U.D.W.F.G. Vol.1 - March 2014First, unique, limited and numbered edition of 700(Hollow Press' stamp in first inside page)published by Hollow Pressprinted in an A4 format on 150g paper96 pages + cover and back cover + stripsstitched paperback binding and sponged in blackFeaturing with:# Mat Brinkman# Miguel Angel Martin# Tetsunori Tawaraya# Ratigher# Paolo MassagliBuy origiU.D.W.F.G. Vol.1 - March 2014First, unique, limited and numbered edition of 700(Hollow Press' stamp in first inside page)published by Hollow Pressprinted in an A4 format on 150g paper96 pages + cover and back cover + stripsstitched paperback binding and sponged in blackFeaturing with:# Mat Brinkman# Miguel Angel Martin# Tetsunori Tawaraya# Ratigher# Paolo MassagliBuy original pages of U.D.W.F.G. vol.1 here:http://hollow-press.net/collections/f......and buy U.D.W.F.G. extra hollow stuff here:http://hollow-press.net/collections/u...U.D.W.F.G. is a six-monthly zine.Next issue is scheduled for the end of September 2014...
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u d w f g volume 1 Reviews
U.D.W.F.G. – Mat Brinkman, Shintarō Kago, Paolo Massagli, and a Few Other Names I Might Be Making UpI recently discovered another European comics and art anthology, 'U.D.W.F.G.', which stands for the amusingly awkward 'Under Dark Weird Fantasy Grounds'. It's also an art collective -- again using the 'UDWFG' banner -- and a proper publishing concern, with the moniker of 'Hollow Press'.Because it was founded by the legendary 'Mat Brinkman' (a.k.a. Matt Brinkman and a slew of other monikers) and is currently home to his deliberately obscure, ridiculously hard-to-find comics, I ordered 'UDWFG' Volumes 1,2, and 3. Each one is a limited edition run of 550 or 700, individually numbered, and absolutely fucking beautiful. Brinkman is credited as being the founder of 'Fort Thunder', the seminal comics collective that terraformed a remote piece of the alien art-world landscape to plant the flag for Comics. After 'Raw' and 'Maus' and Fantagraphics and the endless number of articles that were slight variations of the 'Biff! Bang! Pow! Comics Aren't Just for Kids Anymore' bullshit, Fort Thunder was a group of crazy talented cartoonists dedicated to going further, a conceptual coup d'état. They were unabashed comics snobs and iconoclasts, barging into the Sacred Temple of Sequential Art and pissing all over many of the most revered idols. They were deadly serious about making comics that were straight-up avant garde art... but they also made some comicbooks that were remarkably fun and painless. The snobbery and hostility got the attention it was designed to get, but there really wasn't much of the pretentious blathering that has long accompanied the modern/post-modern art scene. 'Teratoid Heights', like many of the books from Mat Brinkman and Fort Thunder alumni like Brian Chippendale, Greg Cook, and Brian Ralph, was published by the equally revolutionary and influential Highwater Books, now long-defunct. I've been waiting for a decent copy to fall below 300$, but it's closer to 1000. Fuck that. As much as I love Brinkman's work, he sticks by his artistic guns. Even Chippendale followed his former Highwater publisher when he took over operations at D & Q, but Brinkman has stayed underground... and hard to find. P.S.: Lightning Bolt, Mindflayer and Forcefield – Brian Chippendale and Mat Brinkman are founding members of all three bands. Lightning Bolt’s ‘Wonderful Rainbow’ is a personal favorite, a noisecore classic; the vinyl LP cover art is awesome, worth the price alone.P.P.S.: I'd forgotten this: Lightning Bolt was selected to perform at the Whitney Biennial. WTF?! That is one of the more hilarious matchups in art and hardcore history; I'll have to hunt down the video, now that I've remembered that fucked-up bit of trivia... It would have been kind of like Sid Vicious hooking up with Grace Kelly. Or not really, but I can't think of anything better, so it'll have to do. NWA doing a guest performance of 'Fuck tha Police' on The Cosby Show? MmmnnNo.Mat Brinkman -- so... the first two images are from a 25-copy limited edition S&N'ed run of 'Cursed Scroll #1'; it reproduces his 5-page story from the first volume, a facsimile of the 17-inch tall by 12-inch wide original art, but with all five pages placed side by side and attached using a cotton gimp to form a scroll 1.5-feet tall and 5.0 feet long. Huh. Only Brinkman would publish something like this. The middle and bottom images are two examples of the five original pages in question, and the only ones left... Brinkman may be hardcore underground4life, but when these pages are fetching 1100 Euros each, he's clearly better off than most mainstream artists. For reference, that's about what Paul Pope's pages go for. On the other end of it, the gorgeous original pages by Paolo Massagli shown later are considerably more affordable. Compared to Brinkman's 1100.00 EU price-tag, his 40.00-75.00 EU sticker is nucking futz.'U.D.W.F.G.' is another Euro anthology that's raising the bar... I love 'Nobrow', and 'Tiny Pencil' even more. 'U.D.W.F.G.' is as good as the latter and better than the former. Using the same limited edition art object approach, the 3 volumes of 'U.D.W.F.G.' are absolutely beautiful, with a black on black aesthetic emphasizing an ominous, almost dangerous vibe. Brinkman has assembled a crew for this project, and the sense of camaraderie is almost touching. The same line-up contributes every issue. Though they're relatively unknown -- relative to me; I don't know them -- these guys are fucking talented. Shintarō Kago is also a member of this group… and when Kago and Brinkman are collaborating, the apocalypse must be very fucking nigh. 'U.D.W.F.G. Presents: Shintaro Kago - Industrial Revolution and World War’ was too fucking incredible to pass up.Shintarō Kago Then there’s this guy, a young Italian artist who might be an example of what happens when genetically manipulated super-soldiers are possessed by demons, then given a mandate for Hell-based artistic propaganda (the 12 pages of original art in the animated .gif are actually for sale on the site, for ridiculously low prices):Paolo MassagliAnd that sense of camaraderie I mentioned? These grown-up motherfuckers designed fantasy avatars for themselves, and gave these characters names like ‘Mr. Rotten Donuts’ and ‘Scar the Weaver’. Even more adorable: they then had these versions of themselves turned into designer toys. WTF?! Brilliant... I actually kind of want these things: See? How can you reject that level of earnest teenage-level passion and enthusiasm, when it’s coming from jaded artistes and craftsmen? Nice. More on these guys later.
W.T.F. did I just read? Incomprensibile ma di grande impatto, il primo (racconto? Segmento? Delirio?) in particolare è una meraviglia, da non riuscire a smettere di studiare ogni singola pagina.