Perfect Nonsense: Chaotic Comics And Goofy Games Of George Carlson by George CarlsonPerfect Nonsense: Chaotic Comics And Goofy Games Of George Carlson by George Carlson

Perfect Nonsense: Chaotic Comics And Goofy Games Of George Carlson

byGeorge CarlsonContribution byGeorge Carlson

Hardcover | March 4, 2014

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Perfect Nonsense tells the complete story behind one of the mostinnovative and under-rated Golden Age artists, classic childrens illustrators,and nonsense poets in American history. For more than 50 years, George Carlsoncreated thousands of distinctive and dynamic cartoons, comics, riddles, andgames that thrilled both children and adults with their fanciful spirit andnonsensical humor. There has never been a career retrospective of this startlingcartoonist and illustrator until now!
Carlsons inspired cartoons ranging from the intellectual to the surrealplace him at home with not only acknowledged masters of American humor likeGeorge Herriman, S. J. Perelman, Milt Gross, Bill Holman, and Jack Kent, butalso globally celebrated absurdists like Beckett, Pirandello, and his life-longinspiration, Lewis Carroll.
Carlson also made his mark as an accomplished designer of more seriousthemes including magazine covers, political cartoons, advertisements, locomotiveand naval illustration, and, most famously, the original book jacket for thefirst edition of Margaret Mitchells Gone With the Wind. Now, after morethan 15 years of searching, compiling, and conjuring, the incredible depth ofGeorge Carlsons artistry and ingenuity finally gets the comprehensive treatmentit has so long deserved with copious full color examples of material bothexquisite and obscure. Alongside plentiful cartoons, individual drawings, andcomics (including Carlsons ghost work on Gene Byrnes Reglar Fellers),this edition offers a meticulously researched critical introduction, rareexamples of original art and unpublished projects, and a biographical timelineof Carlsons first three decades as a commercial artist drawing on recentlyunearthed artifacts from the Carlson family estate.
Perfect Nonsense focuses on Carlsons prolific work as a gagcartoonist, childrens illustrator, commercial designer, and art instructor from1907 to just before World War II. Decades before his celebrated Jingle JangleComics, Carlson forever altered the nature of childrens publishing duringhis tenure as chief artist and designer for the pioneering childrens pulp,John Martins Book. Carlson turned the magazine itself into a toy, filledwith seasonal games, holiday cut-outs, curious crosswords, graphic exercises,puzzles, riddles, rebuses, and more.
As Carlson himself once observed, his early works brim with a unique spiritof happiness and fun. We have not only captured the very best of that spirit inthis collection, but also the many secrets behind its legacy. Loaded with wonderand wit, the creations of George L. Carlson will inspire cartoon and comicsaficionados, teachers of childrens media, scholars of American humor, and anyoneinterested in the ever-evolving landscapes of image and language.
Title:Perfect Nonsense: Chaotic Comics And Goofy Games Of George CarlsonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 12.1 × 9.1 × 1.2 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:Fantagraphics BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1606995081

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