Ruscha Annie 1965.jpg“This typeface, which also appears in my 1961 painting “Boss,” recalls everything that I responded to as a child in relation to the comic books I read. Comic books were a hot issue for me when I was growing up, and for a brief moment I thought I wanted to be a cartoonist, but I never really pursued it. I wanted the world to be oversized, and overwhelming, and to kind of knock you off your feet.”

-Ed Ruscha, in the October 2009 issue of Art+Auction

At right, Ruscha’s “Annie” (1962)