raw ..feed it to the wolves…
by Art Chantry (email@example.com):
Everybody knows how special RAW magazine. was. them new yorkers credit ol’ artie spiegelman (and his crony/wifey, francoise mouley) for literally discovering the wonderful world of comics under some rock out there and presenting it to them new yorkers (and therefore the world) as “art” worthy of adult attention (“not just for kids any more”. choke.) since RAW discovered underground cartoon art (for the first time), many of those ‘artists’ have gone on to celebrated careers in art museums and hollywood and publishing RESPECT. amazing service old artie speigelman did for all them lowly cartoon ‘outsider’ artists, don’t you think? the man is a hero, just ask him.
well, while RAW was sucking up the glory back in the late 70′s/early 80′s, there was another comic publication that was devoured by us tasteless unsophisticated losers out here in the boonies. it was called WEIRDO. now, THAT was a comic mag!
originally edited by mr. robert crumb and later edited by Punk Magazine alumni peter bagge, weirdo was a respectable comic ‘zine of no respectability. every ‘arteest’ presented to the new york art world inside the pages of RAW were also present in weirdo. but, there were a LOT more people that weirdo presented that would NEVER have been allowed to grace the pages of RAW. and the amazing artists they presented to the world for the first time is like a roster of everybody who was at all interesting or cool over the last 30 years.
in fact, the work in weirdo was so much cooler than RAW (aka – cheezy) that most of us in nowheresville seattle of the 80′s lavished attention on every issue of weirdo and barely sniffed at RAW. we LOVED weirdo. the pass-along readership in our circles was probably 100%. by comparison, nobody could afford to buy RAW, so the readership pass-along was probably like zero.
this illustration is crumb’s take on the demented work of rory hayes for the cover of issue #8. i pulled this off the wall of my friend skip jensen’s office. he’s had it hanging up there among his crap for decades. he runs a tshirt business and i think he was once hired to print a run of these for somebody somewhere sometime (not bootleg). but, he kept this and hung it and it’s been there ever since. a shrine.
It’s an interesting item. the design is a parody of the early MAD magazine covers where they (in return) parodied old national geographic covers, which always had that peculiar b&w line art border treatment. so, crumb’s twist was a fake rory hayes plastered into a parody of MAD doing a parody of national geographic. THAT’s the sort of humor that weirdo loved. everything required you to be so far on the inside of the underground that you actually GOT the jokes being played by the cartoonists – layers upon layers upon layers of referential humor. it was a great mag to get stoned to and groove on.
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