Saturday, October 16, 2021


Joseph Self’s…

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Joseph Self shares his thoughts on this lavish reprinting of Barry Windsor-Smith's beautifully illustrated autobiography from Fantagraphics, spanning over three decades of classic comics art.


Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian in the 70s established Barry Windsor-Smith as an extraordinarily gifted artist. His work since has included, among dozens of others, the Uncanny X-Men, Rune, Machine Man, and Solar, Man of the Atom.

In this lavishly illustrated autobiography, he details both his career and his life, including the startling account of his own metaphysical and paranormal experiences and their effects on his work.

In addition to the challenges faced by any aspiring artist, BWS also struggled with his own acceptance of such phenomenon as inter-dimensional travel, telepathic energy beings, and the emergence of his own psychic abilities, including precognitive awareness.

However, even if you are skeptical of BWS’s claims, these books are worth having for their collection of art alone, featuring more than three decades of comics art, sketches, and illustrations, including previously unpublished work, and including everyone from Red Sonja to John Wayne.

From his secret Rocky Mountain refuge 9200 feet above the world, Joe indulges his passion for comics and other alternate realities, including his own. A long-time writer for ComicBase, his name is a veritable pun generator. You can e-mail your questions and suggestions to Joe at

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