Conditions on the Ground weaves a graphic stream of consciousness with metaphysical atmospheres and a mystical cast of characters Kevin Hooyman s fantastically detailed comics elevate everyday situations into psychedelic self reflection and humorous revelations This gorgeous 360 page hardcover collects all 10 issues of Kevin s self published breakthrough series.
Conditions on the Ground Conditions on the Ground weaves a graphic stream of consciousness with metaphysical atmospheres and a mystical cast of characters Kevin Hooyman s fantastically detailed comics elevate everyday situati
The Conditions on the Ground: Strangely FascinatingUnfortunately, my library could not be convinced to order this collection of Kevin Hooyman’s entire, previously self-published (I think) comic-book series Conditions on the Ground. Did the title sound too dopey to them? I will never know, but both David and Mike rave about this book, so I had to bite the bullet and actually buy it – despite the fact that I had never even heard of Hooyman before reading their reviews. What can I say, isn’t [...]
I really, really liked this collection of the ten issues of Hooyman's individual comics by the same name. They really made me smile a lot. I read this book in part because of Mike's great and enthusiastic review that especially notices Hooyman's use of speech bubble construction. How often do you see a review (or comic, for that matter) highlighting speech bubbles as a cool and funny thing? But he's right: They seem to emanate out of speakers' mouths, never speaking to us, but only to each other [...]
I love the way Hooyman's speech balloons come from all the way inside his characters' mouths, like clouds of pot smoke, or like they're speaking from their innermost hearts. I love the way they never speak to the reader, only to each other, or themselves. I love his world of cryptids and hippies, wendigos and Winnebagos, where everyone is a seeker, but no one is a striver. I love Kevin Hooyman's work, and this extraordinary book.
changed how i see
I was totally unaware of Hooyman before reading this collection, so I went in with no expectations. He creates a strange little world that fluctuates between ordinary scenes of people driving, talking on cell phones, hanging out on porches, etc. to giant hairy beasts traipsing through forest-like environs or rowing boats in not-quite recognizable swampish lands. Sometimes the real and unreal are combined. The only steadfast rule is dialogue. Sometimes the people/creatures are talking to themselv [...]
Charmingly strange existential cartoon vignettes featuring a mixture of people, bigfoot-type things, and animals, describe a journey of contemplation of the self and the human predicament.Hooyman's drawing isn't perfect. It's better than that. It's scratchy and invitingly sweet. I can't describe it to the full extent because the small stories are more feelings than plots. If you're up for something a little bizarre but wonderful, this could be for you.
Stoner paradise. NOT stoner heaven (don't get the two confused). Everything a stoner needs is present, but they cannot live here forever.
looooooved every page of this. playful yet emotional, existential and focused.
Love this collection of issues from Hooyman. Very mythical, trippy and fantastical. A series of illustrations in which man questions himself and the idea of being alive.
OK. bad art. good insightsoner humor with a few hilarious bits mixed in.10% of this book was totally amazeballs. the other 90% was….t good.
interesting funny philosophical musings.
Extremely involved and in depth. Bizarre. The right teen will enjoy this, world is that wacky.