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Vellevision

A book by Maurice Vellekoop

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Fags, hags, glamour, Toronto, ABCs

  • Oct 6, 1999
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Pros: Brilliant artwork, great use of colour, fascinating portraiture, witty, witty, witty, nifty subject matters

Cons: Seems somehow incomplete; no unifying theme

Maurice Vellekoop's drawing style, albeit not his name, will probably be instantly recognizable to every Canadian; you've probably seen his simply rendered but eerily expressionistic characters everywhere from 'Chatelaine' to the newspaper to 'Vogue.' His 1997 _Vellevision_ anthology goes from the start of his career through to more staid and adult pieces -- covering, via comix, Paris fashion shows for a women's magazine -- to the more surreal and entertaining...

He admits to an Edward Gorey influence, which I noticed before coming across that particular note. He also cites RAW, which is less noticeable in the drawings, though I suppose many of the strips fit the RAW (the Art Spiegelman-edited comix journal which saw the development of 'Maus') genre.

Part Canadian -- "Canadian guys: kicks, chicks, six-packs 'n' dicks; Canadian girls: cokes, tokes, pokes 'n' smokes," with a great deal of Toronto thrown in throughout the book, along with more subtle Canadiana (a trio of goths marches past 'Coles' and 'Dominion' stores, and a hoser carrying a two-four of 50 {this means 24 beers}) -- part gay; do not miss "Maurice's Fairy Alphabet" ("L is the Leatherman so big and untamed") or "8 Pillars of Gay Culture" (The Wizard of Oz...Style...) -- part sexual; do not, by any means, overlook "The Adventures of Gloria Badcock" -- and part artist's miscellany, _Vellevision_ *is* its stated "Cocktail of Comics and Pictures." It's almost difficult to know whether to pin this down as "art book" or "alternative comix." This is a very good thing.

Well worth a look for anyone save the easily offended. _Vellevision_ is funny, creative, artistic, witty, and a lot of great sexual fantasies, I mean, some excellent storytelling. The book doesn't compare easily -- apart from the Gorey and RAW influences, the rest is utterly unique. This is also a very good thing.





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ISBN-13: 978-1896597102
Author: Maurice Vellekoop
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
Date Published: November 01, 1997

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