BLAH BLAH BLAH ...

Recollections on the work in this volume (Original Graphic Novel notes from June 1994)

"NICHOLSON'S SMALL PRESS TIRADE"

The idea for the Tirade came about in late 1988 when I put my Ultra Klutz comic book on hiatus for a year and was working at a local newspaper. That year I finally had the time for all the various projects I had to put off while doing a self-published comic book. One of those was the Steve Willis and Ted Bolman archive collections I wanted to publish as part of my re-entry into the small press scene I had abandoned a few years earlier. While going through all of my old collections of newszines, I was reminded of so many of the things that really pissed me off about the obscuro small press world. Not a hostile anger, just a pesky irritation. All of my life I've worked out frustrations like that through my writing and cartooning, so I started taking notes. Before I knew it, I had a story that had to be told. Especially because no one else seemed to have ever addressed those irritations that we small pressers shared. Sure, everyone griped and ranted in private correspondence, but no one cut loose within their publications. It was as though our little world was too intimate and delicate, already too scorned by the mainstream comics crowd, to undergo harsh criticism trom within. It was also very cathartic for me at the time. I had to shut down my dream of eternal self employment that year, and that theme comes through very strongly. There are other themes as well that don't deal specifically with the small press of the '80s, which is why the original Tirade mini-comic was well received by people who never heard of small press. It deals with creativity and the human condition in general, which is why I feel it is worthy of reprinting here in the '90s, and naming this collection after. Aside trom the content, Tirade was also an experiment. Half of my inspiration was to get a reaction trom the "gang" out there. I couldn't wait for the reviews and letters. I knew I would gain scorn and praise, and push buttons trom coast to coast. Normally I wouldn't find it appropriate to print letters of comment or review blurbs here in a reprint collection, but because Tirade was an interactive experiment, I'm going to share with you some of the feedback. Tirade ended up being about a five-to-one in favor as far as the mail was concerned, and all of the letters that slammed the project had one or two basic misunderstandings. Either they saw me as an outsider attacking their world (when I was actually a member ridiculing us all), or they confused the tirade of small press as being a tirade on my direct sales career, as is evident in the following excerpt from [name withheld]:

Cut the crap, the snivelling, the whining. Dude, you ruminate too much! Get in the game -- who gives a fuck? Either you're an artist or you're not but spare me the song and dance! You can work 40 hrs. and still draw UK -- do you need validation? Does Gary Groth have to like your stuff? Hey, fuck Gary Groth! To me 27 issues of my comic, my own comic, would seem like a major accomplishement no matter how many people bought it.

*2009 footnote about "name withheld"* [When I printed his 1989 letter in the 1994 collection, I didn't try to explain that Gary Groth had nothing to do with this - I was making fun of my photocopy days while burned out on my nationally distributed direct sales free falling career that I couldn't make a living at anymore. 20 years later name withheld Googled his name (while explaining the internet to a relative or something) and found it associated with all the swearing in this web version. He sent me an e-mail asking me to take it down, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see if he gets it after all these years... that I was exhausted and churning out illustrations for the Habitrails-inspring newspaper I worked at, yet still I put all of my creative energy into Tirade rather that just quitting outright. It pisses me off when anyone tries to tell an artist when and what to create, and this guy was a musical artist (he sold a few songs that became singles for others back in the 70's, never released any albums under his own name). I would never presume to tell my favorite band with a history of failure and success, to "get in the game" and make another album. He just couldn't get it and defended that this is how he coaches soccer to his kids. No regrets for treating a grown man (who was more "in the game" than he apparently was with his own music career) like a soccer child, he was just embarrased about the swear words. So I removed his name as requested. Looking back, I think name withheld needed to soccer coach himself to put out 27 of his own albums before having the right to tell me when my bench time was up.]

I was especially shocked to receive a letter from Francis Mao, the very person who introduced me to small press, with the same misunderstanding. He balled me out for my saying he gave me "bogus info" in Tirade (the 500 hardcore comics fans that didn't exist), and went on to say I sold thousands of copies of Ultra Klutz as proof of his being libeled. I wrote and explained that sales on Ultra Klutz in the comic shops had nothing to do with the photocopy small press world of trading a maximum of 100 comics with other publishers in the mail. He never responded back.

Of the letters of affirmation, the one that meant the most to me came from Steve Willis, who I have always seen as the most talented in the bunch, and who has adhered to his integrity the most gracefully. He scoffed at my painting him a saint in Tirade, but went on to say:

Tirade is, and yes, I'll say it (you can quote me) the best, the most accurate, and the funniest comic I've seen by a small press cartoonist reflecting on his experience in this geek game. This is your best work. I can almost hear your voice as I read it. Your real voice. And that's why it's so great. The humor, and there's a lot of it, is what saves it from being a manifesto. Anger and humor are a volatile mix. Again, this is brilliant, creative, expressive work. I suspect the very people you are slamming will bow and snivel like Uriah Heep, praising you. Or, you will be crucified. Welcome to the club.

The reviews were equally interesting. For the most part they were positive, or when negative they had legitimate criticisms regarding quality. It was the ones that reacted on an emotional level that gave me the perverse satisfaction I had hoped for when I first conceived of the project. I found it an interesting look at the small press psyche to see how certain individuals could be offended with Tirade, when nothing in Tirade was untruthful. Larry Blake called Tirade:

A narrow point of view that smacked of Sour Grapes. I can't believe anyone would think of small press or any vanity type publication as a method of making big bucks! Sheesh! Get a real job!

Dennis Pimple bought copies of Tirade to sell in his Fandom House catalog, but his description read:

Jeff takes shots at everyone in professional and small press publishing as he wonders why no one realizes his genius. Yeah, right.

What seems to have eluded Dennis is the fact that I called myself a genius in complete mockery, and the most fatal shots were taken at myself. For every delusion and bad deal of small press that I cast light on, I revealed myself as a willing participant who allowed himself to be a subject. And what professionals did I fire at? I think Brad Foster sums it up best:

What comes through mostly was you had high expectations and bought into what these folks were saying. Shame on them, but shame on you.


"SUPERHERO OVERDOSE"

Superhero Overdose was a semi-anarchist strip chock full of anecdotes and observations on the comics book industry of the time. They were originally published in the Comics Buyer's Guide newspaper trom 1983-1986. They were never a "fan favorite" amongst the comics community, which is probably a reassuring sign. While collecting these strips for this volume, I was surprised at how embarrassingly revealing they were of myself at the time. I thought of myself as very out of the mainstream, yet the strips reveal how involved I still was with mainstream comics. I was only a kid of 20 to 23 during the run, which is some excuse I suppose, but the gags on keeping your comics in mint condition were drawn trom true feelings at the time. Over time, I think the Dr. Comics character evolved into a pretty good antagonist for comic book absurdities, without being an inbred comic book geek himself. But hey. .. how far can I dissect and analyze a CBG strip? It was an Eighties thing.

EVERYTHING ELSE IN THIS VOLUME:

Unless otherwise discussed, everything in this collection is derived trom old scripts that date back to 1980 or so, which I later drew up in final publishable form in the mid '80s, either to submit to a small press anthology or to use as a back up for my own Ultra Klutz comic book. They were updated when finished, but still lack the spin I might have put on them had I done them today. FULL CIRCLE was began in 1982, with intentions as a submission to BOP MAGAZINE, a Kitchen Sink music magazine that folded before I finished the story. Of course this was too esoteric to have ever made it, anyway. I should confess at this point that I was actually an Adam Ant fan who appreciated his song writing ability, but despised the posturing and costumery he subjected his fans to in the early Eighties. MAYHEM AT THE MALL: This is interesting because it is actually an early rendition of FATHER & SON. I had been developing those characters since the early Eighties as audio characters, but never had the perfect outlet for them. I tried this "funny animal" version in 1986 to try and get into the CRITTERS anthology. FORGOTTEN TO DEATH has to do with an actual band my brother Rich Nicholson and I created. We really did record all the songs on the three albums discussed, trom 1980 to 1985. Maybe some day if I'm rich and famous I'll release all that old crap on CD. A HALLOWEEN FROM THE HIPPY DAYS was the last "stand alone" piece I had ever done for a small press publication, mostly out of nostalgia since I had done a Halloween piece in 1984 for the same publisher.

      

PLUCKED FROM POSTERITY

There is a fair amount of material I have not included here. From various gags, one-pagers and little throwaway spot illos, to the full blown ALLIES comic I did with John Howard. I used to keep records that would make a librarian proud with respect to every single pen-stroke I've had published (as evident below), and I always thought I would publish a volume like this that contained every single bit of it. Now, in my grumpy young age, I see that there is work that either I have lost an affinity for, or is simply useless, and I've omitted it. Even some that appears here shouldn't, but I know there are completests out there as obsessed as I once was, so this mainly complete collection of my non-Ultra Klutz, pre-Habitrails work should satisfy.

*2004 footnote* I've even omitted some stuff from the collection from this web version. Some things just don't age well.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

ULTRA KLUTZ #1 6/81; Standard Comic. Klutz Enterprises. Covers, inside covers, "Rubber Suits and Feisty Gooks" (4 pages), "The Nuclear Frog" (6 pages), "The Tale of the Titanic Toilet Terror That Thrashed Tokyo" (5 pages), "Ultra Klutz Gets Pissed Off" (3 pages), "The Shnoze Monster" (7 pages), "Ultra Klutz Vs. the Greenbean Machine" (7 pages).

1984 PENNY RANCH PRICE LIST 4/84; Digest (5 1/2 X 81/2) [First printing: 200 copies] The Penny Ranch. Cover [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #12], "Inside Job" (13 strips) [reprinted in Fandom Directory #8 and Ultra Klutz #19].

MISC! #6 10/84; Mini-comic (4 1/4 X 5 1/2) [First printing: 50 copies, Second printing: 200 copies] High School Comics. "A Halloween rd Just As Soon Forget" (6 pages) [reprinted in Giant Size Mini-Comics #2 & Ultra Klutz #26].

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES # 1 12/84; Digest [First printing: 200 copies] Klutz Enterprises. Cover [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #12], "Exile" (18 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #1], "Those Who Can't... Teach!" (3 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #23].

MISC! #8 1/85; Mini-comic [First printing: 50 copies, Second printing: 100 copies] High School Comics. Cover, "Sick'n'Tired" (3 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #19].

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES #2 3/85; Digest [First printing: 200 copies] Klutz Enterprises. Cover [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #12], "The Nuclear Frog" (20 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #2], "Full Circle" (4 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #5].

MISC! #10 3/85; Mini-comic [First printing: 75 copies] High School Comics "Fun Ways To Kill Smurfs" (1 page) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #12].

SOCIAL COMMENTARY FOR OUR TIMES #2 3/85; Mini-comic [First to Third printings: 150 copies] High School Comics. Cover [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #22], "Violent Commentary" (8 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #22], "On a Lighter Note..." (1 page).

1985 PENNY RANCH PRICE LIST 4/85; Digest [First printing: 300 copies] The Penny Ranch Cover, "The Colliding" (15 strips) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #22].

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES # 1 5/85; Digest [Second printing: 100 copies] Klutz Enterprises.

ALLIES #1 5/85; Digest [First printing: 200 copies] Klutz Enterprises. All co-written and illustrated with John Howard: Covers, "Allies" (12 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #3].

DIDDLY SQUAT #4 5/85; Full-sized (8 1/2 X 11) [First printing: 60 copies] Chuckles Productions. Skizzy & the Screechers album cover (1 page) [reprinted in part in Ultra Klutz #25], "A Multitude ofRidicnlous Costumed Crooks" (1 page) [reprinted in reconfigured form in Sensawunda #8 and in yet another form in Ultra Klutz #21].

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES #3 6/85; Digest [First printing: 100 copies] Klutz Enterprises. Cover [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #12], "The Menagerie {part I}" (20 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #3].

MOONSTONE #9 7/85; Digest [First to Third printings: 120 copies] Ross Ralliala. Cover, Interview w/illustration (5 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES #3 7/85; Digest [Second printing: 150 copies} Klutz Enterprises.

FANDOM TEAM UP #1 7/85; Digest [First printing: 200 copies] Klutz Enterprises. All co-written and illustrated with Tim Corrigan: Cover [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #10], "Against All Odds" (18 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #10 as a 21 page story with 4 all-new pages and 5 modified pages], "The Amazing Origin of This Historic Team-Up" (2 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #10]. [Second and Third printings: 200 copies] C & T Graphics.

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES #2 8/85; Digest [Second printing: 135 copies] Klutz Enterprises.

SENSA WUNDA #8 8/85; Digest [First printing: 50 copies] Update Productions. "A Multitude of Ridiculous Costumed Crooks" (2 pages) [reprinted in Sensawunda #9]; Spot Illustration.

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES #1 8/85; Digest [Third printing: 145 copies] Klutz Enterprises.

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES #4 9/85; Digest [First printing: 500 copies] Klutz Enterprises. Cover [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #12], "The Menagerie {part 2}" (21 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #4], "An Ultra Klutz Quickie" (3 pages; written and pencilled by Francis Mao) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #4], "Backstage at the CBG" (2 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #18].

ROLLY POLLY PUDDING #1 10/85; Full-sized [First printing: 35 copies] Chuckles Productions. Original unpublished version of back cover of Ultra Klutz #1 (1981).

SENSA WUNDA #9 11/85; Digest [First printing: 100 copies] Update Productions. Cover Jam contribution, Skizzy & UK illo., Dead Casper cartoon (1 page) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #15], "A Multitude of Ridiculous Costumed Crooks" (5 pages) [reprinted in U1tra Klutz #21].

SHADOW STAR #2 11/85; Standard Comic. Shadowstar Comics. Preview/sampler with modified art from Ultra Klutz and Other Tales #2 (2 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES # 1 12/85; Digest [Fourth printing: 105 copies] Klutz Enterprises.

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES #2 12/85; Digest [Third printing: 90 copies] Klutz Enterprises. "Full Circle" (4 pages) omitted in this edition.

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES #3 12/85; Digest [Third printing: 100 copies] Klutz Enterprises.

ULTRA KLUTZ AND OTHER TALES #5 12/85; Digest [First printing: 200 copies] Klutz Enterprises. Cover [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #12], "I Guess I'll Go Back to Earth Now" (12 pages) [reprinted in U1tra Klutz #5].

MOBILE DESTRUCT #3 1985; Digest [First printing: 65 copies] UPC Publications. "Fred Takes Drivin' Literally" (1 page) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #29].

FANTASTIC FANZINE #12 1985; Standard Comic; Fantasy Unllmited. Fellonious Katt ilIo [inset] [reprinted in Fandom Directory #10 and Nightstreets #1].

FANDOM DIRECTORY #8 1/86; Catalog (7" x 8 1/2') Fandata Press. "Inside Job" (13 strips), Argoll illo (1 page).

SENSAWUNDA#1O 2/86; Digest [First printing: 100 copies] Update Productions. "A Multitude of Ridiculous Costumed Crooks" (pages 6-8) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #21].

1986 PENNY RANCH PRICE LIST 4/86; Digest [First printing: 500 copies] The Penny Ranch. Cover [reprinted in C & T Graphics #4], "Aquaham's Day of Reckoning" (14 strips; reconfigured from unpublished 12 page mini-comic story) [reprinted in C & T Graphics #4 in original form and Ultra Klutz #20 in third variation].

C & T GRAPHICS PRESENTS #4 5/86; Mini-comic [First printing: 100 copies] C & T Graphics. Cover, "Aquaham's Day of Reckoning" (12 pages).

STUFF #3 5/86; Mini-comic [First and Second printings: 810 copies] Jabberwocky Graphics. "The P.O.B. Society" (3 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #27].

ULTRA KLUTZ #1 6/86; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Exile" (18 pages), "Deputy Day-Shift: Mayhem at the Mall" (7 pages), back cover jam w/Brad Foster.

NIGHT STREETS #1 6/86; Standard Comic. Arrow Comics. Fellonious Katt illo [inset].

FANDOM TEAM-UP #2 6/86; Digest [First printing: 300 copies] UK illo.

MICRO-COMIC #115 6/86; Micro-comic [First printing: ? copies] Micro-Comics. "The Rebel Cartoon Man" (8 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #30].

MOBILE DESTRUCT #3 7/86; Digest [Second printing: 1,300 copies] UPC Publications.

ULTRA KLUTZ #2 9/86; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "The Nuclear Frog" (20 pages), "Green" (1 page).

GIANT-SIZE MINI-COMICS #2 10/86; Standard Comic. Eclipse Comics. "A Halloween I'd Just As Soon Forget" (5 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ #3 10/86; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "The Menagerie pt. 1" (20 pages), "Allies" (conv. to 3 pages), Justice Louts Group Shot back cover.

ULTRA KLUTZ #4 11/86; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "The Menagerie pt. 2" (21 pages), "An Ultra Klutz Quickie" (3 pages), Post-Apocalypse back cover.

GOSKY COMICS #1 12/86; Standard Comic. Dolphin-Moon Press. "Candid Comic" (4 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #23].

ULTRA KLUTZ #5 12/86; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "I Guess I'll Go Back To Earth Now" (12 pages), "Full Circle" (4 pages), UK spot illo.

STUPID FUNNIES 1986; Mini-comic [First printing: ? copies] Great Lakes Comics Company. Deputy Day-Shift illo (1 page).

ULTRA KLUTZ HOLIDAY FUN 12/86; Digest [First printing: 40 copies} Onward Comics. Cover, 15 pages of reproducable stuff.

ULTRA KLUTZ #6 1/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Crisis on a Couple of Planets" (24 pages).

GERIATRICMAN ANNUAL #1 2/87; Widegest (7" X 8 1/2") [First printing: 100 copies] Chuckles Productions. "Pilot Vs. Crowquill" (1 page).

ULTRA KLUTZ #7 2/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Day In" (21 pages), Room With A View back cover.

ULTRA KLUTZ #8 3/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Continuity" (16 pages), Here's Nicholson back cover.

IT'S A FANZINE #38 3/87; Widegest [First printing] Kehoe Productions. Original solicitation flyer for UK '81 (1 page) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #17].

ULTRA KLUTZ #9 4/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Ultra Thrash" (12 pages).

GIANT-SIZE MINI-COMICS #4 4/87; Standard Comic. Eclipse Comics. "Caveman Comics" (1 page) [reprinted in 3 page version in Ultra Klutz #29].

ULTRA KLUTZ #10 5/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Against All Odds" (21 pages), "The Amazing Origin of this Historic Team-Up" (2 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ #11 6/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Various Forms of Justice" (23 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ #12 7/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover [reprinted in Ultra Morty], Fandom Team-Up #3 cover [inset], Untitled jam with Steve Willis (20 pages) [reprinted in Ultra Morty], "Fun Ways To Kill Smurfs" [inset], Untitled jam with Sam Henderson & Bob Weiss - (16 pages), UK/Spaz back cover.

ULTRA KLUTZ #13 8/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "The Legion of Klutz Annihilators" (21 pages).

DIDDLY SQUAT #5 7/87; Mini-comic [First printing: 100 copies] Chuckles Productions. Graphics for "Spoon Size Shredded Feet" cereal box.

ULTRA KLUTZ #14 9/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Origins Old & New pt. 1" (15 pages), Superhero Overdose strips (7 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ #15 10/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Origins Old & New pt. 2" (15 pages), Superhero Overdose strips (7 pages).

NEWS PANEL #0 10/87; European digest (5 3/4" X 8 1/4") [First printing: 750 copies] Verantwcrtlicl1e Redakdon. UK w/beer jam contribution.

ULTRA KLUTZ #16 11/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Placed in Space pt. 1" (14 pages), Superhero Overdose strips (6 pages), Monster Island back cover.

ULTRA KLUTZ #17 12/87; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Placed in Space pt. 2" (16 pages), UK '81 Flyer back cover.

OUTSIDE IN #25 12/87; Mini-comic [First printing: 100 copies] Miscellenia Unlimited Self-portrait.

ULTRA KLUTZ #18 1/88; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Bucket-Head and the Bogus Klutz" (18 pages), Superhero Overdose strips (6 pages).

FANOOM DIRECTORY #10 2/88; Catalog [First Printing] Fandata Press. Fellonious Katt illo (1 page).

ULTRA KLUTZ #19 2/88; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Most Unexpected" (13 pages), "Exit: Stage West" (6 pages), "Sick'n'Tired" (1 page), "Lucky" (1 page).

ULTRA KLUTZ #20 3/88; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Across the Pacific" (14 pages), "Lost in the Shuffle: Chib Fwib" (10 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ #21 5/88; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "A Multitude of Ridiculous Costumed Crooks" (22 pages), "Lost in the Shuffle: Joe Sneet" (2 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ #22 6/88; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "The Colliding" (9 pages), 'Lost in the Shuffle: Ichiro Takeshi" (7 pages), "Social Commentary for our Times" (6 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ #23 7/88; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Justice Louts" (23 pages), "Candid Comic" (4 pages), "Those Who Can't . . . Teach!" (3 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ #24 8/88; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "The Wandering Beast" (28 pages), "Famous Quotes" (1 page).

ULTRA KLUTZ #25 9/88; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Good Old Joe Has Got To Go" (22 pages), "Senseless Blunder" {Jam with Ben Adams, Jim Valentino, Ron Lim, Ed Luena, Doug Holverson, Steve Willis &. Dave Downey} (5 pages), "Forgotten to Death" (3 pages).

OUR STORY THUS FAR #3 11/88; Digest [First printing: 1500 copies] Jaherwocky Graphics. Jam contribution (1 page).

ULTRA KLUTZ #26 11/88; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Problem Solving" (24 pages), "A Halloween I'd . Just As Soon Forget" (5 pages).

CAST OF CARICATURES #1 12/88; Digest [First printing: 140 copies] Chico News & Review. In-house organ w/57 caricatures of staff (8 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ #27 1/89; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "More Problems, More Solutions" (24 pages), "The P.O.B. Society" (3 pages).

SYNTHETIC COMICS #2 4/89; Mini-comic [First printing: 50 copies] X-Ray Comics. Jam contrib w/Kenji on bench.

THEME COMICS #2 5/89; Mini-comic [First printing: 200 copies] Yowza! Comics. Suntanna illo (1 page).

SEATTLE STAR #20 5/89; Tabloid [First printing] Starhead Comics. "Real Jam" contribution [reprinted in Real Jam].

CEREBUS BI-WEEKLY #15 6/89; Standard Comic. Aardvark-Vanaheim. "Ultra Klutz Sells Out" (1 page).

REAL JAM 6/89; Full-sized [First printing] Bruce Chrislip. Jam contribution.

SELF PUBUSHER #6 8/89; Widegest [First printing] Dimestore Stories Productions. 1 of 3 Mastheads.

SELF PUBLISHER #7 9/89; Widegest [First printing] Dimestore Stories Productions. 2 of 3 Mastheads.

NICHOLSON'S SMALL PRESS TIRADE #1 9/89; Custom mini-comic (5 1/2" X 4") [First printing: 200 copies] Onward Comics. Covers, "Nicholson's Small Press Tirade" (57 pages).

JEFF STUFF #1 9/89; Widegest [First printing: 100 copies] Onward Comics. Cover, 33 pages of reproducable stuff.

SELF PUBLISHER #8 10/89; Widegest [First printing] Dimestore Stories Produdions. 3 of 3 Mastheads.

MISC! #31 10/89; Mini-comic [First printing: 100 copies] High School Comics "A Halloween From the Hippy Days" (3 pages) [reprinted in Ul1ra Klutz #30].

CAST OF CARICATURES #2 12/89; Digest [First printing: 140 copies} Chico News & Review. In-house organ w/49 caricatures of staff (8 pages).

CEREBUS #133 4/90; Standard Comic. Aardvark-Vanaheim. "It's Not Your Juice" (1 page) [reprinted in Taboo #5 & Through the Habitrails], "Increasing the Gerbils" (4 pages) [reprinted in Taboo #5 & Through the Habitrails and One Eye Open One Eye Closed # 1], "Welcome to the Gerbil World" (1 page) [reprinted in Ultra Klutz #29].

ULTRA KLUTZ #28 4/90; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "A Dinner Date" (4 pages), "A Fight" (4 pages), "Another Dinner Date" (4 pages), "Another Fight" (4 pages).

ULTRA KLUTZ #29 6/90; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Observation II" (20 pages), "Ow, Dad, Knock it Off; That Hurts!" (1 page), "Caveman Comics" (3 pages), "Fred Takes Drivin' Literally" (2 pages), "Welcome to the Gerbil World" (1 page), Planet Klutzoid (2 strips).

ULTRA KLUTZ #30 8/90; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "The Return of Chib" (22 pages), "A Halloween From the Hippy Days" (2 pages), "The Rebel Cartoon Men" (4 pages), Planet Klutzoid (2 strips).

NICHOLSON'S SMALL PRESS TIRADE #1 4/91; Custom mini-comic [Second printing: 50 copies] Onward Comics.

ULTRA KLUTZ #31 5/91; Standard Comic. Onward Comics. Cover, "Zone Syndrome" (33 pages), Planet Klutzoid (2 strips).

TABOO #5 11/91; Squarebound (7 1/2" X lO") Spiderbaby Grafix / Tundra Publications, Ltd. "No End" illustration (1 page) [reprinted in Through the Habitrails], "It's Not Your Juice" (1 page), "Increasing the Gerbils" (4 pages), "Jarhead" (8 pages) [reprinted in Through the Habitrails].

TABOO ESPECIAL #1 3/92; Squarebound. Spiderbaby Grafix / Tundra Publications, Ltd. "No End" illustration and text (1 page) [reprinted in Through the Habitrails], "The Doomed One" (8 pages) [reprinted in Through the Habitrails].

HYENA #1 8/92; Magazine (8 1/2" X 11") Tundra Publications, Ltd. "Ultra Klutz Dreams, Dream # 1: Car Trouble" (7 pages).

TABOO #6 8/92; Squarebound. Spiderbaby Grafix / Tundra Publications, Ltd. "Escape #1: El Muerte" (8 pages) [reprinted in Through the Habitrails], "Futile Love" (11 pages) [reprinted in Through the Habitrails].

HYENA #2 11/92; Magazine. Tundra Publications, Ltd. UK ad illo, "Ultra Klutz Dreams, Dream #2: Sea Sick" (8 pages {2 pages omitted from original}).

TABOO #7 12/92; Squarebound. Spiderbaby Grafix / Tundra Publications, Ltd. "Be Creative" (7 pages) [reprinted in Through the Habitrails], "Escape #2: The Dry Creek Bed" (6 pages) [reprinted in Through the Habitrails].

THE COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1000 1/93; Tabloid format newspaper. Krause Publications. Dr. Comics illo in 1000 Issue Anniversary Comics Jam.

NICHOLSON'S SMALL PRESS TIRADE #1 1/93; Custom mini-comic [Third printing: 50 copies] Bad Habit.

ONE EYE OPEN ONE EYE CLOSED 3/93; Mini-comic [First printing] Featherfall Press. One panel reproduced from "Be Creative".

HYENA #3 3/93; Magazine. Tundra Publications, Ltd. Home Lard Kit ad [inset].

LOST LAUGHTER #1 5/93; Standard Comic. Bad Habit. Cover, "The Death of Ultra Klutz" (20 pages).

LOST LAUGHTER #2 7/93; Standard Comic. Bad Habit. Cover, "Vince Vince Vince Vince Vince" (20 pages).

LOST LAUGHTER #3 9/93; Standard Comic. Bad Habit. Cover, "Scouting Parties" (20 pages).

KAPPANA #1 1/94; EuroMini (4 1/8" X 5 7/8") Pekka Ollikainen. English versions from Escape # 1: El Muerte & quotes from Nicholson.

NOIT ARUMPU 1/94; EuroDigest (5 3/4"X 11 1/4") Pekka Ollikainen. "Pakotie #1: Kuolema" (Escape #1: El Muerte; 8 pages; Finnish Version).

THROUGH THE HABITRAlLS 2/94; Squarebound (7 1/2" X 11"), Bad Habit. Cover, "No End" illustration and text (2 pages), "Increasing the Gerbils" (4 pages), "It's Not Your Juice" (1 page), "Jarhead" (8 pages), "The Doomed One" (8 pages), "Escape #1: El Muerte" (8 pages), "Futile Love" (11 pages), "Animal Control" (7 pages), "Escape #2: The Dry Creek Bed" (6 pages), "Be Creative" (7 pages), "The Infiltrator" (6 pages), "Cat Lover" (24 pages), "Escape #3: Concow" (8 pages), "Dark Spiral" (8 pages), "The Gerbils King" (27 pages), Self-portrait (?) [inset].

LOST LAUGHTER #4 4/94; Standard Comic. Bad Habit. Cover, "Nothing is Real" (20 pages).

FATHER & SON ASH CAN #1 5/94; Digest [First printing: 200 copies] Bad Habit. Cover, "The Seventies" (4 pages), "False!" (4 pages), "Listen Up, Dad!" (10 pages), "A Day In The Life Of Father & Son" (4 pages), "Richard Schultz's Complaint of the Month" (1 page).

LOST LAUGHTER #5 5/94; Digest [First printing: 40 copies] Bad Habit. "Out Of Mind" (7 pages).

ONE EYE OPEN ONE EYE CLOSED #1 7/94; Standard Comic. Chiasmus. "Increasing the Gerbils" (4 pages).

ULTRA MORTY 7/94; Digest. Steve Willis. Cover, Untitled jam with Steve Willis (20 pages).



Not included in totality in this bibliography are the SUPERHERO OVERDOSE strips, which appeared in the following small press publications from various publishers: DIDDLY SQUAT #4, FAN SCENE #3, 4, FANDOM TIMES #9, 10, FLORIDA FANDOM #9, 10, IT'S AFANZINE #26-29, 31, MOONSTONE #6-10, PLASTIZINE #9, SENSA WUNDA #9, STRANGE STUFF #1, ULTRA KLUTZ & OTHER TALES #1-3.

And in the following issues of THE COMIC'S BUYERS GUIDE: 549,552,602,606,608,609,611,614,619,624,625,628,629,631,633,635,637-642,651,652,656,662,664,669-671.


*2004 footnote* This overly detailed bibliography is current to the publication date of the TIRADE graphic novel September 1994. For a current and more digestible version, see my
Selected Bibliography.

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