Posts Tagged ‘underground comics’

Shelton’s Freaks, One More Compendium

Posted by on November 16th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

In the watershed winter of 1967-68 in Austin, Texas, Gilbert Shelton witnessed two movies, one about the Marx Brothers and the other about the Three Stooges, playing a fated double-bill at the Vulcan Gas Company, a theater for which he drew posters. Stunned by the Marx-Stooges experience, Shelton decided that he, too, could make movies. Enlisting the help of a friend in the film department of the University of Texas, he produced a five-minute movie, The Texas Hippies March on the Capitol. Shelton had been, in the early sixties, editor of Texas Ranger, the campus humor magazine at UT, wherein Shelton published, in the December 1961 issue, an early installment of Wonder Wart-Hog, featuring a protagonist he’d been fooling around with since high school; but that’s another story for another time. This time, the winter of 1967-68, Shelton was a moviemaker. And a cartoonist. As a cartoonist, Shelton decided the best way to promote his new film was to publish a flyer featuring a comic strip about three potheads. “Everyone liked the comic strip better than the film,” Shelton said, “so I abandoned my film-directing career and devoted my subsequent efforts to cartooning.”

Don Donahue @ Mowry’s

Posted by on November 9th, 2010 at 12:19 AM

by Patrick Rosenkranz

Mowry’s Opera House had seen the last of its glory days long before Apex Novelties and Rip Off Press moved into the third floor ballroom. Don Donahue was in there first and walled off a small room in the corner where he could keep himself and his presses warm, then sublet the rest of the open space to squatters, free-love filmmakers and other counterculture artists and musicians.

Don Donahue 1942-2010: As Far as Hello

Posted by on November 2nd, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Report by Bob Levin

Fogle’s message said Donahue was in Alta Bates with prostate cancer. I run into Fogle maybe once a year. I run into Donahue less. But they belong to a community of underground cartoonists, publishers, dealers, fans which has enriched my life for two decades with its vision, wit and spirit. I hate hospitals. I fear them more each year. I feel they lie in wait with open jaws. I know they do miracles. But for everyone, just once, they do not happen. Still, it was 10 minutes from my office. I could say “Hello. Sorry, man. Hope you’re better soon.”

Greg Irons: In the Fire

Posted by on September 27th, 2010 at 1:06 AM

Bob Levin looks back at the life and art of one of the underground-comix movement’s wilder imaginations.

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Crumb: Beauty and Failure

Posted by on July 19th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Check out the man with the mouse behind Robert Crumb.


©1996 Robert Crumb.

Dodgem Logic #1 by Alan Moore et al.

Posted by on April 7th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

In spirit and content is consciously molded to carry on an illustrious literary tradition. To quote Mr. Moore: “Clearly, what the world needs is a trippy-looking underground mag with a self-confessed agenda of aggressive randomness.”

Mid-Life Creative Imperatives Part 3 (of 3)

Posted by on February 26th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

The Journal began publishing almost the same month that Art Spiegelman and Bill Griffith’s underground comix anthology Arcade ended — as good an event as any to signal the last whimper of the underground movement.

The Watchful Eye of David Levine: Interview by Gary Groth (Part Two of Six)

Posted by on January 14th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Levin’s caricature of William F. Buckley

LEVINE: One thing follows the other, or one initiates the other, it doesn’t matter which end. It is not enough to merely have an idea. Not if you’re going to put it in a graphic or a visual form. Because then anybody who has a good idea or a good storyline could say, “I’m a great cartoonist.” That’s not true. So I do demand a standard be met in some way.

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