4CP Friday

By: John Hilgart
August 5, 2011

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of 4CP, HiLobrow invited guest curators to assemble themed comic-book-detail galleries from 4CP’s collection. Click here to see all galleries.

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THEME: FEAR OF PAPER
CURATOR: JOHN HILGART

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Hold the paper up to the light
(some rays pass right through)

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Expose yourself out there for a minute
(some rays pass right through)

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It’s hard to imagine that nothing at all
could be so exciting, could be this much fun

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I’m charged up. It’s pretty intense.
I’m charged up. Electricity.

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All I see is little dots,
but hold on to that paper

Words by David Byrne from the Talking Heads album Fear of Music.

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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

Categories

Comics, Spectacles

What do you think?

  1. Thanks for letting me indulge my love of paper! It’s as important to the unique thrill of old comics printing as the dots, at least to me. It behaves in different ways in different images, and I’m sure there are images on the blog that wouldn’t really work without the paper’s contribution. The void is full of action! Don’t fear the paper!

  2. Fantastic. Mmm Paper. Are you a sniffer? I am. Used to do it a lot. I’ve got it under control now.

    Things about 4CP that disturbed me as a child (and still):

    Black areas always seemed to bleed more than other colours.

    Sniff too many red pages and you feel nauseous

    Looking at a comic scrap through a small microscope seemed like a good plan, but the image terrified me.

    Ghost images of the page subsequent to the one you were reading forced kids to adopt dialectical reading techniques. And a weird non-polarised one too, 10-year old kids shouldn’t have to do dialectics. What did they want from us?

  3. Greg, you’ve reminded me that the smell of the used comic book store was totally different from the smell of the used book shop.

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