Friday, April 16, 2010

Blast from the Past #293: Cover art for "Tenpenny Funnies" #1

Back in the late 1970's, while I still had my tiny used book and comic store in Northampton, I tried my hand at self-publishing minicomics. There was a copy shop right across the street, so it was convenient to bop over there and get the 8.5 by 11 inch copies made. They had a cutter which could slice big piles of these copies in half, so it made it easier for me to put together the 5.5 by 4.25 inch comics. I think I did about five issues of "Tenpenny Funnies" which -- coincidentally -- I sold for ten cents apiece. (I'm not going to say I sold very many of them -- in fact, I probably never recouped the printing costs.) It was a lot of fun.

This artwork is a piece I did for the cover of the first issue of "Tenpenny Funnies". I can't remember exactly WHY I picked this image, but as for technique, I remember at the time being very impressed by Dave Sheridan's stipple work on various underground comics, including the work he did with Gilbert Shelton on "The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers". -- PL


Newton Gimmick said...

Very cool and unique art.

kgar said...

Damn... no Tenpenny Funnies on ebay.

Stephan @ The Turtle Van said...

nor will you ever find them. I however, would sell my first born...and maybe my second born, for a set ;-)