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Paul Karasik
In the early 1980s, after having graduated from the Pratt Institute, Paul Karasik studied briefly at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he was a student of Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, and Art Spiegelman.In 1981, Spiegelman, with his wife, Françoise Mouly, invited Karasik to become... show more
In the early 1980s, after having graduated from the Pratt Institute, Paul Karasik studied briefly at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he was a student of Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, and Art Spiegelman.In 1981, Spiegelman, with his wife, Françoise Mouly, invited Karasik to become associate editor of their seminal international comics and graphics revue, RAW. While serving in this position Karasik co-edited Bad News with fellow cartoonist Mark Newgarden,which ran work by many of the RAW cartoonists, including Kim Deitch, Ben Katchor, Richard McGuire, and Jerry Moriarty.In 1994 Karasik collaborated with David Mazzucchelli to adapt Paul Auster's novel City of Glass into a full-length comic. This adaptation was cited by The Comics Journal as one of the "100 Best Comics of the 20th Century". It has been translated into more than a dozen languages and was excerpted in The Norton Anthology of Post-Modern American Fiction.Karasik's book, The Ride Together: A Memoir of Autism in the Family (2004), co-written with his sister, Judy Karasik, employed the format of alternating prose and comics chapters to tell their story of growing up with an older brother with autism. The Ride Together was named the Best Literary Work of the Year by the Autism Society of America.Karasik co-edited of Masters of American Comics (2005), the coffee-table companion catalog to the first major American exhibition of comics, co-sponsored by the Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.His recent anthology highlighting the work of the (previously) obscure Golden Age cartoonist Fletcher Hanks, I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets (Fantagraphics, 2007), won a 2008 Eisner Award, the highest honor in the industry. A second volume, You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation (Fantagraphics, 2009), when combined with the first, comprises the complete works of Fletcher Hanks, a cartoonist whom cartoonist R. Crumb called "a twisted dude."Paul Karasik's gag cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker.
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everettpantaloons
everettpantaloons rated it 6 years ago
Fletcher Hanks has been called many things but I don't think "a good guy" has ever been one of them. He was an abusive father and husband and abandoned his wife and child, even stealing his son's piggy bank, and never was heard from again. He only wrote comic books from 1939-1941 and little else is ...
Krycek
Krycek rated it 7 years ago
I think Robert Crumb says it best: "Fletcher Hanks was a twisted dude." This stuff is absolutely amazing. While Fletcher Hanks only did comics from 1939-1941 and wrote pretty standard super-hero type storylines, they are of such bizarro quality that I'm mesmerized by the sheer weirdness of it all. H...
Bibliobimbo
Bibliobimbo rated it 8 years ago
An interesting collection of a forgotten artist. Hanks created comics in the early days of the medium, quitting around the beginning of WWII. The stories are fairly much the same--they mostly feature Stardust, a "super-wizard" of technology who lives in space and Fatomah, guardian of the jungle. Bot...
My bookies
My bookies rated it 8 years ago
Christ this is strange stuff. Just two years after Superman was published we have Fletcher Hanks turning out gloriously twisted comics. Reading this seemed like looking at someone's outsider art. Like talking to a kid who's been sitting in the back of class all semester long but you've never noticed...
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous rated it 10 years ago
More incredible madness from Hanks. Some of the strangest things I've ever seen.
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