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In the early 90’s. Montreal artists Rick Trembles & Eric Braun invited dozens of local & international cartoonists to contribute a drawing of a creature for an Exquisite Corpse-style comic book. Each artist’s creature had three sections that could be combined with those of other artists, allowing for many possible combinations. The original artwork has now been turned into magnets, so you can mix & match these creatures on your own fridge door! There are two different series of Distroboto magnets, each featuring different artists. And there are two full critters per $2 pack, each one split in three, but you never know which of these crazy “Cretins” you’re gonna get with your purchase so collect them all!  © 1993/1995 The Artists.

Official launch at the Distroboto “Sweet 16” benefit party this Sunday, March 26 at Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent, Montreal)! Featuring  OSB (1-speed bike), GMACKRR, fourthousandblackbirds & Alexandre St-Onge! $8 suggested donation! A CKUT co-presentation.

From the Distroboto press release: “Celebrating 16 years of Montreal’s unique art vending machine network, with a party & concert where the project began back in winter 2001, the evening will also launch a crowdfunding campaign to help this non-profit project stay alive & to upgrade the machines! About Distroboto: Since 2001, these unique art vending machines have sold over 100,000 works from more than 1200 different artists from around the world! It is open to submissions year-round & the artists keep nearly all the revenue. Distroboto is run by Arcmtl, a non-profit arts promotion & preservation organization.” For more info go to distroboto.com

NOTE: ALL PROCEEDS FROM EXQUISITELY CORPSED CONCOCTION OF CRETINS FRIDGE MAGNETS WILL GO TOWARDS KEEPING DISTROBOTO ALIVE!

Pictured below: The original comics that accompanied the print version of “Exquisitely Corpsed Concoction of Cretins” number 1 (1993) & number 2 (1995). The contents within these pages, made up of a multitude of odd creatures by varying artists, each had to be hand-sliced in three! Now you can experience the same sensation via fridge magnets!

Pictured below: Sculptures by Rick Trembles from the original photo shoot for the front cover of the print version of “Exquisitely Corpsed Concoction of Cretins” number 2 (1995).

Pictured below: The only two existing print versions of “Exquisitely Corpsed Concoction of Cretins” from Rick Trembles’ personal collection.

Pictured below: Sample animated GIF of “Exquisitely Corpsed Concoction of Cretins” by Rupert Bottenberg & Daniel Clowes from the rare out-of-print version which you can now obtain as Distroboto fridge magnets currently on sale now!

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.

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.

This project has come a long way since my first rough Rube Goldbergesque conceptual thumbnails a year ago (see image below). I’ve been working very hard on this with producer Ari Cohen of Big Cheeks Studio on & off since 2015 & now I’m incredibly pleased to announce that my new animated short Building 108 will be having its world premiere on the big screen at the prestigious Fantasia International Film Festival this Saturday, July 16 at 5:15 PM. And I couldn’t be happier that it’s opening for Anna Biller’s new film The Love Witch since I’m already a huge fan of her first feature Viva! This is going to be an amazing screening! Get your tickets now HERE!

We’re hoping this initial pilot episode develops into a series of some sort. Here’s our official synopsis: “Building 108 chronicles the misadventures of a ragtag trio of young broke mutant musicians who live & rehearse in a dilapidated building in a post-apocalyptic predatory urban environment that has pesky hazards like bumbling hucksters, zombies, & aliens from other planets & dimensions around every corner. Each episode is based around the charmingly quirky way the crew fends off a different antagonist to their routine of trying to make ends meet and playing music at their neighborhood hangouts.”

Montreal Music Trivia: Did you know that the theme song for Building 108 was written & performed by one of the longest lasting post-punk bands anywhere, The American Devices? And the voice(s) of Building 108’s character “Cobweb” is/are by Sacral Nerves singer Esther Splett? BTW come see my band Sacral Nerves play with Ishi Tishi & Nobro this Monday night, July 18 at Bar Le Ritz PDB (179 Jean Talon West)!

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Braindead,” one of the characters from Building 108 says; “Come see my new movie!”

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Original rough Rube Goldbergesque conceptual thumbnail from 2015. (To see image full-sized, click on it to open in a new window & use the magnify function).

When you’re so broke you can’t even afford to eat, what else are you gonna do but draw a comic about it? As the day winds down, twiddling your thumbs fretting over another fruitless 24 hours gone by after desperately trying to rectify the situation to no avail, it’s good to have something to channel your nervous energy into lest you go stark raving bonkers. I decided to beat the counterproductivity by disciplining myself to do at least one creative thing a day. For 22 days in April/May of 2015, I secretly documented my broke ass trying to get by on nickels & dimes on my first Tumblr page ever. Hilarity tries to ensue. The gimmick was that I had to make one biographical drawing per day in under a minute but I dropped the ball when I got too busy with other stuff so I decided to delete the whole page. Here published in print for the first time are all my sloppy automatic unrehearsed drawings from that now-deceased “One Minute Worries” Tumblr page. I actually don’t even think a single person ever saw it back then because I never bothered to follow anyone on Tumblr. Come check out the launch of my brand new ACTION PACKED 24-page mini-comic “One-Minute Worries” at this year’s Expozine, Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15 @ Eglise St-Enfant-Jésus, 5035, Saint Dominique, Montreal. I’ll have a table there & will be selling other goodies dirt cheap like my Motion Picture Purgatory Volumes 1 & 2.

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$5 POSTAGE NOT INCLUDED (FOR MAIL ORDER CONTACT RICK TREMBLES THROUGH THIS WEBSITE).

Only 100 measly bucks for original background art from an animated film I made about unspeakable events that take place on a bed! The short premiered at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival in 2006 & doubled as an unairable “music video” for a song by The American Devices that I sang & played guitar on. Most of the animation was actually done in the late 80’s so it’s very “of its era.” By the early 90’s I was able to do a B&W line-test for it using a school’s 16MM Oxberry Camera AKA torture device. Budget restrictions prevented me from synching it to the music & completing it in color (back then you had to do that with paint on expensive sheets of acetate). I managed to get it finished digitally by the early 2000’s when that finally became affordable. More deets below or contact me for info. You can watch the whole music video by clicking on the frame-grab with the soldiers below or HERE. (To see BG image below 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. Color pencil on 8.5 X 11 inch paper (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.

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DECENSORTIZED

Iddy biddy power lovin’ liberator,
Doing you & me a favor,
In this institute of harm avoidance,
Hurting’s just an intuitive annoyance,
Not always mutually synchronized,
And so we ask not for confessions,
Of any personal recessions,
Beneficial or bourgeois,
But that we all be equalized,
“Liberation.” Liberate me!
And at your disposal are,
Sensations of generic stock penetrations,
Groping at some sort of duty memory,
Instead keep on sustaining cum-pensation,
Go & redefine some dead-ication,
And all the while do not prolong,
Puberty so free & strong,
“Liberation.” Liberate me!
Neuter-lize my cerebellum,
With your quality truth serum,
Decensortized!
And so this will provide us less
Much less, yeah,
Newfangled morals to confess,
Much less, yeah,
Not always mutually synchronized,
Why second guess & go defend what’s best unseen,
Be more than willing make room for what’s obscene.
“Liberation.” Liberation!

© 1990 Rick Trembles

I used to love making flipbooks in the late-70’s/early-80’s. Movie equipment & film stock was so expensive it was out of the question, so flipbooks were actually the cheapest way to make cartoons. Mine were usually done with close to a hundred hand-drawn 1.5 inch square images stacked on 3 inch card stock, then wrapped in tape on the side they’re supposed to be held. I called this one GREY BRAINS.

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I did comics for Montreal’s Vice Magazine from 1994 to 2000. It started off as the surrealistic horror/screwball adventures of “Rodney Chomp” & morphed into autobiographical “80’s Diaries” where I transcribed my own diary entries from the 1980’s & embellished them with brand new cartoon depictions. When they fucked off to the states & dumped me, they stole the title & gave it to someone else to continue as a serialized text column. Original art 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. Color acrylic paint on board measuring 13.5 X 5 inches, 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.

Before Julie Doucet’s “Dirty Plotte” mini-comix started getting published by Drawn & Quarterly, she was doing it DIY from the Plateau-Mont-Royal were I was also living. Late-eighties, I would bump into her sometimes at Bar Bifteck & she asked me to contribute something to a new mini she was doing with Martin Lemm. I bashed out this story about two moms fed up with their dysfunctional family life who decide to form a rock band, then hand-delivered it to Julie down the street where she was assembling the rest of the issue on her kitchen table cluttered with artwork & drawing materials. Original art for sale @ 150 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 $150.00 CAD. Includes two 7.5 X 12 inch pages of original finished B&W inks on paper, 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.

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Cold Vomit Comix (1989) front cover drawing of Martin Lemm by Julie Doucet.

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Cold Vomit Comix (1989) back cover drawing of Julie Doucet by Martin Lemm.