Almost Completely Baxter: New and Selected Blurtings.pdf
Over four decades and a multitude of books, “Colonel” Glen Baxter has built a world and a language all his own—slightly familiar, decidedly abnormal, irresistibly funny. Have you felt the terror of a failed Szechuan dinner? Have you seen what happens at precisely 6:15? Do you know where the beards are stored? Either way, this is the book for you.
Celebrated by everyone from John Cleese to Ed Ruscha, Baxter’s drawings are a delicious stew of pulp adventures, highbrow high jinks, and outright absurdity: brave men tremble before moussaka, schoolgirls hoard hashish, and the world’s fruits are in constant peril. Wimples abound.
This new selection brings together highlights from the full sweep of his long career and is sure to enchant both confirmed Baxterians and those who are in dire need of an introduction.
“Mr. Baxter betrays all the ominous symptoms of genius.”—Edward Gorey
“Many people have tried to imitate Baxter...few have come close to succeeding.”—Salman Rushdie
“Glen Baxter is an artist in the distinguished tradition of Lewis Carroll, Sax Rohmer, Marquis de Sade, Raymond Roussel, Luther Burbank, and the Comte de Lautreamont.”—John Ashbery
“A kind of mad cross between Magritte, S.J. Perelman, and pulp fiction.”—The New York Times
“It is the contrast between the bald simplicity of the drawings and the baroque excess of the captions that makes Baxter such a significant figure not just in the cartoon business, but in the British comedy landscape.”—The Guardian
Glen Baxter is the author of many books since the 1970s, including The Impending Gleam, The Billiard Table Murders, and Blizzards of Tweed. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, Le Monde, The Observer, and The Independent on Sunday. He is a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters, and his art is often exhibited in New York, Amsterdam, Paris, and London, where “Colonel” Baxter lives.