Archive for August, 2008
It was an age when a couple crazy underground cartoonists could go nuts with the adaption of a major Hollywood film by Stephen Spielberg. And even show some guy in the background shitting bricks! This page from 1941, The Illustrated Story. Pen, ink, dyes, collage and the kitchen sink by Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch, 1979.
Had a great visit yesterday with old Kubert School classmate, Chris Kalnick. Steve Bissette made the trip down and we enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch under the cabana and laughed about the good old days. Chris brought this photo, which he took during one of his previous visits. That’s John Totleben, myself and Bissette making use of Steve’s supply of masks, false teeth and horror movie props to mug it up for Chris and his camera circa 1984.
Not sure if this was inspired by a dream or just my general feeling at the time. On the previous page in my sketchbook is a note saying “CAN’T GET NO finished 6-20-05″
In the heat of the Spirits Of Independence Tour in 1995, we self publishers would hit the bar after a show to jabber, drink and sketch (usually all at once). I’d be collecting dreams for my ROAD BITS feature in the back of RARE BIT FIENDS and doing spontaneous portraits, caricatures and gags along with everyone else. Here’s a drawing of me I found in one of my notebooks, done from life as I talked about Paul Pope. The art is unsigned and I don’t have a clue who did it, but they sure caught me.
Three years out of Kubert School, I was still getting a job now and then from Joe Kubert for his SGT. ROCK comic. I think this was the last one I did, for SGT. ROCK #359, dated December 1981. Looks like my lettering, too. Not sure if it’s readable here on the blog, but the beautiful script, by Bill Kelley, clearly spells out one of the most ghastly horrors of modern warfare: the city sized firestorm.