Comicsphere: Cholly & Flytrap by Arthur Suydam

cholly and flytrap I originally came across the weird and wonderful world of Cholly and Flytrap, two odd characters living life against a post-apocalyptic background on some  alien planet, in a magazine put out by Manga that included The Light AndDark Wars, Akira, The Castle of Cagliostro and The Last American. It was a wonderfully eclectic magazine and started off a hunt for me to colect the originals of most of the titles collected therein. If I remember correctly it also represent my first connection with Tank Girl, which was still being drawn by Jamie Hewlett at the time. Cholly and Flytrap, drawn by Arthur Suydam, is something of a cult phenomenon. He made his name drawing Conan and is considered by many to be the quintessential artist on tha strip. He was also regularly featured in the seminal Heavy Metal magazine. If you pick up some of the trades, or the 3 issue mini-series you won’t be disappointed — the aren’t the easiest things to track down but if there is one breed of human that is capable of rising to the challenge it is a comic fan that is after something to complete his collection. The artwork will seduce you — the stories, sometimes simplistic, sometimes elliptic, but always guaranteed to be slightly off-kilter, will draw you back again and again to fathom out what exactly the fuck is going on. expand your mind and your bookshelf: you won’t regret it.

3 Replies to “Comicsphere: Cholly & Flytrap by Arthur Suydam”

  1. For some reason the Radical Comics edition has some strange edits – the dialogue has been changed to suggest that the alien characters are just people in costumes, some nudity has been removed, and one lead character repeatedly claims that he’s ‘a girl’ where previously he did not. Seems to be an effort to remove the homosexual relationship from the book, which is a bit on the disturbing side…

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