Sunday Funnies: Bezonki

Bezonki Ann Arbor comics

Bezonki Ann Arbor comics

Bezonki Ann Arbor comics

Bezonki Ann Arbor comics

Bezonki Ann Arbor comics

Bezonki Ann Arbor comics

Bezonki Ann Arbor comics

Bezonki Ann Arbor comics

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  1. June 5, 2011 at 9:25 am | permalink

    Bezonki commentary on the process of making public art.

  2. By zanzerbar
    June 5, 2011 at 9:58 am | permalink

    I would suggest that you give Mr. Bezonki a rest. To me, his works make absolutely no sense. ( that is my humble opinion )
    Give some of the up and coming artists from the Neutral Zone the opportunity to shine.

  3. By cosmonıcan
    June 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm | permalink

    Surrealism does not have to make “sense”. Although if it disturbs you, it may have achieved it’s goal.

  4. By Rod Johnson
    June 5, 2011 at 10:28 pm | permalink

    There’s a person who doesn’t appreciate something, so that means everyone has to give it up.

  5. By Matt Hampel
    June 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm | permalink

    Bezonki for president!

  6. By Jeff H
    June 6, 2011 at 11:24 am | permalink

    Can one of the “surrealists” please explain this strip?

  7. By cosmonıcan
    June 6, 2011 at 11:46 am | permalink

    Sir, explaining this to you would be like explaining Zen Buddism to Cotton Mather…or cotton candy to an octopus.

  8. By Eric Wucherer
    June 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm | permalink

    Boy cosmonican, way to “be generous” to Jeff H… I don’t understand what he did to be compared with Cotton Mather. Not that I’d compare Bezonki with Zen Buddhism – Zen Buddhism is at least taught by its masters, not hoarded smugly; I’ve appreciated comments on previous Bezonkis supplying some direction (Ed is somewhat helpful in this regard).

  9. By cosmonıcan
    June 8, 2011 at 9:37 pm | permalink

    I did not mean to offend anyone, though he clearly refuses to grasp the point that surrealism is inexplicable. I would propose that those who teach Zen think about it too much, doing is better; but explaining Surrealism is as impossible as defining the limits of infinity, it is meant to be an expression of free formed thought without meaning. A famous Zen koan has a master being asked by a novice: “What is Nirvana?,” he answers “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” Of course the answer to both questions is: “Nothing.”

    With that I will endorse Rod’s sentiment in comment #4. If you don’t like Bezonki, then ignore it.

  10. By Rod Johnson
    June 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm | permalink

    Ever notice how just about every story on will have some commenter saying “why is this news?” Complaining about Bezonki reminds me of that.

  11. By Eric Wucherer
    June 10, 2011 at 10:01 am | permalink

    Thanks cosminican for the thoughts. I disagree with you on a couple of points though. For someone to reach a certain level as a Zen student, it helps to learn from a teacher who is not being a good Zen practitioner – however, beyond a certain level they can only learn from a Zen master who teaches by example (if anybody). So there’s a place for teachers in Zen, and I don’t think it’s realistic or fair to say that surrealism is beyond that.

    Also, by “answering” both questions as you did, you’re not only incorrect but possibly misinforming others who might otherwise have learned something there…

  12. By abc
    June 10, 2011 at 11:51 am | permalink

    “… surrealism is inexplicable.” Really

    “… it is meant to be an expression of free formed thought without meaning.” Really

    First of all I am not sure that I want to label Bezonki as Surreal. I think Mr. Jones is informed by Surrealism but I think he is also informed by other things.

    That said, Surrealism is explicable and has meaning, as a matter of fact the Surrealists wrote a manifesto, more than one in fact, explaining their explorations. Surrealist works do not (may not) have obvious narratives. They may very well have multiple narratives. The Surrealist movement was an anti-art movement where the accidental or purposeful juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated things was enjoyed and embraced. Inspired by the work of Freud and his study of dreams and free association, the Surrealists believed that art had become too contrived.

    What Surrealism allows and desires, and maybe this is how Mr. Jones wants Bezonki to be viewed, is for the viewer to interpret the work. Look at their exquisite corpse drawings; there is not one interpretation; there are many. Every viewer is welcome to have their own.

  13. June 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm | permalink

    After all this commentary about Surrealists,Zen practitioners,Nirvana, Cotton Mather etc.NO one has attempted to explain (interpret) this strip.

    Give some of the up and coming artists from the Neutral Zone the opportunity to shine!

  14. By abc
    June 13, 2011 at 10:10 am | permalink

    Mr(s). Zanzerbar,

    On both of your visits to this thread you wrote the same thing (although the second version sported an exclaimation point). However it seems that on neither of those visits did you read the very first comment; it is an attempt to explain (interpret) this strip.

  15. By zanzerbar
    June 13, 2011 at 11:53 am | permalink

    A attempt.

  16. By Rod Johnson
    June 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm | permalink

    OK, that’s a little surreal right there.

  17. By Rod Johnson
    June 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm | permalink

    For what it’s worth, I like Bezonki for the colors, for the widgets, for a linework, for the inventive use of standard cartoon iconography, for the outlandish settings and the sheer zaniness of the drawing. Panel 3 is a great example–a pair of overlaid spiral doodles gives you a vivid, pulsing, glaring sun, the raised…antlers, and the iconic sweat drops and eyebrow action lines show you his excitement (consternation? arousal?), and there’s a bizarre bong/perfume bottle/drink container/lamp widget enigmatically placed on a pedestal just to keep things interesting. And the colors! It’s like Paul Klee was hired to produce the Sunday version of “Nancy.” I don’t care what it “means,” it’s cool.