Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mat Brinkman's Teratoid Heights - Coda








1. looking at this still from Mat Brinkman's favorite video game (Victory Road, Arcade, 1986) it's easy to see what inspires him...;
2. Mat Brinkman's playful little characters in Teratoid Heights (Highwater Books, 2003);
3. if Highwater's Teratoid Heights is a small book (6 x 5) this Brinkman's original mini-comic (Crab Claws; reprinted in the aforementioned Teratoid Heights) is five times smaller: roughly 2 x 3; narratively it works a lot better with an image per page until the final surprise (ruined in the faked layout of the reprint);
4. Mat Brinkman's abstract mini-comic color pages as published in The Comics Journal # 256 (October, 2003);
5. part of a "Multi-force" episode (Paper Rodeo tabloid # 6, October, November, 2000);
6. Brian Chippendale's brilliantly textured cover for Paper Rodeo # 4 (August, 2000; detail);
7. semantic noise the Fort Thunder way (detail): Joe Grillo: Paper Rodeo # 18 (August, September, 2004).

PS I thought that it was lost forever, but it's here, after all:


Marc Deckter said...

Great post!

I wish I could find that Comics Journal #256 - the abstract mini-comic you posted from it is awesome.

Cool to see the video game pic as well - can definitely see the influence.

Isabelinho said...

Hi Marc:
Thanks! I'm glad that you liked it!
You can find TCJ # 256 at Fanta's site:

Isabelinho said...

Sorry about that! Just search for:

Comics Journal #256

In "Product Search," here:

Marc Deckter said...

Excellent - thanks for the links! Just ordered my copy of #256.