I just got my contributor's copy of the beautiful Blab! art exhibition catalogue.
Organized by the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, BLAB!: A Retrospective features the work of 46 alternative comics artists, illustrators, graphic designers, printmakers, and painters from BLAB!, the annual anthology of visual art produced by Monte Beauchamp. Began in 1986 as a self-published fanzine devoted to MAD magazine and other ECComics publications, BLAB! has evolved into a significant outlet for contemporary artists andhas made meaningful contributions to the blurring of boundaries between alternative graphics and mainstream illustration.BLAB! art exhibition catalogue
The accompanying 128-page catalogue, designed by Beauchamp, contains 84 color illustrations and includes a range of essays that should be of interest to unfamiliar readers and aficionados alike. Bill North's "This Thing Called *BLAB!*: Notes Toward an Understanding" surveys the anthology from its inception in 1986 to the present. In "Blabbing about BLAB!" Mark Frauenfelder considers Beauchamp's methods as an art director from the perspective of the artists featured in BLAB!. David A. Beron "BLAB!: A Visual Journey" is a reflective recollection of his personal experience with BLAB! and the ways in which the anthology has informed his work as a scholar. Finally, Matt Dukes Jordan's extensive, in-depth interview with Beauchamp provides a frank and revealing glimpse into the mind of BLAB!'s creator.
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. Come and hear Mark speak at the ALA conference in Chicago on July 1.