This major photographic record, celebrating the creators of trail-blazing cartoon art, features 50 intimate black and white portraits by Clay Geerdes, intrepid chronicler of the underground scene. The Underground Comix Family Album not only documents the colorful formative years (mid 1960s-mid 70s) of a dynamic art form, it also brings the works to life by placing a face and personality with them. The book underscores the fact that, although comix had a huge diversity of participants, there was a commonality of purpose whose revolutionary influence on contemporary art is still felt today.
Veteran cartoonist and graphics pioneer, Will Eisner, sets the tone of the book with his foreword. Cartoon Art Museum founder, Malcolm Whyte, follows with a concise introduction to comix and their place in art history.
A series of double page spreads a full page artist portrait facing a brief artist's statement on creating comix and update on current projects round out the book. A small sample of comix art tops each text page. Through The Underground Comix Family Album we see what Clay Geerdes saw through his lens: a family of intensely independent, creative artists at work and at play ina memorable, free-spirited time.