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Fleischer

The skewed, cynical vision of an anti-Disney.

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PiniElfPort

Her cheesecore saga challenged the pieties of fantasy.

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One can only hope one’s highlights are as brilliant as his.

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Setzer

His rockabilly was an act of defiant generational treachery.

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On view now at New York’s Storefront for Art & Architecture…

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Astronauts: thought-out, but not too thought-out

Pixie Meat, a collaboration between Gary Panter and Charles Burns

Panter and Burns: the secrets of artistic collab­orat­ion

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Romero

GEORGE A. ROMERO’s (born 1940) movies are charming, because they aren’t ashamed to send the same counterintuitive message, again and again. Before Romero, “zombie” was strictly a voodoo term; in horror movies, zombies were slaves — the embodiment of a disenfranchised people. Beginning with the unimpeachable Night of the Living Dead (1968), which was released […]

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Reinhardt

For Europhiles who wish they were smoking Gauloises on a balcony somewhere, the plunk-plunk of DJANGO REINHARDT’s (1910-53) simple but completely original jazz stylings evoke a more romantic time. However, Reinhardt’s cultural appeal is more complex than that. Despite a handicap that might have stymied lesser men (he lost the use of three of his […]

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GREEN AND PURPLE, RIDICULOUS, BOOKS — art by D. EMORY ALLEN *** Robots and Monsters, a website that swaps custom-designed cartoons and pop art in exchange for a donation to charity, was field-tested in May 2007 by our friend and colleague Joe Alterio. Earlier this fall, Alterio and other artists relaunched the site as a […]

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The only diploma that E.C. SEGAR (1884-1938) ever earned was from a correspondence cartooning class; but he was every bit as dedicated to his profession as Popeye, his most famous creation, was to roaming the high seas. (Popeye’s first words: “Ja’ think I’m a cowboy?”) Back when newspapers used to allot entire pages to their […]

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ROBOT: “FREDDY MERCURY, EWOK, BEST FRIENDS” — art by JOHN MARTZ *** Robots and Monsters, a website that swaps custom-designed cartoons and pop art in exchange for a donation to charity, was field-tested in May 2007 by our friend and colleague Joe Alterio. Earlier this fall, Alterio and other artists relaunched the site as a […]

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Monster: “Vivacious, Bipolar, Rat-Terrier” — by David Huyck *** Robots and Monsters, a website that swaps custom-designed cartoons and pop art in exchange for a donation to charity, was field-tested in May 2007 by our friend and colleague Joe Alterio. Earlier this fall, Alterio and other artists relaunched the site as a going concern. This […]

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CHARLES M. SCHULZ (1922-2000) might seem an unlikely hero for HiLobrow.com, because his comic strip Peanuts and, particularly, the animated Peanuts TV specials, are so mainstream. A casual reader might even perceive Peanuts as a long-running morality play of sorts, a collection of middle-class Aesop’s Fables every bit as insidious (and instantly recognizable) as Disney […]

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QinQin

Robot: “Summer, Xi’an, Warrior” — by Joe Alterio *** Robots and Monsters, a website that swaps custom-designed cartoons and pop art in exchange for a donation to charity, was field-tested in May 2007 by our friend and colleague Joe Alterio. Earlier this fall, Alterio and other artists relaunched the site as a going concern. This […]

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Robot: “Green, Tree, Ocean” — by D. Emory Allen *** Robots and Monsters, a website that swaps custom-designed cartoons and pop art in exchange for a donation to charity, was field-tested in May 2007 by our friend and colleague Joe Alterio. Earlier this fall, Alterio and other artists relaunched the site as a going concern. […]

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Her acting career has garnered PARKER POSEY (born 1968) the moniker “Queen of the Indies,” but she deserves an upgrade. In the fantasy life of the young suburban boys who actually grow up to be interesting human beings, Posey is the best friend you want to fuck, the girl in art class who doesn’t care […]

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OrtelanOrtelan

Robot: Chicken, Orchid, Champagne — by Matt Rebholz *** Robots and Monsters, a website that swaps custom-designed cartoons and pop art in exchange for a donation to charity, was field-tested in May 2007 by our friend and colleague Joe Alterio. Earlier this fall, Alterio and other artists relaunched the site as a going concern. This […]

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I lived in California for nearly ten years, and whenever I would take the interminable ride up or down The Five, I would stick my old Nikon F1 out the window and try to play WALKER EVANS (1903-75) with those brown and orange streaks topped with the high desert sky that occupy the middle of […]

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Monster: “Petite, Red-haired, Observant” — by David Huyck *** Robots and Monsters, a website that swaps custom-designed cartoons and pop art in exchange for a donation to charity, was field-tested in May 2007 by our friend and colleague Joe Alterio. Earlier this fall, Alterio and other artists relaunched the site as a going concern. This […]

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If the sexualized children’s gardens of white gloves and dildos sharing the same animation cel are old hat to today’s otaku-obsessed hipsters roaming the pop-surrealist galleries, we have auteur animator RALPH BAKSHI (born 1938) to thank, in part. Pulling himself up through the traditional TV animation ranks, Bakshi first gave us a glimpse of what […]

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Robot: “Pilot, Happy, Balanced” — by Adam “Apelad” Koford *** Robots and Monsters, a website that swaps custom-designed cartoons and pop art in exchange for a donation to charity, was field-tested in May 2007 by our friend and colleague Joe Alterio. Earlier this fall, Alterio and other artists relaunched the site as a going concern. […]

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Robot: “Enormous, Retro, Snob” — by Joe Alterio *** Robots and Monsters, a website that swaps custom-designed cartoons and pop art in exchange for a donation to charity, was field-tested in May 2007 by our friend and colleague Joe Alterio. Earlier this fall, Alterio and other artists relaunched the site as a going concern. This […]

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Senor-Howyadoin

Monster: “Spicy, Green, Outgoing” — by Joe Alterio *** Robots and Monsters, a website that swaps custom-designed cartoons and pop art in exchange for a donation to charity, was field-tested in May 2007 by our friend and colleague Joe Alterio. Earlier this fall, Alterio and other artists relaunched the site as a going concern. This […]