Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Yoe! Here's the Love!

What better day to start a blog called "Arf Lovers" than Valentine's Day?

That Craig Yoe, he's no love-struck fool; he's in love with comics for the long haul, as his series of "art+comics" books, Arf, makes abundantly clear. Arf Lovers promises to pass along new comics curiosities every day; and, as Craig himself is one of the most curious folks I know, I'm sure we won't be disappointed.

Arf Lovers previews both the first book in the Arf series, Modern Arf (index at ComicsResearch.org) and the newest entry, Arf Museum; from the on-line preview, it looks like we need this one on our shelves here right-quick. With treats like never-before seen Yellow Kid paintings; a true-life comics story by Mort Walker concerning Roy Lichtenstein; Art Young in Hell; and the debut of Craig's new character, Mr. Smart-Ass, Arf Museum is bound to be another kornucopia of kwality.

Craig might not yet have covered Victorian Valentines in Arf, but it's probably only a matter of time. Given Arf Museum's section on "gorillas and damsels in distress," I'm sure he'll be interested in just whose job it was to "lead apes in Hell"...

Above: Portrait of Craig Yoe by the late Kelly Freas.

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Blogger dj sciz said...

Gene, wow! I loved the Victorian Valentines. So just what did it mean to "lead apes in Hell"? Yours, Ignorant in Denver!

2/15/2006 11:42 PM  
Blogger Gene K. said...

Who knew? Apparently there's a whole string of connotations buried here, from perceived evils of religious celibacy, to apes being a symbol of unchastity, to perceived evils of secular celibacy. Or at least, that's what G.B. Needham would have us believe (Journal of American Folklore v 75 no 296 [Apr-Jun 1962]: 106-119).

I just love the Internets!

2/16/2006 12:17 PM  
Blogger Bobby Kuechenmeister said...

Gene, cool find! I am working right now as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of American Folklore at Texas A&M University.

2/17/2006 5:21 PM  

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