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Distributed for McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College

"Raw," "Weirdo," and Beyond

American Alternative Comics, 1980–2000

An extensively illustrated catalog for an exhibition of alternative comics, featuring essays that offer interdisciplinary perspectives.
This catalog accompanies an exhibition of alternative comics from the 1980s and 1990s with a particular focus upon artists who contributed to the anthologies Raw (1980–91) and Weirdo (1981–94) and comics from venues such as alternative newspapers and independent presses. Following the popularity and eventual decline of underground comics in the 1960s and 1970s, this next generation of cartoonists explored more complex themes and forms and garnered eclectic readers in new markets.

Featuring 180 color illustrations, this book comprehensively examines the world of these comics from interdisciplinary perspectives. Essayists from art historical, literary, and other fields focus on the role of influential editors and publishers as well as the strategies artists employed to encourage readers to take the art form seriously. Subjects include the aesthetics of Raw and Weirdo, the punk-influenced work of Gary Panter, and the genre-breaking work of the Hernandez Brothers.

305 pages | 170 color plates | 12 x 10

Art: American Art, Art Criticism

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Table of Contents

Nancy Netzer

John McCoy and Andrei Molotiu

Raw and Weirdo: Comics in search of authenticity and an audience
John McCoy

An interview with Françoise Mouly
John McCoy and Andrei Molotiu

An interview with Peter Bagge
John McCoy and Andrei Molotiu

Gary Panter: Comics as acts of drawing
Andrei Molotiu

Mark Beyer: The “outsider” in the comics avant-garde
Tyne Lowe

Trash collectors: Alternative cartoonists as recuperative nostalgists
Jeet Heer

Gazing, playing, cartooning: Jim Woodring vis-à-vis surrealism
Charles Hatfield

The brief wondrous story of Love and Rockets
Frederick Luis Aldama

A lot of guts: The body politics of underground and alternative comics
Andy Crow

Maus, Fun Home, and beyond: Comics in the university classroom
Lori Harrison-Kahan, Andrei Molotiu, and Lorenzo Alexander L. Puente


Artists in exhibition



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