|When:||Back to Calendar » July 17, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm|
The Last Bookstore welcomes artist Ron Rege, Jr., discussing and signing The Cartoon Utopia
Ron Regé, Jr. is a very unusual yet accomplished storyteller whose work exudes a passionate moral, idealistic core that sets him apart from his peers. The Cartoon Utopia 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 The Cartoon Utopia, “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.
“One of a handful of cartoonists in the history of the medium to not only reinvent comics to suit his own idiosyncratic impulses and inspirations as an artist, but also to imbue it with his own peculiar, ever changing emotional energy. To me, he is unquestionably one of ‘the greats.’” (Chris Ware)
“Slow down when you read his pictures and ornately lettered words, quivering, scintillating, radiant, and they will leave you awake and awakened.” (Paul Gravett)
“Cartoon Utopia has the exactly the same level of commitment, daring, clarity and resonance as Leaves of Grass, and I’m certain Whitman couldn’t draw anywhere near this level. The art here vacuums you up with in a fascinating, pseudo-mystical illustrative tornado. Pages that resemble mazes of complicated piles of ornately drawn typography intermingle with full-blown short stories that appear to advocate one esoteric philosophical position or another but instead simply entertain and energize with glorious, pure abandon, and some fairly hilarious slight-of-hand.” (Comics Bulletin)
“Ron Regé Jr. is one of those special cartoonists where I buy everything he does without asking questions first.” (Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter)