Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tony Millionaire

Drunkard, draftsman and cult cartoonist Tony Millionaire will be in Seattle this Saturday, May 9, to open an exhibit of his artwork and sign copies of his new book "Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury". Millionaire's Maakies is a well known weekly comic strip running locally in The Stranger and across the country in most of the best read weekly newspapers including the Village Voice and the L.A. Weekly. The long running strip is a study in contrasts. Millionaire's subtle drawing skill is a throwback to a more refined era - his exquisite line work brings to mind comics pioneers like George Herriman and Winsor McKay. His subject matter, however, is anything but "comic." The strip is populated by dangerously depressed alcoholic animals who routinely riff on such subjects as domestic brutality, crib death, skin diseases, and the ever present promise of suicide. Despite all odds, Maakies has recently been adapted as "The Drinky Crow Show," an animated series on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.

The fearless culture blog Social Stereotype has a very entertaining and revealing interview with Millionaire right here.

Millionaire will be at the Fantagraphics Bookstore from 6:00 to 9:00, showing 10 years worth of original artwork and unveiling his latest collection, designed by the legendary book designer and comics fan Chip Kidd.

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