There’s no Drink & Draw tomorrow, my fine feathered friends. Save your strength for a weekend-long celebration of comics and community at Locust Moon.
It begins Friday at 7pm, when we host a signing of COLONIAL COMICS, the beautiful new collection of stories set at the dawn of our great and troublesome nation, hot off the presses from Fulcrum Books.
Many of our Locust Moon mainstays contributed to this handsome volume, including James Comey, Mike Sgier, Charles Fetherolf, Jason Rodriguez, and yours truly, humble scribe and scrappy utility infielder Josh O’Neill.
Jason will play the fife. I’ll bang a drum. if you’ve been yearing for more fife in your life, this is the place to find it.
Then join us the following day for our QUARTER MOON: REVENGE release party. Though there is no formal presentation, Dave Proch will be performing scenes from his unhinged love/hate story GYPSY at full voice and unexpected intervals throughout the evening.
Be there, or be the next victim of our swift and brutal vengeance.
On Sunday, we rest, and maybe eat some waffles.
about 5 years ago i was working on a project about the great soul singer, sam cooke. my pal&occasional editor jason rodriguez had a passion to tell sam’s story, and i wanted to surprise him by getting the ball rolling. i saw some caricatures that rob guillory had done and hit him up to do some of sam. jason was excited, and we came up with the plan to get things going. i’d script things and we’d all hammer out the story together. rob had a different way of handling things in mind, and eventually we parted ways on the project. he wound up on a little book called CHEW, where his comedic talents and storytelling flair have been delighting audiences for the last 4 years or so. here’s a look at his take on sam.
by this point i had been talking on the phone with peter guralnick, the writer and music historian who wrote the definitive book on sam’s life, DREAM BOOGIE, and i was deep into telling this story. i asked nate powell, for my money one of the best cartoonists alive, if he was into it. nate was, and he set off to work on the opening scene.
nate’s pencils set the tone and perfectly captured what we were going for. jason and i holed up in a crappy hotel in south jersey one weekend and laid out the structure of the book, including a perfectly realized ending. nate kept drawing, and i was set to finish up the script. then a guy i loved killed himself and i was lost for awhile, and the last thing i could do was write anything, and nate had other books to draw, and sam went on the shelf. here’s what nate did for the opening scene…