A big thanks to Editor in Chief, Tucker Stone for allowing me to do
a week of diary comics over at The Comics Journal this week! Do
you wonder why I’m doing this? Do you have questions about
how reliable they are? Do you wonder when it will be a
Netflix series? I have answers!
I never really gave much thought to creating autobiographical comics. After all, my life has not been incredibly traumatic or
amazing. I wasn’t a kid who made the difficult move from my
country of origin to a foreign land. I didn’t survive a war. I didn’t
grow up in a funeral home. I didn’t even work as file clerk at
the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ohio! The short stories
related in my Semi-Reliable Diary Comics from the 90’s kind of
spilled out of me as I attempted to write some sort of 90’s genre
tv show review. That idea deflated as soon I typed the words,
“Night Man was a tv show…” But what was going on with
me personally while Star Trek TNG and Batman Adventures was
king seemed like a story I was more interested in telling.
These “Diaries” were a bit therapeutic for me, even if reading
them is absolutely no fun for you. Writing about past events
can cause long lost memories and emotions to bubble to the
surface, and I tried my best not to be too precious or make
poignant inspirational messages out of my memories. What
you see is mostly how it all came back to me. We all know
memories are unreliable.
Why are they “semi-reliable?” As I said above, our memories
are imperfect at best. I was a big fan of Eddie Campbell’s comics
in the 90s and often enjoyed his Alec strips. Thus, I admit taking
a page from Alec and changed names, dates and chronology
to protect the guilty and the innocent. After all, when it
becomes a Netflix show I don’t want any lawsuits.
Red Ryder and The Big Bad Woods is a Patreon comic I created about two years ago. I’ve been posting 2-3 pages of the story every month since April 5th 2017! April 5th at 9:15 am in fact. Computers keep track of everything you do.
Posting 2-3 pages of anything is a horrible way to run a
railroad. I realize that people tend to forget what happened
in my story six months ago (basically 13 pages ago)! Well,I did
it anyway and we are reaching the end of the line (I like train metaphors today). 74 pages of story, art and plot twists!
Thus, some 74 pages later, I thought I’d post the first 5 pages
for anyone who hasn’t yet signed on to read yet another comic
on their computer screen. I mean, if you sign up now…it’s 1.50
for 74 pages of amazing thrills and chills! It’s highway (or railway) robbery!
Enjoy the free pages below! If you want more, go HERE!
Rabbit Who Fights Issue 4 has been printed and is in my hands!
Although some copies will probably get distributed to stores in Brooklyn, Quimby’s books in Chicago and even Floating World Comics in Portland, mosts people will have to get the issue
through my Gumroad site.
At this point issue 2 is sold out. Sorry for those who may want it, but grateful that people enjoyed my work! Below is the cover and a brief preview of RWF #4, and if you want to read more about RWF in
general, check out Beat article.
Further reading related to this issue of RWF if you are so inclined:
Nick Reding’s book, Methland
The Bombing of Move
And various articles…um… like this.
Thanks for stopping by!
I will be there.
I will have the NEW fourth issue of my one man anthology Rabbit Who Fights along with a few copies of issues 1-3.
I also made a mini comic, “6000 Years Ago” just for fun and
so that people have something they can buy for a quarter!
Stickers! People seem to like stickers. So I’m testing the waters.
I made one for kids, based on my kids work. Plus, I made one for…anyone who likes monsters and the more adult work in
my anthology Rabbit Who Fights.
Hope to see some of you there! Find me at table E-172
MoCCA Arts Festival NYC’s largest indie comics and cartoon art event! April 6th from 11AM-7PM & April 7th from 11AM-6PM (636 W. 46th St.)