CHEEZ was originally a monthly comic drawing published in Canada’s Exclaim Magazine over a ten year period from 1992 to 2002. There were no editorial restrictions on the work apart from the monthly deadline and the colour restrictions of the paper (the art work had to be black and white). Each drawing was created shortly before the deadline and numbered in chronological order. This CHEEZ, featured on INDEXG’s Monday Artpost will be drawn weekly and will continue with the same numbering sequence and restrictive palette. A collection of the first one hundred strips was published as CHEEZ 100 by Pedlar Press in 2001.
In Germany during the early 1920s rampant inflation wreaked havoc on the economy (an American dollar—worth 330 marks in 1921—skyrocketed in 1923 to 4,200,000,000,000 marks… at its zenith, an American dollar was worth 99,000,000,000,000). In an attempt to replace or supplement the increasingly valueless German currency, cities took to printing their own money—notgeld, or emergency money (literally “necessity money”). Notgeld was usually printed as paper banknotes and was usable only in the municipality where it was issued. Read R.O. Blechman’s article, Order, Disorder and Notgeld on the AIGA blog and have have a look at some of his collection.
A scatological illustration on notgeld from the town of Itzehoe in Holstein.May 3, 2010