(via Stanley Whyte)
reminded me, rather tangentially, of this Dan Clowes strip about a timewarp cultist who lives in a perpetual 1966
Thinking of Clowes's work, reminded me that I have some disordered and unformed thoughts about why it is that the dominant mode in comix, cartoons, illustration is retro.
because it is, isn't it? Go into a place like Wacko in Los Feliz, LA, and everywhere you look you see new work done in old illustrative and graphic art styles.... vintage fonts and typography and lettering... campy Googie-era Fifites here, Gothic American there, B-movie psychotronic trash kultur etc
is it because, being as close to the world of craft as Art, the illustration/comix world is less hung up on modernist precepts?
But most of the comic/cartoon/illustration styles being reworked or drawn on, in their own time, would have been innovative, presumably?
Here's a little thing I did on Daniel Clowes's Caricature collection (whence the 1966-dude strip comes from) for Village Voice Literary Supplement.
And here's theVoice piece by me on Ghost World the movie, which features quotes from Clowes as well as Terry Zwigoff, and has that whole retro-pathos subplot of the 78 rpm platter collector scene, the choleric Seymour character added gratuitously and largely eclipsing the Enid-Rebecca relationship.