A postwar ‘Golden Bat’ serial. Nazo, the Emperor of the Universe, is apparently an overweight heterochromial cat with a black bag over his head. Sort of like a cross between David Bowie, the Baader Meinhof gang, and Bagpuss. Actually this sounds fabulous, but who knew? The expression of Nazo’s captive says it all: OH REALLY?
‘Mystery Train’, late 1940s or early 1950s. Mystery Train? I’ll say. Why did somebody in a man-sized glove costume just get on? Quick, put your bag down so he doesn’t sit next to you.
Too late! … oh of course, the Tokyo public transportation system is a paradise for the chikan (train pervert). And he’s also a robot or mechanical man of some kind who goes around “disguised” as a glove. Does this make sense to anybody? Anybody? The rest of the story seems to suggest that the girl is possibly hallucinating. No shit. I’ll have what she’s having.
By the early 1960s the purveyors of kamishibai were desperately trying to compete with the appeal of television. Sakura Goro created Rōn Renja in 1962, and of course this character had nothing to do with the Lone Ranger at all, no, absolutely not, preposterous.
Batoman! A late attempt at a swinging, with-it kamishibai, bootlegged from the 1966-1968 TV series with Adam West and Burt Ward. I think the modern day oppressively, boringly grim and gritty Batman would benefit from a bit of scarlet lippy, a saucy androgyne smirk and a white eyebrow pencil like this Japanese knock off.
Robin and Batman look like a pair of middle-aged cosplaying lesbians here. So good. Camo pattern curtains?
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SOME NOTES AND CONCLUSIONS I’m seriously tardy because the event in question was several months ago, but SEVERAL MONTHS AGO I was invited to the artist-run Generator Projects in Dundee to talk about a-n’s Paying Artists campaign, which I have worked on over the past year or so. Generator paid me, by the way. Not […]
Originally posted on Alistair Gentry: I’ve started writing a regular column for Sluice magazine. My first one is about the toffs’ reconquest of the visual arts after a brief interlude of social mobility. OBVIOUSLY. The London launch for the magazine is on Saturday 30th April at IMT Gallery, 210 Cambridge Heath Road, E2, 6-9pm. Please…
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