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Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson

Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson

A career-spanning celebration of one of the 20th century's most innovative cartoonists.

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ISBN 9781606995082
Barcode 9781606995082
Published 5 March 2014 by John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Marschall, Rick
Illustrated by Carlson, George
Edited by Yezbick, Daniel
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ISBN-13 9781606995082
ISBN-10 1606995081
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Fantagraphics
Publication Date 5 March 2014
International Publication Date 17 November 2012
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Marschall, Rick
Illustrated by Carlson, George
Edited by Yezbick, Daniel
Category Graphic Novels
Number of Pages 318
Dimensions Width: 235mm
Height: 310mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 1,647g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Graphic Novels: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 741.5973
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Perfect Nonsense tells the complete story behind one of the most innovative and under-rated Golden Age artists, classic children s illustrators, and nonsense poets in American history. For more than 50 years, George Carlson created thousands of distinctive and dynamic cartoons, comics, riddles, and games that thrilled both children and adults with their fanciful spirit and nonsensical humor. There has never been a career retrospective of this startling cartoonist and illustrator until now!Carlson s inspired cartoons ranging from the intellectual to the surreal place him at home with not only acknowledged masters of American humor like George Herriman, S. J. Perelman, Milt Gross, Bill Holman, and Jack Kent, but also globally celebrated absurdists like Beckett, Pirandello, and his life-long inspiration, Lewis Carroll.Carlson also made his mark as an accomplished designer of more serious themes including magazine covers, political cartoons, advertisements, locomotive and naval illustration, and, most famously, the original book jacket for the first edition of Margaret Mitchell s Gone With the Wind. Now, after more than 15 years of searching, compiling, and conjuring, the incredible depth of George Carlson s artistry and ingenuity finally gets the comprehensive treatment it has so long deserved with copious full color examples of material both exquisite and obscure. Alongside plentiful cartoons, individual drawings, and comics (including Carlson s ghost work on Gene Byrnes Reg lar Fellers), this edition offers a meticulously researched critical introduction, rare examples of original art and unpublished projects, and a biographical timeline of Carlson s first three decades as a commercial artist drawing on recently unearthed artifacts from the Carlson family estate.Perfect Nonsense focuses on Carlson s prolific work as a gag cartoonist, children s illustrator, commercial designer, and art instructor from 1907 to just before World War II. Decades before his celebrated Jingle Jangle Comics, Carlson forever altered the nature of children s publishing during his tenure as chief artist and designer for the pioneering children s pulp, John Martin s Book. Carlson turned the magazine itself into a toy, filled with seasonal games, holiday cut-outs, curious crosswords, graphic exercises, puzzles, riddles, rebuses, and more.As Carlson himself once observed, his early works brim with a unique spirit of happiness and fun. We have not only captured the very best of that spirit in this collection, but also the many secrets behind its legacy. Loaded with wonder and wit, the creations of George L. Carlson will inspire cartoon and comics aficionados, teachers of children s media, scholars of American humor, and anyone interested in the ever-evolving landscapes of image and language.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Back in the 1940s, predating LSD, George Carlson s jazzy, freewheeling, self-deconstructing comic book stories were blowing kids minds, much to their delight. [I]f you hadn t yet heard of George Carlson, you might consider engaging in some Perfect Nonsense. And if you think you know him, take another peek. --Michael Dooley
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

George Carlson was born in 1887 and died in 1962 in his hometown of Fairfield, CT.

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