HUGES, Bart and Eveline [van Dijk]. Arnold Slak & de Slow Sisters op weg / Licht uit de put / Een wetenschappelijke sekte…? / Gnōthi seauton: Ken uzelf erken uw oude engrammen.

(Amsterdam): Stichting Onafhankelijk Denken, 1978. First edition. Quarto. Four volumes. The complete set of these incredibly scarce, and bizarre comics that incorporated Bart Huges theories. Drawn by Eveline Van Dijk, in a psychedelic underground comix style, the story features Arnold, a snail who lives in the country “Langzaamanië” (literally translated: “Slowmania”). One day he starts giving all members of his species shells to live in, only to actively encourage everybody to “drill a hole in their houses”, because it will make them “much happier, just like himself.” Soon all of his family members, including his children, join him to have their houses drilled. Although they manage to convince many people Arnold still notices he hasn’t reached all of them. This prompts him to make an “educational” comic book, which his kids are willing to draw for him, implying this comic in question was made by them. Its not ultimately clear if the comics were meant for adult or young readers and sales were poor and thus now rare, WorldCat one complete set in the Netherlands and one in the US (Michigan State University). All issues in near fine condition in stapled wrappers.


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