Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Gag Reflex

© Mark Newgarden
Mark Newgarden is a writer and cartoonist who is an obsessive collector the detritus of consumer culture, and creative enough to contribute to it too. Remember Garbage Pail Kids? That was him.

© Mark Newgarden
© Mark Newgarden
His forte is the reworking of the traditional 'gag' cartoon as he dissects vernacular humour - big noses, barflies, men marooned on desert islands or talking to their shrink - with a forensic attention to detail. Newgarden has something of the spirit of Samuel Beckett or Pinter's jokier moments as he makes plain that comedy = misery, but just manages to to keep it funny without plunging the reader into the Slough of Despond.

© Mark Newgarden
This is never going to be a mainstream Peanuts-style syndication (though Charlie Brown does his own fine line in existential despair) but may amuse those of a more sardonic, knowing persuasion. Well, it works for me.

3 comments:

  1. Hi- Thanks for the nice words. Please add © Mark Newgarden to these images.

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  2. Done. Thank you for reading and apologies for not remotely doing you justice :)

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