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Double-launch October 26 @ Sala Rossa (4848 St Laurent Blvd) w/Crabe just in time for Halloween! First up is a limited edition American Devices vinyl release of 200 copies of “The Game We Never Win” B/W “Interlarding” from great Montreal label Celluloid Lunch Records, who also released archival recordings of the first 1979 incarnation of the band The D-Vices last year. New 45 comes in a Risograph-printed sleeve featuring a Howard Chackowicz cartoon. We even made a slick music video for Game which you can see HERE or by clicking on the Cups Von Helm “Princess of Power” cape image at bottom.

As Celluloid Lunch boasts in their promo: “These two new tunes are the Devices in top form, whittled by time to the essential 4-part unit. Both songwriters deliver in their respective lanes, & the rhythm section kicks the can along with inventive gusto. In a warped world, American Devices’ oeuvre would be life-bending fodder for international bonehead punks, b-movie fanatics & prog nerds alike, but in this reality, they are banished to a profitless deal on the world’s least respected underground record label. Lucky for us, misery loves company.”

Dedicated to our late founding drummer Cups Von Helm (RIP June 2023). Click HERE or on the cover art below to give the tunes a free listen & make an order. Also available at fine Montreal shops like Phonopolis, Sonorama Disques, Café Disquaire180g, Le Vacarme, & Sonik.

In 2021 one of our favourite Montreal bands Crabe asked us to come up with several separate riff cycles & then recorded us playing them. They also asked me to make up a French story I could narrate over the end. Then they mixed everything together & sang over it, creating a Frankenstein monster called “2020” (give the tune a free listen & make an order HERE or click on Crabe’s Marc-Olivier Cartier album cover art below). And the cherr(ies) on top? Not only are we gonna interpret this thing live at the launch of our vinyls… but so are Crabe! Three interpretations in one night! The vinyl version that never existed live (from the LP they’re launching called “Visite Du Temple Inné”), then two different live versions! DO NOT MISS!

Pictured below: Cups Von Helm’s official handmade “Princess of Power” cape that he wore at shows & that Wrob wore in our new music video.

After months of working on it on & off, I’m happy to announce the completion of this brand new 20 X 40 inch acrylic canvas painting for my long-running God’s Cocksuckers series! I started this series back in 1988 with several line-art submissions to Montreal indie comic Core, & when it folded I switched to painted canvas versions for various exhibitions. Now I make one every ten years, although some years I’ve created several. I’ve amassed about a dozen of them by now. I even made an animated film version of one of these. Time for a retrospective exhibition? This one’s dedicated to Montreal cartoonist/artist Henriette Valium partly because he passed away in 2021, but also because the series began in the spirit of excessive art, which he was at the forefront of. Back in ’88 many of us cartoony types had fun trying to astonish each other with the most sacrilegious, cluttered doodles we could come up with. This particular instalment’s divided into eight separate 10 X 10 canvases linking together to form a whole as a conceptual take on the claustrophobic compartmentalization of significant events that may mark one’s life, whether they be difficult situations or pleasant ones. FOOLED YA! Don’t tell anyone, but the ACTUAL reason it’s divided up into eight pieces is because my stupid sardine can apartment is too cramped to work on 20 X 40 canvases! For exhibition & price inquiries, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com. (To see image full-sized, click on it to open in a new window & use the magnify function).

“THE BEST COMICS ARTIST IN ALL OF NORTH AMERICA ON THE TOPIC OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC.” -ROBERT CRUMB

The Weakly Dispatch series came into being pre-plague 2020 after friends kept nagging me to go back to autobio, so I kicked it off by celebrating charges being dropped on a garbage infraction & hoped to continue with more lighthearted fare. No such luck! Episode 2 was written the day before Quebec announced its first Covid case. Then came lockdown & Covid hijacked the strip since that’s all that was on my cooped-up mind 24/7 just like everyone else. But it isn’t just about the pandumbic! It’s also about (self)cancel-culture, beating off, gentrification, social upheaval, Spam™ (the luncheon meat), cartoonist eulogies, “pinkwashing,” crappy landlords, arrested development, dystopian speculative sci-fi, noisy neighbours, cockroaches, “Karens,” stunted musicians, gated communities, teeth grinding, & of course vaccines. After several of which, by late-2021, exasperated & inoculated, I swore I’d never draw another instalment until Covid was outta the picture. As we all know, the plague’s still very much with us as of this date, so that spelled the end of its run. At least for now, that is. 144 full colour pages from Conundrum Press! Includes a foldout map & a very unusual intro by one of the most influential cartoonists in the world; Robert Crumb! Sample panels below!

Official Montreal launch/signing in booth B23 @ MCAF (Montreal Comics Arts Festival) on St-Denis between Gilford & Roy, May 27, 5-7pm, May 28, 2-3pm, & May 29, 3-4pm.

Additional Montreal signing at the Drawn & Quarterly store June 14 at 3 PM (211 Bernard Ouest).

Official Toronto launch/signing at the Conundrum Press table @ TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) June 18 from 4 to 5 PM & June 19 from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

“Highly entertaining reading” -ROBERT CRUMB
“Pandemic didn’t hamper my year-round biking, in fact I was more than happy to dodge all that human condensation, public transpo or not!”
“Lockdown got me fantasizing an alternate reality not only where I interacted with people again, but where I actually ran a successful biz!”
“US Capitol insurrection had me pondering the ivory tower elitism of pre-internet DIY zine culture versus the democratization of FB cat vidz!”
“My 2021 PPE summer vacay consisted of sneaking into the nearest gated community for some peace & quiet & skeeving out the locals!”
“Occupational hazards of cheap rent include rescuing children from abusive drunks hollering at the fam in the wee hours!”
“When I sent him this pic of me for shits & giggles he INSISTED I use it as the back cover! Your wish is my command, Crumbski!”

This freaks me out! A million years ago my dream was to release our tunes on vinyl. It took 4 decades but thanks to Celluloid Lunch Records, The D-Vices finally have a brand new physical 45 for sale taken from their original 1980 demo! This is the earliest version of the band I’m currently in that’s been active ever since then, The American Devices. It features founder Phil Nolin on guitar/vocals who left in 1980, hence the name change, & it sounds way different than our present lineup. Some context: My first 70’s punk band The Electric Vomit had just broken up & Phil wanted to start a new band so he recruited me on bass. Vomit drummer Guy Lapointe also joined up. Is it New Wave? Is it No Wave? (PS: I’m the one with the vibrator in my coat pocket). Free listens, more background info, & deets on how to purchase digital & physical versions at the Bandcamp page HERE

In this second animated episode of MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY BLABCO, I deconstruct one of my autobiographical comix from my Conundrum Press book REPRESENTED IMMOBILIZED! I’ll be @ the Conundrum Press table briefly, noon this Saturday, November 20, 2021 to sign copies @ the official Expozine Montreal book launch @ S.A.T. (1201 Saint-Laurent)! Come say hi! Click HERE or on the screencap below to watch!

In the mid-90’s, I had recently become roommates with Archive Montreal founder Louis Rastelli, who was just starting up his Montreal DIY zine Fish Piss, & he needed content so I began the series REPRESENTED IMMOBILIZED for him. It was after a midnight move away from my crumbling apartment down the street & I had to store most of my belongings in my parents’ basement where I grew up as I was looking for a new place. While gradually bringing all my childhood belongings back into my new digs, it started triggering memories from my past. Worried about them smudging from memory as time wore on, I took the opportunity to document them as a series of cartoons. Conundrum Press has just released the complete collection of these strips! And as a bonus, included within these pages is my 2015 one-shot mini-comic ONE MINUTE WORRIES, all about trying to make it through a whole month broke on just pennies. The book also boasts an extensive three-page intro by CanLit royalty Heather O’Neill. Sample pages & purchasing info HERE

Come interact with me about my new book during a live Zoom session affiliated with TCAF (the Toronto Comic Arts Festival) on May 9. I’ll be joined by Conundrum cartoonist & drummer for my band The American Devices, Howard Chackowicz, plus cartoonist David Collier & the subject of his latest Conundrum book, legendary Toronto first-wave punk promoter Gary Topp. Info HERE

Also; RSVP via Facebook the official Strange Adventures bookstore launch where I’ll be doing a one-hour interactive Show-&-Tell live on Instagram May 12 HERE

This year (& month) marks the 40th anniversary of the world’s most favourite Canadian band THE AMERICAN DEVICES. We had new songs we wanted to unveil & planned to do some live shows to celebrate, but then you-know-what hit the globe. Well, I’ll be damned if we’re gonna come up empty-handed for this momentous event so I commissioned 100 of these limited edition jewel-like die-struck sandblasted lapel pins with antique finish & butterfly clip to celebrate! For only 10 bucks (postage included) I’ll ship you a pin in a zip-lock baggie with an official signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity, plus a signed, hand-drawn cartoon rendition of the band by yours truly! And if anyone in my Montreal vicinity wants the pin just by itself & can meet me in person for a safe transaction, I’ll knock it down half price to 5 bucks! Email me NOW for deets on how to order this once-in-a-lifetime one-of-a-kind giftie at ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com! Click on the image below for film footage of our little army of lapel pins!

Winter lockdown’s gonna be lonely so I made myself an imaginary friend to talk to about movies! In this very first animated episode of MOTION PICTURE PURGATORY BLABCO I look at the “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis’s take on the swinging sixties: SUBURBAN ROULETTE (1968)! Making these quick & dirty because the sooner the better when it comes to movie reviews & this is my prototype/template so far! Lemme know how I can improve future episodes & what movies you’d like to see me tackle next! Click HERE or on the screencap below to watch!

Ah, that time I decided to review the Montreal Casino’s tribute to the art of film, which coincidentally became my two-hundredth comic strip for The Montreal Mirror. “What better way to celebrate my two-hundredth Motion Picture Purgatory,” I opine in my longwinded missive, “than by seeing the whole history of film encapsulated into a song & dance routine adjusted for feel-good familiarity, reaffirming my belief that there’s about as much chance at getting the general public to genuinely give a rat’s ass about ‘the cinema,’ let alone this strip, than there is of me winning big at the slots!” The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2002 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “If you think you can control the outcome, you’re putting yourself at risk! -Loto-Québec brochure.” As always; the original art’s for sale @ 100 bucks. More deets below or contact me for info. (To see image full-sized, click on it to open in a new window & use the magnify function).

Original art for sale for $100.00 CAD. Includes three items total: The pencil art preliminaries, the original finished B&W inks (signed & dated by author/artist Rick Trembles in pencil on the back), & a color newsprint tear-sheet (or B&W gray tones, depending on when it came out) from where it was originally published. Postage & framing not included. Motion Picture Purgatory Volumes One & Two from FAB Press still available. For original art & book purchasing info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.

I made a massive Motion Picture Purgatory Floridasploitation cartoon map via author/programmer Kier-La Janisse for director Nicolas Winding Refn’s film archive site (Drive, Neon Angel). Now it’s finally being offered for download in high-resolution! Go to the “DOWNLOAD HD VERSION” link HERE to get it. You have to sign up to Refn’s BYNWR site to access the file but it’s free, no strings attached, & it’s well worth it because it gives you access to tons of complete ultra-rare/obscure trash films to watch, along with essays about them by renowned cult film critics. When they first published my map I was unhappy with how low-resolution it was because it made some of the text impossible to read. It was also meant as an interactive image which they decided against at the last minute. 

Though it’s not essential, here are my details on how you can trigger the interactive aspects of this comic: Download both images & open them up in whatever image-editing program you have. In Photoshop, for example, once you have both images opened, copy/paste image A over image B, creating two layers. Zoom in as you see fit, read the film & location descriptions in the legend on the left, find the proper numbered cartoon scenarios with the numbers that correspond to the descriptions, then alternate between layers by turning image A on & off to unlock the secret gags hiding underneath in image B!

Below is a teensy-weensy animated GIF excerpt depicting how the interactivity works with the cutaway portion for “Satan’s Children.” (If the image doesn’t animate here for you, just click on it & it’ll open in a new window where it does). Each of the films listed below get two illustrated entries, one in plain view & one in cutaway, plus the actual, still-existing locations where the scenes were filmed are addressed so you can take a walking trash-film tour of Florida & visit them yourself! TWO THOUSAND MANIACS (1964), HOLLYWOOD MAN (1976), SATAN’S CHILDREN (1975), EMPIRE OF THE ANTS (1977), SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS (1968), ZAAT (1971), THE AMAZING MR. NO LEGS (1978), I EAT YOUR SKIN (1971), FROGS (1972), IMPULSE (1974), DEATHDREAM (1974), SHOCK WAVES (1977), MAKO: JAWS OF DEATH (1976), NUDE ON THE MOON (1961), & JIMMY, THE BOY WONDER (1966)!

“Florida: America’s Penis”