Run The Table
Life asked Death: “Why do people love me, but hate you?”
Death responded: “Because you are a beautiful lie and I am a painful truth”
Violence, Art, and Phone Booths…
Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI members. Happy Thanksgiving! I trust you and yours will enjoy this special time of year. The Holiday season is a emotional time for many people. These can be both of the good and bad nature probably more than any other time on the calendar. Furthermore, statistics show we do a great deal of internal reflecting during these next six weeks that lead up to another new year. Take time to enjoy your loved ones and friends, and be let’s be thankful for those close to us!
We here at CBSI wish you nothing but the very best during this festive season and beyond into 2019!
Perhaps you can whip something up out of this book today. They had good recipes back in 1977 right?! Channel your inner Stan with some Spidey Slaw or something. Hope there’s room upstairs for Mr. Lee in the almighty kitchen.
Alright, onto the comics! Violence is something we have been conditioned to seeing now more than ever. Whether it shows up within the real world, or as a form of entertainment (TV/Film/Art), it continues to be pushed and increasingly more prevalent. Yet for some artists they can depict these events with beauty. No, I don’t mean they glorify it, but there’s a rare few that excel in framing violence and or death in a way that exudes an almost divine state. Marco Checchetto is one of those talents. His work oozes emotion, often during a tragic event. This man is a favorite for many within our group, and for good reason.Let’s take a closer look at his two Punisher runs and why they are not easy to find in the wild.
One of the most endearing qualities of Marco’s work is his attention to detail. If you look a cover of his up then down, then repeat this you will pick up on other subtleties. An example above in # 5 is the reflection in the water, or in # 8 the Punisher insignia in blood on the wall as his leg bleeds from the knife wound. Hell, # 16 is just stunning in its own right. Here is a solid example of what I meant by this violence being a thing of beauty or a “Beautiful Disaster”
Again, the level of details in these covers is amazing! Emotion pours out of these characters. They scream “What the Hell is going on?!” Also, more importantly it makes you want to flip open the cover to read the panels. The cross between his legs in # 4 and the grave dug for our fallen heroes really is a sight to behold!
*This was one of his 1st covers! Clearly a beautiful representation of those characters and their surroundings!
Anytime there is an excuse to show this cover I will in a heartbeat. It is a Top 10 for me personally. All the aforementioned information shared can be seen in this one cover. The violence, beauty, emotion all stream thru these characters and the cement in which they sit on pondering what just occurred to them. Brilliant piece, and vastly underrated – Oh and a small print run hint, hint!
The aesthetics of violence within art has been researched on many levels. It’s been at the center of controversy and debate for centuries. There is a great book for those of you interested in this subject that is exhaustive in research. Talk about a book that makes you really think!
Well that’s it for this week! I wanted to get you back to your regularly scheduled pigskin, turkey, and internet surfing for Christmas purchases. Thank you again for all your reads, comments, and +1s this year throughout my columns. Our hope here within the writers group is to make next year even better!
So funny, I just heard this song for the first time in years while finishing this piece up. Here’s a hint – phone booth. I will leave you with a few sets of lyrics…
“Jan lays down and wrestles in her sleep
Moonlight spills on comic books
And superstars in magazines
An old friend calls and tells us where to meet
Her plane takes off from Baltimore
And touches down on Bourbon Street
We sit outside and argue all night long
About a god we've never seen
But never fails to side with me
Sunday comes and all the papers say
Ma Teresa's joined the mob
And happy with her full time job”
– Chris O’ Connor