Thursday, February 3, 2011

Nart!

I've been thoroughly enjoying my recent purchase of Michael Dower's great mini-comics anthology Newave! The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s (Fantagraphics Books, 2010)! The other day, I came across this in it which I thought relevant here:

Nart is a painless concept which advocates the elimination of logic on an ethereal plane and transfers it to a pseudo-logic on an epidermal plane. Within the nucleus of nart is the preoccupation with juxtaposition of expectation via absurdist symbolism plus a combination of stereotype and exaggeration dealing with the commonplace carried out to the furthest common denominator while adopting a "pataphysical" rather than metaphysical attitude interwoven with evasion and confusion more so than unison and clarity.

In simpler terms, nart can be explained and retained thusly...

If it's art, it's art. If it's nart, it's nart...

- Jim Siergey, published in the "Nart 2 Brute" mini-comic, 1985


Think I'll go make some nart right now!

- William A. Davison

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