Funny Moths


Yesterday I stumbled across some unpublished spot illustrations I drew nine years ago that were commissioned to accompany a humorous article about moths.

The drawings (for which I was experimenting with some techniques that gave them a different look from typical Cruse cartoons) would have appeared in the fourth issue of Tom Toldrian’s Harpoon magazine if Harpoon hadn’t folded, alas, after issue 3.

But I still like ’em so I’ll share ’em.

Above from top to bottom: A moth being bottle-fed; a moth tangled in fabric fringe; a moth getting spanked; a moth colliding with a wall; and an elderly moth groping toward The Light while undergoing a near-death experience

Hey, if you find yourself
in Madison, WI, this Friday…

…be sure and drop by the 6:30-8:00 PM opening reception for the Underground Classics exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art at 800 University Avenue.

In fact, why don’t you arrive an hour earlier and catch the 5:30 PM program featuring co-curators Denis Kitchen (the publisher who got me into underground comic books in the first place thirty-seven years ago) and librarian James Danky?

A few of my Wendel pages are part of the show, and so are comix by a breathtaking array of the pioneering cartoonists (like R. Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Trina Robbins, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, S. Clay Wilson, and—well, the list of countercultural luminaries goes on and on) who turned the world of comic books upside down during the 1960s and ’70s and helped generate exciting new career opportunities for prosecutors and would-be comics censors all over America.

The show will remain available for viewing through July 12, if you can’t get to the opening festivities but still have a Madison visit in your plans for early summer.

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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3 Responses to Funny Moths

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  2. Jim Danky says:

    Thanks Howard, for the plug and the great interview too. All the best.

  3. Mykl says:

    Amazing! That fella’s shirt looks like my couch!