Waaaaay back in the mid-80's, yours truly, my bud Dave Puckett and some of his creative acquaintances in Louisville, KY and its immediate environs got together and formed an APA, also known as an Amateur Press Alliance
. It was formally known by the acronym S.W.A.C., or the Southern Writers and Artists Combine. lBasically, we all wrote and drew stuff, put it together in a magazine format, made multiple copies, then turned it in to the Central Mailer (usually Dave, it was pretty much his baby). A few days later, we all received the collected efforts of all concerned. It was like message boards, blogs and Tumblr, only we consumed paper.
Anyway, my contribution was titled Flashes from the Archives of Oblivion
, title ganked from a mid-70's compliation by the British folk/rock musician Roy Harper...and I guess in hindsight it's where I first got the blogging bug, because it tended to be in a written word format, punctuated by spot illustrations. I also had to do a cover, and that's what you see above, my attempt to render the cast of Elaine Lee and Mike Kaluta's Starstruck
, which was then rocking my socks in its Epic iteration. Anyway, I posted this on Facebook a few days ago and no less a personage than Kaluta himself said, and I quote, "That's terrific, and witty as well! Thanks for sharing."
Anyway, I know he was just being the gracious personage I know him to be. Still, I thought I'd put this up on my long-dormant LJ, since it's always been my de facto art blog. I found this while digging around in a box looking for an old art job I did at about the same time, and much more besides...so I might just put some more up someday. You've been warned.