Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Concerning McSweeney's: Minneapolis City Pages looks at McSweeney's Quarterly Concern No. 13, "The Comics Issue" edited by Chris Ware:

"Ware's curatorial tastes are generally quite broad: The issue includes Richard McGuire's 'ctrl,' which has been rendered entirely through flat and spare overhead views; a selection of Mark Beyer's hilariously tormented art brut 'Amy and Jordan' strips; and a suite of concentrated, hyper-stylized pieces from Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez's Love and Rockets series. Even so, you can see his particular selectivity in the McSweeney's picks. Ware prefers minimal, iconic, impressionistic drawing to the more deliberate rendering of the European school (Blacksad artist Juanjo Guarnido, say), and his introduction is quick to dismiss the comics aesthetic that's grounded in old superhero comic books."