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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!

In this weak’s episode: Bubblicious Bereavement Blues! I’ve been posting these 5 at a time since February but since I’ve been making them less frequently, now I’m gonna post each one as I make ’em. Remember; they’re “weaklies,” not weeklies. To read previous entries, dig into my earlier Snubdom posts. (To see images full-sized, click on them to open in a new window & use your magnify function).

November 23, 2020:

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 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!

As promised, here are the five latest episodes of the autobiographical comic I started back in February. Remember; they’re “weaklies,” not weeklies. To read previous entries, dig into my earlier Snubdom posts. (To see images full-sized, click on them to open in a new window & use your magnify function).

October 1, 2020:

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August 7, 2020:

July 7, 2020:

June 13, 2020:

As promised, here are five more episodes of the autobiographical comic I started back in February. I’ll continue posting this series here five at a time as I make them. If you wanna catch them fresh off the Cintiq as they come out, follow me on Eff Bee HERE, although that platform’s mandatory compression policies makes them a touch lossy whereas I always post them large & clean on this site. If you wanna read the whole series in order from the very beginning you can start HERE. And there’s a special oversized poster entry HERE. (To see images full-sized, click on them to open in a new window & use your magnify function).

May 28, 2020:

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May 6, 2020:

April 25, 2020:

April 6, 2020:

From the get-go, the images coming in from Wuhan were making me really nervous. As far back as January, I had started wearing thin gloves everywhere I went so that if I had to use touchscreens for debit card payments, my flesh wouldn’t have to make contact with any shared surfaces. And I always used my pinky. I felt a touch silly & hypochondriac doing this. When I published the first installment of my new autobiographical series on social media February 22, 2020, it was to celebrate the charges that got dropped on my garbage infraction. As Covid-19 started creeping its way closer to Montreal, that’s where my comic strip went. My March 1 entry had actually been drawn before I knew about Quebec’s first case. They get darker from then on. I’ll be posting this series here five at a time as I make them. Stay indoors & wash your hands! (To see images full-sized, click on them to open in a new window & use your magnify function).

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February 22, 2020:

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”