Crazy, Crazy, Krazy!

I went to see a show called "Krazy!" at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) this afternoon. The full title is "Krazy! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art". Krazy! What a fabulous show. 

I got to play Pac-Man on an actual video table machine from long ago, and I played a bit of Super Mario World. I died pretty quickly on both, but what fun to be back there. Now if only I could find a Frogger machine, I'd play it all the time and be in froggy heaven.

It was also fun seeing some of the anime that I haven't seen or haven't seen in a long time. Great anime, is a wonderful thing: I go to school with many young Asian people; more than a few of them draw manga style and want to do anime. It is to be hoped that before they start doing serious work they learn to express themselves and their worlds in an interesting way. Youth is a wondrous thing, but the combination of dewy-eyed naivete and the big-eyed cutesy style of manga is not that interesting.  I want these young artists to partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but I will not be their serpent. As a fellow art student, that is not my role.

Speaking of big-eyed cutesy art, I've been thinking about doing a Downtown Eastside version of Hello Kitty! called Hi(gh) Ho Kitty! Hi(gh) Ho Kitty! could work the streets around here, she and her friends could have a Kitty Stroll on Princess Avenue (as opposed to the actual Kiddy Stroll on Pandora Street). 

Anyway, re. Krazy!, my favourite artist of the show was an illustrator named Christopher Ware who draws extraordinarily detailed panels with stories from the life of a 27-year-old amputee who lives in a large city with 3-floor walk up buildings with bay windows.

I also loved the old stuff, George Herriman, Winsor McKay, et al. 

I plan to go back and see it again. Three cheers for student memberships!

~ by thiscassandra on Tuesday 20 May 2008.

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