Crap Hound, for those who don’t know, is a zine featuring page after page of found black-and-white clipart. It is a true delight to quirky creative types like me. Boing Boing reports that issue #7, entitled Church and State, is now available for pre-order.
Following the path of least greed and selfishness*, the publishers of Crap Hound have offered up high-resolution (300dpi!) scans of nine pages from the new issue. If you love campy black-and-white illustrations as much as I do and you don’t have the cash to spare for the whole issue, you owe it to yourself to at least go download the free pages. They’re terrific.
I love this one. I love it because when I look at it I get a very definite feeling from it. Like all good art, it inspires thought. But what I find so completely awesome about this piece is that although it appears on the surface to be about looking to God for help living a life free from immorality, it is in fact a testament to the unquestionably carnal nature of humanity. The juxtaposition of various people praying interspersed with phrases like “Whoremonger” and “Filthy Talk” is disturbingly expositive.
Of course, the first thing to jump out at you here is the giant sign depicting Uncle Sam promoting AmericanISM. It’s the only “ism” worthy of loyalty, dontchaknow, which is interesting considering that, unlike other “isms” such as egalitarianism and mutualism, the definition of “Americanism” will vary wildly depending on who you ask.
But the real reward on this page is granted when one’s eye finally circles around to the bottom right corner. There, we find an uncharacteristically happy Uncle Sam showering everyone from farmer to housewife to 1930s gangsters with countless riches. That big cone coming out from between Unc’s legs is a cornucopia, but it’s also a giant gaping penis named “Prosperity” delivering the mother of all money-shots. I think there’s a hidden message in there somewhere, perhaps about the methods by which America prospers, but I can’t be certain.
Check out the rest at BoingBoing. Some of the Democrat/Republican artwork is priceless.
*I’m fucking spitting that in your general direction, Viacom, you seven-headed, talent-devouring demon.