Monday, November 27, 2006

Lesson 2: Tasty Treats

Ah the early nineties, a light and breezy time it seemed creativity was in the air. The Simpsons were on a roll(which really should have stopped somewhere around season 11 or 12-whenever they went to England), my friend was introducing me to the world of Seinfeld(now tainted), there was still city specific music scenes(gone the way of my space and youtube) as well as record labels that specialized in more or less one sound. Fantagraphics gave us Peter Bagge's Hate and Dan Clowe's Eightball. Comic Books were beginning to get the respect they deserve(but only if you called them Graphic Novels), and punk rock fliers went from being plastered every and anywhere to limited edition prints hanging in art galleries. Vinyl was still viable and becoming quite collectible with record singles coming out in every color of the rainbow, sometimes swirled. I was working at a pizza shop and going to school to become a Art Teacher-determined to change how art was taught(HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA That is Funny), so yeah this is the stew that Tasty Treats crawled from.

The name Tasty Treats came from a delivery driver I worked with who had the habit of saying Glenn's Tasty Treats while I was making food, which in turn fit the book as it was an anthology comic. There was an exception though as I did have a continuing story "Knuckleheads" which was never finished(though it still rattles in my brain). There were some recurring character strips, but Knuckleheads and quite a few stories were inspired by the police blotter and Wmji's "Knuckledheads in the News"(Back then it was the Lanigan, Webster, and Malone show, presently The Lanigan and Malone show, Knuckleheads still on Thursday morning 8-9am). It seemed I was on some kind of roll, but Tasty Treats this form at least, stopped by 1992-incidentally the Jake Ace that was posted November 3rd was from the 3rd issue. If you could see how some of this was laid out it looks like a madman did it, pieces here cuts there, artwork was done on bristol board and I was still using rapidograph pens(HAHAHAHA that's funny too). Now I'm just trying to figure out what the hell I was doing between 93-95.

Next: The Birth of 80 Proof Comix

Tasty Treats 1 1991-92

Tasty Treats 2 1992

Tasty Treats 3 1992

Unfinished Flier

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

nice sociological perspective on them early nineties man.... well written stuff.... i, too, used to read HATE, see rawk shows in (pre) grungy venues and work in a low-end pizza joint... wonder if we ever crossed paths??