John P. Hogan explains the potency of Mark Newgarden's work in his description of one of the artist's "big nose" pieces: "Gradually . . . the gag transcends jokes about jokes, and in it’s own cross-purpose way is more affecting and human than any art-as-art could be." It's difficult to tell where funny stops and sad truth begins in Mark Newgarden's writing. He clearly grasps that the two are one in the same, and he is incredibly adept at evoking both at once. Below are two of our favorite "little stories" from Newgarden's monograph, We All Die Alone.
Hogan, John P. 2013. "ART… It’s Wacky! Conceptual Comics and Comic Conceptualism in the work of Mark Newgarden and Richard Prince." TCJ.com.