Monday, June 17, 2019
My new portrait of my old friend, musician Al Kooper, in celebration of his 75th birthday this year. This is now available as a large, high quality, limited edition (20), signed print.
Al Kooper, a songwriter ("This Diamond Ring", "I Can't Quit Her", etc), record producer and musician, known for organizing The Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears, providing studio support for Bob Dylan when he went electric (including playing the memorable organ on "Like A Rolling Stone"), and bringing together guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills to record the Super Session album. In the 1970's he became a successful recording artist, manager and producer, notably recording Lynyrd Skynyrd's first three albums. He's also had a successful solo career, touring and performing live concerts and writing music for film soundtracks and TV shows.
Saturday, May 25, 2019
The Book of WEIRDO is an exhaustive retrospective -- called a "great book... the defineitive work on the subject" by Robert Crumb -- on WEIRDO magazine, Crumb's irreverent 1980s humor comics anthology, and featuring a comprehensive history, interviews with Crumb and the other two Weirdo editors, Peter Bagge, and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, as well as publisher Ron Turner. Also included are over 130 testimonials by Weirdo contributors and sidebars on all sorts of Weirdo-related aspects of that era, as much a history of the alternative comics of that time as it is the tale of a single magazine. Crumb added that The Book of WEIRDO was "a monumental statement on American culture and life in that dismal decade of Reagan, AIDS, widespread cocaine abuse, and the rise of the Yuppies, the 1980s."
The Book of WEIRDO, 288 pages, hard cover, published by Last Gasp of San Francisco, $39.95. Cover art and foreword by Drew Friedman.
Thursday, May 2, 2019
I'll be a guest at the East Coast COMiCON on Sat, May 18th. I'll be doing two panels, SCHTICK FIGURES at 1:30 PM modorated by comics historian Danny Fingeroth, and at 5:00 PM, a panel celebrating the official launch of THE BOOK OF WEIRDO, hosted by the author Jon B. Cooke and featuring special guests Peter Bagge, Kaz, Carol Tyler, Kim Deitch, Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik. Books will be available for inscription, as well as large 18 x 24 cover posters (free to anyone who buys the book), postcards, buttons, etc.
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Thursday, April 18, 2019
I'm the third guest on Jon B. Cooke's fabulous new Comics/Comix podcast SUBTERRANEAN DISPATCH, following the one and only R. Crumb and comics historian Paul Buhle. Listen in as we discuss many topics, including my unlikely friendship with talk show host Joe Franklin, Jared Kushner's opening line upon our first meeting, my 40 year friendships with cartoonists KAZ and Mark Newgarden, and the process of creating the cover art for Jon's magnificent new Last Gasp book "The Book Of WEIRDO":
me, R. Crumb and Jon B. Cooke, 3/19
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
A SON OF MAD
For the latest issue of MAD (vol 2, #7), I drew this tribute to the 1959 signet paperback cover for SON OF MAD painted by famed science fiction illustrator and MAD's then main magazine and paperback cover artist Frank "Kelly" Freas.
"The Weisenheim Museum" is a new section in MAD where various artists are hired to create a full page image, or images, and discuss MAD's immeasurable influence on their work. I chose to pay tribute to this particular Kelly Freas paperback cover.
Art director, Suzy Hutchinson.
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
|James Coco, art by Al Hirschfeld...|
Thanks to John Wendler