#8 - 1986
able to add the legendary RAW to this site! For
a long while people have been telling me I've needed
to add RAW, since of course the original series
was produced at a 10.5 x14" size. I had always
agreed, but finding issues of RAW for anything
less than a fortune was impossible.
though, a few weeks ago I found this issue on ebay for
a reasonable, affordable amount, so I jumped at it--not
only just to finally be able to read an issue, but to
be able to add it to the site.
must admit, I'm probably not the best audience for RAW,
since, as you can probably guess, my comic tastes definitey
run toward the superhero and/or mainstream. But even
though there was some of material here that leaves me
cold--uber-ironic stuff featuring drugs, sex, really
crude language, all for the point of just trying to
shock, it seems--there was some really superb stuff.
of the pieces that really grabbed me was "The Beginning
of of the End", a pictorial history of the A-Bomb,
written by Paul Boyer and designed by Francois Mouly.
It's not comics, exactly, but it is a highly-graphic
history of the development of the bomb, the world's
reaction to it, and the accompanying attempts by the
government to "sell" it to the citizenry.
It runs twelve pages, but I could've read something
ten times longer. (rollover the image to see the first
page of it)
notable matieral this issue is the small-size Maus
insert, Chapter Seven, by art spiegleman, of course.
There's also a long sequence called Raw Gagz,
which is a collage of one-panel "gag" cartoons
by a whole slew of artists. As you can imagine, some
hit, some miss, but overall a very interesting segment.
I think my favorite was by Drew Friedman--you don't
even need to see the art itself to appreciate the caption--"Just
then it hit me...everybody in the joint had Acromegaly."
in all, a fine issue, full of genuine laughs as well
as thought-provoking stuff, which is undoubtedly one
of the goals of RAW--to do comics that are more
than guys in costumes punching each other.
RAW was of course a series, I intended to give
it its own page like the other ongoing treasury-sized
series. It seems a little weird doing it right now,
since there's just the one issue here, but I look at
this page as an ongoing concern, and I hope to
add more issues of RAW as soon as I can!