Bill Griffith: Lost and Found: Comics 1969-2003

Bill Griffith: Lost and Found: Comics 1969-2003

by Bill Griffith
     
 

Pre-Zippy underground classics from Bill Griffith.
Bill Griffith is best known as the creator of the Zippy daily comic strip, currently running in over 300 newspapers nationwide, but Zippy was conceived as an underground comix character before he became embraced in the mainstream, and Griffith himself was a seminal figure in the underground comix movement,

Overview

Pre-Zippy underground classics from Bill Griffith.
Bill Griffith is best known as the creator of the Zippy daily comic strip, currently running in over 300 newspapers nationwide, but Zippy was conceived as an underground comix character before he became embraced in the mainstream, and Griffith himself was a seminal figure in the underground comix movement, during which he was a cartoonist, an editor, and an entrepreneur.Bill Griffith: Lost & Found collects hundreds of Griffith’s early underground comics, most of them long out of print and unavailable. Much of the work will be unfamiliar and a real revelation to those readers who only know Griffith from his long-running Zippy strip.
Beginning in 1970, Griffith contributed stories to a long list of legendary undergrounds. Lost and Found is not only a collection of these underground comix — hand-picked by the artist himself — but a mini-memoir of the artist’s comix career during the early days of the San Francisco Underground and his nearly twenty year on-again, off-again involvement with Hollywood and TV. Griffith’s running recollections and commentary serve as a wry and often hilarious counterpoint and context to the stories themselves. Lost and Found follows Griffith’s career from New York to San Francisco in chapters like “New York: The East Village Other and Screw”; “The Arcade Years”; “First Zippy Appearances”; “Young Lust” ; “Cast of Characters: Claude Funston, Mr. The Toad, Shelf-Life, The Toadettes, Alfred Jarry and the Griffith Observatory.”
While the vast majority of the book is non-Zippy comics, it also features the earliest appearances of Zippy, not seen in any other collection. Zippy fans will be happy to see the very first Zippy stories from 1971 to 1974, when Zippy was primarily a sidekick for Griffith’s first major character, Mr. The Toad. Also included is a 19-page, unfinished, never-before- published comics version of the first few scenes from the Zippy movie screenplay, Zippyvision. Intended as a companion piece to the unproduced film, the story details Zippy’s sideshow origins and his later life in a boarding house catering to showbiz wannabes.
Previously uncollected later work features Griffith’s comics for High Times, The National Lampoon, The San Francisco Examiner and The New Yorker.Bill Griffith: Lost and Found finally collects the work of one of the great, pioneering cartoonists.

Editorial Reviews

Steven Heller - The Atlantic
“Lost and Found is a milestone book...”
Ray Olson - Booklist
“Prefaced by Griffith’s long, anecdotal accounting of his work and including stories featuring other characters who’d eventually join the strip’s cast as well as 48 pages in full color..., this collection attests the perdurable wit, style, and smarts of one of the greatest of the 1960s San Francisco underground cartoonists. [Starred Review]”
Noel Murray - The A.V. Club
“While other colleagues[']. . .graphic novels draw serious attention in literary circles, Griffith remains the 'Are we having fun yet?' guy to many.. . Lost and Found: Comics 1969­-2003 [might] change that. . . Lost and Found shows off more facets of Griffith, putting his obsessions with Hollywood, suburbia, and a certain type of corporate cockiness into a larger context.”
Matthew Thurber & Rebecca Bird - The Comics Journal
“Lost and Found... testifies to Griffith’s heroic output of underground comics, and his commitment to a lifetime of making work that is challenging, inventive, and beautifully drawn. His signature narrative discombobulation and linguistic elasticity unite all these disparate pieces into a cohesive statement of surprise and protest...”
Paul Buhle - The Jewish Daily Forward
“Bill Griffith, the one prominent figure of underground comix to reach the daily comic page mainstream, has delivered again . . . Day by day,week by week, year by year, Zippy reveals the oddness of post-­modernity . . . Not even Griffophiles (or is it Zippophiles?) like this reviewer knew most of the details offered here...”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606994825
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
01/30/2012
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
683,699
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Griffith is the artist behind the legendary weekly comic Zippy. Griffith's prolific output has been included in such publications as the Village Voice, National Lampoon, and the New Yorker. Along with Art Spiegelman, Griffith co-founded the influential anthology Arcade and is credited for coining the popular phrase, "Are we Having Fun Yet?" He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife, the cartoonist Diane Noomin.

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