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Three years ago, 29-year-old Brentwood resident Lamar Abrams parlayed his art-school degree into a rare stable job: full-time government animator. “I would create reality-based stuff about flight paths and missile trajectories and things like that,” says Abrams. “I found it kind of boring.”
After six months, Abrams abandoned his fledgling military career, took a job at a local stationery shop, and set to work on his true love: cartooning.
Abrams’ cartoons are a lot more interesting than missile trajectories. In one, a woman seductively lifts the front of her dress to reveal a slim, snaking trail of farts. In another, a woman passionately embraces a large, dark fart cloud. In yet another, a grinning fart cloud laughs as it sidles up alongside a scantily-clad woman.
“Since I was in school, I drew ladies around puffs of smoke; smoke from dust, cigarettes, that sort of thing,” says Abrams. “That slowly, slowly evolved into drawing fart clouds around the person.”
After a while, people began to take notice of Abrams’ new muse. “They would be like, ‘What’s up with all the girls farting?'” says Abrams. “I just think it’s kind of funny,” he explains. “I’ve known a lot of females who are embarrassed when they fart. But everyone does it, so I like to laugh and poke fun at it.”
Abrams recently published selections from his flatulent women line as a small ‘zine titled “Ferzan” (the Old High German word for “break wind”). Abrams says the collection shows how far his fart drawings have progressed over the years. “At one point, I was like, they cant all just be farting,” says Abrams. “The fart clouds need to be doing something interesting. So I’ll, you know, have a little guy who’s fighting a witch with a big fart monster that’s appearing beneath her as she’s flying around.”
In addition to his fart line, Abrams also draws a cartoon called “Remake,” which follows a “robot boy” who wields a gun with the power to transform objects into random things. “Sometimes he’s a jerk, sometimes he’s really nice, I guess like any of us,” says Abrams. “He has a robot roommate named Cardigan. They get into crazy adventures I guess.” Abrams says the “Remake” brand of kid shenanigans and offbeat humor is targeted at both adults and older kids. As for “Ferzan”? “That’s not for kids, no,” says Abrams.
“Remake” can be found at Big Planet Comics in College Park, Md. Both “Remake” and “Ferzan” can be ordered from Abrams’ Web site, neo-rama.com.