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HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN! Based on an early 19th century novel, this 3-hour Polish B&W 1965 masterpiece by Wojciech Has has been restored by Francis Ford Coppola & Martin Scorcese & praised by David Lynch, Luis Bunuel & Lars von Trier!  Dedicated to one of the film’s earliest rabid fans Jerry Garcia! In the heat of battle during the Napoleonic wars an officer discovers an ancient manuscript among the ruins & starts reading! His eventual captor puts aside their differences to become equally enthralled! Storybook comes to life via exquisite performances in a labyrinthine narrative filled with ghosts, buxom bisexual temptresses, demon-possessed madmen, magic potions, breathtaking period set pieces, rotting zombies & Dali-like surrealistic imagery following a captain’s trials & tribulations on his journey through purgatory! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2009 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “Meta Within Meta Inside Of Meta On Top Of Meta!” 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).

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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 available at FAB Press. For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.

In case you’re a fully indoctrinated zombie & haven’t noticed yet; the big name brands have completely appropriated our fields of vision citywide to erect eyesores proclaiming their shit-headed dominance! But lucky for us, incredibly prolific New Jersey-based two-fisted artsy-fartsy Ron English has been going around taking the piss outta these scumfuck bloodsucking corporations by defacing high-profile billboard ads with thought-provoking slogans & artwork for years! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2005 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “‘Corporations Don’t Deserve Free Speech, People Do!’ –Ron English” 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).

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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 available at FAB Press. For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Gadzooks over Disneyfication of God kooks! Structure in this off-the-cuff doc’s at a minimum but its cast of crackpot characters sure lingers long in the noggin whether you like it or not! A video camera tracks various 90’s Times Square preachers before Walt Disney’s wrecking ball gentrified the legendary den-of-iniquity vicinity, closing down all the round-the-clock XXX grindhouses & mom-and-pop greasy spoons that accompanied them! Toxic spittle flies at the camera as half-baked theories are quizzed & debated, juxtaposed with an endless parade of leering glamour-pusses beaming down from the billboards! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2004 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “Gadzooks over Disneyfication of God kooks!” 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).

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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 available at FAB Press. For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Did Johnny Cash have a reputation for being perceived as a lunatic? Because he sure comes off typecast that way in this movie! Already a music sensation when he did this, an insanely inordinate amount of time is spent getting beauty shots of him terrorizing housewife Cay Forrester, who also happened to write the screenplay (rape fantasy, anyone?)! Coming off more ham than trained actor just adds to the creepiness & unpredictability, pursing his lips too often as if stalling for time to remember lines, randomly smashing his victim’s belongings with mock gesticulations that are part twitch, part swish, & 100% snotty, contemptuous, & ignorant: a dangerous & volatile combination! When things reach a boiling point he even picks up little Ron Howard as a bullet-shield! I wonder how much he was adlibbing! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2005 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “Cross the line!” 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).

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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 available at FAB Press. For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Actor Bob Crane (star of hit 60’s sitcom Hogan’s Heroes) was bludgeoned to death with a tripod under mysterious circumstances in 1978! Paul Schrader directs Greg Kinnear as Crane & Willem Dafoe as buddy & murder suspect John Carpenter in this queasy biopic detailing the pair’s seedy tumble into sex addiction! Stigma then & now: would Crane have fared better w/cybersex? Such an easy target you gotta wonder if it was approached as a pisstake or a true anti-addiction trope? Things get awkward when Crane freeze-frames one of their orgies & discovers Dafoe’s finger up his ass; “It’s a group grope, I thought you liked it,” Carpenter opines! “I thought it was the girl,”Crane protests! “What’s the difference?” Carpenter retorts! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2009 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “‘A Day Without Sex Is A Day Wasted’ -Actual Tagline.” 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).

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SOLD 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 available at FAB Press. For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Remember Lollapalooza blowing through Parc Jean-Drapeau in ’94? Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Breeders, Nick Cave, L7, Boredoms were all on the bill. I was confined to a “cartoonists’ tent” that we each had to pitch in 25 bucks for, trying to break even selling my comix while drawing in front of passing multitudes like some kinda circus sideshow freak, too broke to buy a beer. So naturally the comic I drew “live on the premises” had to feature me grumbling. Every kid in the long lineups passing by, without fail, would pick up our comix, leaf through them feigning interest, look at us with puzzled faces, & quickly put them down & move on to the next tent without buying a thing. Where did all these clueless brat punks suddenly come from? Never saw a single one at any local shows. Grunge was finally full-blown mainstream & the “Sha Na Na of the nineties,” Green Day, were starting to get huge, so I guess they were all getting their cues from Montreal’s MTV; “MusiquePlus,” clueless that artists & bands had already been doing this kinda stuff here for decades, & not giving crap one. “Krapolapalooza” indeed! Wonder what they’re into now? Original inks on 11 X 15 inch paper for only 100 bucks! (To see image full-sized, click on it to open in a new window & use the magnify function).

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For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Not the current Adam Wingard sequel now in theaters, but the cheesy 2000 one! Smack dab in the middle of nowhere, where the original overrated, shaky-cam, one-hit-wonder took place, a group’s pilgrimage culminates in a glossy booze & pot party they live to regret & Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 chronicles their elaborate hangover! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2000 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “Neither eye of newt nor hair of the dog that bit can treat this trick!” Gee, can you tell I hated the original Blair Witch Project (1999)? Website renewal’s due this month! Keep snubdom dot come alive! Buy a Motion Picture Purgatory! 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).

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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 available at FAB Press. For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Well it’s that time of the year again when I have to pay my annual fee to keep snubdom dot com going. It costs me about 100 bucks annually so let’s sell off some original art! BTW, the reason I still maintain my own mausoleum of a site is so I don’t have to kowtow to various social media platforms’ fickle mores. Some of my work tends to include dirty bits I can only get away with by LINKING to various social media rather than uploading directly to it. I drew 1995’s Home Sweet Home when I was still into making horror special makeup effects hence its preoccupation with mold making. As much as I opposite-of-heart CGI, I sure don’t miss those days of cluttering up my tiny apartment with monster mask molds crumbling white dust everywhere exacerbating my asthma! Original inks on 8 X 11 inch paper for only 50 bucks! (To see image full-sized, click on it to open in a new window & use the magnify function).

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For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.

Brand new MAXI Motion Picture Purgatory! This one’s a commission I just completed for a private client about Montreal’s notorious grindhouse theater of yore, The Cristal! As such, what we have here is a raw scan of the B&W pen & ink art, no digitally enhanced gradients or colors, suitable for framing, exactly as delivered! Try reading THIS one on your hand-held device! You might think I’m deliberately cramming a million details into my splash-pages on purpose because of my contempt for the thumbnailization of culture we’re currently suffering through, but I actually started pulling this stunt back in the 80’s when free weekly The Montreal Mirror reduced the size of my comics to make space for their ads! I was so annoyed I decided to start handing in impossibly ornate drawings so they’d look like postage stamps once printed & maybe change their minds to gimme more space! Hence this is how the original format for my Maxi Motion Picture Purgatories got birthed! This installment manages to touch on topless female 70’s Asian kung fu flicks, XXX Through the Looking Glass (1976), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Pearl White from Perils of Pauline (1914), Boogie Nights (1997), Marilyn Chambers in David Cronenberg’s Rabid (1977), John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), Montreal’s Club Soda, gentrification, molesters, winos, & Shopsy hotdogs among other things! Got an idea for a personalized commission like this? Contact me for more info! (To see image full-sized, click on it to open in a new window & use the magnify function).

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SOLD. For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.

If Quentin Terantino’s Death Proof (2007) was a “chick-flick” as seen thru the eyes of a male, Anna Biller’s feature film directorial debut Viva is just the opposite using the same inspirational sources; low budget 70’s exploitation! Biller was the director, producer, writer, editor, set & costume designer & lead actress (!) of this remarkable epic, approaching the making of it as a gallery artist would; one installation at a time over several years! And it’s a musical to boot! Tho she was too young to have fully grasped firsthand the era she grew up in being emulated, she says this worked to her advantage cuz it made her bring a similarly innocent POV she claims most of the films back then were largely driven by, clumsily breaking taboos & forging virgin sexual frontiers! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2007 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “Boys Will Be Boys!” 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).

My new animated short Building 108 will be having its world premiere on the big screen opening for Anna Biller’s latest film The Love Witch at the Fantasia International Film Festival this Saturday, July 16 at 5:15 PM! Get your tickets now HERE!

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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 available at FAB Press. For original art info, contact Rick Trembles @ ricktrembles (at) hotmail (dot) com.