Sunday, October 24, 2010

Have You Seen the Dog Lately

Serena Makofsky is doing a new "print edition" of her humor and culture zine, Have You Seen the Dog Lately. Serena and her sister Jenny began the zine while attending Mills College in the late 80s, helped by friend Megan Tucker who had access to unauthorized nocturnal (free) copying.
After a brief hiatus, they jump started the zine again in '93 and had a splendid run until 2004 when Jenny died in an auto accident.
Serena is doing a kickstarter fundraiser to get the project rolling, here is a link to her kickstarter page. There are lots of cool things you can get if you support the project, including a copy of the zine of course.
I really like the video on her project page, because she's really cute in it. Did I mention that I'm married to her???

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dick Nixon Experience Redux

More Dick Nixon Experience from the El Vocho party last July at the Mercury Cafe in San Francisco. Bean Song, Six Days on the Road, and You Got That Hair. Our drummer Jeff reports that his mom helped Dave Dudley write Six Days on the Road, no kidding!

Video by Norm Rosenberger

Sunday, October 17, 2010

El Vocho Party, July 2010, with The Dick Nixon Experience

I held a publishing event last July 22 in San Francisco at the Mercury Cafe for my El Vocho graphic novel. My pal Scotty Hoover helped put together a pick up band, the Dick Nixon Experience, for the party. Another friend, Norm Rosenberger, shot this video of us playing the blue grass standard John Hardy. Thanks for the video clip, Norm!

My new graphic novel El Vocho is currently in the Diamond Comics catalog: Page 290 of October Previews, order code OCT101061 EL VOCHO GN (MR). Diamond has listed El Vocho as “Certified Cool”.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Queens of the Underground

Here are a few more pics from the San Diego Comics Con of old. The spirit of the original Underground comics played forward and blossomed in some great indie/alt comics in the 80s and 90s. Other rich veins of comics history dove tailed with them as new forms and styles emerged.
As mentioned before, the parties were pretty good too. No, they were spectacular!

The Queens of the Underground, Dori Seda and Krystine Kryttre, 1987.

Bad Boy J.R. Williams laying it down on Dan O'Neill's banjo, 1987.

The brilliant original, J. Bradley Johnson in '95. I know it looks like he's about to shop for art supplies, but actually he is on his way to the Comic Con wedding of Rebecka Wright and Mario Hernandez!

Mary Fleener, the other Queen of the Underground, and Dave Scroggy. Look out Scroggy, she's about to play that old Beer/Portfolio trick on you! 1991?

Steve Lafler and J.R. Williams in 1989. Based on our poses, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say I'm two beers ahead of J.R.

Reed Waller and writer Ricard Von Busack, either '89 or '91.

I'm reposting this at my FB page in May, 2020. It's great to look at these old photos again. Needless to say, back in the late 80s, early 90s, us Alt/UG types went to San Diego looking for a VERY GOOD TIME! Yes, we'd be on the con floor by day hawking our books and making deals, but the NIGHT TIME WAS THE RIGHT TIME! Ha ha.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

San Diego Comic Con '91

Here's a few pics from San Diego in '91

Jamie Alder, Dennis Worden, Mary Fleener and Wayno. Mary posted stacks of great con photos a couple years back, at this link.

Leslie Sternberg ready to party

J.R. Williams and his friend the Liquor Store man

Kate Worley exhorts Gary Groth: With that pony tail, you can move mountains!

Reed Waller and Kate Worley

Hmmmm... I realize I left out a lot of over the top party shots. Probably for the best! I don't want to piss anyone off, or in my case, make a fool of myself!

Return of the Son of San Diego

More pics from the San Diego of old.

J.R. Williams, Carol Lay, Stephen Beaupre, David Wilson in '91

Steve Lafler and Stephen Beaupre in 1990, somehow alive on Sunday

Kate Kane and Jackie Estrada, maybe '89

Jim Valentino, Lisa, Steve Lafler, Larry Mardur in '89.

Carol Lay and Dan O'Neill in '87

I think I have a few more to post kickin around...

Son of San Diego

Back in the dawn of pre-history (in this case, 1987), the San Diego Comic Con was different. First of all, the long-gone Hotel San Diego was haunted, thus providing a perfect setting for late late night parties. I rooted through a few old photos and came up with these gems.

J.R. Williams, Dan O'Neill and Larry Welz jammin' late.

Ron Turner and Gary Groth on the floor of the old Convention Center

Art Spiegelman and Don Donahue signing stuff

Dori Seda all dolled up

Paul Mavrides and Bob Crabb are still awake!

I'm gonna post more, this is fun. A little bit of comix history.