Saturday, December 02, 2006

Hokum Scorchers

Here's a photo of Lou Reimuller a.k.a. Sunset Lou (creator of Teenar, Girl Guitar) doing what he does best, playing hokum music in the Hokum Scorchers band (with me). Also, here is a painting I did for a music cassette cover which has an image of my "Feed the Kitty" sculpture on it. And here is my actual "Feed the Kitty", a hand-crafted piece of folk art which I dragged around to gigs such as the Seattle Folk Festival and Bumbershoot. It was equipped with a foot petal that made the tail move up and down that we activated when people put coins in the mouth of the cat.
(All images from the '90's.)

Friday, December 01, 2006

More Comic Covers

Amy Crehore back in the day of "Boys and Girl's Grow Up", co-editor and publisher
(photo by Tom Campagnoli)
Cover by Les Smith 1983
Cover by Amy Crehore 1981
Cover by Amy Crehore 1982
Cover by Amy Crehore 1985
Here are some more "Boys and Girl's Grow Up" comic covers from 1981-1985.(See previous post for comic cover #4.) All were drawn by me (Amy Crehore) except for # 3 , In the Atomic Age by Les Smith. You can still find copies at Mile High Comics or Last Gasp or sometimes on Ebay.

"Boys and Girls Grow Up" Revisited

Back cover of "Boys and Girls Grow Up" Number 4, 1984 by Amy Crehore (Breck Girl)
Tom Campagnoli, co-editor and publisher "Boys and Girls Grow Up"
Front Cover "Boys and Girls Grow Up" Number 4, 1984 by Amy Crehore
I spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Virginia this year and it was unseasonably warm. The temperature was a perfect 73 degrees and sunny.
My return trip cross-country from VA back to OR took me 24 hours door-to-door. I won't go into the details here, but the airline was kind enough to provide me with a suite in a fancy new Hilton in San Francisco to make up for hours of waiting and missed connections.

While in VA, I visited some of my best friends like Tom Campagnoli. He and I actually published a comic book (much like the early "Blab!" issues) in the first half of the 80's called "Boys and Girls Grow Up". Somehow we managed to keep it going for 5 issues and had it distributed by Last Gasp. Comic artist Peter Bagge (creator of "Hate") wrote a review of our book in an issue of R. Crumb's "Weirdo".

"Boys and Girls Grow Up" was especially sweet because it was a collection of comic art done by some of our closest art school buddies. We all went to V.C.U. in Richmond. From what I hear now, V.C.U. has grown to be one of the largest art schools in the country, if not the largest.

Richmond is also the home of "The Drama" art magazine. I saw some issues of "The Drama" at a Richmond gallery and shop called Quirk along with designer toys and many other cool and unusual things while I was there this past week.
Good ol' Richmond, VA.

Hokum Images

I came across these images on forums recently.
They made me laugh.
It's hokum, folks!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Leslie Garland Bolling's Nudes (1898-1955)

The Library of Virginia recently held an unusual exhibition of masterful wood carving: figurative sculpture by an obscure artist named Leslie Garland Bolling. He was an African-American self-taught artist who lived in Richmond and made more than 80 carvings of working people and nudes from the period of 1926-1943. His nudes are particularly wonderful in their stylization of women's curves. A lot of feeling went into these pieces.
In this series of photos, you can see him working on one of these pieces in his home studio.(Credit: Bolling Carving "Queen of Dreams", Harmon Foundation).
Read more about him and view more works on the Library of Virgina website here:

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Launched

A unique new search engine was just launched on November 28, 2006. It shows a layout of 12 different screen shots per page with highlighted search words. Here's what a search of my name looks like on Pagebull:
(Thanks to Marshall Sponder at webmetricsguru for the link)

Saturday, November 18, 2006


Cover by Jonathan Rosen
I finally got my copies of the new "Blab! 17" in the mail this week.
It was a long wait for me - a couple of years almost since I first started doing sketches for "The Banana Eater". The drawing took me months to work out. I decided that Devil's Island would be my backdrop and I had to do some research on plants, animals and people. I also had to make it really entertaining.
The painting was finished in June or July 2005, it was shown in the first Blab! Art Exhibit of Sept. 2005, and has just now been published in Nov. 2006.