Michael C. Hsiung

Published May 14, 2009 by Graham



Dapper seafaring gents, mermen, centaurs, soldiers and saints: these are the anachronistic subjects of Michael C. Hsiung’s curious doodles. Idiosyncratically mixing erudite references to obscure folklore with deadpan humor and unexpected romance, Hsiung’s treatment of epic olde thyme mythology is as sarcastic as it is tender. Fond of accenting his illustrations with long-winded titles like, “A scene in which the street performer with six fingers may or may not need the passerbyer’s help to untangle himself,” and “Whereupon uncertain events befell, the baby angora unicorn mourns the man with the broken neck,” Hsiung provides teasingly brief glimpses through his work to the vast fantasy world that seems to have taken root within his imagination, revealing itself one rad picture at a time.

Check out Hsiung’s latest drawing, “On the levitation of the boy named Peter,” which the artist has generously made available as a free PDF for recession-battered print collectors.

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3 comments so far

  1. L.A. RECORD says:

    he’s the best! and he draws a killer tortoise.

  2. seth says:

    yay mike! we went to college together in san jose, and i nominate him for the “raddest guy who totally deserves success” award.

  3. progosk says:

    old thyme humour = myrrhth?