One upon a time, in a universe far away, Los
Angeles Magazine
did their first and only
zine piece.

In it's August 1994 issue (
cover left), two
pages were set aside for the teeming local
few; with some scant reviews with no
addresses and a VERY few with their face
shown!

Some were well known (
like Derby from Ben Is
Dead
), semi-known and there were those who
flew far under this "underground" radar....like
me.
The creepy thing was that the writer who
interviewed me wouldn't tell me where and/or
how he bumped into my
"cruelly drawn"
Shmuck-O Rat comic.
....hell, I don't even want
to know how that bastard got my phone
number!!!!
Anyways, the last mug you see in this
page belonged to me, until I lost the
thick glasses thanks to a lazik surgery in
2003. The photos of this "note" were
taken in a studio that was in West
LA/Hollywood area and a few steps from
the old KCOP 13 television studio.
This photo on the left is from the same issue,
but it's from a different piece, though similar
'notes of the 'underground' tone. This time, it's
an 8 page piece on Venice Beach Boardwalk
performers and this excerpt is of the stride
pianist master,
Barry 'The Lion' Gordon. I
used to see him quite a lot on the boardwalk
during the late 80's to the late 90's. We talked a
bit and exchanged personal art; I give him some
of my comics and I bought almost all of his
recordings.

I ha
dn't seen him in a long time as I moved out
of Los Angeles
and he doesn't have a web site.
H
owever, within the last few years, he has
established a Facebook account and
occasionally post a message or two. Currently,
he is in performance retirement but still active in
writing and making tapes for future 'Stride
Masters'. Long may he tickles those ivories!!!
Zines My Eye Home
ABOVE: page one
BELOW RIGHT: page two with the old version of my mug.