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JAZZ AND CT REJECT

I did this drawing for Connective Tissue (which is still highly discounted on Amazon yet nonetheless is languishing, so BUY IT!), but it didn’t fit my narrative. I like it, though.

This was done as part of a panel in an American Splendor thing I illustrated. I think it might make a nice print.

CONNECTIVE TISSUE THUMBNAIL SKETCHES

Most of the interior art in Connective Tissue (if you haven’t gotten your copy yet, for crying out loud, do! It’s now an insanely cheap 45% off on Amazon!) was done spontaneously on that page without advance thumbnail sketching. There were a few that required a bit of planning, though. Here are some thumbs for them.


Darla

Another unused Darla drawing from when I was working on Connective Tissue (which you really need to go buy, now).

Connective Tissue Video

Fantagraphics has been making these great little videos of paging through their books (all are on Flickr). I think they’re a nifty way to get an idea of the book, especially if you’re going to order online and not be able to see it in person at a store. Check it out (then order it!).

Video store clerk Darla Vogel is fed up — fed up with her job, fed up with her wake-and-bake roommate, fed up with everything. But when one of the customers at Kwok’s Video offers her some of his meat-flavored candies, Darla takes a plunge down the rabbit hole into a surreal world of throbbing, veinous buildings, compulsory public nudity, weird creatures, and more. If William Burroughs, Lewis Carroll, H.P. Lovecraft, and Harvey Kurtzman ever collaborated, the result might resemble Bob Fingerman’s bold confection of words and pictures — the copiously illustrated prose novel Connective Tissue.

“This is a genuinely monstrous book that made me laugh until something burst and now I think I might be dying. You really need to buy one of these.” – Warren Ellis, author of Crooked Little Vein and Transmetropolitan

“Fingerman does it again! He disturbs, entertains, amuses and charms with his unholy Fingermanian mixture of perversion, humor, and pathos.” – Jonathan Ames, author of The Alcoholic and Wake Up, Sir!

134-page duotone 7.25″ x 8.25″ hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-60699-143-5

In stock: April 2009
In stores: May 2009

BOOKPLATE FEVER

Yes, folks, there’s not one, but two exclusive signed bookplates I’ve done for the upcoming (it’s at the printer!) Connective Tissue. One is for the publisher, Fantagraphics Books, the other for retailer Panel To Panel. If you want one of these bookplates to come with the book, order the one you prefer from Fantagraphics or Panel To Panel directly.

Culled…

This week I’ve been going over the final guts of Connective Tissue with the designer (Jacob Covey) at Fantagraphics. He’s doing a great job and the book’s going to look terrific. Seeing all the art put into a layout with the text highlighted that a couple of the drawings were superfluous, so I cut them and did new ones for the book. I liked the drawings I cut, but they didn’t make the grade. Anyway, waste not want not, here they are.


Connective Tissue: Coming (Relatively) Soon…

It’s been a while since I’ve had any publishing news to announce, but unless the contract stuff goes horribly awry (an unlikelihood), Fantagraphics Books will be publishing my oddball stream of consciousness (or in this case, unconsciousness) epic, Connective Tissue, sometime early spring 2009. What’s more, publisher Gary Groth became aware of and interested in the project because of the previous Connective Tissue drawings I’d posted here. So, this blog has already more than justified its existence (at least to me). Neat.

Connective Tissue is my reverse-engineering experiment in art and prose. Instead of a normal illustrated book, in which the pictures illustrate (duh) the text, this time around I’m doing the art first, then supplying the prose. To ensure it flows well, I’ll likely add some art at the end of the writing stage (the titular connective tissue). Here’s a recent drawing:

MORE CONNECTIVE TISSUE

Here are a few more drawings from my mostly off-again project, Connective Tissue. This is one of those things that may or may not ever be finished, so in the meantime I’ll post selected images.



CONNECTIVE TISSUE

A few years back (in 2003, to be specific), I started a project called Connective Tissue, which was to be a free form, stream of consciousness, picture novel. I abandoned it after about 15 or so drawings, but waste not want not. Here are a few. I almost resurrected it last year in a revamped style, but once again lost steam (the drawings in my first blog here). Maybe someday I’ll really get serious with it, but then what would the fun be in that?


INAUGURAL POST

Okay, so this is my inaugural post here.

So, art. Art’s a subjective term. You know, one man’s meat and so forth. I spend a lot of time in modern art museums frowning and being annoyed by what passes for art these days. Hence, letting my membership to MOMA expire. But I also am amazed at how much good stuff is being done currently. Lots of it displayed on this Blogger thing. People like Marlo Meekins, Kristen McCabe, Bill… uh, mean William Wray, and on and on. Superb and varied stuff. Enough to inspire me to join up.

So, enough words. Picture time. These couple are from an on-again/off-again project featuring the girl with the pigtails. I’ll post more later. Figuring out this interface is making my puzzler hurt.