Acid Heroes: the Legends of LSD

October 30, 2015

It wasn’t easy back in the days before internet porn



October 29, 2015

“Ain’t that a bunko!!”



September 25, 2015

Hangin’ at my 25 Cent Used Books vending table back in the good ole’ days


Dan McMullan's photo.


December 23, 2014

A few random facts about me

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1.)  I’m an incredibly weird person. I’ve never met anybody quite like me. At the same time, I’m just an Every Man and I’m going through the exact same shit as you are.

2.)  I’m a shameless narcissist egomaniac who’s obsessed with myself. At the same time I’m just studying my life just like I’d study any other subject. I’m more interested in my life (as opposed to, say, everybody else’s lives) just because it happens to be my life.

3.)  I’m a registered Republican living in Berkeley, former hippie acid casualty who published a punk rock zine and interviewed Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. Makes perfect sense to me. But I can see how it might appear odd to others.

4.)  My first real success, after a life of mostly failure, was in 1980, age 23. A local porn paper had a writing contest — submit your Sex Fantasy and Win $100. I won. Then the porn paper set up a porno shoot with me and some nude porno model handing me the $100 check. I still have a copy of the issue of that porn paper with my photo in it stashed somewhere. But I can’t for the life of me remember what it was I wrote.

5.)  I have two feral cats that I dearly love. Aside from that I really don’t have any friends. That’s probably not a good sign, re my mental and moral character.

6.)  I’m an attention whore with a shameless need to draw attention to myself. Half the time. The other half of the time I’m a reclusive nerd who wishes everyone would leave me alone. Needless to say. that has caused me some problems.

December 3, 2014

Cheap thrills.

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Cheap thrills. Finding one of my books at the library.


September 19, 2013

Is there anything sadder than ending up as a Whatever-Happened-To?

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Talk about has-been city.  I came across three different web pages where people were wondering what ever happened to that Ace Backwords fellow.  Sheesh.


January 11, 2013

Does anyone else remember Ace Backwords?  His strip Twisted Image was in just about every zine I saw in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Apparently he’s now homeless and going blind, so you should support him by buying his book about homelessness.

Does anyone else remember Ace Backwords?  His strip Twisted Image was in just about every zine I saw in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  Apparently he’s now homeless and going blind, so you should support him by buying his book about homelessness.


Whatever happened to…Ace Backwords?

Ace Backwords ,
whose comic strip “Twisted Image” ran in alternative papers
during the 1990s has had a run of bad luck.

The San Francisco Chronicle tells the tale of his life of late:

For samples of his Twisted Image comic strip go to



Now here is a thread for the older underdogs to introduce some once very well known artists that haven’t made it into the younger generations. This can be artists who wrote in a foreign language and weren’t translated much or at all or deceased artists whose heirs take great care to protect their copyright but do not produce any reprints, which is the safest way to annihilate their heritage.

So I would like everybody to participate, but please follow these simple rules.

1. No web-comic artists. Only artist who had their golden age before the introduction of www.

2. Well known artist means that you should find at once people of your own agegroup that recognize the name of the artist without telling them, while the younger ones haven’t heard the name ever before.

3. No nine-day-wonder. The artist should have been active for a longer time (at least a decade).

4. It is not strictly limited to comic, it can be cartoons/caricatures as well, if there is at least some relation to comic.

5. No artists of mainstream-serials that are just defunct or replaced with others. The artist should have a distintive, personal style or his very own characters. No matter if simple or elaborated art. But you should recognize the work of the artist by the style, not familiar characters.

6. If you post, just make a short statement about the artists you introduce; saying who they are and why they should be here. Please no pictures, links and additional info in your first post. If anyone here asks you for examples, links, etc., go ahead. But I think everybody here who is interested in some artist will use google/wikipedia/etc. anyway. They just might not have come over the name yet.


Chez Addams. I think everybody will know the Addams family by the late movies (I did only watch the first two, and lost interest), but sadly only few people are aware that Chez created this characters around 1941/42, and made a lot of other very funny cartoons. Some of you might know them first by the black an white-1960ies television show (like me), that was certainly better then the later versions or the Hannah-Barbera cartoon version. I tried to get some of his books (he did quite some collections), but as far as I know they are not reprinted any more and the ones I found over internet were quite expensive originals. There are also very few of his drawings found in the internet; his heirs run a homepage under his name, but there are hardly any example of his works shown.

Gilbert Shelton
The creator of The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers was largely derided as a purveyor stoner humor. In reality he was a skilled satirist who made pointed observations about the decline of the hippie subculture, sex, politics and the rise of punk subculture and American conservatism through the eyes of freaks. His sense of timing is absolutely amazing in both his writing and drawings.

Steven A. Gallacci

Largely unknown in modern mainstream circles, Gallacci could easily be considered to be one one of the forefathers of the furry fandom. Gallacci’s extraordinarily beautiful airbrushed drawings, had a major influence in many of the anthropomorphic art conventions that creatives in that genre employ today. His comic Albedo was largely responsible for launching Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo. This comic eventually overshadowed Albedo and became a mainstream staple in the 80’s and 90’s by way of its frequent crossovers with Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Gallacci’s richly-complex hard science fiction writing also had a major though largely unsung influence on modern science fiction film and television.

Ace Backwords

Born in 1956, Backwords was one of the most prolific and influential gutter punk-scene underground comic creatives of the 80’s and 90’s. His comics were unflinching in their social observation and absolutely hysterical yet illustrated with disarming charm. His innovative guerrilla marketing practices had a huge impact on modern comics promotions. His works were critically acclaimed and widely published, but now largely forgotten. In 2010, Backwords ended up homeless, but support from the San Francisco community at large helped stabilize his situation.

March 29, 2013

Telegraph Avenue Street Calendar 2000


Ace Backwords's photo.

Hank Deadwood


Ace Backwords's photo.

The Drug Free Zone, at least in theory.


Ace Backwords's photo.

Gutter Punks. Literally.


Ace Backwords's photo.

“How do you like it?? RARE!!!!!”


Ace Backwords's photo.

Kim and Dave


Ace Backwords's photo.

B.N. Duncan

Ace Backwords's photo.

A mysterious young homeless woman on Shattuck Ave.


Ace Backwords's photo.

Hate Man and Gypsy and others at the Hate Drums.








Ace Backwords's photo.

Crash, hanging out in front of Blondie’s Pizza.

Ace Backwords's photo.

Ray Winters doing his thing in People’s Park.

Ace Backwords's photo.

Amber and Pops.

Ace Backwords's photo.

Roach and Holly.


March 6, 2013

“Dead Flowers” by Ace Backwords

acebackwords has shared a video with you on YouTube
Come Together
Ace Backwords jams out a quick version of “Come Together” on his cheap-ass 60 dollar cellphone.
©2013 YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066
acebackwords has shared a video with you on YouTube
“Dead Flowers” Rolling Stones
Ace Backwords hacks out a quick version of a Stones song on his cheap-ass cellphone.

March 5, 2013

A tour of Telegraph Avenue with Ace Backwords

acebackwords has shared a video with you on YouTube
A tour of Telegraph Avenue with Ace Backwords
Take a guided tour of the world famous Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley with your host the relatively obscure Ace Backwords
©2013 YouTube, LLC 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066

February 27, 2013

The Naked Guy

Telegraph Avenue Street Calendar 1994
Andrew and some fellow activists demonstrate for the right of nonsexual public nudity.

Andrew is earning some extra money by selling bumper stickers.

Andrew, again, relaxing a bit while selling bumper stickers.
You can read the slogan better in this photo.

Photos on this page copyright © 1994 Ace Backwords.


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