‘Picasso with a broken arm’

12 October 2011

Reaction to my ‘minimalist’ period was, to say the least, unfavourable. Not much work around after The Howler! But I do still laugh whenever I think of the above review.


17 Responses to “‘Picasso with a broken arm’”

  1. I was in the minority and loved Howler hadn’t seen your work in awhile and it was a refreshing change oddly I think if it had been an unknown artist it would have been treated more favourably.

  2. Robert Ball Says:

    Funny. I remember it coming out at the time and absolutely loving it and I still rate it amongst your best. Was this around the time of your Tank Girl Deadline cover ?.

    When you think about it, Picasso with a broken arm ain’t so bad!

  3. Glenn Broadway Says:

    I loved your minimalist period!

  4. mzungusi Says:

    I liked the Howler. It was amazing to see just how far it could be pared down. For a comic that thrived on a sense of artistic experimentation , 2000AD can be very conservative.

  5. paulmhd Says:

    Loved it then, love it now.

  6. I chose this as my fave Meg strip when Matt Smith asked the question of contributors for a feature. I cited the Picasso comment in my reply ( which still makes me smile too).:0)


  7. I love this period of your work. I aspire to being “Picasso with a broken arm”!

  8. Gordon Tait Says:

    As paulmhd put it – Loved it then, love it now! You never fail to deliver and then some Mr. McMahon. I think I was ten when I discovered your work for the first time and it blew my mind. I’m forty two now and every time you deliver something new (which isn’t nearly as often as I would like) you do it again!
    “Picasso with a broken arm”…BRILLIANT! I wish someone would say something like that about my work.

  9. mzungusi Says:

    Yea! Picasso with a broken arm was still freakin’ PICASSO!

  10. paul ashley brown Says:

    Dear Mr McMahon

    I loved your work around this time. It seemed to me, that you’d perfected something close to pure cartooning. As other commenters have said, it was pared down, minimal, no extra or unnecessary lines,these wonderful, simple direct shapes, every element there solely to tell and move the story. I remember when I saw the first part just smiling and laughing because of the sheer minimal brilliance, not to mention the fact the story was very funny, and very visually witty. If only there were more “Picasso with a broken arm” moments in comics, the medium might be far more exciting.

    I’ve long admired your brilliance, your willingness to take risks and not stay stylistically still, for want of a better phrase,and your work has always been a huge inspiration to me. It’s an absolute joy to be following these entries, and I look forward to seeing the new Tank Girl pages.

  11. paul ashley brown Says:

    Sorry to go on (it’s hard not to !)

    But the Dredd image above. A whole face described in one shape and two lines, and it could only be Dredd. Absolute genius.

  12. Matt Badham Says:

    Hate to jump on a bandwagon, but all your art — and especially your minimalist stuff — is ace!!!

  13. Steve Simms-Luddington Says:

    More bandwagon jumping – when I was in my early teens I couldn’t get enough of the stuff you were doing on The Last American, Mutomaniac, Hellraiser, the Megazine etc etc. Kevin O’Neill was also doing some interesting stuff on Marshal Law back then and to my eyes you were both streets ahead of anyone else.

    Really good to see you back doing more brilliant innovative stuff that’s as far removed from what you were doing then as that stuff was from your early Dredd strips. The new Tank Girl book is stunning and its good to know you’ve got more stuff in the pipeline.

  14. Martin Buckingham Says:

    We’re droolin’ for your Tankie!

  15. Briany Najar Says:

    Django Reinhart had two broken fingers.

    And the minimalist stuff was ace.
    I’d say Klee, rather than Picasso.

    Not really.
    It’s McMahon, innit.
    Drawing Dredd, as the crow flies.

  16. I heart The Howler [but then, I did commission it]. To me, the only issue was the lack of gutter space between panels, as that made it more challenging for unimaginative minds to read. Otherwise? Class.

  17. gallian Says:

    Bit late on this, sir, but…
    HOWLER was the game changer for me, like others have said, the barest, most minimal approach to comics ever, was then, and is now, the bravest, and in my opinion the best work you’ve done.
    LOTDK, TATTERED BANNERS, MUTO… I finally came back to comics a couple of years ago… And 2015 will see a full blown strip, very much informed by your ‘horrible’ minimalist period.
    Thank you very much, sir!

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