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.
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.
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.
Ace Backwords http://lambiek.net/artists/b/backwords_ace.htm ,
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.
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.
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.
|Another quality page linked to Jim’s Pen is Central!|
Photos ofThe Naked Guy,Andrew Martinezappearing in theTelegraph Avenue Street Calendar 1994As Andrew and some of his naturist liberation friends walked nude around the streets of Berkeley, California, they attracted a lot of attention. Many people, no doubt, grabbed their cameras and took pictures of him doing his thing. One of the photographers was Ace Backwords, who took the photos on this page. There are several more in the calendar itself.
Want to get a copy of this calendar? It’s probably out of print by now, but who knows? The address listed on it was:
PO Box 12642 Berkeley, CA 94712
The price was listed at $10. We have no idea if the calendar is still available — and if it is, whether the price has changed. Obvously, don’t send any money to that address without first confirming these details! We’ve been trying to contact Twisted Image to find out.
Do you happen to know how we can contact Ace Backwords? We’d like to put his address on this page so that collectors can obtain original prints of the photos he has of Andrew. If you know Ace’s whereabouts, please let us know! Thanks.
Click on a photo to be taken to a larger size.
The larger sizes are plagued by so-called “moiré” patterns which do not appear in the original calendar; they are an artefact of the scanning process.
|Here are Andrew and some of his fellow activists demonstrating for the right of nonsexual public nudity.|
Here Andrew is earning some extra money by selling bumper stickers (saying “HEY MAN, IT’S JUST A DICK”).
|Andrew, again, relaxing a bit while selling more of the bumper stickers. You can read the slogan better here.|
Photos on this page copyright © 1994 Ace Backwords.
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