59 • Lin Tarczynski


my favorite martian comics

2016. 8.5x11, 24 pages.
from the introduction:

Martians discovered comic books in the second half of the twentieth century.To be exact, in 1972 they discovered Marvel Team- Up #5, Featuring Spider-Man and the Vision, in a 7-Eleven store in Cayucos, California. Martians themselves give little significance to this occurrence.They insist their enthusiasm for comic books did not begin until late in 1973, with “The Himalayan Incident” in Detective Comics #437.Whether it began in 1972 or 1973, the Martians cheerfully confess that their enthusiasm quickly became an obsession.

Within only a few years, the Martian appetite for comic books became so huge it could not be satiated by simple consumption. Martians became discontented with their vast underground vaults filled with dizzying stacks of comic books held in inert suspension, perfectly archived in true pristine mint condition. Four short years after they read that first fateful issue, the Martians succumbed to an overwhelming need to create their own comic books. But they did not want to make replicas of Earthling books.They decided to follow the examples of the French and the Japanese, who took one of the great American art forms and produced comic books within their own cultures. In 1977, the Martians started making comics for Martians.

Within the context of celestial graphic forms, the linearity inherent in this merely two dimensional paper based work provokes much discussion between us multidimensional beings. Tarczynski manages to evoke a sense of complex nostalgia for a time when we might imagine ourselves an ancient lowly flesh based being. I implore all of my multi-D comrades to thoroughly absorb this toner embellished dry wood particle paste. The feeling one gets after studying the non-semantically inclined lines within Tarczynski's work positively stirs the spine (If I may use such an antiquated metaphor.) For beings such as my good friend ◼◼◼◼◼◼◼, who just can't intermingle with carbon based media these days, I would recommend taking one copy of this terrestrial collection and interfacing it with a crémtoculatur photoelectron hemostatic reader. It absorbs much smoother that way.

—Anreoh Benkect

Authentic Martian comics are harder to come by now that war has everyone living like coyotes in coyote-wartime. A joyous wartime coyote is about as common as a mint condition Martian comic, in fact. I’ve kept all of the Martian comics that my granny bought for me as a child, and if Martian comics have taught me anything, it’s that anything printed on paper can be printed under the skin by thinking through any particular landscape. Some of my favorite Martian comics are in my favorite martian comics by lin tarczynski. I wonder if it’s the same for you?  In my favorite martian comics, figures become ground when you blink, and the story starts over, loop, loop, loop. The ground of course figures, and the count is right on. The speech bubble turns out to be a mode of transportation for those inside and outside the exoskeleton. The scale is weightless.  We all fit, so there is no way to escape unchanged. Tarczynski does a masterful job of translating us into the text. All there is to say is WELCOME.

—Michael Sikemma

Xerolage 58

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