Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg

American Flagg

I wouldn’t be lying if I said that Howard Chaykin changed my life. Although I knew him from before, the splendid Black Kiss, it was on American Flagg that he opened my mind to a world of possibilities. Graphically, he was by far ahead of everybody else in the time – he uses a lot of newer graphic design concepts in his comics. Conceptually, also. He had a ‘cast’ of ‘actors’ which would re-appear in all his stories. So Reuben Flagg was played by the same ‘actor’ that appeared on ‘Black Kiss’. It’s a bit confusing, and it’s genius. And the stories were incredibly mature, even for a graphic novel. Sex wasn’t treat as a big deal, and every character had shades of grey. The future described in American Flagg is incredibly chaotic, corrupt and exciting! (more…)

Max & Moritz

Max & Moritz

Max & Moritz are two characters created by Willhem Busch and they are considered by many the first comic strip ever. But its importance goes way beyond this fact, especially in my life. My father gave me all 8 volumes, every two or three months, each with a special dedicatory in the form of a quatrain poem. I remember buying one of them at the school book fair with his money, and having to bring it home so he could write his short verses. The stories are amazing but extremely cruel – and so is their destiny. Max & Moritz are well known in German-speaking countries but not as much outside Europe – I once corrected my History professor regarding them when I was in the university, and I had to lend my precious collection, translated and versed gracefully by Olavo Bilac. Following my tradition of treating my hardware as living creatures, I named my CDJs after them – and later used it as an alias when I released The Lycantropii Collection.

Moscow Olympic Games | 1980

Moscow Olympic Games

This was probably the first ever poster I ever had, 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, hanging on my bedroom door at the apartment we lived at the time, in Leblon. Its logo has the high contrast bauhausian features that always inspired me, and its text, in cyrillic, was fascinating. I now realize I started loving typography with this piece. I loved the text, its proportion, its balance, even not being able to read it properly. But this graphical information isn’t the main reason why it’s displayed here – I guess I’d have Bauhaus references sooner or later. Two facts about this poster and this Olympic games are printed in my mind. First, it was the first time I learnt about boycott – suddenly the world became so much interesting with my father explaining to me the americans weren’t going to Moscow. Second reason was the human mosaic, that made the audience create pixel-based images, in 1980 – as noted by my friend Rafael Oliveira.