"A complex, dream-charged vision of alienation in the wet, mean streets of New York City, where primal, natural urges are suppressed in the lonely isolation of crowds. It's a picture of a soulless civilization headed toward the apocalypse. It's a poetic and lyrical novel—told virtually without words . . . Mr. Drooker has discovered the magic of pulling light and life out of an inky sea of darkness."
—Art Spiegelman, The New York Times
Winner of the American Book Award
Introduction by Luc Sante
Original art purchased by Library of Congress
192 pages, 2-color
Dark Horse Books, hardcover
1st Edition ©1992, 2nd Edition ©2002
Special 3rd Edition ©2007
"Startlingly beautiful Blood Song . . . has a strong and compelling narrative . . . a mythopoeic account of a young woman's flight from a ruined Eden to the corrupt and terrifying urban world."
—Nick Hornby, The New York Times
"Eric Drooker's elegiac, spiritual, and political Blood Song has no current peer. Written in a language that anyone can understand, exploring themes of universal interest."
Eisner Award Nominee
312 pages, full color
Dark Horse Books, paperback
1st Edition ©2002, 2nd Edition ©2009
First published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's Howl is a prophetic masterpiece—an epic raging against dehumanizing society that overcame censorship trials and obscenity charges to become one of the most widely read poems of the century. Now a major motion picture, starring James Franco, this graphic novel is illustrated with animation art Drooker designed for the film.
“In publishing 'Howl,' I was curious to leave behind after my generation an emotional time bomb that would continue exploding in U.S. consciousness, in case our military-industrial-nationalist complex solidified into a repressive police bureaucracy. . . .
“I was also curious to see how [Eric Drooker] would interpret my work. And I thought that with today's lowered attention span TV consciousness, this would be a kind of updating of the presentation of my work . . . He really captured that sense of Moloch I was going for in the second section of 'Howl'—‘Moloch whose buildings are judgment!’”
224 pages, full color
Harper Perennial, paperback
1st edition ©2010
This book, presently in the works, is the result of creative souls who've dropped by Drooker's studio recently. In this new and growing series of paintings and drawings, the artist explores a range of nude themes, from primitive to mythic and erotic.
If you find yourself in the SF Bay Area, and are curious to explore your inner muse, please contact the artist for a session.
"There were times I wondered if my body was too ample or hungry and recalled your expansive and liberating drawings. The way you depict women has helped me come alive." —Joy, Minneapolis, MN
Disguised as a book of innocent postcards, Slingshot is a dangerous collection of Eric Drooker's most notorious posters. Plastered on brick walls from New York to Berlin, tattooed on bodies from Kansas to Mexico City, Drooker's graphics continue to infiltrate and inflame the body politic.
"When the rush of war parades are over, a simple and elegant
reminder of humanity remains—in the work of Eric Drooker."
"Drooker's iconic images have a way of lingering. I recently spied one
of his stark cityscapes tattooed on the calf of a young traveler."
—Sarah Ferguson, The Village Voice
68 pages, 3 color, 6" x 4 5/8"
PM Press, paperback
A collaboration between two visionaries of different generations: Ginsberg, quintessential Beat Poet, and Drooker, artist of the metropolis, have joined forces in this lavish full-color book. The groundbreaking poem "Howl" is included in its entirety, along with dozens of Ginsberg's songs and poems—some available only in this collection—accompanied by Drooker's paintings and drawings, which add a new dimension and urgency to the poet's words.
"Drooker's old Poe hallucinations of beauteous deathly reality transcend political
hang-up and fix our present American dreams."
144 pages, full color, 10" x 7 1/2"
Thunder's Mouth Press
1st Edition ©1996, 2nd Edition ©2006
In this limited edition folio of his graphics, songs and poems, Eric Drooker presents ten years of work chronicling the political and cultural upheavals on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Drooker traces the neighborhood's radical history back two centuries in his written introduction and follows with dozens of arresting images, depicting the resistance of the beaten-down, the trod-upon and the forgotten in our brave new economic order. These visual protests debuted on lampposts and walls, but they have long since become part of the ongoing visual and psychic landscape of the Lower East Side.