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Sun, Jan. 4th, 2009, 01:00 am
Zinc Comics Weekly #1


Sun, Jan. 4th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)

Cool cover ...

So every week you would draw one page. So is this a 52 page ongoing story? Also, do you plan to print it at the end of the year?

Mon, Jan. 5th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)

Thanks! I'm glad you like the cover but I really must apologize to both Tony Millionaire and John Mundt, Esq. as they were drawing sock monkeys long before me.

I am planning to draw a new page each week but it won't all be one continuos story though. "Zinc Comics Weekly" will consist of a series of short 1 to 14 page vignettes. However, 32 pages will be from the final and third act of my graphic novella "Warlock Hotel."

I conceived this project as 4 digest size mini-comics. But the lack of a good copy machine in Deming and a surplus of previous "Zinc Comics" back issues to sell make me more than a little reluctant to print any more hard copies. Yet, if the market is there and I've the extra money I would sure like too.

Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)

Yikes! Competition! Well...welcome to the club, I guess (not that I've done much "Monkeying around" recently anyway).

...and, even after all these years, I've never even thought of a "Thelonious Monkey" story. Hmm. Maybe I'll steal...er, I mean PAY HOMAGE to the concept in my own stuff someday. Cool, man. Cool.

Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)

You are the first one to comment on my reference to Thelonious Monk, so either you are an astute connoisseur of Jazz or you just googled "Epistrophy." Whichever the case may be, the thought of inspiring a "Thelonious Monkey" story by John Mundt, Esq. is in itself it's own reward. You are more than free to use the concept as it would pay back the debt I owe you since I meant this cover image as an "homage" of your own work .

No one has noticed yet that the city in the background of my drawing is Des Moines, IA. Which every artist worthy of his beret knows is French for "The Monks" and yet an even more obscure reference to Gus Mager's classic comic strip.

Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)

When I was in high school, one of my Dad's coworkers (knowing that I was a music lover) gave me her record collection right before she retired and moved away. Amongst the albums were several Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis records, including one that had Monk on Side "A" and Miles on "B." I wore that one out listening to "Epistrophy." So, by odd happenstance, I got that reference.

Now, I had no idea that Des Moines meant "The Monks," and I've never even heard of Gus Mager, so - yes - thank you for pointing out that I'm an idiot anyway. Sigh. Well, at least I got one out of three.

I can't wait to see more. What can I say? I'm a glutton for Payne.

Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)

I'm so "hep," I'm listening to Miles's "On The Corner Sessions" right now as I type these words. I kind of figured that you were a "hipster" too and not a "Googler." Most of the "squares" would just assume that " Epistrophy" was a misspelled literary reference rather than a musical one.

Now, I'd always heard Des Moines translates into "Of The Monks" but a French girl I knew once told me that the correct translation is "The Monks" and as she was from "Arles" who am I to argue? "Gus Mager drew an early comic strip that featured and ever changing cast of "Monks" (so called because they looked like monkeys), with names like "Knocko," Henpecko" and the very popular "Sherlocko." The strip was the inspiration for "The Marx Brothers" names that end in the letter "O" as well.