oneweekoneband:

Did you know Brian Chippendale, drummer of Lightning Bolt, draws comics? I had left that bit about a RISD education. Here’s where it picks up. Chippendale has a life outside the band. Like his drumming, he draws maximalist brute pictures of fantastical worlds with absurd heroes, and vice versa.  For someone, who grew up with comic books, this is quite good, a return to a lost art that hearkens back to my past loves like Jack Kirby’s New Gods, Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, and Mike Allred’s Madman, plus, a shit ton of manga and only the best modern art. I’m not the best art historian. That concoction I’ve just listed may barely reach Chippendale’s talents but they are alike. Really, his visual work is like Lightning Bolt. It’s sound embodied in image. It’s been the cover art for every one of their albums.

Pen strokes that look like a storm of different ideas gathered onto one rectangular block, then two, then maybe a whole page dedicated to an image of a creature, human but totally animal. He’s drawn massive temple with an imperceptible amount of stairs, giant mosquitoes, a Chippendale-esque character who loves to mate with rabbits, a man with large ears dosed out on LSD, flying castles, an inn with a wall of photographs of each guest meticulously drawn. The list goes on but each thing is drawn to the last detail and that detail always is a mess of ideas used and discarded. You can see the whole of Chippendale’s thought process and you’ll forget the story you’ve been reading, you’ll be wrapped up in his obsessive compulsions.  

Worlds colliding! More people unfamiliar with the medium should write about it. It’s more honest, no? I mean, like, nailed it?

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