Paul J. Livingston
I wondered just what a “deluxe bumper edition” is. From my searching, it means ‘larger’. As in larger than usual…
The forward is by “the sandman.”
I wondered who or what the sandman is, so went looking.
There is a site, called The Sitdown Comedy Club, that says the sandman is Stephen Abbott, a comedian. A little further looking and I see that he is big noise in Australia. Sorry about that, but I really do not know much about the comedy scene in OZ.
In case you are wondering what Abbott look like, follow the link to the end. Or, link on over to YouTube where he and Flacco perform a routine.
However, this is about Livingston, and not Abbott. So, let us go back to the book, and take a peek at the Introduction.
So, this is the second edition of the flacco files. I see from the copyright page that the first was published in 1999. Oh, and as he says, ‘…don’t search for any hidden meaning…’ So, we won’t.
We continue on with the Illustrator’s Note.
where we find that he blames all sorts of people for the book.
And, the front end paper describes Livingston as a ‘boiled egg on stilts’, while the back end paper adds that he ‘lives alone and prefers it that way.’
From Wikipedia, we learn through an awkward set of paragraphs more about his sketched on hair than we really wanted to know. There is, however, a nice list of references and links.
There is an interesting article from the May 2002 Sydney Morning Herald, about an exhibition of his early years, (The Flacco Files, Boutwell Draper Gallery) and also about the medium he uses for his drawing.
The bulk of this exhibition consists of painted animation cells, which formed the basis of a series of satirical cartoons he created for The Australian Magazine from 1997 until last year.
From this article we learn that he started out in animation, and still continues to use animation cells for his work.
I copied the above headshot from google images, but if you look for ‘Paul J. Livingston’ on google, you will get a whole bunch of other images that range from mug shots to some jock.
Well, on to the cartoons.
In the beginning…
And advancing through history,
And back to religion,
And some Nuns
Children’s tales are always interesting.
And children’s TV
And off to school
But be careful on the way there,
For the rest of us, a little searching for W….
And an admonition,
Or not. Well, onward. Time flies, but it waits for no man.
And from the outskirts of Wycliffe Well,
Well, then how about, Neighborhood watch, Australia version,
For those of you who are interested, the M.C. Escher website is worth a visit.
Another trite saying down the tubes.
And there we have it.