Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Justin Bleep - Cath Inc. - Jan. 14, 2004 - 4 stars

Justin Bleep (his DJ name) is a super talented, comic-minded sequential artist. His penciled cells, about 8-inches-by-10 inches each, are matted in pale yellow with black frames clustered on the north wall of the neighborhood coffeehouse. His comic look has a street-styled angularity to it, a refined graffiti feel that has, not surprisingly, recently landed him national projects for the likes of Nerf and Hasbro Toys, Inc. Local ad agencies, you'd think, would be all over his stuff. Compositional strength and an overall unique look for this genre makes Bleep's work unlike anything else comparable in the city. Some of his drawn characters possess a certain monumentality to enforce the feeling of action while other diminutive figures fill the background, completing a story without words. The look is solid, but fluid and loose. Bleep's Web site,, is one of the best artist websites I have seen to date. It includes a forum with a " Diggin' Through the Crates" discussion board including topics in current comic issues, back issues and wanted issues. Bleep is setting a standard for cool and comics locally. Through January 2004; 317-251-2677. -Mary Lee Pappas

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