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September 29, 2006

Word has it that the great underground artist John Jackson, aka Jaxon, has died at his own hand by a gunshot. We have lost an enormous talent.

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April 28, 2006

Adventure Classics is perfectly named. Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, and O. Henry paired with current illustrators like Hunt Emerson and Mary Fleener.

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June 13, 2005

Now the term is “alternative comics,” which pushes the borders back from political/dope-oriented or bawdy stories to equally controversial graphic novels.

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February 28, 2005

It’s taken me nearly 20 years to claw my way up from Playboy to Lollipop, but I’m finally here in the big time!

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October 4, 2004

In an odd recycling, underground comix legend Spain has moved towards a new comic action hero that is totally reminiscent of his earlier comix hero, Trashman.

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May 23, 2004

Chrysalis, a British publisher, is moving ahead with a history of underground comics. The author, Dez Skinn, is a previous editor of a magazine devoted to the British sci-fi phenomenon, Doctor Who.

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February 3, 2004

Mr. Crumb goes into these restaurants, orders food, and while he waits or is between courses, he draws fellow patrons or random ideas onto his placemats. He collects them, sends them to a publisher, and they end up in these books.

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July 23, 2003

What the book lacks in full sweep of its subject, it replaces with good looks. The editing is excellent and the content can be stunning. Its display of underground art pieces – some of it rare – brings you to realize that this movement laid a lot of bricks in the foundation of alternative illustrated periodicals.

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April 18, 2003

Ever since Robert Crumb and Justin Green, there’s been a glut of young artists sure that we want to read their personal anecdotes of growth. Summer Blonde captures issues #5 through #8 of Adrian Tomine’s personal comic, Optic Nerve, and looks to be a blockbuster.

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January 3, 2003

The owner of Knockabout Publishing, Tony Bennett (don’t start) is one of the brighter, more capable editors in the business alongside Ron Turner of Last Gasp, Denis Kitchen of the late Kitchen Sink, and the Fantagraphics gang.

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August 2, 2002

Maxon Crumb is the brother of American-cartoonist-gone-to-France, Robert Crumb. Maxon showed up in the movie Crumb as one of Robert’s crazier brothers. He’s the one who did not commit suicide and was discovered in the underbelly of San Francisco.

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August 2, 2002

I had a chance to talk with ex-underground great, Jaxon recently. His real name is Jack Jackson and with the underground comics, he was only getting started. He’s gone onto illustrating books, too many to mention, let alone collect, and has risen to be a true Texas historian.

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April 19, 2002

Additional adult-oriented comic titles include Shaundra, Tart, Ship of Fools, Demi, and One Fisted Tales. They even feature truly underground titles like LCD #1, The Complete Crumb, and Horny Biker Sluts to name a few of my favorites.

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February 22, 2002

It’s a hardcover, about 300 pages, and well-designed by Dutch undergrounder, Joost Swarte. It’s chock-full of obscure magazine covers, European oddities, and lost and forgotten trading cards and record covers that Crumb has done over the years that never saw real exposure.

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June 1, 2001

Hate died two years ago, abandoned by Peter. This item features two all-new strips including an unpublished Buddy Bradley strip and several unpublished items.

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April 1, 2001

160 pages of some of the best of the original underground artists like Bode, Crumb, and Shelton mixed with newcomers like Kiernan Sawyer and Randy Vogel. It’s good for the occasional fan that prefers a compilation to a half dozen obscure comix.

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September 1, 2000

Major titles of the recent past include Speigelman’s holocaust tale, Maus, Cruse’s coming of gay age Stuck Rubber Baby, and Talbot’s child abuse homage, One Bad Rat.

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January 1, 2000

Here’s some news that made me want to spend the entire month alone in bed: Kitchen Sink, one of the primary and initial publishers of underground comics (UGs), officially sank, to coin an unfortunate pun. One of the oldest and best of the underground comics publishers is gone.

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June 1, 1999

Comics Value Annual 1999 Edition by Alex Malloy is up against the mighty Overstreet Price Guide, but finally recognize underground comics titles.

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April 1, 1999

Collected Checkered Demon features stories from the comics where the demon out-fights, out-drinks, and out-fucks bikers, pirates, aliens, and vampires.

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September 1, 1998

If, ungentle reader, you’re so rich in attitude, then how come you don’t have any Loompanics books? Are you dazed and blasé, or just out of that loop?

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April 1, 1998

One handsome book that I can recommend unequivocally is Buddy Go Home by Peter Bagge. This is Vol. 4 of the Buddy Bradley stories from Hate.

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March 1, 1998

When I started collecting underground comix (u.g.s) in the late ’60s I ran up against two conventions that I could neither abide nor fight.

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