January 19, 2004
Cartoon Violence


Jon Haddock, one of the most consistently interesting artists I know of (which narrows the sample considerably), got famous a few years ago for two series of digital or digital-ish images: Screenshots of famous events, and internet porn images with the porn removed. Last spring I happened upon the installation of his 98/107, a papier-mache documentation of how our beloved senate voted on the Patriot Act.

Now Haddock is mining the drawing style of 1930s cartoons to treat some other tragic events. Or, in the case of the above image, "recent tragic events." I'm not sure I've ever seen a cartoon image more shocking.

Posted by dbrown at January 19, 2004 03:18 PM

I've been trying to figure out what the 30s-drawings are of, besides sept. 11. View Source helped. E.g., Zoot
Suit riots; a suicide bomber; Jesus Christ; "Thug Life"/Tupac; Bobby Hutton; Lida Araujo

Posted by: dbrown on January 19, 2004 07:21 PM


and a hidden one of Mazar-e-Sharif

Posted by: james on January 21, 2004 08:37 AM

ah, that's what that bit of the html meant. This picture especially upsetting, right behind the wtc. I wonder why it is hidden...

Posted by: dbrown on January 21, 2004 07:47 PM

It must be said that the 30s style series are indebted to Spiegelman's Maus. But whereas Spiegelman used the conceit as a carefully constructed narrative device, here, without the strain of a longer narrative, it becomes a snapshot filter which, to me, is less powerful than the screenshot/Sims lens.

Posted by: tmonkey on January 23, 2004 10:40 AM
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