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October 25, 2013

Telegraph Avenue Street Calendar 1991

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  1. How did you first meet Duncan?

    Comment by Jon — October 26, 2013 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  2. God, it was 1978 and I went into Krishna Copy on Dwight & Telegraph to xerox some copies of my latest comic strips. And Duncan was at the next machine xeroxing off copies of Tele Times, this little 16 page zine he was publishing. And the rest is history. . .

    Comment by Ace Backwords — October 26, 2013 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  3. Did you guys collaborate on any other projects other than the Street Calendar?

    Comment by Jon — October 27, 2013 @ 12:23 am | Reply

  4. Yeah. We had a pretty much nonstop collaboration for 25 years. I contributed to Duncan’s Tele Times zine in the late ’70s. And when I started my underground newspaper Twisted Image in 1982 Duncan was one of my editors as well as the number 2 man on the staff. We collaborated on comic strips together. We did an art gallery show together featuring Berkeley street artist. God we did all sorts of stuff together. For years i wouldn’t send out a new batch of comic strips without running them by Duncan first. If he liked them I knew they were either good or weird. Which is what I was always shooting for.

    Comment by Ace Backwords — October 28, 2013 @ 9:40 pm | Reply

  5. Artistic collaborations are always difficult to maintain. There’s individual egos as well as different agendas. The 15 year collaboration I had with Duncan on the Telegraph Street Calendar was probably as close to a perfect collaboration as I’ll ever have. Pretty much exactly a 50-50 collaboration. And even though I came up with the idea for it, Duncan had already been doing photo documentation of the Berkeley street people. So its impossible to even give credit to who exactly originated the thing. For years Duncan would describe me to other people as “my partner Ace Backwords.” And it was very much like an artistic marriage. We had kind of a weird Laurel and Hardy chemistry. And after every success — whether it was producing yet another brillian piece of art, or just scraping up enough bucks for the next pack of cigarettes — we’d toast and say: “Yet another successful Backwords and Duncan collaboration!”

    Comment by Ace Backwords — October 28, 2013 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

    • Those sound like some productive & good times. It sounds like your whole circle of friends at the time were cool people, or as close to a “scene” as you can find. I can’t find anything like it these days, and you can testify that I hit the road a looking for it. All I find is one fucking bad scene after another. All creativity is destroyed by either exhaustion (people working two jobs just to pay the rent) or on hard drugs, which seems to have absolutely saturated the suburbs & everywhere else. I see why you are reminiscent, because it seems like the 90s was the final flair up before…well, it is pretty obvious where things are going

      Comment by Jon — October 30, 2013 @ 1:44 am | Reply

      • Knowdja’ mean. Some people scoff at the idea of “scenes.” But its a fundamental human need to find some kind of community. Like-minded people. Whatever you call it. I should know. I go weeks without talking to anybody these days. Sheesh. We live in a pretty alienated society, I guess. Every now and then I’ve been lucky to have a scene sprout around my general vincinity. They never last long. I dug being part of the San Francisco bike messenger scene.. Then there was the punk/zine scene. And the Telegraph Avenue scene. But maybe as you get older you realize the real action is dealing with yourself and your psyche, as opposed to the people “out there.”

        Comment by Ace Backwords — October 31, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

  6. Hi… Anyone there? I see the 2013 date but thought I’d throw it out and see if anyone gets this. I live in Indiana. In the late eighties and early 90’s I called the abe home and it’s people my community. I was thinking of the wonders of the world wide web and set about trying to view the Telegraph Homeless Calenders from 1990 and 1991….I have found several references and interesting reading… Did you know that U of M has a copy in their archives! Pretty cool. Unfortunately there aren’t any visual images available online.
    Rest in Peace BN Duncan… And continued health and wellness Ace Backwards if you recieve this. Peace

    Comment by Christy Thrasher — September 5, 2016 @ 2:12 am | Reply

    • Cool. Thanks for the nice words, Christy. That’s a trip that one of the Calendars made it to the U of M archives (Duncan’s archives by the way are being housed at the Ohio State cartoon museum). I miss those days of the early 1990s. *sigh” Someday I’d like to get a scanner and post the entire collection of TELEGRAPH STREET CALENDARS on-line, all 15 issues from 1990 to 2014.

      Comment by Ace Backwords — September 6, 2016 @ 8:33 pm | Reply

  7. Hello?!

    Comment by Thrasher — September 5, 2016 @ 2:16 am | Reply


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