Monday, February 10, 2014

When an artist pours his or her whole self into their artwork, it becomes something alive.  That living entity draws people.  The people who look close are rewarded with a relationship. I had a very wise art professor in college who said that you have to live with a work of art; you only come to know it when you live with it.  Then it brings you into its own circle, and you become richer because of it.

The people who are fans of Seth's art are those who have seen the life that is in it, and want that life in their lives.
Occasionally someone wants to give back.
J(ay) has been someone who has over the years given back in many ways to Seth's memory and Seth's family. Regular readers of this blog will remember other sketchcards commissioned by J(ay) and sent to me for Floweringnose day.  Above is this year's crop of cards, a particularly fine selection, I think.

In order to give back to the memory of someone like Seth, one has to find some form that is both generous, quirky, and is part of one's own artistic scheme.  In this commissioning, J(ay) has hit on the perfect combination.  I suspect that J(ay) traded his own sketchcards for each of these, so they are all done by different artists, with their own take on the Flowering Nose. Then J(ay) sent them all on to me.  Generous, quirky, and his own oeuvre.
A beautiful tribute.  Thank you J(ay).

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A new review of Seth's Big in Japan artwork

Click here for the link to the review.

How glorious to know that Seth's work is not disappearing, but still giving the careful viewer a thrill that is visceral.  It's too bad that comic books are so small.  For someone reading only for the plot, the visual details that tell the inside of the story are easy to miss.  In Seth's work, no details were arbitrary: every piece of wall decoration, every nuance of positioning has been considered and has meaning.  It has meaning for the story, and it works visually (though occasionally there are details he inserted just to amuse himself).  In the panel above, for example, the room is made of body parts.  The floor is a series of hands, the wall is eyeballs and teeth and tongues.
The reviewer, Greg Burgas, is one of those careful viewers who notices everything.

I am glad that people like him are out there, looking carefully at comic books, and pointing out to the rest of us the fine points that make Seth's work so much more than just nice pictures to go with a weird story.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Flowering Nose Day 2014

On Falling

A couple of small delights from Seth's oeuvre.
The above page from Happydale is interesting and maybe a bit foreboding, because the person they are talking about in the top panel is a picture of Seth himself, falling (on rollerblades) down the library steps. When Seth was in college he was an expert skater.   I have a photo of him on skates with a LOT of air underneath him. He used to jump over cars and the like.  He always wore knee and elbow pads, and since he didn't like to be hurt, he was always careful, no matter how high he jumped.   But he did do a lot of jumping, and maybe he learned to fall, and did like it.  Falling may have represented freedom to him.

And speaking of falling, below is page 9 from Seth's only Spiderman story.  In the story some knuckleheads are playing at being like Spiderman; they seem to be looking for the stupidest possible way to die.  This page shows one of them, whose safety rope has broken, being rescued in mid-fall by Spiderman himself.  The subject matter notwithstanding, it's an incredibly beautiful page, with the action at the top of the building at the top of the page, the middle at the middle of the page, and what is happening below at the bottom of the page.

On this Flowering Nose Day, let us use our energies to fall in love with each other and with all that is good, to encourage each other, and to do kindness with reckless abandon.  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A BRAND NEW (to me) drawing of Seth's

Look at this!

Intrepid watcher for Seth Stuff, Jason Gerstein, sent me this image of a picture he found for sale the other day, a convention drawing done somewhere between 2003 & 2005.  (The seller dated it c.2003, but it looks to me more as though it was done during his monster phase, which would have been while he was drawing Big in Japan: 2005.)  A very Sethish monster, with mouths and heads in the wrong places, but turning his cluster of heads around to let you know how much he loves you.  And flowered skin besides...

I thought I had seen everything Seth had done. Finding something new makes me realize there is probably more out there, in people's folders, drawers, and closets. That's nice to know.  

Monday, July 22, 2013

Seth's birthday

I was looking through a box of Seth's work the other day, and found some items I had forgotten about.  So I thought that for his birthday it might be nice to post a couple of images that are "new".  So below are a couple of pictures I scanned in from the work that has never been seen publicly.
This was no doubt done in the 90's when he was first living in Japan

experimenting with paint
The upper, black and white drawing was probably meant as part of his work in Japan for his English classes, though I think he never actually put it to use.
I am guessing that the bottom one was when he was trying his hand at watercolors, or maybe gouache.  He was always interested in gaining some proficiency at color, but color is a long road, and Seth generally had other things on his mind that took precedence.

The last image is not new, but always welcome.  Happy Seth's birthday.

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Man with 1000 Noses sampler

I got a letter the other day from a fan who was looking for Seth's sampler book, which we made several years ago, but had run out of.  I kept saying I would make more, but there were always other things ahead of that on my To Do list.  But because this person wrote and asked, I did it: I made a few more copies.  So now this little book is available, just in time for Comic Con.

If you are interested in a copy, you can send $10 (which includes shipping within the US) by PayPal to and I'll send you one.

Monday, May 20, 2013

More Piranesi

One of Piranesi's etchings of "carceri" (prisons)

Last week I wrote about going to see an exhibition of

Willworld page 15

etchings of the 18th century architect/fantasist Giovanni Battista (or Giambattista) Piranesi.  As we walked through the exhibition, I marveled over and over at how much his etchings looked as though they could be done by an 18th century Seth Fisher.

Here is another comparison.  The "Carceri" (Prisons) drawings of Piranesi are prisons of his imagination, places of punishment that is existential, composed of meaningless stairways that lead to who knows where, maybe back to where we were in the beginning.  Why are we here?  What are we supposed to learn?  What are we supposed to be doing here?  What is it all for?

The whole of Willworld is filled with similar questions.  But this page in particular, with its staircases and elevators that go in different directions, and to incomprehensible places, shares a visual impact with the prison drawings, as well as a Kafkaesque sense of meaningless oppressiveness.
As in all of Seth's work, however, there is a light-heartedness about it that says, "Someone may have some nasty plans for you, but just take it all in stride, and it will come out fine on the other side."