Motion Picture Purgatory

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.

The “O” stands for Orgasm! CBC’s 2005 take on internet porn! “The internet’s affecting human sexuality as profoundly as the birth control pill,” we’re told; “arguably more dangerous than crack cocaine!” Cybersex gets compared to 1950’s Asimovian sci-fi construct Solaria where agoraphobics used to dealing only with facsimiles of fellow humans get violently ill at the thought of an actual person within view! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2005 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “Browbeat yer meat!” 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.

Scathing early commentary on easy gun access & mass murder based on 1966 University of Texas killer Charles Whitman! “I’m an anachronism,” complains aging horror star Boris (Frankenstein) Karloff (playing “himself” in one of his last roles) as he shows his director a routine headline from the news (played by actual director Peter Bogdanovich); “Youth Kills 6 In Supermarket!” He announces his retirement but grudgingly agrees to make a final personal appearance at the premiere of his last outmoded Goth flick in a local drive-in where he comes face-to-face with the horror of today’s mass murderer. He is not impressed. The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2000 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “Take that, modern-day atrocities!” (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.

MPP ART 4 SALE! Little Rodney Bingenheimer’s mom was an autograph hound so he followed suit, but as a teen she dumped him in front of superstar Connie Stevens’ door & they stopped seeing each other for years! But Connie wasn’t home so he wandered over to mid-sixties magnet for runaway kids; Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, & got mommied by similarly starry-eyed young girls hanging out (he’s the first boy that super-groupie Pamela Des Barres ever kissed), his lifelong career as professional hanger-on thus begun! After his evolution to nightclub impresario (his “English Disco” introduced 70’s glam rock but had to close down when actual disco took over) & eventual radio host, the tables got turned! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2004 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “A Hanger-On Encroached Upon’s A Hanger-On That’s Not Foregone!” 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.

MPP ART 4 SALE! “Thrill to the whores of Babylon as they eat of Jizzus Crust’s flesh & drink of his cum in the very first XXX biblical epic” screams the DIY Cumming of Jizzus DVD box art! Zinester extraordinaire Robin (Cinema Sewer) Bougie & Chelsea Chainsaw (AKA Jessica Vile from one of my fave Bougie chapbooks My Secret Cockupation) teamed up in the mid-twentyhundreds to create their first porno flick; he as producer/soundman/gopher, & she as directress! “I spent my childhood & a good portion of my adulthood confused by these bible stories! I’m still fascinated & study them outta personal interest! The sex in our movie’s consensual & an expression of love in our own sleazy secular way!” –Chelsea Chainsaw. The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2010 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “The power of Christ CUMpels you!” 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.

MPP ART 4 SALE! After years of mismanagement, drug, & alcohol abuse, drag-queen-emulating glam rock pioneers & seminal punk band The New York Dolls broke up in 1975 leaving member Arthur “Killer” Kane (named after his “killer” bass lines & a nemesis of Buck Rogers) to eke out an existence on his own in L.A.! He didn’t fare too well & hit rock bottom in the eighties after seeing former band-mate David Johansen in a bit part in Scrooged (1988)! Decades later, pop star Morrissey asks the band to regroup & play London’s Royal Albert Hall! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2006 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “Church of the Latter Day Dolls!” 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.

MPP ART 4 SALE! The “North American Man/Boy Love Association” or NAMBLA as it’s better known formed in ‘79 & reached 1500 members at the time of this doc (1994)! Besides the derogatory title (slang for child molester), Chicken Hawk’s pretty impartial as it follows several brazen members & the various persecutions they gotta endure! Authoritative female narration gives historical perspective how ancient civilizations embraced sexual communion with children, like Greeks, Sicilians, & New Guinea tribes who considered semen more potent than mother’s milk! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2010 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “Fowl Play?” 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.

MPP ART 4 SALE! So how’s about that fracking, huh? See Chevron try to pull the wool over Polish farmers’ eyes by assuring them there’ll be no consequences fracking for shale gas on their ancient pastoral soil, where the air’s so clean the region’s known as the “Lungs of Poland”! But documentary filmmaker Lech (Born to Lose: The Last Rock and Roll Movie) Kowalski knows what can go wrong & demonstrates by ricocheting from Pennsylvania to Europe showing what kinda devastation can happen! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory was “‘This Is How Revolutions Start’ -Director Lech Kowalski.” 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 two items total (no tear-sheet since it was published online): The pencil art preliminaries & the original finished B&W inks (signed & dated by author/artist Rick Trembles in pencil on the back). 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.

MPP ART 4 SALE! I thought Last Days was wonderful but someone who grew up with Nirvana once told me they despised the movie & I said I understood because since I grew up with The Sex Pistols I despised Sid & Nancy (1986)! Chronicling the chronic humdrum of Kurt Cobain’s catastrophic collapse days before blowing his own brains out in 1994, Last Days translates (condenses or stretches, you be the judge) the mundanity of his eternal nod into 97 gloriously lensed minutes of confounding contemplation! Extended footages of the most infuriatingly monotonous & inconsequential elements transform the dreary into inexplicably poignant meditative moments! The heading for this Motion Picture Purgatory which originally appeared in a 2005 issue of The Montreal Mirror was “Irony is Dead!” 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.