Staff Picks – Week of 12/10/2016

The Collected Cat Rackham
Steve Wolfhard
Koyama Press

Will says: Join the incredibly adorable cat Rackham in this collection of short stories where he sleeps, mopes and adventures his way through depression. Wolfhard’s cute cartoons are mixed with his very dark humour to create an emotional rollercoaster ride you won’t forget. You’ll be laughing uncontrollably at “Cat Rackham Gets Depression”, tears falling when reading “Cat Rackham Passed Over” and overly heart warmed by “Cat Rackham is Sometimes Too Sad to Sleep” (and sometimes all three at the same time). Most importantly you’ll be rooting for Cat Rackham the entire time.

Doom Patrol #2
Gerard Way (w), Nick Derington (a)
DC Comics

Joe says: It’s the second issue and this title is still refusing to make any sense, but at least we know it’s intentional, illustrated by half the main cast screaming “what’s going on” several times throughout the issue. I’m definitely on board for the ride though and whilst the story has so far been fun, the stars of the series are the art team. Derington is a fantastic storyteller and he keeps his art clean, which not only looks great but helps offset the insanity of the script. Coloured by the always fantastic Tamra Bonvillain, Doom Patrol is a gorgeous looking book and I look forward to more of it.

Outlaw Bible of American Art
Alan Kaufman (Editor)
Last Gasp of San Fransisco

Karl says: This here weighty tome is so full of mind blowingly great images and writing that I could not possibly do it justice in a short review here! So, I’m going to cheat and quote from the extensive introduction by editor Alan Kaufmann and paraphrase William S. Burroughs, one of the hundred or so artists spotlighted in this visceral and incredibly varied volume.

AK: “The Outlaw Bible of American Art is a 700-page art world alternative canon of marginalized or famed autodidactic paint-slinging loners who followed their own outrageous, sometimes catastrophic visions to the heights of fame or to the depths of Hell.”

Getting the picture?

WSB: “Because it is read sequentially, there is no way to effectively portray simultaneous events in writing. But that’s the whole point of painting; multiple points of view can be simultaneously presented. One expands the area of awareness, and one seeks new frontiers in randomness. A shotgun blast produces explosions of colour that approach this basic randomness.”

Always manages to get a gun in there somewhere, good old Bill! Still, he also reduces Naked Lunch to a few sentences right there, too. When everyone sees what they see, feels what they feel, all at once then you have it – a perfect apocalypse.