These intriguing pages from Garrett Price’s cult strip, “Whte Boy”, are a strong reminder that the esthetic of what’s called “indie comics” these days would have dovetailed nicely with the more fleeting comic strip sensibilities of the early days of the strips — say up to about war time. It’s easy to see what attracts Huizenga to this work and what he’s taken from it for his own.
It would be very instructive if someone could mount an art show comparing them side by side some day, although the early strips can be hard to come by. Actually, come to think of it, the art show at the BGCF last year was pretty much what we’re talking about — it just needs to be up longer.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.