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Unseen Burroughs comic now seen

Sample image from 'Ah Pook'

Sample image from 'Ah Pook'

In 1970, author William Burroughs and artist Malcolm Mc Neill joined forces to work on a graphic novel entitled Ah Pook Is Here. The book never turned out as expected, though, as Richard Metzger explains:

Originally conceived as a graphic novel in the pictographic format of the surviving Mayan codices, the project –eight years in the making– consisted of over 100 illustrations by Malcolm McNeill, 30 in full color and about 50 pages of text. “Ah Pook is Here” would have been prohibitively expensive to publish at the time. As Burroughs wrote “over the years of our collaboration Malcolm McNeill produced more than a hundred pages of artwork. However, owing partly to the expense of full color reproduction, and because the book falls into neither the category of the conventional illustrated book, nor that of a comix publication, there have been difficulties with the arrangements for the complete work. The book is in fact unique…”

Now, however, the illustrations have been rediscovered and are touring art galleries around the globe. The show is currently at the Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles if you’re so inclined to see it. Apparently some of these images are more than 25 feet long, which makes you wonder how they were going to reporduce it in a book in the first place.

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