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Ned Sonntag
Ned Sonntag
8/25/2012 11:37:11 AM
Artist Statement

Old Underground Cartoonist, Illustrator, Trendspotter, Psychic Detective and Outermost Hoodoo Doctor

After knocking around NYC for 12 years after art school, (Pratt ‘73, BFA in Cinematography/Animation) in ’85 I got three great assignments… Betty Boop, and OUTLAW BIKER and DIMENSIONS Magazines… I’ve done most of the Licensing Art you’ve seen involving Betty; beachtowels, lunchboxes, fridgemagnets, t-shirts. I certainly don’t own the character; she was invented at Fleischer Studios in 1930… I get my assignments from King Features Syndicate which owns most of the classic newspaper comicstrip characters.

OUTLAW BIKER and its family of tattoo art magazines has had me illustrate fiction and news-stories for 190 consecutive issues! Many many folks are walking around with my images tattooed on them, though I don’t tattoo people myself. My friend and mentor is Spider Webb who took tattoo flash into the Art Gallery scene. DIMENSIONS is now mostly online, but up ’til the early 90s I was doing cartoon pin-up-girls for its covers. The magazine was revolutionary in that it was devoted to glamorous plus-size women and their admirers, featuring romance fiction, personal ads and news of political activism involving Size Acceptance.

For the last 3 years I've been pulling-together the story-arc begun in my mid-to-late '70s comicstrip serial 'Glittering Skyline of Marsport' for CREATIVE COMPUTING Magazine... and continued-as-such in the first half of the '90s in DIMENSIONS... into an entertainment-package outline: DO CYBORGS ON VACATION EAT FRIED INFORMATION? A hundred characters... 300 pages of notes and sketches... and during the summer of '12, 6 acrylic-on-canvas paintings depicting scenes from it all...
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