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Gary Hallgren Original Art: NANIME


Gary Hallgren Original Art: NANIME
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    GARY HALLGREN (1945-) Fritzi Ritz painting: “NANIME.”

    There’s something both frightening and hypnotic about seeing our beloved visual icons, Nancy & Sluggo, with these huge anime-style eyes! The Japanese pop culture celebrates the art of “cute” (see the other Hallgren painting “Idora” in this gallery) and giant eyes usually symbolize beauty, innocence, or purity (all things we associate with N&S) but do big eyes make our favorite comic characters more cute, or simply more disturbing? We aren’t sure, but bootleg copies (not from us!) of this original image are starting to make their way into Nancy shrines across North America, so maybe the often-prescient Gary Hallgren is on to something. Only time will tell. Acrylic painting on Crescent illustration board. Created in December 2014. Horizontal dimensions 20 x 15 inches. Signed by the artist.

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    About the artist: Gary Hallgren’s illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, MAD, The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, and National Lampoon (his Pinocchio cover for the Lampoon is an all-time classic). And he illustrated all of the best-selling books by Dr. Mehmet Oz. But he's probably best known as a key member of the infamous “Air Pirates.” Hallgren teamed with Dan O'Neill, Ted Richards, Bobby London, and Shary Flenniken to produce two notorious issues of Air Pirates Funnies, which contained X-rated parodies of Mickey & Minnie Mouse, causing the Walt Disney organization to unleash its army of lawyers on the unruly underground cartoonists. The battle went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 9-0 in favor of Disney. Hallgren currently paints personal visions of his favorite comics, especially “Nancy & Sluggo," he collects vintage Studebakers, and he ghosts one of America's most famous syndicated newspaper strips

    Related items: Besides additional Gary Hallgren paintings, we have Nancy & Sluggo silk neckties, Ernie Bushmiller postcards, several rare N&S pinback buttons, and the coolest Nancy poster ever.



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