CARTOONS & COMICS:
Now available from Corbett vs. Dempsey
Aero Through the Ages - a 54 page retrospective catalog from 1979 through
2009 including many
unpublished of cartoons and comic strips.
"Aero first appeared in my sketch pad one evening in March of 1979,
a pointed little stick figure in the midst of more agitated automatic
drawing, ... a shard of bare paper carved out by more densely inked
and jagged lines, a still and silent observer of cross-hatched frenetic
action. All my thirty five years of fascination with the characters and
panels of the comics, my hours of devotion to the exploits of Little
Lulu, Henry, Smokey Stover, Dagwood, the Little King, and Little
Iodine suddenly had legs and an insider's eye on where new adventures
might lead." (Hal Rammel, introductory essay)
From reviews of the first Aero comix in the early 1980s:
Aero is a arrow-form mime, adrift in a world of black and white, appearing
surrealist poetry and in his own silent strip, "Aero Among the Signs." It is all solid stuff,
kind of like Kenneth Patchen meets George Herriman. - Cat Yronwode, The Comic
Buyerís Guide (May 1981)
Rammel creates an amusing, touching, expressive succession of dream-images
the voyage of the central character through an abstracted landscape of nuclear power
plants, cityscapes, menacing clothespins, and medieval-looking fortresses and castles.
Aeroís journey is amusing and enveloping, and Rammel gives us a fluid evolution of
visual impressions that are a study in the possibilities of metamorphosis, distortion, and
shifting planes of reality. Whatís notable is the uncompromised allusiveness of the
conception and execution. - Dale Luciano (The Comics Journal, September 1981)
Song of an Aeropteryx was published by Black Swan Press and the music label
in 1983. The book included a 7" 33 1/3 recording by Davey Williams and LaDonna Smith.
Both book and recording have been reissued as part of the reissue of White Earth Streak
on Atavistic Records' Unheard Music Series.]
Aero into the Aether,
published in 1980 by Black Swan Press. The stories include
poetry by Philip Lamantia and Clark Ashton Smith and
the opening chapter of a longer narrative titled "Aero into the Aether."
Aero comics have also appeared in Surrealism and its Popular Accomplices
(City Lights Press),
Cultrual Correspondences, and, most recently, The Weavers.
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