Comics Are for Kids!


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Monday, July 12, 2010


Last month, I wrote an essay for an online magazine about Birgit Jürgenssen, an Austrian feminist artist whose heyday was in the ’70s and ’80s. In 1994, she issued a booklet called BICASSO Jürgenssen. (It looks exactly like the kind of hand-drawn, simple zines Nieves publishes.) Turns out it’s a facsimile edition of a journal she kept in 1957, when she was 8. She’s unschooled as an artist (she’s 8, so yeah), but in copying works by Picasso—hence the conflation of her name and his to create “Bicasso”—she’s clearly trying to work out some basic ideas while also exercising her imagination. BICASSO Jürgenssen made me think of Brian Chippendale’s Ninja, which incorporates drawings he did in sixth grade into a larger story completed nearly two decades later. All of this made me wonder if there are other comics that are similarly built around work or ideas from childhood.

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2 Responses to “Comics Are for Kids!”
  1. I dunno, but the whole print your old comics from childhood in your new comic started for me with Mazzucchelli’s Rubber Blanket.

  2. Matt Seneca says:

    The first story in the big Crumb art book is a re-drawing of a story he and his brother did when they were kids, it shows the original cover and thumbnails of the pages for comparison. It isn’t an exact copy, there are bridging sequences added, and some dialogue changes and stuff, but it’s pretty close. Does that count?