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Skibber Bee Bye HC

Ron Rege Jr
Ron Rege Jr

A new edition of this long out of print classic, published in conjunction with Rege’s new book, The Awake Field. Ron Regé Jr. creates his own visual poetry that sets him apart from other cartoonists as one of the most original artists to enter the medium in the past decade.


His storytelling is neither linear nor altogether accessible; however, his recognizable thin line and cute characters draw you into a dreamlike, sensitive, fantasy world that, as odd as it seems, is entirely realistic.


Drawn & Quarterly, hardback, 48 pages, published July 2006



From the Kirkus review: Skibber Bee-Bye, first issued in 2000 but out of print for three years, is a perfect illustration of the work that made Chris Ware call Ron Regé “one of a handful of cartoonists in the history of the medium to not only re-invent 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.”

With direct, clean illustration that belies the sometimes-dark content, Skibber’s a dreamscape in which a shy and lovesick elephant furtively pursues the company of two reclusive mice. With strange, one-eyed fairy-like creatures and treehouse fortresses, magical elements wander through the narrative — primarily visual, with little text—but as it progresses, the innocence of the two mice is degraded by their contact with the real world. “Skibber first existed as a series of unrelated stories I had written,” says Regé. “They all had similar ‘dreamy’ themes and elements in them. I changed the stories around so that I could thread them together into the narra-tive.”

Though Skibber deals with death, violence and self-immolation, the whimsical, almost-childlike quality of the art made the author an apparently perfect fit for Tylenol’s “Ouch!” advertising campaign, launched in 2003. The campaign was an attempt to re-brand and attract younger consumers, in pursuit of whom Tylenol had begun to sponsor extreme-sports competitions and film festivals. They also sought out the best young graphic novelists, and quickly found Regé. A representative for the campaign met him while buying one of his larger-scale images. “The print was fairly violent,” says Regé. “But [it] reflected on the nature of pain and suffering.”


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