Modern Arf [Paperback]
Craig Yoe (Author)
Publication Date: June 3 2005
Escher meets Charles Schulz in Modern Arf, the first in a series devoted to the unholy marriage of modern art and the funnies.
With new and classic material by innovative masters such as Rube Goldberg, Jack Kirby, Hy Mayer, Windsor McCay, even Salvador Dali, Modern Arf also includes an exclusive, surreal four-page strip by Patrick McDonnell, creator of the popular daily comic strip Mutts. Stunningly designed in an oversized format, Modern Arf will delight both comic and fine art lovers of all ages.
Modern Arf is a new anthology series “exploring the unholy marriage of art and comics” but pretty definitely emphasizing comics. That’s just fine since there still aren’t that many books focused on comics, and few of those are as delightful as this one. Among the treats on view in its oversized pages are cartoons depicting artists and their models, a zany 1920s magazine story by cartoonist Milt Gross (1895-1953), a historical examination of the precursors of Mad mascot Alfred E. Newman, obscure work by Mutts cartoonist Patrick McDonnell, and comic strips by Salvador Dali along with cartoonists’ attempts at Daliesque surrealism. Comics aficionados may get the biggest kick out of an atypical story by legendary superhero artist Jack Kirby, in which a schlub is transported into a cubist alternate world; but there’s something here to tickle nearly everyone’s fancy. The title remains puzzling, though, unless it refers to the dogged efforts of compiler Yoe, who contributes the commentary and his own wacky scrawlings, to unearth forgotten treasure. Gordon Flagg
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About the Author
Former creative director of the Muppets, Craig Yoe operates YOE! Studio from a castle overlooking the Hudson River. He also creates animation and ads for MTV, Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network.
Craig has a phenomenal studio in Peekskill, New York and is an exceptionally talented artist, designer, and all-around Renaissance man. And he’s as nice as can be.
His “Arf” series examines what he calls “the unholy marriage of art and comics.” Drawing from a remarkably deep familiarity with cartoonists of yesteryear, Arf is cholk full of all kinds of great stuff that you would likely not see elsewhere.
To learn more about his professional endeavors, visit yoe.com .
For the amusing and informative blog accompanying his Arf series, I highly recommend strolling on over to arflovers.com .
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books Inc. (June 3 2005)
Product Dimensions: 30 x 22.4 x 1.5 cm
Shipping Weight: 540 g