|About the Book|
A formally playful feast of visual and verbal humor.In the late 1980s, long before his work on the Eisner and Harvey-nominated Fred the Clown, Roger Langridge worked with his brother Andrew on a comic called Art dEcco, In these early stories,MoreA formally playful feast of visual and verbal humor.In the late 1980s, long before his work on the Eisner and Harvey-nominated Fred the Clown, Roger Langridge worked with his brother Andrew on a comic called Art dEcco, In these early stories, done mainly (but seldom entirely) for laughs, one can see the beginnings of the formal playfulness that would characterize the later work of both Langridge brothers, and of the elaborate layering of subtle and not-so-subtle nods and references to the world of music, film and literature.At the core of Art dEcco is the dysfunctional relationship between Art and his idiot sidekick (and embryonic Fred the Clown prototype), the Gump. They are in fact a classic double-act, Arts offhanded sadism and the Gumps cheerful obliviousness bringing to mind Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, or even Sesame Streets Bert and Ernie. Added to the mix is the surreal and manic presence of Arts negative twin, Art Nouveau, dragging an air of bewildering unpredictability in his wake. The stories casually use issues such as censorship, religious fundamentalism and even Marxist theories of capitalism as a skeleton around which to build a relentless series of verbal and visual gags, laced liberally with postmodernist winks and nudges. The overall effect is something like a rollercoaster ride with an Oxford Don after a particularly good cocktail party.Also in this volume is a selection of newly produced material, marking Andrew Langridges first new comics work in over a decade, and some rarely-seen early stories never before published in the USA.