Opus

Opus

by Barry Windsor-Smith
     
 

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A combination autobiography, New Age meditation and art book. In "Time Rise," the artist continues his exploration of expanded consciousness and transcendence, in a tale told with great candor and charm.
With his previous book, BWS: Opus Vol. 1 (when released, Fantagraphics' all-time quickest selling book), Barry Windsor-Smith joined the ranks of the

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A combination autobiography, New Age meditation and art book. In "Time Rise," the artist continues his exploration of expanded consciousness and transcendence, in a tale told with great candor and charm.
With his previous book, BWS: Opus Vol. 1 (when released, Fantagraphics' all-time quickest selling book), Barry Windsor-Smith joined the ranks of the experiencers and researchers at the new frontiers of consciousness and the revolutionary crossroads of reality. After astonishing encounters with precognition and time loops the artist found himself on a transcendental journey into another dimension of time and space. Now, in the second volume of the Opus series, Windsor-Smith continues his autobiography called "Time Rise." Following his bizarre interdimensional journey, the young superstar of Marvel Comics' Conan the Barbarian fame discovers that he has acquired advanced psychic abilities! This is the true story of the artist's struggles to deal with the transcendental, yet maddening, effects of meta-consciousness. In addition to Windsor-Smith's groundbreaking text, Opus is, of course, also a deluxe art collection, featuring the renowned artist's never-before-published paintings and drawings, as well as gorgeous, evocative artworks culled from over thirty years of comics art, comic strips, illustration, and sketchbooks.

Editorial Reviews

Comic Book Galaxy
“I have trouble believing that anyone who reads Opus with an open mind won't be somewhat changed by the experience, both in their appreciation of the author and artist and in their contemplation and understanding of themselves....a divine work.”
Rain Taxi Literary Review
“Neither art book nor autobiography nor graphic novel, but an unsettling combination of all three.”
Library Journal
In the early 1970s, Windsor-Smith rose to almost legendary status as the illustrator of Marvel Comics's Conan the Barbarian. After that, he left the comics field but has "returned" periodically ever since. This five-volume series collects much of his published and unpublished works and commentary on everything from his own life to the paranormal. The book's arrangement is eclectic: for example, the illustrations, which range from color comic book panels to full-page illustrations (both color and black-and-white), are presented in a confusing stream-of-consciousness manner rather than chronologically. Still, because his work had a tremendous impact in the early 1970s, this book is recommended for larger public and academic libraries where popular culture studies are important.--Stephen Weiner, Maynard P.L., MA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Charles De Lint
While the text is autobiographical, it details only a few weeks in the beginning of Windsor-Smith's career, focusing on a trio of extraordinary events that occurred to him while living in New York City: two precognitive, one visionary, all three described in great detail. Did these events actually occur? I don't think that's really the point. Windsor-Smith appears more interested in discussing the boundaries of perception than he is in convincing us as to whether or not the events actually happened, while his descriptions of them, and his additional commentaries, present the visual artist as a man who is also a skilled writer.

...Almost every page presents examples of gorgeous art—rendered in pencil, pen and ink, watercolors, and even oils. The production values are superb—although this observation comes from someone who can't compare the originals to what appears here on the page, so I can't vouch for how true the reproductions are. Still, considering Windsor-Smith's attention to detail as it comes out in the text, one assumes he was involved in all arts of the process, and that what we get here are approved versions...

All in all, Opus, Vol. 1 is a wonderful glimpse into the mind and art of one of the field's more talented individuals. And best of all, from that "Volume One" in its title, we can only assume that there are further installments still to come.
Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560973935
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
02/01/2001
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Barry Windsor-Smith, 2008 Eisner Award Hall of Fame Inductee, has been creating extraordinary comics art and stories since 1967, introducing diverse artistic influences to graphic storytelling, and developing a distinctive, naturalistic narrative style. Conan the Barbarian, X-Men, Weapon X, Archer & Armstrong, RUNE, and Barry Windsor-Smith: STORYTELLER are among the many works of his 30+ year career. Windsor-Smith is also an acclaimed painter of Romantic fantasy, co-founder of The STUDIO, and author of BWS:OPUS, a series of art books collecting his paintings and drawings. The text of the series, called Time Rise, is an anecdotal, sometimes humorous, memoir of his paranormal experiences. He lives in Kingston, NY.

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