After San Francisco's new mayor announced imminent plans to "clean up" downtown with a new corporate "dot com corridor" and arts district--featuring the new headquarters of Twitter and Burning Man--curators Erick Lyle and Chris Johanson brought over 100 artists and activists together with …
Published by Drawn and Quarterly
Hardcover, 11.5 x 7.5 inches, full color, 104 pages
Nogoodniks collects a ragtag group images that draw from popular brand slogans, tropes of 1970s counterculture, bad puns, and the sardonic wit of Adrian Norvid. Pages alternate between cartoonish caricatures, parodies of commercial products, and tongue-in-cheek self-congratulatory affirmations that the author has written to himself. Nogoodniks follows in the tradition of other D+Q Petit Livres, but is notable largely in its humour, which is dry and pointed but also often extremely crude. Norvid's images disarm us; their appealing colours and lines draw us in and then their inappropriate language and sometimes vulgar meanings make us blush. By pairing childish, crude imagery or messages with a refined and appealing drawing style, Norvid confronts us with our own attitudes about culture and what is appropriate, and points out the fun in doing and saying things your mom told you not to.