Sunday, June 16, 2019

Olympia Comics Festival 2019



As you can see my little 20th century Toyota Corolla was filled with so many Morty Comix that I consider it a major victory that I made it to Olympia without being pulled over. Driving on the back streets helped.

Those white bags in the center, next to Max Clotfelter, was my table. In all between the expo portion and handing them out at the wedding, I gave away about 250 Morty Comix.

With this project finished I will be moving on to to truly diabolical art scheme, also using Morty Comix. 

I'll keep this blog up for another week or two, then it returns to hibernation where only a few trivia hunters in the Diogenes Club come to occasionally visit. If you are comix historian and still want to have access to this blog let me know and that can be arranged.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

See you on June 15th at the Olympia Comics Festival!


See you on June 15th at the Olympia Comics Festival! Celebrate Marisha and Casey's wedding and take home some free art!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Olympia Comics Festival June 15, 2019





I'll be giving away nearly 300 Morty Comix at the Olympia Comics Festival at the Olympia Community Center on June 15, 2019. The comix are wedding favors on the happy occasion of the wedding of Marisha Kay and Casey (Danger Room) Bruce.

https://olycomicsfest.tumblr.com/Exhibitors

A little more than half of the Morty Comix are in the "traditional" 4-page format. Each issue is one-of-kind original art. The series dates back to Feb. 1983. The rest of the Morty Comix are 3-dimensional "installation pieces" given away in wedding white bags.

I hope I can fit them all in my little 20th century compact car (see photos of giant plastic tubs and boxes, as well as a ton of loose bags). We might have a clown car situation here.

The issue number range is between # 2900-3200, created between Aug. 2018-Mar. 2019. Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Lt. Frank Columbo was a cartoonist



In the Columbo episode "By Dawn's Early Light" (1974) we get a glimpse of the LAPD's TV homicide detective's notes. We always liked this guy but now we like him even more.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Cryogenic Comix # 39

Cryogenic Comix # 39
Copyright (c) 2019 Steve Willis

Felt tip on a sketchpad, Burlington, Vermont, Sept. 1979.

This issue of Cryogenic Comix concludes bringing out this collection of late 1979-early 1980 drawings.

The photo of me in my living room was taken in Sept. 1979, the same month that I drew these images. The other photos, taken Oct. 1979, was where I lived, 349 Pearl St. The old house had been divided into at least three units. I lived on the first floor with four other people, all strangers to me when I landed in Burlington knowing not a soul. My room had a door to the back, as seen in the rear view.

As seen in one of these drawings I quickly learned the Vermont trick of politely giving wrong directions when a big car would pull up and someone with a NYC or Boston accent would rudely demand a geographic lesson. It happened so often that I would be utterly thrown when the driver was polite.




















Cryogenic Comix # 38

Cryogenic Comix # 38
Copyright (c) 2019 Steve Willis

Felt tip on a sketchpad, Burlington, Vermont, Sept. 1979. Note the appearance of Morty the Human.

The third image could be a drawing of the brother of Benb, one of my favorite of Steve's Lafler's great characters-- of course at the time I had yet to know Steve or his work. My introduction the whole Newave comix scene was still a couple years away.























Cryogenic Comix # 37

Cryogenic Comix # 37
Copyright (c) 2019 Steve Willis

Felt tip on a sketchpad, Burlington, Vermont, Sept. 1979. Note the appearance of "Mortie the Cat."