Here's the first version as seen in his book, Breakfast of Champions :. My mind naturally turned to my first real teachers. They were screened on 30 x 22 inches paper, roughly the size of most of the graphics, all signed in pencil by Vonnegut. The one on the left has a cleanly geometric head, and appears to have a small round body and tripod legs, like Salo, the Tralfamadorian robot in The Sirens of Titan. I got this when I turned eighteen because I wanted to do something stupid and impulsive, but not entirely uncharacteristic of me. As in some of Vonnegut's earlier drawings, what appear to be two faces may be one plus its reflection.
Let's crawl inside a giant water balloon and fill it with water until it pops. The mouse hole in the skirting seems a characteristically whimsical touch. The minimal use of color emphasizes whiteness and negative space, pushing the two faces right up into the framing of the border and elongating the distance to the pyramid in the background. They were screened on 30 x 22 inches paper, roughly the size of most of the graphics, all signed in pencil by Vonnegut. The Snickers of cross-genre fiction. The house is pitch dark and the sky is covered with stars and the nearer glows of the fireflies. My plan was to relax the crowd from the get-go by telling them my sad story about wanting Kurt Vonnegut to draw me an asshole.
Prefer another language? The fictional planet Tralfamadore features prominently in the novels The Sirens of Titan and Slaughterhouse-Five. Only in Vonnegut's more recent graphics do allusions to his own fiction occur. He was a man for whom black comedy was its own language and a man who bathed himself, and his works, in satire so deep and wide as to drown the rest of the world. You are commenting using your Twitter account.