Saturday, June 20, 2009
The Marvel: A Biography of Jack Parsons
Cartoonist r.s. carbonneau has an excellent online comic strip that covers the life of Jack Parsons, a person of interest to this blogger. I share Parson's deep passion for rocketry and things esoteric . While I work as a volunteer for Interorbital Systems of Mojave, California, I will never approach Parson's genius with rockets. Nevertheless, I have fared much better in the esoteric world than Parsons ever did. Parsons had the bad luck to hook up with L. Ron Hubbard. Hubabrd shamelessly took advantage of Hubbard's genoristy and good nature. Manipulation was in Hubbard's nature and Parsons' was just another rung on Hubbard's upward ascent on the Black Magick Ladder.
Carbonneau's comic strip series is entitled, The Marvel: Sex, Magic, and Rocket Science. Carbonneau's stately drawings are done in classic black ink on white paper, a favorite medium of mine. Drawing by hand in pen and ink is demanding and unforgiving. The need for discipline in line weight and seeing the reconciliation of lines several strokes ahead of where you are drawing is part of the exuisite challenge of the medium. Pen and ink drawing offers so much tension and negative space with which to work. In an age of computer-animated everything, the beauty of precision hand drawing is always a welcome visual delight. I am extremely visual and have a great love of detail and precision in both 2D and 3D. Carbonneau's artwork succeeds in its strong miminalist detail. The writing and plot are well scripted. The Marvel is worthy of its name, for it offers excellence in the pure art of cartooning. Drop by the site and take look. Thanks to mborowog of Bangkok for the lead on this great website.