Description Monsieur Flatulenzi was a pigeon from Aix and the most respected, and feared, food critic of his time. Restaurant owners would squawk with unbridled angst when he would enter their establishments, clutching his infamous black notebook under a wing of obese plumage. Flatulenzis enemies would often refer to him as that no-talent, seven-chinned, shock-jock of a media hack who will shovel any grit into his gizzard only to vomit it out in his column the next day, but he always preferred the term Gastronomic Journalist. He lived a privileged and excessive lifestyle that his little pigeon heart found difficult to sustain. One night, after consuming a table of oil-soaked hazelnuts, sun-flower encrusted white sturgeon, earthworm farfalla with black truffle sauce, bourbon-glazed leg of field mouse over polenta, nightcrawler cassoulet, pepper-dusted bacon-wrapped grasshoppers, four kinds of cheese, two glasses of Pernod, three bottles of Burgundy, and a magnum of Dom Perignon, a fois gras-stuffed profiterole lodged in his left ventricle and his little pigeon heart exploded. It took 14 birds to remove his body from the floor of Maxims.
Chad Crowe, Portland, OR Member Since May 2012 Artist Statement Chad Crowe is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has appeared in publications across the U.S., including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Phoenix. He has also designed floats for the annual carnival celebration in Nice, France.