Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Astonishing Richard Sala.





Richard Sala has been one of my favorite artists in any medium for many years running. My first exposure to Sala's art was the creepy and elusive "Invisible Hands" noir serial on MTV's Liquid Television in the early 1990s. Each 2-minute wisp of an episode somehow created a palpable atmosphere that was edgy and subtle at the same time, a novel experience for my blunt sensibilities at the time.

Ten years later I stumbled upon Sala's "Evil Eye" comic book series (later compiled as "Mad Night"). I did not immediately recognize the the same Invisible Hand at work, for Sala's  stories, characters, and anatomical attentions had become more vividly fleshed out in the interim. The overall effect was no less mysterious, though, and the addition of a bit of warmth to the pulpy, moody, psychological horror just made it more compelling. I quickly became obsessed with his previous comic series, "The Chuckling Whatsit," followed by most everything Sala has written before and after. 

These playful portraits and sinister town-scapes from Sala's work can stand alone, though I definitely recommend reading his books. The intricacies of Sala's storytelling skills are astonishing above and beyond all the gorgeous art he makes. Sala recently announced on his blog that his haunting "Delphine" series should be released in book form soon - good news! More info at links below.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

"What may seem like a lull has in actuality been an intricate cover for intense machinations. The vivid reality of these plans will be fully revealed to you in due time."