Archive for July, 2011


July 26, 2011



July 26, 2011

This year’s influences are old Harley Davidson advertisements from the late 1930’s. The Int’l Film Fest poster will have more of a biker theme, influenced by the myth of The Boozefighters motorcycle club, Marlon Brando & THE WILD ONES, the Hell’s Angels and all of those great/terrible biker films from the 1960’s.

the poster (above)

the handbill (above)


July 20, 2011

master or monster inside page


July 4, 2011

The above strip reintroduces a critical character to the BELLIGERENT PIANO story – Vera, the accordion playing entertainer who sings French songs at Ruby Ray’sParisian Cabaret. The truth is (and I might as well confess it here), the entire BELLIGERENT PIANO story is not exclusively my invention, but instead a kind of creative elaboration on a story that a fellow told me about while I was living in San Piablo in the early 1990’s. The man, who I met while I was working at a job sand-blasting car engines when I was twenty-two, told me about a triple murder and robbery that had taken place in 1947. The man, who was an old-timer (probably dead now) claimed that the main suspect in the murder, whose name he couldn’t remember, had shown up in a variety of pop culture venues, including daily strips by a collection of obscure cartoonists, and some not so obscure. At the time, the idea seemed absurd, but later I discovered that cartoonists of daily strips, most famously Chester Gould, regularly used real-life incidents as material for their stories. Nevertheless, I took the old-timer’s story to be merely the fabrication of a fruitful and bored mind, but always remained curious about the tale’s authenticity. All of the information this old-timer gave me was very vague, and much of the specifics I’ve since forgotten, but, thanks to the internet, I’ve recently stumbled across a few artifacts that give some verification to the old man’s tale. I recently stumbled across a whole selection of obscure celebrity photos on Ebay of a girl named Vera. Nothing else is mentioned about her; the Ebay post is simply a general search for 1940’s celebrity pictures. Here are a couple of those photos:

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vera morgan-2

vera morgan-11

vera morgan-7

These are just a few which I was able to purchase off a seller in Ohio. But, although I’ve tried contacting the seller directly to get information about this “Vera’s” story, no information has been gained. The seller didn’t know anything about her – he’d found the portfolio in the proverbial suitcase in his deceased father’s attic under a bundle of old clothes. If anybody out there recognizes the woman in the pictures, please let me know. I’m very anxious to find out about her.