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Series: New York Review Comics
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Almost Completely BaxterNew and Selected Blurtings
by Glen Baxter, introduction by Marlin Canasteen
Over four decades and a multitude of books, “Colonel” Glen Baxter has built a world and a language all his own—slightly familiar, decidedly abnormal, irresistibly funny. Have you felt the terror of a failed Szechuan dinner? Have you seen what happens at precisely 6:15? Do you know where the beards are stored? Either way, this is the book for you.
Baxter’s drawings are a delicious stew of pulp adventure novels, highbrow hjinks, and outright absurdity: lonesome cowboys confront the latest in modern art, brave men tremble before moussaka, schoolgirls hoard hashish, and the world’s fruits are in constant peril. Wimples abound.
This new selection of Baxter’s work brings together highlights from the full sweep of his long career, and is sure to enchant both confirmed Baxterians and those iin dire need of an introduction.
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Mr. Baxter betrays all the ominous symptoms of genius.
Many people have tried to imitate Baxter...few have come close to succeeding.
A kind of mad cross between Magritte, S.J. Perelman, and pulp fiction.
—The New York Times
Glen Baxter is an artist in the distinguished tradition of Lewis Carroll, Sax Rohmer, Marquis de Sade, Raymond Roussel, Luther Burbank, and the Comte de Lautreamont.
It is the contrast between the bald simplicity of the drawings and the baroque excess of the captions that makes Baxter such a significant figure not just in the cartoon business, but in the British comedy landscape.