Monthly Archives: February 2010

Spinoff Blog: Fine Cartoon Art

Cartoons, comics and their ilk are fine art. There, I said it, and I’m starting a new blog dedicated to this subject.

It starts off like this:

When Picasso drew, that was considered art.

“Igor Stravinsky” by Pablo Picasso

When Vonnegut wrote, so was that.

Now, I ask you: why, when you combine the two (illustrated images plus text), why does it get such a bad rap? Why is drawing + art disparaged, out of hand, as junk? As not worthy of the moniker “art?” I’ll tell you why. Bad PR. Massive misunderstanding. An out-dated negative image perpetuated by not only detractors of the medium, but also by its so-called proponents. Think Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons.

Worst Frontman Ever. Matt Groening’s “Comic Book Guy”

Go here for the rest, and by the way, what are your thoughts on the subject of comic as capital-A Art?

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A Show for the Bird Lovers of West Michigan

(As a follow-up to the bird series I did in December, I’m plugging a relevant art exhibition in my hometown of Muskegon, Michigan.)

Birds in Art shows through Sunday February 14 at the Muskegon Museum of Art’s Walker Gallery. Check it out!

Krystii Melaine "Alight," © 2009 Oil on canvas on board

And while you’re there, get a load of John Steuart Curry’s “Tornado Over Kansas,” part of my personal iconography since about, oh… first grade.

John Steuart Curry (American, 1897-1946) Tornado Over Kansas

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