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Toxic Toons
Cobwebs and Vinegar (2003)

The Art Of Eric Pigors

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Reviewed By Dead Kev

You may be asking yourself, what exactly is a Toxic Toon? That's a reasonable question, and one that artist Eric Pigor has anticipated and therefore, has an answer. A Toxic Toon is: A cartoon character described as a nutty-scabbed-chicken-poxed-lilly-livered-stiched-up-bone-poppin-goofball with some sort of diabolical disturbing dilemma in store. Any more questions?

That definition should give you some idea of what's in store for you when you delve into the art, and mind, of Eric Pigors. It's not pretty. I've gone to that place...and come back alive, but I'm not the same man that I was before I gazed upon Toxic Toons: Cobwebs & Vinegar. This, his second book of art, is a collection of some of his early work and a lot of his newest.

Disclaimer: Dead Kev is no art critic, nor does he pretend to be (although he does pretend to be a movie/book/everything else critic). The extent of Dead Kev's artistic ability is a bunch of stick figures gettin' it on...which looks very much like a bunch of indistinguishable lines stuck together. After viewing the artwork of Eric Pigors, Dead Kev also now speaks in the third person.

I'll just come out and say it, this stuff is whack. I don't know where Pigors comes up with this stuff, and frankly, I don't want to know. If you asked him how it came to be that he transformed into the insane (and frighteningly ugly) "Uncle Pigors", may tell you the following tale:

"When I was in kindergarten, we went on a field trip to Uncle Piggy's Slaughterhouse where I was bit by a 313 lb. rabid pig!!! After many tetanus shots I had to stay at home and rest. To pass the time my mom gave me a Casper coloring book and some crayons."

It's very difficult to describe Toxic Toons, it's art that you really have to see for yourself, because an explanation just won't suffice. Toxic Toons are, for the most part, foul creatures that are amalgamations of flesh, bone, inanimate objects, and whatever nasty skin disease he decides to grace them with. His pallette include boils, puss-filled pimples, malformed arms & legs, warts...and that's just the first few pages.

While the Toxic Toon creatures may ellicit a chuckle, disgust you, or threaten your sanity, they're not meant to be scary. Pigors keeps most of them very cartoonish and injects some type of light-hearted humor onto almost every page. Case in point is his ad for a great kids toy, Mugco's grossest product, "Rotting Corpse". According to the ad, pull the string and it says such catch phrases as, "I have ringworms, let's play" and "Who needs ice cream when you have leaky blisters." I think I'll take ice cream.

It's obvious that Ed Roth's famous Rat Fink was an inspiration, and Pigors sneaks in a few pieces of art in the Rat Fink mold as an homage of sorts, and those are some of my favorites in the book. His Finkish "Reeki Tiki" is a green monster driving a piece of totem pole, with fire in the tailpipe, hand on the gearshift, tongue hanging out, attracting flies, and leaving smoke in his wake. Along with those, I'm also a big fan of the disturbingly sexy vampire chick that graces a few pages. If none of that is your bag, though, there's a piece entitled "The Sad Truth of Stinky Fecal". It can be best described as...on second thought, it's best not described at all.

Among the some 100 pages of artwork, you can find a few photo collages where Pigors uses real pictures of real meat products in ways that should never see their way out of his warped mind. Myself, I dig the straight artwork more, but it does show an extension of his artistic ability. If, after reading this far, you're having a hard time gauging my overall impression of the book, you're not alone. So am I...it's hard to put into words how I feel about Cobwebs & Vinegar. I think that everybody's own opinion of it could vary wildly, but for me personally, it's a stew of sorts. It's got some really tender meat to it, but it's also got some odd vegetable thingies in it that I'm afraid to eat. Really afraid.


RATING

(Out of 5)
WEBSITE
www.toxictoons.com
REVIEW POSTED
September 26 2003


DEAD KEV'S ADVICE
If you're into really oddball art, this book's for you. If you're into more traditional styles of artwork, you'll probably find it a mixed bag. Either way, it's fine hardcover presentation will make for an interesting conversation piece on your coffee table or a nice addition to your bookshelf.
FAVORITE QUOTES
- "Yaagh! I got the mealy-mouthed meshugener!"
- "Let's go to grandma's and see who smells worse."
- "Wanna see my meatheads?"


WHERE TO FIND
You can buy Toxic Toon books and shirts at the Official Site.

Eric's artwork will be featured in future issues of 1313 Magazine.

Get the limited edition barware (313 pieces) with his artwork etched into it at DrinkWithTheLivingDead.com.

Toxic Toon Halloween masks coming soon! Dig these behind the scenes pics: PIC 1 - PIC 2 - PIC 3 - PIC 4


PUBLISHER
Eric Pigors
June 2003
ISBN: 0971911800
FORMAT
Hardcover
100 Pages
Dimensions (inches): 10.5 x 10.5
Interior: Full Color
Cover Price: US $24.95 / Canada $29.95

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