I watched a lot of cartoons and movies. I draw incessantly and carry a sketchbook everywhere. I work in animation and self-publish my books. There are monsters in the streets, don't wear red. Mad bulls and monsters hate that color. I still watch cartoons.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Carlos Nine

Finally a website! I've been hoarding all his books I can get my hands on for a while now. There's still one or two extant. Besides it feels too much like a christmas present you don't open till later--I'm still marinading in the pages of the ones I do have. But a gift arrives anyway. He has a website now.

This image and the one directly below is from his website. There's a lot more there. Copyrights obviously belong to Carlos Nine.

The work of Carlos Nine (pronounced, Nin-ye, as the ever helpful Geof Darrow informs me) is from an alternate world that appears to have been a duplicate of ours except that it's perpetually the late 1900's and it's been tossed into a blender, sloshed and left to recombine itself to continue the stage play of the ages. Human anatomy is of sideshow proportions or is outright fused to ornate household objects; animals talk and walk upright in cartoon convention as well as have anatomically correct human parts (I mean, even them bits o' question), and...well, it's downright unsettling and magnificently genius.

An unpredictable and perplexing storyteller, Nine defies classification. When I asked Joann Sfar how it was to work with Carlos Nine on a Donjon book he has glowing things to say of the opportunity, though he was very surprised with what he got back. "I mean, this is Carlos Nine! Of course, you don't tell Carlos Nine what to do." It was apparently already a coup to have him do a book for them at all.

His work lends itself well to animation, albeit the rather out there kind. Something we don't have enough of, I say. Les Troilets is just that. Apparently done as a collaboration between Carlos and son, Lucas, this frantic madhouse tale in the rubber hose style of character design and animation is a wild musical romp that reminds me of the Triplets de Beville newsreel sequence--only hopped up on speed.

His work just makes me feel so conventional and earthbound but at the same time I'm grateful for artists like Nine who thresh out the far and remote reaches of their mindscapes, allowing us the ease of being able to simply casually drop in.

Carlos Nine website
Station Delta featuring Les Troilets
Lambiek entry on Carlos Nine

Actually, Stuart Ng has a page devoted to Carlos Nine. Visit here.

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Blogger Uncle Phil said...

Thanks for the heads up Ronnie. Carlos Nine is probably the single most inspirational artists I've come across (for me anyway).

....I'm only missing one book that I know of, and it's only taken me 4 years to track down the ones I have.

10:44 PM

Blogger Tom said...

I am so glad Mr. Nine's site is finally up and running. I don't have many of his books so it's nice to have a place to view some of his works.

He really is one of the most unique artists in the world, his creativity is truly inspiring.

7:59 AM

Blogger Grant said...

Yes, he has been a favorite of mine since I discovered his work a few years ago. Thanks for the heads up on the website!

Also, can't wait to pick up the 3 trees book!

8:19 PM

Blogger Lee-Roy said...

Looks like really interesting stuff. I wasn't aware of him before, so thanks for the introduction! Of the images you posted here, I'm especially drawn to the sculpture, for some reason. I think I've been itching to do a little myself.

12:41 AM

Blogger Sandra Khoo said...

WOW WOOWW! He's an absolute genius! Thanx very much for sharing this gem,Ronnie!

1:16 AM

Blogger Meesimo said...

Wonderful news! Thanks for sharing.
His work has been blowing my mind since I stumbled across it.
The awesome Stuart Ng has a few Nine books available in his excellent book store.

8:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This short animation was directed and animated by Lucas Nine. The funds are Carlos.

It's in youtube:

11:45 AM

Blogger Lucas Nine said...

Actually, the spanish word 'fondos' (which I think appears in Les Triolets credits card) mean 'backgrounds'. This is what Carlos did in Les Triolets (and the design in some characters).
Les Triolets (named as the french polka we used as soundtrack) was exhibited in Annecy Festival in 2002...

5:16 AM

Blogger Don Coker said...

I just discovered Carlos. Glad I did! Great stuff!

8:37 PM


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