Hans first entered my life while rummaging through a bin of plastic-sealed graphic novels, trying to find something that wasn't shitty hybrid manga or Chris Hart garbage. Among the shrapnel was "Chloe". It looked different. I took it home.
Wow. That was a good purchase.
We've all seen/read stuff like "Chloe" - psycho-sexual nightmares and slow burns that lead to shocking imagery. Everyone who ever drew pictures as a pre-teen tried to do this, so without any further inspection it can be easily dismissed.
Alternatively, I'm sure there are people who look too hard into his work and think he's announcing something profound, that the cats that crawl out of people's spines represent a drive for predatory innocence or something of the ilk.
Looking back, "Chloe" is a bizarre, haunting mess of mental decay that, surprisingly enough, has a structure and rising/falling action, which is much more than I can say about most other "weird books". We want to know what will happen next. We wonder what the hermit is communicating with that brings him those bizarre "gifts". We want to see the bullies get punished (and holy shit is it brutally satisfying). We want to see Chloe escape her unhappy surroundings, even if it means allowing her madness to take over.
In short, Hans knows what he's doing.
I don't know what to say about Mr. Rickheit other than he has some serious psychological issues and has found a positive way to vent them. He, like many of us mentally-troubled artists, brings to the world something from deep within him that could never have existed anywhere else. I feel honored to be shown something this unique.
Thanks, Hans. Keep being you.
"Chloe" is now up to read online - www.chloecomic.com/index.html
Warning - includes really disturbing stuff. Like, taking a headless monster that has two perfectly good vaginas but the guy slashes the torso open and fucks the bleeding wound kind of disturbing.
"Ectopiary" is his much less disturbing online comic. It involves mostly real-life horror, which is brutal enough. www.ectopiary.com/
"Cochlia and Eustachia" is the least weird and the most playful. Two idiot girls run around and clumsily flop all over the place with their giant deer-headed male companion, trying to catch an armadillo that hatched out of his face. It's mostly concerned with butts, so every page is graced with lots and lots of adorable butts. NSFW, obviously. www.chromefetus.com/
More Rickheit at his blog:chromefetus.blogspot.cz/p/abou…