The description for my book Blood and Drugs is misleading. When I wrote the book, I was in a different place mentally. I was crushed. My hand was barely operable and I couldn’t get a goddamn deal for my autobiographical comics no matter how much notoriety they had gained. Kmart Shoes was a good start, and I am forever grateful to the McGinty’s for taking a chance on me, but it wasn’t put out the way I had intended it. I painstakingly painted every small panel in the entire saga, and yet, because of cost concerns, I agreed to let the book be published in black and white. I also capitulated to adding the first part of Adults only to the end in order to ‘fatten up’ the page count. It is what it is. Those stories would eventually become the backbone of my Flop Sweat series. But I digress.
“Blood and Drugs is the story of people on the fringes of society…” begins the description. I felt, and still do, feel like an outcast to most of society. It’s because I’m fat, and my clothes don’t fit very well. Add baldness to that and a shaggy beard, and I’m merely a bad smell away from being a hobo. Thank God I wear a giant smile that cuts through most defenses, and a likeable charm that usually crushes the rest of the social armor. Of course, you have to get to the doorway to even knock, and most of time I can’t even get eye contact. Oh well. But now, in a different context, I see the book for what it really is: A story about addiction and recovery. And having the fortitude to follow through with one of the hardest things you will ever do in your life. And you know what? I think people get the message. Birdcage Bottom Books comic book publishing & distro
So I was invited by the legendary Danny Hellman to participate in the Jack T. Chick tribute anthology! Look out for that near the end of the year I’m guessing. Big names! I am in good company!
Speaking of anthology’s, I am also in the “Too Tough To Die” aging punk anthology put out by my own publisher Birdcage Bottom Books! Speaking of BBB, we were just over funded once again with our Kickstarter pitch! People love indy comics! Even legendary comedian and actor Patton Oswalt owns a couple of Lance Ward titles and posted about it on Twitter!
My children’s book Little Pidge Touches The Sky is a success! The book looks amazing. I always wanted to write a book my Mother or my wife wouldn’t be embarrassed to show off to co-workers! Hahaha!!
I also have a self published book on Amazon of quarantine auto bio comics called “A Good Man’s Brother”. It’s grim and it’s about how my marriage was almost a victim of covid-19. We worked our shit out, but not after months of unspeakable hardship. Don’t want to go back to that anytime soon.
I am in my ‘red’ period as far as painting goes. Everything has to start with bright red, then I add black, gray, and finally white to create this vivid series I may call “Comics in Hell”. They will featured in a solo art show, with details to follow!
I got vaccinated, so I am good to go as far a seeing others, so a “One-Man-Comic-Con” may be in order sooner than later. Talk to you soon!
Sure, our own petty bullshit gets in the way, but sometimes we have to clear the mud off the windshield and look at something else for a while. Until then, lets give a moment of thanks for someone who truly did things his own way.