Who is Glen Baxter?

27 Mar

There are a handful of picture story tellers whose work I follow religiously. Ben Katchor,Jules Feiffer, Edward Sorel,Mark Fisher, the late B Kliban (not the cat cartoons) and last but certainly not, least Glen Baxter.

The good news is that Baxter has a new collection Colonel Baxter’s Dutch Safari(De Harmonie) exhibiting in full bloom his neo mordant sense of humor:

The only complaint I have about the new Baxter opus is that I wish there were more content—The Colonel BAxter’s Dutch Safari contains 21 images.Oh well.

You can, of course, go to Baxter’s website for more information such as what music he listens to for inspiration (you’ll be surprised)
Or find links to such, uh, oddities as the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain or fill in his rather uneventful life story:

As a young lad growing up in the shadow of the vast porridge warehouses in Leeds, Glen Baxter liked nothing more than to join his parents on their annual holiday.

However, it was not until a local magistrate persuaded his parents to enrol him at the art school that he began to experiment with sulphur, twine and charcoal.

After a brief period of chiaroscuro, the young Baxter left his native home and set out on a makeshift sled, heading for London.

Currently reading Schmidt Steps Back by Louis Begley (Knopf)

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