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Vapor by Max

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10 thoughts on “Vapor by Max

  1. says:

    This is a book that is both philosophical and surreal about a cartoony character with a big nose named Nicodemos who goes into the desert to find himself and encounters a sort of mysterious entity Vapor who may be good for him or not Sometimes spacey sometimes silly decidedly allegorical its style he says owes much to the work of a certain Herbert Crowley who drew a comic strip in 1910 in the New York Daily Herald called The Wiggle Much Lots of white space cartoony characters in that sort of iconic tradition there's a cat named Moises who might remind one of the Katzenjammer kids type comics from the thirties so there's this simple aesthetic and this nostalgic feel for old comics likeable feel not very memorable story

  2. says:

    Not much story Great bw clean line drawing References to other comix artists abound

  3. says:

    A version of this review was published in German in the Swiss comics journal STRAPAZINThirty or so years into his rich and productive career the Catalan cartoonist and illustrator Max has surely cemented his place in the Pantheon of great comic artists the post punk master of Ligne Claire “Ligno Claro”? has evolved into a marvelous and sympathetic genius of funny wise and poignant surrealism Max does not publish freuently A new book comes around every seven or eight years and he appears to release them when he’s ready to do so heedless of the demands of the market or his publishers The publication of VAPOR late last year is then cause for celebration It’s a delightful piece of cartooning simple to read but not easy to understand A charming little fellow named Nicodemus one is always tempted as with Bardin and Mr D to see Max’s characters as autobiographical stand ins wanders off into a desert where he encounters strange and fanciful creatures who seem determined to enlighten him distract him or drive him crazy Probably not coincidentally “Nicodemus” is the name of a minor but notable character in Christian Scripture he appears only in the Gospel of St John where he’s associated with temple teaching as well as the burial of Christ but he can also be found in an apocryphal Gospel bearing his name which is rather obscure and concerned mostly with the harrowing of Hell As with other of Max’s works the reader grasps for an allegory that never uite comes into focus That’s probably because Max is less concerned with straight allegory and interested in allusion and illusion and by that token VAPOR is perhaps his most elusive work yet If Max is summoning up mystical sages in this graphic novel he’s also paying homage to some of the great early newspaper strip creators and animators Winsor McKay and Max Fleischer not to mention recent cartoonists of the dream state such as Victor Moscoso Pierre Clement and Jim Woodring One simple way to describe Vapor might be “Waiting for Godot as reimagined by George Herriman”Of course I may be over reading here Perhaps VAPOR is less about philosophy and about formalism Max is powerfully fluent with pen and ink; his page layouts are ingenious and masterful without overly calling attention to themselves; there is tremendous confidence of line in his drawings but in spite of all that the book reads as if it sprang effortlessly onto paper Leaving aside whatever personal symbolism Max may be pursuing VAPOR comes across most as a book created for his own amusement by an artist at the top of his game VAPOR feels like the comic euivalent of Charlie Parker playing for himself and we’re just lucky enough to be able to listen in

  4. says:

    A very strange book abstract My favorite part is when Nick's shadow abandons him both the art and the dialogue are very thought provoking

  5. says:

    Unfortunately a very disappointing read which tries to dwell into deep uestions in a very shallow manner While it is obvious that the book has no claim for any sort of answers it actually also doesn't have any uestions; it's like a confused teen's whims who had just come across a book about mysticism and read just the back coverBut the art is very good therefore would be worth to look at the pages while skipping the lines

  6. says:

    I very much enjoy Max's works I was impressed in the past with The Extended Dream of Mr D and Bardín the Superrealist and Vapor certainly follows in tone and scope It's surreal philosophical and artfully rendered in a minimal style We're discussing this book on the Jan 28th episode of The Comics Alternative

  7. says:

    Maybe I'm not deep enough to appreciate it but this book seemed like it was trying a little too hard to mean something It all just felt like noise to me

  8. says:

    Fabulous So bizarre and pensive yet thoroughly entertaining like wondering about the vacuums around the lives of characters in vintage cartoons when you are a kid and they're created by adults It took my brain out of my head a little and danced with it And I want things that I read to do the same Also hugely indebted to Max for mentioning Herbert Crowley I have been meaning to check him out since watching the Toynbee Tiles documentary and completely forgot Now I'm back on the mission to get a monography it exists but too damn expensive

  9. says:

    meh guy goes on existential uest being a jerk to most of his friends all to end up making the wrong decision and lose depressing to read great art felt for the side characters than the main one

  10. says:

    35 stars