You Call This Art?!

    (Fantagraphics, 2006)
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From the Publisher:

Cut down at the age of 37 by a speeding bus on a busy Bangkok street in 1984, Greg Irons never achieved the recognition he deserved. With You Call This Art?! Irons takes his rightful place next to R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Gilbert Shelton, S. Clay Wilson, Robert Williams, and others in the pantheon of underground cartoonists.

You Call This Art?! spans Irons’ entire life and career, and inludes:

Rock posters designed for Bill Graham’s Fillmore Ballroom and other San Francisco dance halls promoting Chuck Berry, Santana, Moby Grape and Paul Butterfield.

Seventeen complete stories from underground comix such as Slow Death, Skull, and Yellow Dog.

Examples from his third career as children’s book illustrator including drawings from Last of the Dinosaurs, Pirates, Wyf of Bathe and (believe it or not) Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.

Over a hundred examples of his innovative tattoo art reproduced for the first time, as well as never-before-seen pages from his private sketchbooks and journals, personal photographs, unpublished paintings, and freelance assignments from obscure publications such as the Berkeley Tribe and the San Francisco Organ, which published the lurid story that Mick Jagger tried to suppress.

This collection is framed by Patrick Rosenkranz’s extensive portrait of the artist, based on personal interviews with Irons, his friends, lovers, and colleagues. You Call This Art?! is a candid and revealing depiction of a gifted artist who never abandoned the counterculture — an intimate exposé of the all-too-human being behind some of the underground’s most revolutionary and politically charged art.

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