Midtown Comics

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  Medium: hand-pulled lithograph
  Image size: 25 3/4" x 33"
  Edition size: 300
  Numbered Proofs: 51
  Non-Numbered Proofs: 19
  Total Edition size: 370
  Number of colors: 19
  Year printed: 2009
  Atelier: Arts-Litho, Paris
  Current Price: $ 1460
Midtown Comics is a strange shop.
From the street you can see the store’s sign on the second floor at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 41st St. in New York City. If comics are your thing, you desperately want to enter this portal to the fantasy world inside… an exhilarating world of Super heroes… a disquieting world of Franz Kafka and Stephen King… yet there is no apparent entrance. The shops below... a grocery, an appliance store, a flower shop but no Midtown Comics. Walking back and forth hoping to catch a glimpse of a comic strip behind a dark window, but nothing. You walk back to your original vantage point to confirm what you know you saw… perhaps on 41st St. You start your search again. After the florist, a hotdog cart, a beauty parlor, a shuttered up shop, and 3 stairs to a narrow black door…. You ask the florist but he appears disinterested and unhelpful. Finally a Chinese man, the hotdog vender.. “Just climb the 3 steps and push the heavy black door”. At the top of the 3 stairs it turns right and many more steps ascend to a long dark corridor. You can only imagine this is not very unlike the path to the lair of Mephisto himself. During this climb to “hell” you wouldn’t be surprised to see Robert DeNiro with a 2 day growth and a gun in his hand. Then you see it.. a very small sign... Midtown Comics. Apprehensively you slowly push open the heavy black door, and there it is… treasure! From floor to ceiling comics from the beginning of time.
On many of his trips to New York City to draw, Authouart has often found himself standing in front of that sign for long periods. In this image you can see Authouart, in the brightly colored striped t-shirt, dropping the comic section of the newspaper.

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