One upon a time, in a universe far away, Los
Angeles Magazine did their first and only
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
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
|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
I hadn't seen him in a long time as I moved out
of Los Angeles and he doesn't have a web site.
However, 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!!!
|ABOVE: page one
BELOW RIGHT: page two with the old version of my mug.