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Rated SavX scratchbook on sale next year

Strange Attractor and MIT Press publish a collection of personal documents from The Wire's underground cartoonist Savage Pencil

Artist, writer, musician and amateur magician Edwin Pouncey aka Savage Pencil will publish The Savage Pencil Scratchbook next year. The book gathers drawings, personal photographs, documents and ephemera from the SavX archives, as well as newer material, and an interview with Pouncey by esoteric bibliographer Timothy D'Arch Smith. It's an “access-all-areas trawl” through the life and work of the artist, says MIT.

Of course, Wire readers will know Pouncey as the artist behind The Wire cartoon strip Trip Or Squeek (which ran up till 2017) as well as sketching artwork for The Wire’s regular Primer articles, artwork, and contributing regularly as one of our writers. Since the mid-1970, he's also designed album covers, T-shirts, posters, skateboards and more for bands including Sonic Youth, Big Black, The Fall, Sunn O))), Coil and Earth.

Rated SavX: The Savage Pencil Scratchbook is published by MIT Press and Strange Attractor, and will be on the shelves from May 2019. You can listen to a recent radio show he co-hosted with Stephen O'Malley on NTS, featuring two hours of death and black metal.