Signed by the artist with a full-page drawing of a smiling guy with his stump spurting blood!
Zonzo is the second collection of Joan Cornellà's comic strips, the book contains 48 single-page strips created between 2013-2015.
From the publisher:
His work have struck such a nerve on social media that his Facebook page has garnered over one million fan followers. A quick glance indicates why. Each single page strip is a wordless, full-color, hand-painted marvel of the comic strip form. That Cornellà's visually inviting artwork is in the service of his graphic sense of humor/horror only heightens the appeal. His strips are populated almost exclusively by smiling psychopaths who invariably turn even the most mundane situation into a side-splittling and cringe-inducing farce. Cornellà's humor mixes the absurdist comedy of Michael Kupperman with the transgressive, political incorrectness of Johnny Ryan.
The comic strips are essentially wordless; the only exception being the occasional sign or t-shirt slogan.
About the artist:
Joan Cornellà Vázquez (born 11 January 1981, Barcelona) is a cartoonist and illustrator famous for his unsettling, surreal humor and black humorous comic strips as well as artwork.
Cornellà's work has often been described as disturbing or flat-out offensive. Through simplistic visual language, he is able to use satire to comment on the sinister and often bleak side of human nature through a myriad of unconventional scenarios. Everything from our unnatural connection to social media and masturbatory selfie culture to political topics such as abortion, addiction and gender issues - no subject is off limits. Cornellà's work revels in its absurdity and impropriety.
Upon first glance, Cornellà's work seems light-hearted and playful, his figures all share a generic blank smile and bright cheery color palette (akin to 1950's advertising or Airline safety pamphlets) Upon further inspection however, the overwhelming morbidness and unnerving nature shines through with unparalleled force. Black comedy, at it's core, is about satirizing subjects that are traditionally prohibited, things that are seen as too sa-cred or off limits. Cornellà pokes fun at such topics and cuts to their core with gags and minimal visual clues, illustrating scenes of cannibalism, infanticide, deification, murder, suicide and amputation (used most frequently). While some feel affronted by his work, many connect over it, laughing and feeling bad for laughing all at the same time.
Thought-provoking, honest and incredibly entertaining, Cornellà's work is truly since-re and holds real potency in its message, even when disguised through blatant humor. In the artist's own words: "I think we all laugh at misery. We must start from the idea that when we laugh, we laugh at someone or something. With empathy or not, there is always some degree of cruelty. In spite of that, I am aware that if one of my cartoons happened in real life I would not laugh at all".
Cornellà's audience and fans share a certain level of skepticism and cynicism that unify their shared experience: "I agree with a phrase by Bill Hicks: I believe there is an equality to all humanity. We all suck.' In my comics characters are like plastic and always have a big smile even though horrible things happen to them constantly. Everything is exaggerated, although certain behaviours can relate to real life," he says.
''Even if Joan's plots can be hard to follow, his world is totally absorbing. When one finally gets the proper idea of it, shivers spread along one's spinal cord. After seeing too many toothpaste-ad smiling psychos in Joan's world, I became almost afraid of them in real life.'' - Aleksandra Waliszewska
''These pages are not only fun, they have a hypnotic beauty. I would breakdance dressed with the skin of all my loved ones in exchange for being able to draw something like this.'' - Paco Alcázar
''Joan Cornellà's funny characters are doing the wrong things at the wrong time for the wrong reasons and making everything right somehow.'' - Kaz
''Joan Cornellà's work fills me with envy, because it is amazing. A real cartooning genius.'' - Michael Kupperman