Mark Beyer (comics)

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Mark Beyer (born October 8, 1950) is a self-taught American artist and former cartoonist. His comics were known for their bleak story lines, often featuring death, disfigurement, depression, and humiliation, which contrasted with his self-taught, geometric drawing style. Most of his stories were about the adventures of a codependent yet resentful couple named Amy and Jordan. Beyer made one final comic strip for the summer 2012 issue of the British magazine ArtReview.

Biography[edit]

Beyer is originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. He is a self-taught, outsider artist whose work has appeared in Raw Vision magazine.

Beyer's work was prominently featured in all but two issues (#3 and 4) of Raw magazine. He has also been published in New York Press and New Musical Express. Beyer also had a recurring animated short series on MTV's Liquid Television (The Adventures of Thomas and Nardo); and a 1995 movie by Gregg Araki, The Doom Generation, was loosely based on the Amy and Jordan strips.

He has also produced cover artwork, including Xman and *** by Michael Brodsky, T-shirts and posters for John Zorn and the New York Downtown avant-garde music scene. In particular the cover and inserts for Zorn's tribute to Ornette Coleman Spy vs Spy (1989) and a popular Naked City T-shirt.

Although he mostly works solo, Beyer has collaborated with writer Alan Moore.

Books[edit]

  • A Disturbing Evening and Other Stories. Allentown, PA: Mark Beyer, 1978. OCLC 36752209.
  • Manhattan. New York: Raw Books, 1978.
  • Dead Stories. Allentown, PA: Mark Beyer, 1982. OCLC 37763474.
  • Agony. New York: Raw Books, 1987. ISBN 0-394-75442-5.
  • Agony. Augsburg: MaroVerlag, 1992. German translation.
  • Amy + Jordan. Paris: Sketch Studio, 1993.
  • Amy + Jordan. Augsburg: MaroVerlag, 1996.
  • We're Depressed. Sudbury, MA: Water Row Press, 1999. ISBN 0-934953-65-1.
  • Amy and Jordan. New York: Pantheon, 2004. ISBN 0-375-42270-6.

Zines[edit]

This list may not be complete.

  • Mark Beyer. Death. PA: Mark Beyer, 1980.
  • Mark Beyer. Amy and Jordan at Beach lake. PA: Mark Beyer, 1983.
  • Mark Beyer and Emilia Brintnall. Pain Parade. Edition of 250.[n 2]
  • Mark Beyer. Pooooo. Liancourt: CBO Éditions, 1996. Edition of 150.
  • Mark Beyer. Lost Faces. Zürich, 2000. Edition of 350.[n 3]
  • Gary Panter and Mark Beyer. Panter versus Beyer. Liancourt: CBO Éditions, 2003. Edition of 100. OCLC 907799569.
  • Mark Beyer. Ne'er-do-wellers. Trapset Zines, 2017. Edition of 200.[n 4]
  • Mark Beyer. 2016–17. Marseille: Le Dernier Cri, 2017. Edition of 500.[n 5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Description of the reissue of Raw by its publisher.
  2. ^ Description of Pain Parade at a retailer.
  3. ^ Description of Lost Faces at a retailer.
  4. ^ Description of Ne'er-do-wellers by its publisher.
  5. ^ Description of 2016–17 by its publisher.

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