As legend has it, while biking home through Old Montreal in the middle of the night in the summer of ’87, I got run over by what appeared to be a gov’t truck making an illegal right turn at a cross light as it swerved into the city’s courthouse garage. I suspect it might have actually been a van transporting prisoners to their court dates the next morning. It put me in the hospital for two weeks total, the first week in intensive care, tubes up the wazoo. Whenever I’d cough it’d trigger a fireworks display of bleeps, bells, strobe-lights, & variously colored effluences rushing through tubing out my nose, mouth, dick, chest & asshole to irrigate punctured innards & broken ribs. Most days in intensive care I was surrounded by people screaming in agony & I could see them being opened up by surgeons for hours on end as they lay right next to me. My father visited & took a look around, & because of my uneasy reputation for gory artwork, he told me I should do a comic strip about my surroundings. I was so offended by this suggestion I decided to call his bluff once I got better, spawning a long-running series of violent orgy tableaus called God’s Cocksuckers, this first one of which I eventually turned into a short animated film where the main characters enter a debauched E.R./Pandora’s Box full of people fucking & butchering each other, just like real life! It premiered at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival but for legal reasons they had to change the title for their program. So I suggested, what else; [Expletive Deleted]!, which also became the original print header for the 2005 Montreal Mirror publication of this self-promotional comic strip movie (p)review. The art originally appeared in a Montreal underground comic called Core in 1988, which also featured comix by a pre-Drawn & Quarterly Chris Oliveros, among many other locals. It also got reprinted in an issue of France’s “Hopital Brut” for Le Dernier Cri. (To see full-sized, keep clicking on the image to open it in a new window & use the magnify function).
Original art for sale for $500.00 CAD. NOTE: This is not a typical Motion Picture Purgatory. I digitally added the artwork that was done in 1988 to the Motion Picture Purgatory template, which is part of an ongoing series I plan to exhibit, hence the higher price because of my reluctance to part with it. This one would only come with the original 1988 B&W ink art since the pencils are lost, & a color newsprint tear-sheet from where it was published in 2005; The Montreal Mirror. 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.