I grew up with Sunday Morning Comics; waiting for my Dad to finish the paper so I could get my crack at Berkeley Breathed’s Bloom County, Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes and Gary Larsen’s The Far Side. As I got older and more interested in sequential art I discovered Windsor McCay’s Little Nemo, Richard F. Outcault’s Yellow kid and Jim Woodring’s dream-based Frank.
Frank is of special consideration when talking about WELTWORLD, the new newsprint compilation of artist Scott Harrison’s Knobby Mcbumps strips, currently available from his online store. Woodring’s Unifactor could easily run parallel with Harrison’s dream-state Weltworld; including it’s start black and white aesthetic and it’s distantly related frog characters.
Having been tattooed by Scott (who did what may be, after 25 years of getting tattooed, my favorite oneshot piece) it’s easy to see the characters in the 79 strips collected in this 16 page newspaper talking in his voice; the man is a natural story teller and his sequential art ties very well into the overall output of one of the most enigmatic tattooers to come out of the 1990s tattoo scene.
You can buy the collected WELTWORLD from Scott’s site for the low, low price of $6/shipped (domestic).