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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Krazy Killers Comic Art Uses Krazy Katakana Alphabets

Here's another cool piece of art that I found on Deviant Art (HERE). It was created by David Hartman (aka sideshowmonkey) of California in the US of A.

He says he simply wanted t create a well-worn comic book with a look and feel o something creepy from the 1930s, and for some reason populated it with Japanese alphabets.

Despite Hartman calling the comic book art Krazy Killers, rest assured that any of you Japanese language guys aren't having a stroke... the alphabets used by Hartman are just gobbledygook and don't spell out any known words.

He says - if you care to search the comments section - that he just chose letters that looked cool.

While I think the art is awesome, Hartman denigrates himself and his craft by being lazy, in my opinion.

By choosing nonsensical pretty Japanese alphabets, he shows that he is afflicted with what I have come across all too often in the comic book field as a writer - the lazy artist syndrome.

Seriously... some alphabets look prettier or more interesting than others?


What he has done instead is since he was too damn lazy to find out what the Japanese equivalent of 'Krazy Killers' is, he cheapens his own work.

Now... he's not the only one to be guilty of this - I recall seeing MANY professional comic book stories in the 1960s or 1970s with fake Japanese in it. While the artists back then could perhaps be excused because they didn't have the Internet readily available... they could have gone to a library or asked someone at a Japanese cultural center for some help. 

Hartamn? I don't buy his excuse that he chose pretty letters. What he did was be too damn lazy to look up the proper letters himself. I mean... he obviously found SOME Japanese letters... so why not go the additional step to find the right letters?

In my opinion, he cheapened his own work.

Hartman sought realism in his efforts to create a 1930's style torn comic book (see tear in bottom right corner), but did not go far enough in his realism to get real alphabets.

It's a damn fine bit of art, however.

Andrew Joseph


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