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The Cartoon Utopiaby Ron, Jr. Rege
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Ron Regé, Jr. is a very unusual yet accomplished storyteller whose work has a passionate moral, idealistic core that sets him apart from his peers. is his Magnum Opus, a unique work of comic art that, in the words of its author, "focuses on ideas that I've become intrigued by that stem from magical, alchemical, ancient ideas & mystery schools." It's part sci-fi, part philosophy, part visual poetry, and part social manifesto. Regé's work exudes psychedelia, outsider rawness, and pure cartoonish joy. In , "Utopians" of the future world are attempting to send messages through consciousness, outside of the constricts of time as we understand it. They live in a world of advanced collective consciousness and want to help us understand how to achieve what they have accomplished. They get together to perform this task in a way that evolved out of our current system of consuming information and entertainment. In other words, the opposite of television. Instead, these messages appear in the form of art, music and storytelling.
"Utopian visions of the future are rare in today's comics market and this hopeful work stands out as a rare, positive vision of the world that could be. In artist/writer Rege's vision, entities in a future world more fortunate than our own reach back through time to share with the modern era the hard-won insights of their era. Through the common medium of art, the people of the future attempt to enlighten their less fortunate predecessors; the condition of the future implies at least some degree of success. The cover design and the interior art are reminiscent of late 1960s/early 1970s psychedelia; the exuberance of the creator similarly parallels the energies of that optimistic, reformist era. Although Rege's detailed iconography is not at all like the visions of Hieronymus Bosch, they share a common degree of passion and their art offers a similarly intimate view of the creators. Although at times Rege's pages are overcrowded, Rege's worldview will no doubt remain particular to him, this work deserves wider attention and critical contemplation." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In this graphic novel, beings from the future attempt to raise the consciousness of those in the present.
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