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!Read Epub ã Vapor ó Vapor, um eremita exilado num estranho deserto bastante frequentado, enfrenta a tenta o sobre as mais diversas formas, numa hist ria surrealista, entre o minimalismo e o g nero fant stico, marcada por um humor deliranteCriador de Peter Punk, editor da revista Nosotros Somos los Mortos, um dos nomes maiores da revista El Vibora e colaborador frequente da revista New Yorker, o catal o Max, na sua f ria contra o mundo e no seu carinho pela arte dos comics, criou um hero smo perfeito t o absurdo que d i no nervo exacto onde a arte se deve sentir Fabulous So bizarre and pensive, yet thoroughly entertaining like wondering about the vacuums around the lives of characters in vintage cartoons when you are a kid and they re created by adults It took my brain out of my head a little and danced with it And I wantthings that I read to do the same Also, hugely indebted to Max for mentioning Herbert Crowley I have been meaning to check him out since watching the Toynbee Tiles documentary, and completely forgot Now I m back on the miss Fabulous So bizarre and pensive, yet thoroughly entertaining like wondering about the vacuums around the lives of characters in vintage cartoons when you are a kid and they re created by adults It took my brain out of my head a little and danced with it And I wantthings that I read to do the same Also, hugely indebted to Max for mentioning Herbert Crowley I have been meaning to check him out since watching the Toynbee Tiles documentary, and completely forgot Now I m back on the mission to get a monography it exists, but too damn expensive This is a book that is both philosophical and surreal about a cartoony character with a big nose named Nicodemos who goes into the desert to find himself and encounters a sort of mysterious entity, Vapor, who may be good for him or not Sometimes spacey, sometimes silly, decidedly allegorical its style he says owes much to the work of a certain Herbert Crowley, who drew a comic strip in 1910 in the New York Daily Herald called The Wiggle Much Lots of white space, cartoony characters in that This is a book that is both philosophical and surreal about a cartoony character with a big nose named Nicodemos who goes into the desert to find himself and encounters a sort of mysterious entity, Vapor, who may be good for him or not Sometimes spacey, sometimes silly, decidedly allegorical its style he says owes much to the work of a certain Herbert Crowley, who drew a comic strip in 1910 in the New York Daily Herald called The Wiggle Much Lots of white space, cartoony characters in that sort of iconic tradition there s a cat named Moises who might remind one of the Katzenjammer kids type comics from the thirties so there s this simple aesthetic and this nostalgic feel for old comics likeable feel, not very memorable story Not much story Great b w clean line drawing References to other comix artists abound. A version of this review was published, in German, in the Swiss comics journal STRAPAZIN Thirty or so years into his rich and productive career, the Catalan cartoonist and illustrator Max has surely cemented his place in the Pantheon of great comic artists the post punk master of Ligne Claire Ligno Claro has evolved into a marvelous and sympathetic genius of funny, wise, and poignant surrealism Max does not publish frequently A new book comes around every seven or eight years, and he a A version of this review was published, in German, in the Swiss comics journal STRAPAZIN Thirty or so years into his rich and productive career, the Catalan cartoonist and illustrator Max has surely cemented his place in the Pantheon of great comic artists the post punk master of Ligne Claire Ligno Claro has evolved into a marvelous and sympathetic genius of funny, wise, and poignant surrealism Max does not publish frequently A new book comes around every seven or eight years, and he appears to release them when he s ready to do so, heedless of the demands of the market or his publishers The publication of VAPOR late last year is, then, cause for celebration It s a delightful piece of cartooning, simple to read but not easy to understand A charming little fellow named Nicodemus one is always tempted, as with Bardin and Mr D., to see Max s characters as autobiographical stand ins wanders off into a desert, where he encounters strange and fanciful creatures who seem determined to enlighten him, distract him, or drive him crazy Probably not coincidentally, Nicodemus is the name of a minor but notable character in Christian Scripture he appears only in the Gospel of St John, where he s associated with temple teaching as well as the burial of Christ, but he can also be found in an apocryphal Gospel bearing his name which is rather obscure and concerned mostly with the harrowing of Hell As with other of Max s works, the reader grasps for an allegory that never quite comes into focus That s probably because Max is less concerned with straight allegory andinterested in allusion and illusion, and by that token VAPOR is perhaps his most elusive work yet If Max is summoning up mystical sages in this graphic novel, he s also paying homage to some of the great early newspaper strip creators and animators Winsor McKay and Max Fleischer , not to mentionrecent cartoonists of the dream state such as Victor Moscoso, Pierre Clement, and Jim Woodring One simple way to describe Vapor might be Waiting for Godot as reimagined by George Herriman Of course, I may be over reading here Perhaps VAPOR is less about philosophy andabout formalism Max is powerfully fluent with pen and ink his page layouts are ingenious and masterful without overly calling attention to themselves there is tremendous confidence of line in his drawings but in spite of all that the book reads as if it sprang effortlessly onto paper Leaving aside whatever personal symbolism Max may be pursuing, VAPOR comes across most as a book created for his own amusement by an artist at the top of his game VAPOR feels like the comic equivalent of Charlie Parker playing for himself, and we re just lucky enough to be able to listen in