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Outlaws, Rebels, Freethinkers and Pirates

Bob Levin
A collection of raucous Comics Journal artists' profiles from the eclectic essayist and author of The Pirates & the Mouse. Bob Levin explores the by-ways and back roads of creative genius in as off-beat a collection of characters as are likely to be found outside a carnival midway. Serious, dedicated, often driven by the hounds of Hell, these artists pursue often off-putting, always fascinating visions without regard to popular acclaim or financial reward.

Levin's profile/essay style is a unique blend of pooched journalism, quasi-autobiography, faux cultural history, and semi-scholarship, and the perfect vehicle by which to engage these beyond-the-box personalities. And from these engagements he fashions powerful arguments for the value of unfettered expression, no matter from how far outside the mainstream it may issue.

Here you will have the delight of finding out which artist could do anything in a comic book, who, more likely than not, never had sex with her Doberman, whose gore-splattered stories featured an all-teddy bear cast and whose pink winged magic stogie-waving fairy godfather was the toast of 1940s intellectuals.

Fantagraphics, paperback, 200 Pages, published April 2005


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