Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Michael Zulli's Fracture

Now this looks beautiful! Michael Zulli - best known for indy classic Puma Blues and several collaborations with Neil Gaiman has a kickstarter fund raiser page for his latest project The Fracture Of A Small Boy and it's already raised over $16000 or the target $17000!

What is Fracture Of The Universal Boy about? here's what Zulli has to say:

Everything begins as a dream. Or, in somewhat less esoteric terms, an “idea”.

The computer you may be reading this on,and the desk on which it sits, had its origins in the realm of the intangible, the unreal, a dream. The inner life is your real life, one that begins before you were born, and 

remains with us, constant and pervasive all the days of our lives. The outer, tangible world we all say is the “real” world is only a manifestation of the one that lives in the space out side our five senses. Without this inner life, nothing would happen.

The Fracture of the Universal Boy is my attempt in story form to address these ideas.
Told in a kind of symbolic dream logic I have tried to address the ideas and motivations behind the artistic life. What is the nature of belief? Love? The process of making art? At times it is pure unadulterated nightmare, brutal and almost blasphemous, and at other times sublime and even a bit silly, the book is a true labor of love. I made this without the restraints of the marketplace, deadlines or outside control or systems. Much like a song is written, a painting is brought to canvas, or a pot or a poem brought into being by any other artist of any other discipline. In effect it is my own personal monster, cobbled together from all the various bits of things that fascinate and appall me. It was deliberately made to provoke ideas, outrage, and catharsis, and the sense of peace one has after the inner storms pass, leaving one clear and washed clean.

Yeah, I'm none the wiser either - but hell's bells just look at the preview art! I love Zulli's work - I think probably more than any other artist Zulli's style represents the ideal ambition of my own drawing style - ironic then, that I forgot to include him on my Influence Map (he should be where McMahon is, really) Anyhoo, I digress - look at the flipping awesome pictures! OoooooOOooooo!

For more information, donation details and more lush preview art check out the Kickstarter page.

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