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TO LAUGH THAT WE MAY NOT WEEP The Life & Times of Art Young

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TO LAUGH THAT WE MAY NOT WEEP The Life & Times of Art Young

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Highly Recommended. By Art Young, Art Spiegelman and Frank Young. Edited by Glenn Bray. To Laugh That We May Weep is a long-awaited tribute to one of the great lost cartoonists whose work is as relevant in the 21st century as it was in its own time. A sweeping career retrospective, reprinting —often for the first time in 60 or 70 years— over 800 of Young’s timeless, charming, and devastating cartoons and illustrations, many reproduced from original artwork, to create a fresh new portrait of this towering figure in the worlds of cartooning and politics. With essays by Art Spiegelman, Justin Green, Art Young biographer Marc Moorash, Anthony Mourek, and Glenn Bray, with a biographical overview of Young’s life and work by Frank M. Young.

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To Laugh That We May Weep is a long-awaited tribute to one of the great lost cartoonists whose work is as relevant in the 21st century as it was in its own time. A sweeping career retrospective, reprinting —often for the first time in 60 or 70 years— over 800 of Young’s timeless, charming, and devastating cartoons and illustrations, many reproduced from original artwork, to create a fresh new portrait of this towering figure in the worlds of cartooning and politics. With essays by Art Spiegelman, Justin Green, Art Young biographer Marc Moorash, Anthony Mourek, and Glenn Bray, with a biographical overview of Young’s life and work by Frank M. Young.

Art Young was one of the most renowned and incendiary political cartoonists in the first half of the 20th century. And far more — an illustrator for magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Colliers, a magazine publisher, a New York State Senatorial candidate on the Socialist ticket, and perhaps the only cartoonist to be tried under the Espionage Act for sedition. He made his reputation appearing in The Masses on a regular basis using lyrical, vibrant graphics and a deep appreciation of mankind’s inherent folly to create powerful political cartoons.

One of my favorite works of his is the simply titled "Trees at Night," of which we've included one scan here. He illustrated these bizarre and eerie anthropomorphic trees that are just a delight, and strange as it seems, an entire little book was published of these. That's how popular his work was. At times you will find references to the work of Sidney Sime, another fantasy artist whose work is closely allied to Lord Dunsany. And there's bit of Winsor McCay here--not that Young or McCay were influenced by one another, but they both were attempting the same sweeping, epic style in some of their artwork.

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Item Code TOLAUH
Publisher Fantagraphics
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781606999943
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 10x12
# Pages 320pg
Color Partial Color
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