Dave Cooper's OVERBITE
drawings and paintings of mostly pillowy girls
detail from "Pirate Girl" (c)2002 Dave Cooper
Fantagraphics never ceases to amaze me.
From Robert Crumb to Dan Clowes to Johnny Ryan, they have continually published
the best graphic novels and comic books the world has ever seen. While
Marvel and DC have tried to outdo each other with their movie tie ins,
crossovers, and merchandising, the Seattle based Fantagraphics has quietly
become the showcase for all time classic wonderfulness.
I have to admit, I've heard little of David
Cooper until I got a copy of his all new book, "OVERBITE: Drawings & Paintings
of Mostly Pillowy Girls" but the vivid crazy ladies portrayed within are like
nothing I've ever seen.
detail from "Bashful in the Kitchen" (c)2002 Dave Cooper
These crazy harpies are both revolting and
alluring at the same time. Every roll of fat and splotch of cellulite is
painted with such love and desire that you can't help but want to pinch the
pages! In Cooper's world, sexy pinup girls are laughed at and mocked by
twisted Down's Syndrome glamour queens that smash skinny girls between their
gigantic varicose breasts while eating pieces of fried chicken.
These are the women we see on the streets
talking to themselves while they pick the scabs off their arms. These are
the women who you point at and joke about with your friends, but invariably go
home with after too much to drink. They'll give you the time of your life
when the alcohol is dancing on your brain, but if you don't run away before they
wake up in the morning, you'll end up as breakfast.
Fantagraphics has just made a second
printing of this wonderful tome, and it features an introduction by Mr. Show
legend, David Cross who explains Cooper's work as, "...the images that might run
through the mind of an indigent Appalachian hillbilly just as he is about to
reach climax-- a dizzying unstoppable montage of naked ladies and bug-eyed
people/things in various stages of undress and desire." He said the same
thing in the latest collection of Thomas Kinkade's work, but it seems more
detail from "They Like Gums" (c)2002 Dave Cooper
Dave Cooper's "Overbite" is available at
cooler comic shops and through
FANTAGRAPHICS.com for $16.95!