Monday, November 08, 2004

A friend of mine in Brazil sent me a copy of Just One Page for the Trinity Hospice Charity
(72 pages of the Best British Comics)
V2 Five Pounds Only!
May 2004

Thanks Jose.
Previews of some of the artwork it contains are visible here and a list of all the contributors is here

Here's the Promethea artwork by Sam Hart

For anyone intersted in the history of British Comic Book art here's a few good links:
British Library Comics Collection
Centre for the Study of Cartoon and Caricatures
National Cartoon Art Trust
and if you're interested in actually buying old Comics as opposed to just reading about them try
26 Pigs

Got a copy of Rick Veitch's Crypto Zoo or if you prefer The Collected Rare Bit Fiends Volume 3. The book contains Roarin' Rick's Rare Bit Fiends #15-20.

For Alan Moore fans the most interesting part of the book is a reprint of Three Dreams and a Coincidence first published in 20 Years of Heavy Metal (1997). The first dream shows Alan walking along a river bank being shadowed by a tall shamanistic figure wearing antles on his head which was a dream Rick had just before receiving a copy of Voice of the Fire whose front cover depicts a human mask with antlers on its' head.

The book is a dream diary of Rick's from 1973-1974 and contains some interesing dreams as well as an introductory essay about Archetopography of the Dreamscape. At the end are several pages of Annotations and 4 panels and the story of a dream Rick contributed to the 2002 SCI FI Channel reality TV show The Dream Team With Michael and Annabelle

For me the dream that resonated the most is one about Uncle Scrooge, The Beagle Boys, Huey Dewey and Louie, Mickey Mouse and Gladstone Gander mainly because I grew up reading Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge comics.
Other people might find recurring characters and famous people like Bob Dylan, Nixon and Kissinger, Blondie and Dagwood, The Demon, Oberon, Blackhawk more to their liking but even if you know nothing about Rick or have never read any of his previous work the dream landscape of The River, The Bridge and the Mountain might seem familiar to other dreamers from their own dreams.

Peopled with personalities such as Jack Kirby, Otto Preminger, Fidel Castro, Sid Ceasar (but not Imogene Coca), Columbo.

One intereseting conclusion Rick comes to is that we somehow sculpt our future in the dream state as his own dreams certainly have for him. Over the course of many months and years Rick confronts The Self which is similar to what other people througout history have given different names.
For the Greeks it was Daimon, for the Egyptians Ba, Christians call it the Soul and Buddhists Atman but really it is the creative centre that our Ego must confront and communicate with in order to take control of our lives.
Life on Earth is visualized as working in the Ego Factory and the series ends with Rick delivering 50 dreams to 1980 Dream Street.
Using dreams Rick is able to overcome his fear of failure and the complete lack of credibilty other people had in him when he wanted to make a living out of drawing comic books. In one dream his dead father explains what the best part about being dead is and in another the voice of his grandmother denies it is her while he tries to push an early comic book he'd drawn into his dream diary. Only when the comic book manages to click into place does the voice acknowledge that it really is his grandmother.
SF and comic book references abound as Rick learns to take on his responsibilites and accept the work ethic. By facing up to his fears and overcoming violent tendencies ("Dark Wave" kills "Light Beam") he manages to get his life in order.

Leah Moore and John Reppion's Wild Girl comes out in a few days but the first critique is already online at the Fourth Rail.

People who can't wait to see the first few pages can find them at Mile High Comics

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