Liartown: the First Four Years, a tour-de-force of killer shooping and acerbic wit
Sean Tejaratchi's amazing Liartown, USA (previously) is a bottomless well of astoundingly good photoshops from a parallel universe of bitter, ha-ha-only-serious sight gags, minutely detailed, lovingly crafted and often NSFW; Tejaratchi's new 248-page color, 8.5"x11" anthology, LiarTown: The First Four Years 2013-2017 is a powerful dose of creepypasta in its purest form.
Tejaratchi's introduction is a kind of rueful and charming apology for this odd passtime of his, in which he muses on the amount of detail he pours into his designs, especially the ones he thinks of as stupid or unworthy, and talks about how some of his ideas are so big that they require multiple designs to truly capture -- several pages out of a calendar, say, or a multitude of clues to a crossword puzzle.
The process he describes is a kind of design fiction, the evocation of a parallel universe though a few well-chosen, well-rendered artifacts, the process that gave us Scarfolk -- like an explicitly fictional Piltdown Man, designed not to fool the audience, but rather to jolt them into thinking about their own world by contrasting it with a different one.
I laughed so fucking hard reading this book, and drove my wife nuts by making her look at page after page out of it (but then after I was done with it, I caught her reading it). Tejaratchi's keen eye, outstanding design skills, and take-no-prisoners wit are a winning combination, and much-needed in this weird moment of the 21st century.
Below, some of the images I insisted on showing to my wife.
LiarTown: The First Four Years 2013-2017 [Sean Tejaratchi/Feral House]
(Previously: Liartown: forthcoming book from master image manipulator Sean Tejaratchi )
I'm in the midst of couple of weeks' worth of lectures, public events and teaching, and you can catch me in Toronto (for Word on the Street, Seeding Utopias and Resisting Dystopias and 6 Degrees); Newry, ME (Maine Library Association) and Portland, ME (in conversation with James Patrick Kelly).
Octavia Butler (previously), the brilliant Afrofuturist, McArthur Genius Grant-winning science fiction writer, died far, far too soon, leaving behind a corpus of incredible, voraciously readable novels, and a community of writers who were inspired by her example.
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