Mark Ryden: The Gay 90’s is a new hardcover title from Rizzoli, which documents the popular LA-based Pop Surrealist’s latest works. The new title certainly offers an excellent opportunity to investigate what all the Mark Ryden hype is about – with over 140 pages and 80+ illustrations, including beautiful and unsettling examples of his trademark bulbous-headed debutantes and nearly as many examples of his fixations on red meat and a rather uncomfortable-looking Abraham Lincoln. Yes, it’s quite eerie, dark, and creepy, but it’s also amazingly skillful, cohesive, and thought-provoking. It also contains something of a centerfold, which is fun. My favorite aspect of this coffee table all-star, however, is all the initial sketches and drawings it contains – several per completed artwork in some instances. An appealing offering for both dedicated fans and newcomers to the weird world of Ryden.