Robert Pasternak (NAK) is without a doubt an undisputed master of the sequential art form. A virtuosopanalologist and craftsman, known regionally by only an elite few of attentive and aware followers. One can only speculate why this is so. In many ways it is part of the NAK mystery and lore. What you hold in your hands is the Caesarea Sunken Treasure, the Hope Diamond, a Faberge Egg, the crown jewel of abstract comics. While the term abstract is in no way negative, calling this work abstract is unfair and a disservice to the ocular candy that is NAK's work. You have serendipitously unearthed a trove ofspectacular a singular works of art that compositionally and cerebrally bend the mind and push what you know about comics to the very edge of a razor blade and balance perfectly thereupon. You are invited to share in the NAK experience, with this, his first authentic published volume of work. Except no substitutes. You are invited to join the cult of NAK. Or, you can walk away, we won't mind. NAK certainly won't mind. Therein lies the paradox. But, who walks away from the Hope Diamond?
Robert Pasternak, (NAK) is an artist, father, illustrator, graphic designer, novelty product inventor / manufacturer and filmmaker, spanning the themes of the cosmic, surreal, technological, metaphysical and what it means to be human. He has been creating and exhibiting his art for almost 40 years. His science fiction illustrations have appeared on Amazing Stories and On Spec magazine, on book covers for Guy Vanderhague and Timothy Findley. In 1994 he won the Aurora award in Canadian Sci-Fi art. His short films have played all over the world, with his first experimental short The Affirmation of Jimmy Brown being selected for the Venice Film Festival in 2004. In 2012 The Wonderful Worlds of Nak, a documentary by Patric Lowe was produced by MTS. In 2015 he performed on stage alongside his daughter Zorya Arrow in her choreographed theatrical alt-dance Genetics Project. Also in 2015, The Pasternak Award was formed in his honor by the Central Canada Comic Convention (C4) to be given annually to a local Winnipeg Artist who has given back to the community. His debut graphic novel is forthcoming from At Bay Press.
Fabulous images from a fabulous artist. Mind? Blown!-- Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night
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