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March 15, 2017

The People’s Park bathroom mural — 1992





Brand new, 1992.

I just stumbled across this photo on the internet of the mural me and Duncan painted on the People’s Park bathroom in 1992 (everything ends up on the internet, don’t it?).

It was a seminal moment in the history of People’s Park (for those of you keeping score at home). The installation of the People’s Park bathrooms (as well as me and Duncan’s groovy mural).

The People (for lack of a better word) had seized the property from the University back in 1969. And defiantly held on to the property for 23 years ( long story short: “the 60s,” “the hippies,”  “the liberal Berkeley,” “the Revolution, man!!” etc etc).

Anyways, after 23 years of conflict — this power struggle — this Cold War between The People and The University over who actually controls People’s Park — the University finally admitted defeat in 1992. “OK. We’ll keep it as a Park.”

So the University built bathrooms, basketball courts and volleyball courts.






2017. Fading, fading, fading. . .

The People basically said: “OK. We like the bathrooms and the basketball courts. But we don’t like the volleyball courts.” And they basically tore the volleyball courts down. (It was The People basically saying to The University: “OK. We like that you conceded and are going to keep it as a Park. But that doesn’t mean we’re gonna arbitrarily let you do whatever the fuck you want. Because we don’t trust you as far as you can spit. We, The People, still rule People’s Park. And right on, and etc).”

And that’s basically how it’s remained for the last 25 years.

Until last week. When The University basically announced: “FUCK THIS SHIT. WE’RE TEARING DOWN THIS FUCKING PARK.”

And that’s where we’re at as of this moment.









November 10, 2016

Throwback Thursday: March 2010 (from an article in the San Francisco Chronicle) Hanging out in People’s Park with that shoulder-pushin’ freak Hate Man

May 5, 2016

National Cartoonist Day. May 5, 2016

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May 4, 2016

The State of the Backwords Address 2016

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 My fellow Americans and Facebook friends and street bro’s and fellow degenerates. I speak to you tonight on the state of this great nation.

On the economic front, I’m pleased to announce that the price of OE 40s has remained consistently at the $3.50 mark over the last quarter, give or take a little spare change due to inflation.

On the international front — “foreign affairs” for those of you keeping score at home. The world situation remains as dire and fucked up as ever. Crisis all across the globe (fortunately there’s OE to take the edge off — reference my first point).

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On the feral cat front: They continue to breed like rats and remain deeply appreciative of the massive amounts of meat and cheese and tuna fish and cans of cat food and that crunchy dry stuff that I keep feeding them. In year 2016 they have been purring at 37% times the rate of previous administrations. And my approval ratings are off the charts.

In closing let me just mouth a dull platitude followed by a clever joke written by my speechwriters and a jibe at that asshole Trump. God bless America.


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



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.

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