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Sunday, January 30, 2022

RAW on John Thompson; Thompson on RAW

Via Martin Wagner's website, we get Robert Anton Wilson's introduction to Cosmic Trigger artist John Thompson's Book of Dreams:

"When And/Or Press informed me they had hired John to illustrate my book Cosmic Trigger I was thrilled as a cat getting loose in a tuna factory. If And/Or hat managed to bring back Blake to illustrate my text my text by means of necromancy I wouldn’t have been more thrilled. John Thompson is the contemporary American Blake: An artist of such technical versatility and mythic-magic-mystic intuition that leafing through his work is like a guided tour through heaven, hell, and the collective unconscious and the past and future terrestrial & extraterrestrial evolution."

See also this interview with Thompson (hat tip, RAW Semantics on Twitter) in which Thompson discusses his love of Blake, his opinions on RAW, etc. 


Rarebit Fiend said...

I think this is the most I've ever read about John Thomposon. His illustrations in Cosmic Trigger do well by Blake's legacy.

Hugh said...

Thank you for sharing this, Tom! So glad to know a little bit about John Thompson as I'm crazy for his illustrations in CT.