Fresh Ink: The Art of Max Clotfelter
I discovered Max’s comics at this year’s Jet City Comic Show, back in September. His table was covered in handmade cross-hatched mini comics. Some were only a page or two long, others full-length stories, but all contained thought-provoking imagery and composition. Many of his comics are surrealist works with no words.
Since I first saw Max’s work, I’ve noticed his zines and art around town, most notably as the poster art for the first Seattle Short Run Small Press Fest. He has a gritty, low-brow style that shows influences from some of Seattle’s comic talent, such as Jim Woodring or Tony Millionaire, as well as classic underground comix. His comics range from abstract, composed scenes to short stories, and the latter often include violent or graphic imagery.
Max seems content to self publish and print most of his work without seeking a larger audience. I can see the appeal in absolute creative control, but I hope he gains wider distribution so more people can enjoy his intricately detailed art. Something tells me he won’t have to go far out of his way to find a publisher. Check out his blog to see more of his great work.
Images via MaxClotfelter.blogspot