Alternative Comics to publish Cerio’s ‘Sunbeam on the Astronaut’

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Alternative Comics has announced it will release Sunbeam on the Astronaut by Steven Cerio in April. The 56-page book collects new and previously unpublished material by by the artist, whose hallucinatory images have graced numerous anthologies (Last Gasp Comics and Stories, Hotwire), as well as album covers and posters for such performers as The Residents and Ministry, not to mention his own books, Pie and Steven Cerio’s ABC Book: A Drug Primer.

Sunbeam on the Astronaut will include stills from his recent film The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow, and stories involving characters from some of the film projects he did with The Residents, as well as paintings, collages and more. The book will also be available on Apple’s iBooks with a full soundtrack and narration.

For more information on Cerio, check out his website, store at Wow Cool or Vimeo page. Read the official announcement, and a five-page preview, below.

Sunbeam on the Astronaut by Steven Cerio
ISBN-13: 978-1-934460-23-8
56 page black and white paperback with color covers with french flaps
8.25″ wide X 11.5″ long
In stores April, 2014

A long awaited book of all-new, never before published short comics and art by Steven Cerio. The purely hallucinatory graphic album you’ve searched for is here, done in Cerio’s unique cross pollination of tripping visions and skittering twee. These detailed tales are lushly illustrated in his varying approaches used for commercial clients (Nickelodeon, Warner Bros etc.) and music acts (The Residents, Moe, Les Claypool, Ministry, etc). These miraculous poetic narratives and free form meditations owe as much to the ghost of Arthur Rimbaud as to Captain Beefheart.

Included in Sunbeam on The Astronaut are comic book adventures of Cerio’s characters from his various films with top-hatted eyeball performance greats The Residents; a dozen short narratives; a collection of paintings and collages and stills from his newest film The Magnificent Pigtail Shadow; and much more.

Steven Cerio has had a long career as an artist and illustrator — from helping spearhead the psychedelic art revival in New York in the 1980s to working as a poster artist for some of the biggest names in music. Steven has contributed to numerous comics anthologies over the years, including Graphic Classics, Hotwire Comics, Last Gasp Comix & Stories and Buzzard. Steven’s previous books include Pie and Steven Cerio’s ABC Book: A Drug Primer.

Sunbeam on the Astronaut will also be released on Apple’s iBooks with a full soundtrack and narration.