Though comic books have achieved widespread acceptance thanks to movie adaptations, enjoying their art can be difficult, what with the medium's relatively small format, and the incessant mocking laughter of everyone around you, because reading them's still for herbs. Enjoy said art bigger, and alone in your home, thanks to James Jirat Patradoon.
Born in Thailand and raised in Sydney, JJP creates seriously rad pop paintings featuring his own renegade comic book-ish characters, which he slaps onto limited-edition, hand-pulled screenprints you can proudly display on your wall until your mom throws them out. Almost universally 30 x 42", and made in tiny batches (between three and seven), candy-hued works include a series featuring a leather jacketed, spandex-masked vigilante alternately shooting laser guns (entitled Space Adventure), cradling a felled sidekick (Bastards), and wearing suspenders and a tie while wielding a crowbar (Untitled); there's also a close-up of a brutally battered hero's face, which JJP claims is inspired by Doom 2's health meter and a Rocky marathon, 'cause "he would always be really messed up and it wouldn't be scary...because heroic music was playing". B&W's include two faceless characters in police-style fur collared leather jackets; a gritty, from-behind closeup of a dude tightly lacing up a Batman-style mask inspired by the artist's love of "suiting up scenes"; and a one-eyed, cigarette-smoking gorilla with a popped collar behind the words "Master Meat", in which the gorilla represents Adam, sent to earth by giant intergalactic space apes to evolve into man...so Scientology?
There're also two smaller options: a Warhol-esque repetition of a splattered, screaming masked man, and the same dude holding a fallen partner and still screaming -- probably the best way to drown out everyone laughing at a grown man wearing tights.