Old Bear w/ Words & Music
Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear Days
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Not for someone like me, anyway, who knows very little about Al Columbia's past work. The book stars, obviously, Pim and Francie: two adorable moppets gallivanting together through a fairytale world of weeping trees, zombie grandparents, and a knife-wielding man called The Bloody Bloody Killer. Sometimes Pim and Francie are victims, just frightened kids. Sometimes they're mischievous imps, gleefully shouting: "And we'll never get caught because everyone's stupid! They pluck the eyes from baby birds, and wonder if they should put them back before they get in trouble; they also stab out their own eyes with nails hammered into wooden boards. Columbia's been drawing these children for years, and I can see why. They're more artistic excuses than actual characters, and the perfect creations to facilitate whatever horrific imagery occurs to him.
This gorgeous grimoire is part alchemy, part art book, part storybook, part comic book, and part conceptual art from the pen of Al Columbia, a longtime fan favorite contributor to comics anthologies like Zero Zero , Blab! Their loosely defined relationship only contributes to the existential fear that lingers underneath the various perils they are subjected to.
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