Jun 7, 2017

Lurid Pulp Lures Eyeballs?

Art by HJ Ward
Interesting that among the most viewed posts of the past year (according to Blogger's widget, see side bar at left) are two drawings I did under the influence of old pulp magazine covers (penciled by me, inked by a fellow cartoonist who doesn't want his name on them).

I don't know if that represents actual interest in lurid pulp art, or something else... since nobody (except the infamous Charles Mosteller) actually comments. I don't think those drawings even got any comments when I posted them at DigitalWebbing (a comic art forum). People are LOOKING at them here, but are too shy to say anything (good or bad) about them. Maybe they're just thinking, "Jeez, what a creep!" and then clicking back over to FacialTissueBook.

That stuff used to be all over the drugstore stands though, judging by the residual coffee table art books we've been left with. (How do you like that little transition by the way? From


drugstore moron fodder, to highly produced, oversized art books for lawyers' and doctors' pads.)

Most popular of all was the recent global warming screed. I wonder why that attracted interest? Maybe just the conflict inherent in politics, and people like to see which "team" you're on. Or maybe the way the title is phrased, talking about my personal "frustration" with the discussion around the topic? Maybe people are drawn to personal/ autobiographical commentary. Or, maybe the Basil Wolverton art is roping in the rubes, haha. (No offense to any rubes out there. Rubes are people too.)

The Goldbug page only shows up in the list because Chris Kendall of HoaxbustersCall posted about it on his relatively popular site. That got a huge influx of traffic for a little bit.

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