Speechless: Tales from the System

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Spanning three decades, `Speechless` will cover the career of artist Peter Kuper. From his co-founding days of `World War 3` (the longest running magazine in `zine history), to Rolling Stone`s Comic Artist of the Year, to major magazine cover illustrator and beyond. This full-color, hardcover collection will include dozens of unpublished illustrations and wordless comics in the unique stencil style that gave his DC/Vertigo collection `The System` its powerhouse punch, and helped revamp the look and feel of the ...
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Spanning three decades, `Speechless` will cover the career of artist Peter Kuper. From his co-founding days of `World War 3` (the longest running magazine in `zine history), to Rolling Stone`s Comic Artist of the Year, to major magazine cover illustrator and beyond. This full-color, hardcover collection will include dozens of unpublished illustrations and wordless comics in the unique stencil style that gave his DC/Vertigo collection `The System` its powerhouse punch, and helped revamp the look and feel of the world renowned `Spy vs. Spy` (which Kuper has illustrated for `Mad Magazine` for the past three years). `Speechless` will also include essays and anecdotes on his experiences as a comic art expert in a landmark obscenity trial; step-by-step discussion of the process of illustrating covers for magazines like `Time` and the `Village Voice`; commentary on creating the very first comic strip to appear in the hallowed `New York Times`; and tales of harrowing travels spanning the globe. This ultimate collection of Kuper`s art will leave any fan of the medium ... well, speechless!
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Collecting work from the entire career, beginning back in the mid-1980s, of illustrator, cartoonist, and narrative artist Kuper (Mind's Eye, 2000, etc.), this full-color anthology displays a range and richness of design that places him among the best graphic artists of his time: innovative, insightful, and always compelling. Kuper has experimented with all kinds of media-watercolor, spray-paint, markers, pastels, scratchboard, you name it-and his stencil-cut illustrations have become a signature style. His dead-on images appear in mainstream publications (Time, the New York Times, and New York), as well as in smaller magazines in synch with his own left-wing sympathies, including World War 3, of which he's coeditor. His black-and-white work, with its woodcut look, gives the proper tone to his elegy for the last New York checker cab and to many other gritty cityscapes. A master of single images, Kuper also takes up the challenge of visual narrative in numerous politically charged pieces about nuclear and environmental disaster. He chronicles his globetrotting in autobiographical comics very much in the '90s grain. And his adaptation of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle suggests how a revitalized Classics Illustrated should look. Kuper also offers the rough work to some of his art, including the various stages of a Time magazine cover. His reverse paintings on framed windows are a truly unexpected pleasure, as are his recent contributions to Mad's "Spy v. Spy," which prove that he's certainly no snob. Kuper's generically left politics sometimes dull his arresting images, but his stylistic inventiveness and sophistication make this an essential collection for students of graphic narrativeand design.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891830143
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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