Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Another Christian

Here's a lament from a lion who has been fed too many Christians. This one is from Minneapolis, late 80's or early 90's.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Did I Turn the Oven Off?

This one is from a zine Devin made with somebody else, and I'm not sure who that other person was. The crucifixion part of the image was Devin's. It's one he drew at least a couple times - the first time I saw it was years before this one was drawn. Devin, our friend Jeff and I were at Stromboli's Pizza in Bozeman drinking a pitcher of beer and drawing cartoons. Devin drew Jesus on the cross wondering if he had turned the oven off and we all laughed very hard and long. We were drawing many cartoons that night and realized we were pretty hungry. We asked the staff at the pizza place if we could trade our cartoons for a pizza and they agreed, so we drew them the "Starving Cartoonists Seal of Approval" while they made the pizza. So who knows what happened to those cartoons we exchanged for a pizza that night. But Devin used this idea again for this zine. It's a DVS classic. About a year ago today I attended Devin's memorial in Bozeman. It's been a long year and a short year.

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Firsts of the Psycho Revolution

This one was in a letter that Greg Carr sent me when I was living in Madison, Wisconsin and he and Devin were trying to convince me to move to Minneapolis. JAM was my Beat Brother nickname, as DVS was Devin's. Here I am beating my chest in a fairly realistic drawing for Devin but where I beat my chest the drawing turns into Devin's straight lines and maze patterns. It was a call for me to join the revolution in Minneapolis, to shake off the realistic lines around me and turn into something more abstract. Maybe, I think, I don't know exactly. Anyway, a couple months later I had moved to Minneapolis, so the drawing and the letters worked.

Monday, June 6, 2016

The Bud Man

Drinking and Devin. Devin and drinking. Devin did a lot of drinking when I knew him. Anybody around him did some drinking when they were around him. Drinking made things funny. Drinking made you see through the strangeness of everything. You could drink too much, and that made things kind of uncomfortable. Uncomfortable like eyes popping out and brains turning into lines. Alcohol could turn you into a Picasso version of yourself.
I can't remember exactly the circumstances behind this one. Devin put my name at the bottom like it's kind of a plaque. Does that mean that he meant me to be the Bud Man? After all, there weren't too many choices back then. Or was it some kind of dedication? I don't remember. But I do like this person, drinking through his bird mouth and directly into his brain, or through a second mouth, and how his body turns into a maze. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Line Fingers

This is one from a page of Devin's doodles. I am a big fan of his line fingers, which are kind of like bird feet. This is some kind of spider person with a beard, I think, but you might think it is something else.