Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Rodak's Doodles: Contra Darkness

RODAK DECONSTRUCTS LORD OF THE RINGS:



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UPDATE: This is a very old drawing and not on acid-free paper, as the yellowing indicates. For anyone having trouble making it out, the caption reads: Confident of success with Gandalf at his side, Frodo grimly challenges the forces of Darkness
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18 comments:

Moose said...

This is friggin outstanding...as a big LOTR nerd, I laughed may ass off at this.

Thanks for the morning chuckle.

Rodak said...

Moose--
I'm gratified that you got a laugh out of it!

Anonymous said...

As a NON-LOTR fan, I was shocked to see that Dundgeons and Dragon-type nerd-dom extended even far back into Rodak's generation.

While we're on the subject, since you were obviously such a big fan of "Mad" back then, did you also read "Help!" (which existed years before the Beatles film of the same title) the more adult version of the magazine that was started by one of Mad's founders, Kurtzman?

---MS

Rodak said...

Are you kidding me? LOTR, along with Robert Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land", was on every Flower Child's reading list in the '60s.

Rodak said...

"Help" I don't remember.

Rodak said...

The other biggie was Arthur C. Clarke's "Childhood's End."

Rodak said...

Oh. And Herman Hesse's "Siddhartha", "Demian" and "Magister Ludi."

Rodak said...

Oops. I left "Steppenwolf" off the Hesse list. My bad.

Anonymous said...

And then it started all over with Ralph Bakshi and "The Hobbit" during my grammar school days in the 70s. DAMMIT!

---MS

Anonymous said...

What you (and I) missed:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help!_%28magazine%29

---MS

Rodak said...

I wish that I owned the issue that introduced R. Crumb.

Anonymous said...

I don't know, I've always been put off by Crumb's stuff. Maybe it's a generational thing. I prefer Walt Kelly, m'self.

This might interest you, per Crumb:
http://www.amazon.com/Book-Genesis-Illustrated-R-Crumb/dp/0393061027/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260487254&sr=8-1

--MS

Rodak said...

Yes, the Genesis book was previewed in The New Yorker.

Crumb can sometimes be off-putting. His sexism in particular can be grating. At the same time, however, he is an artistic genius.
Have you seen the film, "Crumb"? It is devastating.

Rodak said...

The only Crumb I actually own at this time is his book on Kafka: brilliant; indispensable.

Anonymous said...

No, I remember the film came out when I was living in Chi-town back in the early 90s. I figured if the Ebert-Siskel crowd praised it, it must be crap. Siskel and Ebert praised "Sweet Sweetback" as revolutionary cinema when I was a kid in the 70s. When I saw the film as an adult I thought it was the biggest piece of shit ever committed to celluloid (Lerone Bennett summed up my feelings on that film nicely).

I'd be more interested in a Walt Kelly or Berkeley Breathed bio.

---MS

Rodak said...

I found his family so weird as to be interesting. It was amazing to see that Robert was the relatively "normal" one.

William R. Barker said...

I grok it man!

BILL

Rodak said...

Heinlein. Right-on.