[Dixielandjazz] Re: comic book writers and artists as OKOM fans (was "The Cat")

david richoux tubaman at batnet.com
Wed May 14 11:27:01 PDT 2003

Many of the members of The Cheap Suit Serenaders 
(http://www.timshome.com/css/cs_info.html) are "underground comix"  
book artist/writers and avid collectors of early jazz, blues and other 
OKOM records . Robert Crumb (Banjo and Vocals) is probably the most 
well known, Bob Armstrong (saw, guitar) did the infamous "Mickey Rat" 
comic book , Terry Zwigoff (saw, cello, Stroh fiddle, and mandolin) is 
more film maker than cartoonist but he did the documentary about the 
Crumb brothers and also "Ghost World" that was originally a comic book 
written by Daniel Clowes. ("Ghost World"  features a character who is 
an avid old jazz record collector. ) Harvey Pekar is a comix writer 
(not illustrator) who is also a old jazz record collector. (His series 
of books "American Splendor" is autobiographical and is often focused 
on his collecting. "American Splendor" also has been made into a film 
that will be released this summer.)

Another Cheap Suiter Allan Doge (ukes and other strings) is not a 
cartoonist but I found this very interesting article about his interest 
in early recorded Hawaiian music at 
http://www.beerrecords.com/sfweekly.htm  (very much related to OKOM)

I met Daniel Clowes at a book signing a few months ago and asked him 
about the connection between so many comic/comix artists and old record 
collecting - he thought it may have something to do with a combination 
of being a bit of an social outsider, interest in old things that can 
be collected (like old comic books) and just coincidence.


Dave Richoux

On Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at 22:24 US/Pacific, Bill Haesler wrote:

> Dear Dave,
> Why not start a list?
> It will keep those not at festivals off the streets.
> 8>)
> The first to come to mind are Eddie Condon mates: Walt Kelly, John 
> DeVies and
> Paul Smith.
> There also are quite a few drawings of jazz musicians by the late Al 
> Hirschfeld.
> Wally Fawkes (Trog) and Humphrey Lyttelton were published cartoonists.
> David Stone Martin did some terrific, and memorable, record covers.
> There are well known others I can't quite bring to mind at this moment.
> We have a few here in Australia, but they are not recognised 
> internationally.
> Kind regards,
> Bill.

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