Over the course of 2016, with the American presidential election looming ever-larger, Mark Thomas Gibson wondered: Why are there no utopias? Why are we no longer striving to create one? He began drawing at his kitchen table in search of answers to the question of the long-lost quest for utopia. Early Retirement begs the crucial question: how do we find the strength to come together against relentless adversity in the USA? Narrated by a shadowy figure from American history, the book revolves around Mr. Wolfson, a werewolf and Doomsday prophet in New York City, and The Drummer, one of the three heralds of the Apocalypse. Gibson’s personal lens on American culture stems from his viewpoint as an artist, a black male, a professor at Yale University, an American history buff and comic book nerd. All this fuels his exploration of American culture through the high and low visual languages of painting and comics to reveal a narrative that spells out our fabricated destruction. Thanks to Edition Patrick Frey (Zurich).
328 pages, 34.5 x 23.2 cm, softcover, Edition Patrick Frey (Zurich).