Inspired by the life of abstract expressionist painter Mark Rotkho—known for his “colour field” paintings—each episode is a four panel gag strip à-la-Peanuts, using the diagrammatic vocabulary of black and white cartoons to explore Rothko’s complex personality and achievements with irony, compassion and wit.
Where else could you find Rothko teaching kids how to make a dog out of clay, hitting on women at parties and drinking, smoking and listening to Mozart? Tragedy, ecstasy and doom were the ingredients Rothko recommended for every great painting… whether you love his work or hate it, this book presents a light-handed yet heavy-hitting contemplation of the forces that shaped Rothko, the role of art in our lives and the legacy we leave behind.
Matthew Brown’s previous book from Éditions TRIP Comix released at TCAF last year was “WHAT IS MEDITATION? And Why Should I Do It?,” with an introduction by Chester Brown.
Please send a message to get this cute volume (same size as the old "Garfield" comic collections) for the super affordable price of $10 + postage!
ROTHKO--exploring the tragic, ecstatic life of Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko in 4-panel chapters a-la Charles Schulz's Peanuts--is here! Please drop by the Éditions Trip Comix table at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) this weekend at Table 138... I'll be there between about 12:30 and 2pm on Sat. May 11, and all day on Sun. May 12! Or, shoot me a message if you'd like to order a copy! Super-excited... the book looks great and will make a nice addition to your collections of Garfield strips or mid-century American abstract art coffee table books!
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