Born in Wisconsin, Jim Knipfel was a staff writer at the now-defunct weekly alternative newspaper New York Press for thirteen years, where wrote the long-running and popular "Slackjaw" column, a cynical, misanthropic look at daily life. He is the author of ten books, including Slackjaw, …
Notebook Drawings 2011 2012
by Jim Rugg
Published by AdHouse Books
48p, full color, 8"x10.5"
"Notebook Drawings" is a collection of some of Rugg's ballpoint drawings of fan art and pop culture splicing reprinted with lush reproduction in a fully-realized notebook format.
The stuff he draws - deers with guns, comic book panels, trans He-Man, Futura typeface - I could sort of care less about - it cashes in heavily on nostalgias I don't carry- but his rendering techniques are undeniably off-the-chain. I'd say the lined notebook paper also gives the drawings a nice context, one of assumed privacy and obsession. -EF