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Norman Pettingill is a true underground cartoonist, known and admired by a small coterie of cartooning connoisseurs, but completely unknown in the wider world.

Norman Pettingill was an avid trapper and fisherman from Northern Wisconsin, and a self-taught artist. In 1947, at the age of 51, he created hundreds of pen-and-ink drawings and marketed many of them as postcards, printing and distributing them himself. His cartoon drawings were relatively huge and his postcards, therefore, had to be uniquely over-sized at 7' x 10'. He combined a gift for the fine detail and verisimilitude of illustration with the visual exaggeration and outrageous wit of cartooning.

By merging his fascination with nature and backwoods culture with his wild sense of humor, he depicted an out-ofcontrol hillbilly wonderland of talking grizzlies, dancing morons, nightclubs, giant mosquitoes, tumble-down shacks, pipe smoking grannies, flying skunk fur, google-eyed drunks, hilarious hunting mishaps and moonshine soaked fishermen! Pettingill"s world is reminiscent of Al Capp"s Li"l Abnercomic strip, but Pettingill"s hillbilly heaven is made grittier and more tangible by his obsessive penwork and the attention he gives to each teetering outhouse, every overflowing spittoon and each wiry hair growing out of a mountain man"s warty face. He reveled in exposing the commercialization of outdoor activities, debunking the romance of a woodsman"s life, and de-mythologizing the expertise of the outdoors-man. His landscapes and drawings of wild animals could be breathtakingly wondrous, and even his most grotesque depictions of hillbillies were fused with a love and respect for the rituals of a primitive life in the boondocks.

This book is the first published retrospective of Pettingill"s work, containing over a hundred of the artist"s best and rarely seen drawings, printed in an oversized format.

Synopsis:

A true outsider great, collected for the first time.

Synopsis:

This book is the first published retrospective of Pettingill"s work, containing 100s of the artist"s best and rarely seen drawings.

Synopsis:

Norman Pettingill is a true underground cartoonist, known and admired by a small coterie of cartooning connoisseurs, but completely unknown in the wider world. Norman Pettingill was an avid trapper and fisherman from Northern Wisconsin, and a self-taught artist. In 1947, at the age of 51, he created hundreds of pen-and-ink drawings and marketed many of them as postcards, printing and distributing them himself. His cartoon drawings were relatively huge and his postcards, therefore, had to be uniquely over-sized at 7" x 10". He combined a gift for the fine detail and verisimilitude of illustration with the visual exaggeration and outrageous wit of cartooning. By merging his fascination with nature and backwoods culture with his wild sense of humor, he depicted an out-of¬control hillbilly wonderland of talking grizzlies, dancing morons, nightclubs, giant mosquitoes, tumble-down shacks, pipe smoking grannies, flying skunk fur, google-eyed drunks, hilarious hunting mishaps and moonshine soaked fishermen! Pettingill's world is reminiscent of Al Capp's comic strip, but Pettingill's hillbilly heaven is made grittier and more tangible by his obsessive penwork and the attention he gives to each teetering outhouse, every overflowing spittoon and each wiry hair growing out of a mountain man's warty face. He reveled in exposing the commercialization of outdoor activities, debunking the romance of a woodsman's life, and de-mythologizing the expertise of the outdoors-man. His landscapes and drawings of wild animals could be breathtakingly wondrous, and even his most grotesque depictions of hillbillies were fused with a love and respect for the rituals of a primitive life in the boondocks. This book is the first published retrospective of Pettingill's work, containing over a hundred of the artist's best and rarely seen drawings, printed in an oversized format.

About the Author

Johnny Ryanlives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, Jenny, where he creates the ongoing Angry Youth Comixseries. See more of his work at johnnyr.com.R. Crumbis the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics. He lives in the south of France with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781606993194
Author:
Groth, Gary
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Introduction:
Crumb, R
Editor:
Ryan, Johnny
Author:
Crumb, R
Author:
Fantagraphics
Author:
Ryan, Johnny
Subject:
Individual Artists - General
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Art-Folk Art
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
144 color illustrations
Pages:
136
Dimensions:
9 x 12 x 1 in

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"Synopsis" by , This book is the first published retrospective of Pettingill"s work, containing 100s of the artist"s best and rarely seen drawings.
"Synopsis" by , Norman Pettingill is a true underground cartoonist, known and admired by a small coterie of cartooning connoisseurs, but completely unknown in the wider world. Norman Pettingill was an avid trapper and fisherman from Northern Wisconsin, and a self-taught artist. In 1947, at the age of 51, he created hundreds of pen-and-ink drawings and marketed many of them as postcards, printing and distributing them himself. His cartoon drawings were relatively huge and his postcards, therefore, had to be uniquely over-sized at 7" x 10". He combined a gift for the fine detail and verisimilitude of illustration with the visual exaggeration and outrageous wit of cartooning. By merging his fascination with nature and backwoods culture with his wild sense of humor, he depicted an out-of¬control hillbilly wonderland of talking grizzlies, dancing morons, nightclubs, giant mosquitoes, tumble-down shacks, pipe smoking grannies, flying skunk fur, google-eyed drunks, hilarious hunting mishaps and moonshine soaked fishermen! Pettingill's world is reminiscent of Al Capp's comic strip, but Pettingill's hillbilly heaven is made grittier and more tangible by his obsessive penwork and the attention he gives to each teetering outhouse, every overflowing spittoon and each wiry hair growing out of a mountain man's warty face. He reveled in exposing the commercialization of outdoor activities, debunking the romance of a woodsman's life, and de-mythologizing the expertise of the outdoors-man. His landscapes and drawings of wild animals could be breathtakingly wondrous, and even his most grotesque depictions of hillbillies were fused with a love and respect for the rituals of a primitive life in the boondocks. This book is the first published retrospective of Pettingill's work, containing over a hundred of the artist's best and rarely seen drawings, printed in an oversized format.
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