March 09, 2004


More Kirby, cos I love it.




Enormous machinery....


Verging on the abstract...


Easy to forget the rough and ready way in which Kirby rendered characters whose image has been smoothed out and standardized over the years. Kirby was a PULP artist in every respect. Check the way his Thing looks as if it is only partly formed, as if it is composed of some amorphous pulpy matter.

Posted by mark at March 9, 2004 11:44 PM | TrackBack

I like how you use pulp in two consecutive sentences, but with completely different meanings.

Posted by: mwanji at March 12, 2004 03:28 AM

Yeh, it's what we call a pun --- note the use of the term 'in every respect'....

Posted by: mark k-punk at March 12, 2004 10:44 AM

although you could make a tortured zeugma of it instead: 'his characters seemed to be wrought from, and as an artist he himself was, pure pulp.'

Posted by: undercurrent at March 15, 2004 03:22 PM

re the child/toy interface - Dyou think Kirby's style is sometimes a sort of magical reversion to childhood (the gigantism, perspectives from below, plasmatic forms)?

Posted by: undercurrent at March 17, 2004 09:40 AM