Monday, February 17, 2014

Sock Monkey Treasury

Tony Millionaire's Sock Monkey Collection
This hardcover edition collects twelve underground comics and a short graphic novel.

On March 5th of 2014, early next month, a collection of comics originally published by Dark Horse from 1998-2007 and a short graphic novel published in 2004 is being released as a first edition in hardcover from Tony Millionaire.

You may not realize it just yet but - you love Tony Millionaire. His intricately drawn comic artwork draws heavily on America's East Coast roots, specifically New England, through the best traditions of illustration representing sea-faring coastal culture of eastern Massachusetts. Through comically damaged personalities that inhabit homemade children's toys Millionaire's stories wander through ancient mansions built by sea captains and the halls of ivy league academia - usually chased by deranged authority figures.

Millionaire's work, collected in this book, is a great way to understand "underground" comics - comics without capes usually dealing with everyday crisises revolving around personal issues.


Preview 30 pages from this excellent 336 page collection. Reload this page if you experience an error.

His illustration work for The New Yorker in the late 70's and his animation work for Saturday Night Live in the 80's began to revolve around America's East Coast roots through high-end illustration and sea-faring coastal culture of Massachusetts. His Maakies strip has been an ongoing in The New York Press and Village Voice since February 1994.

Legal Action Comics published in 2001 and 2003, originally was conceived fo as a means to raise money for NYC illustrator Danny Hellman's legal fees after political cartoonist Ted Rall filed a $1.5 million dollar lawsuit against him. These two volumes is a great place to see the contemporary state of underground comics. In this series, Millionaire's work is featured alongside the kings of underground comics R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Kim Deitch, Robert Williams and Johnny Ryan.

In addition to his strips and comics, a cartoon series on Cartoon Network based on his characters ran from 2007 to 2009. Today, Millionaire is publishing collections and contemplating working on children's books and titles in Pasadena, California his home since 1998.

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