We were a motley crew as we chatted away in a dark back corner of the Chow Restaurant on San Francisco’s Market Street last Tuesday night. Gay cartoonists! Lesbian cartoonists! Bisexual cartoonists! Gay-friendly non-gay cartoonists! Gay spouses of gay cartoonists; non-gay spouses of bi cartoonists! Non-cartoonist gays! (Let’s see, have I overlooked anybody?)
Anyway, everyone there at our Chow chowdown on Tuesday had some connection or other to the Gay Comix underground comic book series that was launched nearly thirty years ago.
Below: The four issues of Gay Comix that I edited before passing the baton to Mr. Triptow.
Last Tuesday’s gathering was about breaking bread (or supping on salad) with old friends and enjoying memories of the part several of us played in getting Gay Comix‘s on its feet way back when. It would have been even nicer if some of those Ster Trek teleporters had been on hand to beam in other Gay Comix veterans from the distant cities where they currently reside. But ya can’t have everything.
Vaughn, happily, was coincidentally on hand, having had unrelated reasons last week to leave his Portland digs behind and join us for the San Francisco festivities.
Here are some snapshots to make you almost feel you were there with us.
At left, top: Charter Gay Comix contributor Burton Clarke needs to whip up a web site for himself so I can provide a link on occasions like this to online samples of his beautiful comic book art.
At left, bottom: Tim Luddy is a longstanding pal of most of the Gay Comix crowd. Tim is also the award-winning creative director of Mother Jones magazine. If you can spare of minute or two, take a listen to the voice-over Tim contributes to this fascinating slideshow chronicling the evolution of one of MoJo‘s recent cover designs.
At right: An equally nice shot of Trina, who won my heart 33 years ago by being the first underground comix creator to make me feel welcome at the 1976 Berkeley Con, which was the first comics convention devoted entirely to undergrounds. Trina actually liked Barefootz, which at the time was being widely dismissed by most of the male core of San Francisco’s undergrounders.
Thanks, Trina. It meant a lot.
Solution to the Puzzle
in my May 24 Blog Entry
Question: What two things do the cartoonists who drew the characters in the montage below have in common?
Answer: (1) They all contributed to early issues of Gay Comix; and (2) they were all present and accounted for at the aforementioned Chow party on May 19.