Sunday, November 03, 2013

Selected Images from 'Doom Patrol' #s 115 & 116 / Excerpts from the Nov./Dec. 1967 Two-Issue Story Arc

Cover art by Bob Brown / Below: the B&W art...
And here's my personal variation, because I couldn't resist.
I thought for a couple of days about what the new phrase should be that I would put into the caption bubble, and then realized at the last minute what an appropriate slogan would be.
The 'Res' logo was drawn very quickly one morning, and I went ahead and used the rough first take, as I like it well enough. If it was a paying gig, I would re-draw and polish it, but it was mainly created just to share on Facebook as a joke amongst Residents/comic book fans.
 Below, the splash page from #115. All interior art is by the wonderful BRUNO PREMIANI, with a script by ARNOLD DRAKE. This two-part story is chock full of typically grotesque Premiani creations.
And since I have B&W versions of these stories, here's another peculiar variation:
Following: more panels from #115 -------
That crazy two-panel sequence above is so striking that I'm offering it in several variations:
And, to finish up -- here's a panel from the second part of this tale, in issue #116. I won't spoil the ending by showing you how the DP triumph over Blinky, here, and his pals.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mindwrecker TV in the Bay Guardian's 'Best of the Bay 2003' (I think) issue

here's the text of the Bay Guardian squib for the "Best Public-Access TV Program" category for, I believe, Summer 2003, written by none other than the multi-talented writer / editor and banjo-player Josh Wilson:


Yeah, a lot of San Francisco's public-access fare is really bad. But at least it's honestly bad, as opposed to the deep-fried, sugar-rolled dollops of cat turd the networks deliver nightly. And when it works, it's pure heaven. Which brings us to Mindwrecker TV, a shining beacon of hope in the dark night of American television. The brainchild of Drew Dobbs, a.k.a. Robo, a prime mover behind the Big City Orchestra Beatlerape CD and a member of amorphous, plunder-iffic audio bricolage collective the Neighborhood Bass Coalition, the half-hour show is often devoid of unifying vocal narrative. Instead it offers stories and critiques through a collage of snippets and samples from our audiovisual environment. Immersive and dreamlike, Mindwrecker TV can turn a weekend bicycle camping trip on Angel Island into a haunting, wordless voyage through architectural ruins and disassociated landscapes.    Michael Jackson's recent tell-all interview series, on the other hand, was mercilessly chopped into "Jacked!", a hysterically funny open-source expropriation of the worst instincts of a predatory media culture.  Mindwrecker TV - killing your television Fridays at 8 p.m. Channel 29, S.F.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Recap of 2009 to 2011 - the Missing Chapter

me in 2010, hangin' with the Coxcombs.
Below: nine shots from the April 2008 visit to North Carolina, camping and hiking with my WNC pals and their doggies.

License plate seen in Asheville: "LARDGNAW". A word that caught our fancy.
Plaque on a wall in Asheville, NC.
Below: two shots from the October 2009 visit - just before my move out there.
Lovely sunset light against a dark, stormy sky.
Below, four pics from a trip to Max Patch state park, 2010.

The neighbor's snowman, winter 2009.

Next, five shots from the visit to California in January 2010, for the Big City Orchestra 30th Anniversary celebrations. First we see das and me in a reunion concert live on the radio in their studio, the first music we'd made together in 13 or so years; a lovely visit!
Next four pics: Rob Wortman and I (as Hassan Bin Sober) playing at the BCO 30th Anniversary gig in San Francisco. Shot #2: singing "Little Pussy" a capella, shot #4: the "Fiend Master Freak" finale of our section.

The weeping cherry tree in bloom in the spring, and a view from our porch.

View from above our house, looking down our road to the south.
A tree shot with red flash, part of a sequence of experimental shots.

Hillary's dad's koi pond in Commerce, GA.
Two shots of the fire pit I hand-built in early 2010. A lot of BIG stones were rolled about to form it -- love that thing!

Next, five pics from nearby Marshall, North Carolina.
One of the MANY quilt-art pieces to be seen in our tri-county area.
Marshall has some prettier views, but I love back alleys, and so this shot gets in, rather than several others.
This old-school cherry-top black and white police cruiser is really something. Dig the antique license plate and the junk piled in back of the car.
Other than a modern car barely visible in the distance, this view has probably remained the same for the last 100-plus years.
Two pics from my local town, Mars Hill.
The quilt-art projects are often on the side of old barns.
Whilst driving through Illinois, I stopped in Lake of Egypt and saw this T-shirt that tickled me greatly. How insulting to use a mummy of a famous Pharaoh in such a way - but how hilarious!
Christmas night, 2010, and our neighbor's barn and their tree all lit up, with the colored lights shining through the snow piled on the branches.
Winter 2010 - another heavy one!
Two shots from some nighttime-colored-flash experiments, these using some large wind-bent icicles that I'd planted in the yard. A detail from one of this series is used in the design of the CD cover shown a ways below.

One of the official F.O. Club vehicles.
First snow, 2010.
Neighbors at work on their Snow Bum, winter 2010-11.
Finished Snow Bum, shot with red light.
And full figure.
He lasted on and on and on, but finally suffered from the warmth, here he is later, again shot with red flash, and I love the color effect of the warm light popping up into his hat.
One of a series of shots taken through kaleidoscope, 2010.
Three pics exhibiting the wicked Autumn colors that we enjoy in these parts.

The 'Rebar Chicken' (Iron Cock) that I brought out from Missouri.

'Misty Mountain Hop'
The three-part cover art for my latest CD self-release in 2011.

The 'poster' insert showing a lifetime's-worth of pics of me with a musical instrument or gear of some kind. Featuring Hoodsy the Crack Owl on the turntables.
A rainbow over the holler, 2011.
Three shots from Spring 2011.

Our ever-growing black-light gallery.
A favorite place to draw and paint in warmer weather.
A typical picture sent to me from Tyler out in California.
Two pics of our toolshed. The second showing some of the many birdhouses that hang off of it.

Can't resist showing off the Star Trek Autographed Pics wall.
Shot with red flash against dark, stormy sky.
Watering a garden, 2011.

Shells from a recent trip to Huntington Beach State Park, South Carolina.
Campground sign from same, defaced and abused by raccoons.
(at the bottom) Our Xmas card from 2010, with the lovely dog, Keen (and her sabre-teeth).

Drew (Mindwrecker) can also be found every other Saturday evening at 6pm EST on the highly-rated WFMU Beware of the Blog at:
as well as some of the same old places such as:
-his art gallery page;
and some 3D photography here:
and some old music and noise here:
the 'final' NBC show (until the as-yet-unreleased live reunion from 2010 appears) lives here:
CHOTCHKE stuff here:
and the long-since-abandoned myspace cluster can be tapped into here:
the delightful archive of full-length Neighborhood Bass Coalition radio shows on
Shirley & Spinoza can be found here:

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