Found in the archives. A Stupid Pages creation. The Survivor Dan portion was drawn by me. Survivor Dan was a very briefly lived character in Brown Cuts Neighbors TV shows and concerts. Although almost impossible to see here, I was wearing the obscenely heavy and hot costume at the left in this very dark video. The dancing guys are by Jason Martin.
Tom Hart did this strip and another one about zen for me when I was the comics editor at the School of Visual Arts newspaper – Canvas – way back in 1988. So, not technically a Wow Cool thing… also it’s a bit of an in-joke, but I think it works pretty well without that knowledge. It was originally one long strip made to be printed on a big slab of newsprint. I reformatted it for ease of use.
Sam Henderson drew this back when Beverly Hills 90210 was still pretty new. 20+ years later it’s relevant again! What a world! I don’t remember where – if anywhere – this was ever published before. Sam? I’ve started to dig into the old sketchbooks… some strange stuff in there… Dan Clowes drawing E.T.? Check. Unseen Al Columbia? Tons of it. Will I actually get around to scanning it. Maybe.
What are the odds of this? Arriving in our shop today are two brand new titles focussed on the story of a wanderer in a post-apocalyptic world. Combatants return to their corners and prepare to fight! First up, we have the debut of a promised bi-monthly series, Reptile Museum by newcomer Cody Pickrodt. Cody’s work shows great promise and we’re eager to see how his art develops under the demanding schedule he has set for himself. Next we have the latest in the monthly comic series from Retrofit – Jason Turner’s Farm School. Jason so comfortably portrays life in this settled post-smack-downed world that you will long for a more fleshed out and lengthy exploration of his lands and characters.
We have just received a very special package from Mister Michael DeForge containing a stack of his most recent self-published comics: Kid Mafia #1 and the first and second installments of Open Country. These are all printed and hand-assembled by Michael. Also included were what may be the last few copies available in the United States of the classic Koyama Press title from 2010, Spotting Dear. Get ‘em while they are hot folks!
UPDATE: Apparently they were way hotter than anyone thought. Our apologies to everyone that was unable to get copies of these books. Some of them had sold out even before this post was published today. We never expected that much of a response. The power of a single tweet. We will have more copies available when Michael can get them printed and shipped to us.
In other news (updated 3/22): The problem with first class shipping on international orders has now been fixed. Massive apologies to our non-US customers who encountered a lack of the more affordable first class shipping option on check out. This is a problem we thought had been resolved. Apparently that is not the case on all orders. We are working hard to fix it. There is nothing we can do about the high charges for Priority and Express Mail. Rates are calculated by the US Postal Service and no charges are added by us. Thank you to everyone who paid us a visit today. Don’t worry if you missed out. Those books will be back.
The stylish poster above was designed under great duress (seriously, it’s been a pretty heavy week here) by Wow Cool’s own Marc Arsenault (me). How often do you get to draw Nixon, Elvis and George Kuchar together?
Guest post by James Arsenault, done as a present to his sister. The pattern will become clear. Partly inspired by a little too much Schoolhouse Rock, in particular the audio CD “Math Rock”, which we are pretty sure has no connection to certain bands from a decade or so ago, largely from the fine state of Kentucky.
Back in 1994, while on zine tour for Andy’s Chair #3, I crashed on John Porcellino’s couch when he was living in Denver, Colorado. Shortly after that, while still on the road, I did this strip, in a crude imitation of the King Cat style. It was printed in my tour zine puppydoglove.
Anyway, the real reason I’m dredging up this bit of history is to let you know that – after a 13 year gap – Wow Cool is once again offering King Cat Comics and Stories to the world. All currently in-print issues of King Cat that do not have their contents collected (or are about to be) will be available from Wow Cool. So, that means we have issues 69-71 in stock. John will be putting out King Cat #72 very soon. That, and the previously published King Cat collections will be available from Wow Cool very soon. The book he illustrated for the National Film Board of Canada about skipping out on suicide – The Next Day – is also available right now.
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Found randomly while repacking for Wow Cool’s move to new offices in San Jose. I have no recollection of drawing this. Readers of Maximum RockNRoll over a certain age (before internet comment troll-ness) will possibly find this pretty funny.
Comic story in overlapping panels. SVA Jam from 1987 featuring the usual suspects
Contributions by: Paul Komoda, Tom Hart, the late Burt Schlatter, Susan Cotter, Sam Henderson, Amantha Tsaros, Ben Jackson, Seth W. Rosenfeld, ion, Mikko Meronen, Edward Gorey (rubber stamp) and myself, Marc Arsenault. This was not completed in one place but passed around for people to fill in bits. I regret some of the goofier touches, but cannot take responsibility for all of them.
Straight from 23rd Street from over 20 years ago, we present the first in an irregular series of vintage School of Visual Arts cartoon art jams. These will mainly be from the late-80′s crew of people that were affiliated with the popular off-campus publications of the time, Funny Garbage (who, many years later, designed the SVA website you see today) and Tuna Casserole (edited by Sam Henderson, Tom Hart and myself). This first offering comes from Paul Komoda’s facebook wall. The artists are Paul Komoda, the late Burt Schlatter, Ion, Kurt Komoda and Marc Arsenault (me again). Ion and Marc’s art from that era have most recently re-emerged in the NEWAVE minicomic book from Fantagraphics.
This was drawn as part of my entry application for the Art Instruction Schools, probably in the late-80s-early 90s. You know, the draw Tippy The Turtle people that advertise on late night TV. I think they said I had promise. I never did sign up. As you can see from the link, they are still going strong. I don’t think this drawing has ever appeared anywhere else. Some background on them from Wikipedia.
Happy lucky 88th birthday to Abe “Fish” Vigoda. After much struggling with trying to fit some text from either J. G. Ballard or H. P. Lovecraft to this series of phone cam shots of a dollhouse; I finally gave up and decided to freestyle it. Got something better for me?