BLASTER: The Al Ackerman Omnibus
April 22, 2005
[$30] Blaster: The Al Ackerman Omnibus Perfect bound, 288 pages.
I FOUND ONE! Get it while you can! Very rare. Exceeding. Yet very high level humor. Wow!
Published by Feh Press
Amazing, hilarious, astounding stories. Clever, subtle, insane, wacky, over the top: all of this.
Other funny-odd writing is so tame, so dull in comparison. If you kinda like John Kennedy Toole, R. Crumb, Harvey Pekar (that American Splendor guy) and Wm Burrough---you'll like this more. You'll never be the same. (But it's not the nasty rotten stuff you can find in the lame side of the 'shock' underground. No, it's just good'n'funny lunacy with non-judgemental insight and straight depiction.)
Here's what they say at Normal's Books, Blaster Al's homebase in Baltimore: "An incredible anthology of words and drawings from the man that many consider to be the greatest living American writer. Ackerman is a hallmark of the obscure, but those who have encountered his work are never the same. His writing seethes with bizzare truths and ironies but is strangely familiar."
And here's a blurb: "The Legendary Al Ackerman, that second-story man of the psyche, the country's greatest humorist, teller of tales Mark Twain wanted to write but was scared to. What the personal ads call a "teddy bear," but the kind who devours two or three tourists at Yellowstone every season." --Bob Black, author of "The Abolition of Work" and "Friendly Fire"
Here's a classic interview and look into the world of Mail Art writing that Blaster Al reveled in in the 70's and 80's. Why would a genius work in a neglected medium anyway? Freedom! Direct influence! Collaberation. Pretty good reasons, I think. But hear from The Blaster.
Oh, and I have several movies based on stories of his, too. I'll get to making some copies of them sometime. They're masterpieces of underground filmmaking. Pinnacles of zero-budget art. They reach higher and are more memorable than most million-dollar piles.
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