Posts Tagged ‘Afrodisiac’

Crazy, Sexy, Cool: Jim Rugg’s and Brian Maruca’s Afrodisiac

Posted by on June 30th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
On the back cover of this book—at dead center—you see a well-built, large black man with a huge mushroom-shaped afro. Surrounding him on this cover are illustrations of a giant bug, a UFO, God, Dracula, the devil, a lion, preacher and Hercules, not to mention several “foxy” women. This montage is overlaid with an embossed silhouette of a nude women, a shout-out to the infamous trucker mud flap so popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s. The back cover summarizes the book’s multiple plots and functions similarly to a mise-en-abyme, a postmodern technique of using an art piece within another piece of art to provide commentary for the larger work’s structure and purpose. Indeed, this cover represents the beautiful chaos of Afrodisiac.