The new owners of the Steinbeck home presented Snick with the inspiration of the comic. The pedestal where the statue stood for many years is now bare.
“I used to make fun of it because it’s the ugliest piece of crap I’ve ever seen,” Farkas says. “Now it’s something of an icon, and I want to save it.”
In 1994 Farkas, a pop artist who works at a P.G. vacuum store, debuted a comic strip in which the statue is hit by lightning and grows to “hideous proportions” to become the “Colossus of Gold,” who rambles through the coastal town of “Specific Groove” lampooning its public figures. Farkas posts the cartoon at Gene’s Barbershop and www.93950.com/cog, and occasionally performs it at P.G. City Council meetings.
Colossus Of Gold Statue & Artist Together At Last
Snick Farkas couldn’t take the kind of heat he throws around Pacific Grove.
For 12 years, the hardware store employee has lampooned the politics of Butterflyland in his comic strip, “Colossus of Gold.” In his black and white drawings, he chronicles the happenings of a small seaside town called Specific Groove. Here, a faux-gold statue of John Steinbeck, our colossus, has been struck by lightning and expanded to massive size — and is raising a ruckus.
The havoc in Specific Groove is familiar to anyone following Pacific Grove: rampant raccoons, budget problems and former mayors trying to play free golf.
Familiar, too, are the faces of Specific Groove’s movers and shakers, who are much like the City Council members, mayors, department heads and shopkeepers of Pacific Grove.
The Colossus Of Gold comic strip can be seen at http://www.93950.com/cog and the biweekly live renditions are often posted on Youtube.
Snick Farkas ‘ Colossus of Gold
Farkas’ rendering, called Inanna in a Half Shell, was hanging for a week in a prime spot next to other works on the walls of Seaside City Hall. But for one visitor, Farkas’ painting showed just a little too much of the subject. The city’s Recreation Department asked the artist to remove the painting Friday.
Farkas arrived at City Hall and posted “censored” stickers over the nude’s intimate parts before taking it down.
P.G. Artist Banned In Seaside