But did you know he was also super into the Op Art scene?
Here’s an interesting studio visit with Los Angeles filmmaker Lewis Klahr. I had the opportunity to see his collage-noir Two Minutes to Zero Trilogy (2004) last night, and I highly recommend seeking out his work. The trilogy takes it’s source material from the 77 sunset strip comic books, telling the story of a bank robbery gone awry in three narrative speeds. The first film, Two Days to Zero clocks in at 22 minutes, while the second film is a more taught 8 minutes and features a Rhys Chatham soundtrack. Finally the last film, Two Minutes to Zero is roughly a minute long burst set to Glenn Branca’s The Ascension. Sadly, I was unable to find any clips of that particular film online, but this video has clips from several of his other works.
Ideas are crazy. It’s about a seven-mile ride to the comic store from where I live, and every week I bike there. Something about that trip helps me solve problems with If ‘n Oof. I ride with a sketchpad and stuff, and it’s literally like turning the tap on. I can’t even tackle anywhere near the amount of ideas I have. There’s too many goddamn ideas! It’s killing me! Not that I’m trying to say “I’m the most creative person in the world!”, but somehow, I can tap into ideas. Maybe it’s the same idea over and over again turned upside-down on its head, but they’re killing me sometimes. I’m drowning in ideas. Help me!
PictureBox has some good stuff coming in 2010, with a new book from Chippendale and a reprint of Charles Willeford’s memoir, I Was Looking for a Street.
Did Valerie Vaughn, crime reporter, better known to her readers as Lady Danger, actually meet the ghost of a swashbuckling skipper slain a year ago by Red Sea pirates? Or did she imagine it? Private Detective Grath, hammer-fisted sleuth, wants to know the answers too—and together they find them amid the fantastic perils that haunt—“The Dead Man’s Chest!”
“Synopsis: Hawkman, making his report to the Justice League, asserts that there are two Wonder Woman, since he observed a case involving one Wonder Woman at the same time The Atom was monitoring another Wonder Woman. In the adventure recounted by Hawkman, Diana Prince consulted Princess Elaa of Khimyo about a psycho-chemical developed by her nation and locked in her briefcase, with the power to change an enemy’s personality. Later, Diana caught sight of Elaa among other women at a talk given by Dr. Gustav Renault, offering an experimental super-facelift cream. Still later, Diana witnessed a female associate of hers being abducted, changed into Wonder Woman, and soon found herself trapped by Dr. Cyber. Cyber, who had been conspiring with Elaa for the psycho-chemical, killed the princess. The villainess later doses Wonder Woman with the chemical, turning her into a raging, potential murderess. She tells the Amazon that, since Wonder Woman wiped out a data bank containing a formula that could have reconstructed Cyber’s ruined face, she wishes revenge on Wonder Woman. Professor Moon attempts to perform surgery on Wonder Woman to graft her face onto Cyber’s, but the heroine recovers her strength and breaks loose. Both Wonder Woman and Cyber end up battling on a ski lift over a mountain, with Cyber falling, apparently to her death. The scene causes Wonder Woman to shake off the effects of the psycho-chemical, but she is too late to save Cyber. In the present, Hawkman casts his vote to readmit Wonder Woman to the Justice League. The Atom still wonders how two Wonder Women can exist simultaneously. Batman enters, and says that he has the answer to the mystery.”