Portrait of Buch – owner of Strip.ART.nica comics store
Buch is a legend among comics collectors. He have every issue of every comics published in the region of Yugoslavia. Few years ago he opened a store Strip.ART.nica with second hand comics. He told me a lot of anecdotes about comics collectors. He said that some people are having sort of challenges who knows more about comics. He said that the best of them knows by heart not only every episode from 2000 issues, but also in which page which scene happens. The most bizarre thing is that when this comics fanatics deployed all questions about details o comics, they started to challenge who knows at what price certain issue was sold. In Yugoslavia we used to have a huge inflation, so comics had every issue a different price.
Anyhow I had to make his portrait and I knew that the key for the good portrait would be mixture of two-dimensional and three-dimensional world. Like I made a very successful portrait of Darko Tomič, a comic collector. So I didn’t copy the concept and execution of the picture, just the principle.
My friend Jure Kocuvan just bought a huge 23″ iMac and was showing me a Mac OS X Leopard operation system. I really liked the way you view folders, so I decided to make comics as a three-dimensional objects and with a mirror I’ll make a person as a two dimensional object. I was not sure if it’ll work, but it did! Jolly good! I’m planning to make a book with my portraits.
Jure Aleksič will write his profile and I’m looking forward big time!