That deranged master of cartoon debauchery, the ever enigmatic Al Columbia, has a special insert booklet in this month’s Hi-Fructose Magazine! Al Columbia: Works on Paper is 16 pages at a slightly smaller size than the magazine, and book ended by a couple of Columbia art graced magazine pages. I’m tempted to remove this wonderfully dark artifact of cartoon art, but have resisted as of Day 3, because it deserves to be seen, and cherished on it’s own outside of the always well crafted Hi-Fructose publication.
This booklet is a perfect companion piece to Al Columbia’s book, Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear Days, and the introduction by Silke Tudor deftly encapsulates the essence of Al Columbia as an artist, and accurately frames the following pages for the uninitiated. So, enjoy the “teaser” images I provided, but if you’re a hard-core Al Columbia fan, or someone intrigued enough to purchase the magazine, don’t hesitate. I have a feeling that Hi-Fructose Volums 31 might be hard to find if you wait too long!