be helping him and sometimes seems fixed on his destruction. The book deals with conformity, creativity, love and humiliation, all through these enigmatic, nearly silent strips where the blot's seeming meaning and purpose fluidly changes depending on context.
This reminds me... I need to raise some money for future publishing projects, so I'm possibly going to be offering some more Blot-related artwork for sale on my blog soon.
Friday, February 12, 2010
90. The Blot, by Tom Neely (self-published). Neely achieves a level of immediacy on each page of his stunning debut graphic novel, creating a powerful emotional shorthand with his ink splotches designed to get across the intensity of a feeling, be it dread, joy, fear, desperation or longing. His iconic imagery acts as dense bundles of emotional information that, when unpacked by the reader, provide a powerful experience and insight into the creative process.
The full list is over at TCJ.com.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
So, I just finished this piece for the Giant Robot Year of the Tiger show at GR2... But then I notice that they forgot to include me on the postcard or the press release, or any of their online announcements... So, will this piece be on display at GR2 this Saturday?
This is another of my reinterpretations of a classic horror comic book cover. This time it's a 1965 Harvey Thriller: Unearthly Spectaculars. See the original drawn by Jack Sparling here.