Tuesday 26 May 2009
Presuming On His Senses! Michael Kupperman grows...
If you're familiar with Michael Kupperman you'll know about his absurd and surreal ideas, irresistibly funny because he presents them as seriously as possible with a melodramatic art style like something out of vintage comics. Without necessarily being a satirist, his style ends up presenting a patchwork quilt of past and present pop culture. But I don't want to over intellectualise the whole thing because ultimately it's good dumb fun. Just take a look at Tales Designed To Thrizzle #5 which was out last Thursday. If you've read it already then all I need to do is mention the story where aliens zap a man with a ray beam that turns his legs into SEXY WOMAN'S LEGS!! Not to mention the superhero adventures of Mark Twain and Albert Einstein. See? You're smiling already.
After several years contributing to a bookshelf worth of journals and newspapers including McSweeny's (vols. 16 & 19) Kupperman's profile is steadily rising. He's had work shown on American tv and a collection of the Tales Designed... issues is due for release soon. Not only that, he's also written and drawn the back-up strip to be featured in Marvel's All Select Comics #1 scheduled for July. We'll be posting more on these publications as they're released.