Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Kremos AKA Niso Ramponi

Here are ten cartoons by Italian superstar GGA (Good Girl Art) cartoonist Kremos.

I was first introduced to Kremos via Craig Yoe's Arflover's Blog (Kremos is featured in Craig's ARF FORUM book) and Shane Glines' Cartoon Retro site.

Aside from his obvious talent at drawing women, look at the way he composed the drawing above. From left to right: cop, girl, smashed car, husband. You have the whole story laid out. It's no wonder that he would open an animation studio outside Rome in the next decade.

It's the physics of all that mass on those tiny highheels that fascinates me!

Above: even though the background is made up of portions of items (corners of posters, a bit of a car, a building, a few squiggles for clouds), you get a strong sense of place.

The cartoons are from 2 books BEST CARTOONS FROM ABROAD 1955 AND EST CARTOONS FROM ABROAD 1956, both edited by Lawrence Lariar and Ben Roth and copyright those years by same.

Niso Ramponi would, after years, eventually stop using the pen name "Kremos" to avoid confusion and possible litigation with an Italian artist by the same name. More about Ramponi at Warren Leonhardt's blog.

To paraphrase the Roger Rabbit line: the girls may not be bad, but they sure are drawn that way.

I see a little bit of Frank Thorne in some of the art, and that's high praise. After years drawing comic books, he's now a featured cartoonist in Playboy.

Sure, the jokes are not the best, but here's a guy where style overshadows the gag.

I hope that Bill Maoi and Rico Renzi are able to produce the book of Kremos that's announced here.


Mark Anderson said...

Wooooooow! Wowee wow WOW!

This stuff is just amazing!!!

Jeffrey Meyer said...

Wow, this stuff is extraordinary, thanks.

spino said...

He was teacher at my school! it nice to know that he was also appreciated outside italy...

william wray said...

great never heard of him. Now I have to get an original somehow.