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Title: O'Dork's Nonogon Adventure
Sub-title: YODi & The Nonogon Nomads
By (author): Pete Kennedy (aka Danny O'Cinneide) B/Ed Hons, MA in 'Art of the Book'
ISBN10-13: 095042675X : 9780950426754
Format: Paperback
Size: 295x210mm
Pages: 112
Weight: .262 Kg.
Published: Apulhed Originals - March   2021
List Price: 25.00 Pounds Sterling
Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 40
Subjects: Fantasy : Religious & spiritual fiction : Graphic novels : Graphic novels: literary & memoirs
The Nonogon Story tells the tale of Daniel O'Dork aka YODi who came from the Northern English town of Brunlea, an aspiring young artist in 1969 who began creating strange characters. These ‘comic characters' gradually became quite important in his life; one of them he named Apulhed became his alter-ego. By 1999 he had more than ten personages that he made sculptures of, exhibiting them at Colchester Library in January 2000. As the New Millennium began, YODi (now a Middle Aged Dork, MAD) had a strange dream that he went to Arizona to meet the Hopi people who hold ceremonies in underground pits called kivas. YODi looked around the kiva and saw many people from his own past there; it seemed he was in an extraordinary meeting peopled by his lifelong friends, comic book heroes, and Old Souls. He saw he is part of The Nonogon Nomads (a Cosmic Tribe who travel in a Nine Sided Craft called The Nonogon). The Nonomads were gathering to take on the Vainglorious Arch-Villain BeeHellZeeBug before his forces take over the Universe! Look inside to see how they manage to control the Beast.
About The Author:
Pete began writing almost by accident in those days at the start of his life at college 300 miles away from his home town. He was lonely among the crowd and began writing down his thoughts with a view to writing some poetry to enter a fresher's competition (which he never did but his writing had begun). Two years after leaving college he turned his journal notes into his first self-published book, Apul-One. As it was full of his own peculiar words spelt in a personal phonetic style he noticed many people couldn't decipher it so he left his day job to re-write it. Forty years later he published The Shrewd Idiot. This was really a work of art, not literature and in 2020 he embarked on turning it into a more readable book which he also cut by a third. This became A Great Fool. In the meantime he also produced three books about the travels in the imagination of his alter-ego Daniel O'Dork the writing in which was more sparse. These three books later became O'Dork's Nonogon Adventure.
Reviews:
"Pete Kennedy is a phenomenon. He is the only illustrator I know whose artwork is completely unique, coming, as it does, from deep within, uninfluenced by the artistic styles of others. His work is a labour of love, closer to conceptual art than conventional illustration, and his deep commitment to it has spanned decades. His books are an open door into a world unlike any you've seen before." - Bryan Talbot Graphic Novelist, Eisner Award winner
"In all his books Pete mixes poetry, imagination, image, reality & surreal. I feel like I'm moving fast when I'm reading his books. Grabbing a beautiful phrase here, pausing on fabulous drawing there, being whisked off to a strange place, then he brings me back to my own identity before hurling me off into another world. It's exciting. It's both a real and an unreal. I loved the O'Dork books." - Gary Malkin, Former Archivist at BALTIC Art Centre.
"There are many exciting drawings of YODi's early automatic technique (SCIMs/Sub Conscious Images), where fantastical characters and symbols seep out of his mind and squirm around on the paper, interlocking and writhing with arms becoming faces, legs becoming creatures in a maelstrom of dancing shapes. This is reminiscent of the images made on walls by Ancient Egyptians except these reflect the wandering mind-set of late 20th Century man so well documented by C J Jung rather than the stabilised images of the Nile culture. He thinks in art forms; dances and whirls to the music of the Creative Unconscious. Part 2 follows YODi into the realm of the Collective Unconscious, where he uses his developing artistic techniques to draw and paint the mystical visions of peoples and seers. We see a fluid use of portraiture reaching into the minds of the sitters, together with caricatures of alter-egos, imps, dolls, and powers of these people. He portrays a kind of anthropological imagining of their cultures and myths then he develops his own fantasy play enacted by his Nonogon Nomads. Some of these are based upon Pete Kennedy's real-life friends and the seers that he has read about, assuming powers now, like the mystical tribes. The positioning of these spiritual forces in a geographic template is like a weather map of winds, or a gravitational force field which can be skewed around planets. Each planet here being one of his mystic beings" - Duncan Walker
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