OBSERVED WHILE FALLING
BILL BURROUGHS, AH POOK AND ME
THE LOST ART OF AH POOK IS HERE
IMAGES FROM THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
MALCOLM MC NEILL
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS 2012
"No one ever produced better images for, and with, Burroughs than Malcolm McNeill. Observed While Falling is a sincere, bizarre and moving memoir, and The Lost Art of Ah Pook Is Here is without doubt the finest extant visual contribution to the Burroughs oeuvre and mythology."
— JAMES REICH: Boldtype
"I can't think of anything in the graphic arts that equals its scope and ferocious beauty. [The Lost Art of Ah Pook is Here]"
—TED MORGAN: Author
"Observed While Falling: Bill Burroughs, Ah Pook, and Me, the memoir and the third book in this trilogy, is no less essential for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of what made Burroughs tick, and should, along with the artwork that was regretfully parted from WSB's text, be seen as one of the most exciting things to come along in Burroughs scholarship in recent years. It is, by far, the most observational – and highly personal/subjective, which makes it fun - look at Burroughs produced by any of his friends or collaborators… Mc Neill is a fine writer – the man must be a superb raconteur – and he never forgets who the book is really about."
—RICHARD METZGER: Dangerous Minds
"The books are magnificent"
—MICHAEL MOORCOCK: Author
"Observed While Falling brings a fresh analytical eye to the familiar Burroughsian fixations -- synchronicity and doppelgangers, control systems, the word as virus, the number 23 -- that dominate this memoir, while still offering a straightforward chronicle of the author's relationship with le maître. [Mc Neill] draws an indelible word portrait of Burroughs unlike anything I've read elsewhere."
—JAN HERMAN: Author
"An epic double bill of astonishingly accomplished visual art combined with an autobiographical saga by turns as comic as Joe Orton and sinister as Kafka… Mc Neill's Sam Spade-like doggedness in dismantling so many traps and snares to bring this extraordinary work into the light is a cause for rejoicing for all true Burrosicrucians."
—MAX BLAGG: Author
"Mc Neill successfully tackles complex theoretical and conceptual matters with dexterity and untangles many of the themes and theories central to Burroughs' work while demonstrating their relevance and effects in a real-life setting… In a market saturated with books that retread the same well-worn ground in building the legend of the Beat Generation…Observed While Falling stands apart…"
—CHRIS NOSNIBOR: Paraphilia Magazine
"…like Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon or Da Vinci's immense bronze sculpture of a horse that he had worked on for seventeen years… [T[here is plenty of evidence in Malcolm Mc Neill's excellent memoir Observed While Falling: Bill Burroughs Ah Pook and Me, to suggest that Ah Pook is Here, the unpublished graphic novel that Illustrator Mc Neill and author William S. Burroughs collaborated on for seven years belongs among their ranks… "
—STEVE MATUSZAK: RainTaxi
"A single project dominates the entire decade, which for me represents his attempt to articulate a definitive statement of his personal and creative worldview: Ah Pook Is Here, a collaboration with Malcolm Mc Neill, unfinished and unpublished in its full glory, and maybe because of this fact, remains Burroughs' Gesamtkunstwerk, his total work of art."
—JED BIRMINGHAM: Realitystudio
"It is a true Burroughs vision that Mc Neill helped to try to express in a pioneering form, unlike all the other Burroughsian attempts at marrying writing and art that…were market driven and sham."
—MICHAEL BUTTERWORTH: Author
"These two publications from Malcolm Mc Neill are both outstanding productions – Observed While Falling in particular makes an invaluable and completely new contribution not just to a greater understanding of Burroughs and his work but also hugely original insights into the creative processes of Bill Burroughs' very particular fiction and Mc Neill's ground-breaking graphic creativity. The history of the graphic novel would be incomplete without these books."
—JIM PENNINGTON: Author
"The results are both beautiful and horrific… For the art alone, this is a must own book. [The Lost Art of Ah Pook is Here]"
—GEORGE LAUGHEAD: Author
" I am a huge fan of Burroughs work and I was completely blown away by Observed While Falling"
—TONY O'NEILL: Author
"The book [Observed While Falling] is great as a concept as much as a memoir…it resonates for anyone who intersects with Burroughs…The Catherwood material I found absolutely compelling…"
—Prof OLIVER HARRIS: Author
"It's a gorgeous book" [The Lost Art of Ah Pook is Here]
—RUDY RUCKER: Author
"The books are a goldmine"
—JOE AMBROSE: Author