Perp Talk

Last summer I nudged the long-awaited debut issue of the North County Perp out of its birth canal and onto the streets of North Adams.

Ushering my ‘zine out into the world after its lengthy period of gestation was great fun for me, despite the fact that in order to avoid the editorial inhibitions that come from courting advertisers I had to personally fork over the bucks to get it printed. It was a financial indulgence I’m not in a position to make a habit of, but it was worth it this time just to get a little dust stirred up in this sleepy town and to provide a looser-than-normal platform for creatively-inclined locals whose interests and points of view aren’t easily accommodated by the handful of existing publications in these parts.

Stacks of Perp #1 were up for grabs for a short while on counters at Papyri Books, North Adams Antiques, and Cup and Saucer here in North Adams and a lively launch party was hosted by MCLA Gallery 51 on Main Street. A gratifying level of enthusiasm was forthcoming from the local folks who picked up copies before they ran out, and even after the paper copies printed by Becks Printing were long gone, curious would-be readers from around here and from distant climes have continued to download it for free from the Perp‘s web site as a PDF document).

In other words, in its small way, Perp #1 seemed to be a home-grown "hit." I offer as evidence of this the question that people have persisted in asking me ever since the first issue’s debut: "So when is Perp #2 coming out?"

Well, predicting an actual publication date for #2 is as iffy a proposition at this point as it was during the year it took to pull #1 together, but I can now say with confidence that the Perp is officially poised to return, thanks to a $2,144 grant the project has received from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire.

My job now will be to once again start speading the word. So all you writers and cartoonists scattered in nooks and crannies around Berkshire County thinking oddball thoughts that you’ve never felt able to share with your neighbors should take note: the time is now to get your creative juices flowing.

You will soon start seeing fliers seeking your involvement as a Participating Perp, but you don’t need to wait until you come across a flier to get in touch with me. I’m right here.

About Howard

I'm a cartoonist and writer, best known for my graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, and my comic strip from the 1980s, Wendel.
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  1. Sandra says:

    Woo hoo! Looking forward to issue #2.