Critical Mass - A Shodowline Saga, art by Kyle Baker (1990)
Critical Mass - A Shodowline Saga (1990)

Kyle Baker is the author of the successful graphic novels 'You are Here', 'Why I Hate Saturn', 'The Cowboy Wally Show' and 'I Die at Midnight'. His cartoons is appeared in big journals and magazines such as The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone and New York Magazine. For this last magazine he illustrated the weekly 'Bad Publicity' strip for three years. He began his career in the 1980s, drawing for a great many comics companies. Among his earliest credits are Marvel's 'Spider-Man' and 'New Mutants'.

Dick Tracy, art by Kyle Baker (1990)
Dick Tracy (1990)

Other comics work was published by Deluxe/Lodestone (1985), DC (1986-91), Dolphin/Doubleday (1988), New Comics Group (1989), Titan Books (1989), Piranha Press/DC (1990), Valiant (1990), First (1990-91), and Dark Horse (1994). He has done Disney adventure strips, as well as comic adaptations of 'Through the Looking-glass' and the 'Dick Tracy' movie. Baker has been awarded with the Harvey Award and the Eisner Award, and has also been working in the animation field.

In 1990 the U.S. avant-garde band The Residents released the album 'Freak Show' (1990), which spawned a 1992 comic book adaptation, 'The Residents' Freak Show' (Dark Horse Comics) in which Brian Bolland, John Bolton, Charles Burns, Matt Howarth, Dave McKean, Pore No Graphics, Edwin "Savage Pencil" Pouncey and Richard Sala all visualized one of the songs into a comic strip. Les Dorscheid provided colouring. Burns illustrated the book cover, while Baker illustrated the song 'Tex the Barker'. A limited hard-cover special was made too, sold with a 13-minute CD titled 'Blowoff', inspired by songs from 'Freak Show'. Two years later an eponymous CD-rom followed, with a cover illustrated by Richard Sala. In 1995 The Residents released another CD-rom, 'Bad Day on the Midway' (1995). The project was originally proposed as a TV series script in collaboration with David Lynch, but eventually these plans fell through. The CD-rom features visual designs by cartoonists like Leigh Barbier, Steve Cerio, Ronald M. Davis, Georganne Deen, Poe Dismuke, Bill Domonokos, Doug Fraser, Peter Kuper, Dave McKean, Pore No Graphics, Jonathon Rosen and Richard Sala - who visualized the song 'Oscar's Story'. A companion book was released the same year, followed by a soundtrack album the next year and a novel in 2012. Another cartoonist who once made a comic book about the Residents is Adam Weller.

Why I Hate Saturn, art by Kyle Baker
Why I Hate Saturn

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