Friday, 26 March 2010
A Journey Beyond The Comfort Zone - The Fantastical Art of Alex Pardee
Born in San Francisco in 1976 and weaned on a diet of horror movies and comics (including Tales From The Crypt - of course!) Pardee's work is full of subtle reference points and laden with the kind of in your face imagery that demands your attention. The fact that he's had to battle with truly debilitating bouts of depression is further testimony to his determination to create and build an audience for his work.
Awful / Homesick was published in October 2008. Definitely worth adding to your library if you're feeling flush as it's now out of print and therefore tres expensive. He's also collaborated with illustrator Sam Keith on Ojo which was his first major comic, there's a lot more of his stuff out there and to contextualise Pardee's work with many of his contemporaries, the excellent Juxtapoz is a great starting place.