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In conjunction with Prism Comics, the preeminent website for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) comics and creators, every day this month I will be detailing one good comic book/graphic novel with LGBT themes.
Here‘s an archive of the featured works so far!
Today we look at an amazing collection by an amazing artist.
A commenter made an interesting point that it seems like most of the works featured so far this month have been very much writer-driven. That’s probably pretty fair, but this work is very much artist-driven!
Maurice Vellekoop is a Canadian artist who has contributed to basically every installment of Drawn and Quarterly since it first began.
Vellekoop’s style is in the style of the classic 50s/60s New Yorker style of art – it’s has a very European feel.
Vellevision is a collection of various works by Vellekoop over a decade or so.
Thanks to a Vellekoop fan site (here), here are some sample pages from the book.
This is from his early work – it’s pretty straightforward stuff.
He later added in some more bizarre humor…
Next, he has a section dealing with music, mostly drawings of opera settings…it’s pretty trippy.
This is a sample of the section where he places dots of color to give after-effects of color – it’s really a striking idea….
The next section is this campy science fiction story with lots of trippy aspects…
He ends the book with samples of some of the standard illustration work he’s done over the years…
Vellekoop is one of the more unique comic artists out there, and this book is a great sampling/introduction to his work.
Here is a link where you can buy the book. There is an excerpt from the book there, too.
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