Restricted Frequency #187
Mouthfail 12, In The Studio, Walter Hill
1. Mouthfail, p. 12
2. Review: In the Studio
I'm of two very contradictory minds when it comes to this one. On one hand, it's a very important survey of America's most celebrated alternative cartoonists, and on the other hand it's kind of disappointing. Feelings of disappointment may pertain to me and me alone and may not in any way be objective in relation to the book's content at all. It probably has much to do with my expectations going into the book, expectations that manifested on the basis of the book's title (“In the Studio”). Was I wrong to expect at least a peek into these cartoonists' workspaces? Was I wrong to expect copious amounts of craft talk and process stuff? We end up getting neither, hence the severe feelings of disappointment I cannot seem to shake off. With that being said, we do get into the cartoonists' heads quite a bit, along with a looksee at upbringing and early influences, both of which I find wholly insightful. Hense, the book's importance.
3. A Walter Hill Film
Happy to report that Walter Chaw’s much anticipated forthcoming book on the oeuvre of filmmaker Walter Hill has sold out on the preorder level! I had the pleasure of creating the cover art for it, a poster version of which is still available at Garage.Ganzeer.
That’s all for this week, folks. Hope you’ve enjoyed this shortish edition of RESTRICTED FREQUENCY, and—despite its brevity—has given you some food for thought in regards to artist practices and how it at once informs and is informed by the mythology its time.