Who the Hell does this guy think he is? part 2
public high school, Tech Memorial, actually encouraged me to
be creative and artistic, and for that I am eternally grateful.
After 10 years of being the outcast, the mutant, I was suddenly
thrust into a whole room full of mutants. Finding others as "weird"
as me was a great relief. In this art class, under Roy Ahlgren,
I met REAL friends, and had memorable experiences. Which I will
not detail here, as it would bore you silly and be an act of
pure vanity, but you'll find some pictures in the photo
By the end of high
school I was a thoroughly malcontented and angst-ridden teen.
Had I entered society at this point, there might still have been
hope, but I chose instead to enroll in a cheesy art school. I
don't know if it was naivete or plain bad judgment that landed
me at the incredibly useless and awful Ivy School Of Professional
Art in Pittsburgh. I had great times, met great people, forged
lifetime friendships, but neglected to get an education or acquire
job-worthy skills. Two years of pissing my money into Moe Kirshenbaums
pot, and I was back in Erie, stocking shelves at Kmart.
Not long after, I spoke to my good friend Bruce Felgar, who
had escaped Erie for Houston,Texas. A week later I was living
there. I've been here ever since, working and making friends
and enemies, and doing what I can with my art "education".
Houston, as they say has been Berry Berry Good to me. Or at least
it feels that way coming from Erie, where I was generally considered
an unfortunate mishap of genetics. It has offered me consistent
employment, arts and entertainment, sunshine, no snow, and some of the best fireworks
shows in the world.
And of course here
I had opportunities for my comic book work that were not in Erie.
It was here that I met Anthony and Ken, who would push me screaming
into the world of self publishing. Thanks to their enthusiasm,
efforts and cash, my first nationally distributed comic was published,
And so began my roller coaster adventure in alternative comics.
During my decade of moderate success, I was lucky enough to meet,
and sometimes work with the some of the most gifted creators
in humorous adventure comics, whose names I will not be vain
enough to drop here. Publishers, too; I was proud to be published
by Fantagraphics and delighted to have Eclipse welcome me into
their family. It was a decade-plus of incredible fun, hard work,
wild partying, ink-stained fingers and great satisfaction. If
I had a time machine I'd go back there right now.
All good things come to an end, though, and when the speculator-driven
market imploded, I found no outlet for my work, at least none
worth pursuing - at $25 a page, I made about $4 an hour. At the
same time my "regular" job had introduced me to computers
and a whole new way of being creative. That and my landing of
more artistic job lessened the blow of the death of my dream
of becoming a popular cartoonist.
Regrets? A few. I look back on it as a great thing I once did,
and have little sadness about how it all worked out. And hey,
whaddya know - those computers are now making it possible for
me to "publish" my work again.
The past few years I've been coasting along, just being me
and enjoying my friends, house and cats. That pretty much brings
us up to date, and what do you know, when I look over my life
to date it seems pretty tolerable. Hunh.
Life is good. But don't quote me.
A Brief Overview of My Published
The details are in the comics pages of this site.
This is just a handy-dandy reference page when you decide you
must try to find and buy everything I ever did. You won't be
able to; I'm purposely leaving the worst crap out. Not that this
is great crap to begin with...
My first all-by-me comic book, generously published
by the Pittsburgh Comic Book Club. Features the lurid story of
The Avenging Clown.
Art Direction and several stories for Anthony Smith's
lamented anthology. Early appearance of Crazy Bob, only appearance
of "Daddy, I Want More Flako Bits"
Illustrator/co-author/publisher of all thirteen
issues of sarcastic science fiction adventure.
(#1-4 published in cooperation with Ken Donnel and Anthony Smith,
#8-13 through Eclipse Comics)
appeared in CEREBUS #66 & #67 and
PLASTRON CAFE #3 & #4 from Mirage
Serialized in 8-page chapters, as part of Fantagraphics'
CRITTERS anthology, in issues
#4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17,18, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 35, 36, 37,
and as complete 24-page stories in issues #43 and #46.
also appeared in USAGI YOJIMBO #12, 23 (with
Stan Sakai) 25 (with John P. Morgan), #35
and 36, and in color in Mirage's USAGI
10-page funny animal short for Mu Press, Floppity
Goes Berserk (a personal favorite).
Two complete issues of depressing humor from Blackbird
Press, also featuring the frightening adventures of Ed The Grocer.
The very website you are reading now!