By: Joshua Glenn
March 24, 2023

One in a series of posts featuring pages from Hermenaut, a DIY intellectual zine/journal published by HILOBROW’s Josh Glenn from 1992 through 2000-01.


A page from Hermenaut #16

In the latter days of Hermenaut, cartoonist Bob Sikoryak was one of our secret weapons. We’d discovered his extraordinary work — literary/art parodies combined with famous comic characters — in the pages of the high-lowbrow comics magazine RAW (where he was co-chief editor from 1985–1991).

In RAW issue #1 (July 1989), for example, his comic Inferno Joe combined Dante’s La Divina Commedia with the Bazooka Joe comics that came wrapped around bubblegum. In the next issue (May 1990) Good ol’ Gregor Brown was a mash-up between Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Peanuts. I can’t recommend enough his collection Masterpiece Comics — and everything else.

The comic shown here, from issue 16, was a gag dreamed up by Scott Hamrah. As I recall, the couple depicted here was modeled on friends of his… who did, at some later point, have a baby.

Issue 16
Pub. Date: Winter 2000/2001
Theme: Stockholm Syndrome
Hermenaut: Adorno
Pages: 208
Print Run: 10,000


MORE HERMENAUT on HILOBROW: HERMENAUTICA series | MEET THE HERMENAUTS | HERMENAUT’s last five issues | Snapshots | Letters to HERMENAUT | Dialectical Design | Josh Glenn on CAMP, KITSCH & CHEESE | Josh Glenn on DANIEL CLOWES: Q&A | Clarke Cooper on APOCALYPSE ALREADY | Lisa Carver on THE ART OF BEING UNCOMFORTABLE | Josh Glenn on FAKE AUTHENTICITY | Chris Fujiwara on ZOOMING THROUGH SPACE | John Marr on CAMPANILE FREE-FALL | Clarke Cooper on THE WILL TO SCORN | Dan Reines on PURE EVEL | Chris Fujiwara on ROADWORTHY JAZZ | Dan Reines on LETTER FROM LA | Mary E. Ladd & Julie Wiskirchen on ONWARD CHRISTIAN TOURISTS | Chris Fujiwara on SAVED BY BETRAYAL | Margaret Blonder on MEMORIES OF THE BIOSPHERE | Josh Glenn on HERMENAUT: PHILIP K. DICK | Ingrid Schorr on ROCKVILLE GIRL SPEAKS.