Brooklyn-based artist Brian Blomerth creates an intimate retelling of the day Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman became the first person to ingest LSD. It takes only a single glance at any page to realize the thoughtful intricacy poured into this work, which serves as both an important staple for the cartooning form and a visible example of how esoteric artwork can be an alluring storytelling tool.
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Illustrator, musician and self-described "comic stripper" Brian Blomerth has spent years combining classic underground art styles with his bitingly irreverent visual wit in zines, comics, and album covers. With Brian Blomerth's Bicycle Day, the artist has produced his most ambitious work to date: a historical account of the events of April 19, 1943, when Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann ingested an experimental dose of a new compound known as lysergic acid diethylamide and embarked on the world's first acid trip. Combining an extraordinary true story told in journalistic detail with the artist's gritty, timelessly Technicolor comix style, Brian Blomerth's Bicycle Day is a testament to mind expansion and a stunningly original visual history.