Action & Apathy Blues

A lot of boiling-over occurred in 2015 when it came to protests against police violence in the black community and the anger of an exploited middle class. Chicago saw the clashes up close. Lumpen Magazine # 127 is an edition that applauds the efforts of community activists and those willing to stand up to the injustices of a corrupt political system.

‘Action and Apathy Blues’ is our addition to the issue and touches on the malaise of believing something needs to change and what we can do about it.

Get your hands on a copy here or for free at over 300 Chicago locations.

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Esoteric Dialogue #1 extras

The story, characters, visual style and… well just about everything in ED#1 was the result of an evolution process. We had a lot of ideas, scratched most of them, and crafted the best ones draft after draft. Below are some of those ideas and Matt’s sketches that didn’t make it into the final book.

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An early drawing of the Illuminati performing a dark ritual in the form of a board game.

 

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Drawings from an idea for a fake gimmick ad page.

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Page from a “history” segment.

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An unfinished promo page featuring Bigfoot, the Mothman, a Grey alien, and a UFO. Oh yeah, and two teens slurping on each other.

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An unfinished comic Matt was working on that showed a media-brainwashed dude that ends up blowing up the planet.

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A page from an old ED story idea about Shelly Shivers, an all-American girl who becomes a witch through playing D&D, which was inspired by the old Chick comic written by the infamous John Todd.

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Another page from the “history” segment.

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A promo page featuring poster-like panels of various conspiracy theories.

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A page from the very first ED story idea inspired by an interview I heard on Coast to Coast with George Noory about a child sacrifice that took place in the catacombs of the Vatican.

Ghost Dance

We’re very grateful to be a part of Lumpen Magazine‘s 2015 all-comics issue. The theme of the issue is “Radio” to commemorate WLPN Lumpen Radio’s launch to 105.5 FM in Chicago (www.lumpenradio.com). WLPN is a volunteer-run community radio station based in the Bridgeport neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Logan and Edmar even give me a bit of airtime on their waves with The Butter Hours – a two-hour late-night music mix my good friend, Eric Streichert, and I do every first and third Tuesday of the month 10pm-12am CST (@TheButterHours). These are some really tuned-in community-minded cats running this weirdo media empire, and we’re really digging getting involved. You can order copies of the most current and back issues at www.lumpenmagazine.org.

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Just enough time for a Short Run in Seattle

I got the opportunity to table at Short Run Seattle this last weekend on Halloween. I always hoped that making comics would give me more reason to travel. I had never been to Seattle, but I’ve always understood the place as a station for comics creators. That certainly proved true from all the great material I saw at the convention.
ttcshortrun15The biggest problem was that the show was only one day and the only time I could bring myself to leave my table for more than five minutes at a time was in the last hour of the show. I ran around like a fiend desperately looking for his next fix trading copies of Esoteric Dialogue for the coolest comics I could find.

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From Pube Smoke 2 by Max Clotfelter

Cover of Eat Eat Eat by Tom Van Deusen

Cover of Eat Eat Eat by Tom Van Deusen

Cover of Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver

Cover of Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver


I also managed to stumble upon a dusty antiques shop underneath the Pike Place Market full of strange oddities like this 1962 issue of Masonic Quarterly that is brimming with free market economic philosophy and old ads about the Space Needle.masonIMG