June 24, 2011
CURATOR: MATTHEW BATTLES
HiLobrow likes pipes, but it seems like the cigarette is the preferred smoking medium of the comic. As in film, the comic cigarette billows and burns with inspiration, contemplation, pleasure, danger, and idleness. Comics, the movies, and cigarettes — all three combine mass production with the possibilities of individual experience. But in the first two — and if we believe Derrida, even with the third — it’s always a case of ceci n’est pas une cigarette.
SIMILAR HILOBROW SERIES: CHESS MATCH — a gallery | FILE X — a gallery | KIRB YOUR ENTHUSIASM — 25 Jack Kirby panels | SECRET PANEL —Silver Age comics’ double entendres | SKRULLICISM | CURATED: 4CP FTW by John Hilgart | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | FANCHILD by Adam McGovern