Vice Magazine was founded by assholes. I drew comix for them from their inception in 1994 when they were getting money from welfare, until sacks of tech dough got plopped into their laps circa 2000 & they fucked off to the States thumbing their noses at many of the Montrealers who helped make them what they are for zero compensation. By the time they dumped me, my biographical series had gotten more streamlined than this early 1997 submission & started concentrating on actual diary entries I’d written in the eighties. This strip was transitional, as I was shedding the “Rodney Chomp” characters I began with so I could focus on my own personal reminiscences as requested. Once I was outta there, they stole the new title I’d been using for this strip, “Eighties Diaries,” & gave it to someone else to continue as a serialized text column of their own. In this submission I drew myself hanging out around smoked meat joint The Main, & sitting on my favorite park bench in Parc du Portugal across from where I was living on Vallières & St-Laurent bitching about how Vice didn’t pay their artists & wouldn’t give my band any coverage despite frequently running puff-pieces on their own musical projects. And FYI, I did NOT become a heroin addict like the “cliffhanger” implies; I was only poking fun at the bad rep I couldn’t shake off that’d been following me around since the eighties largely via guilt by association, something that got explored further in future submissions. Hey! Now YOU can be the first person to pay me for all the crap I did for Vice! STOP ME FROM BECOMING A HEROIN ADDICT! (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. B&W ink & acrylic paint on 13 X 4.5 inch Illustration Board (it’s laid out square here to make it easier to read online). Signed & dated by author/artist Rick Trembles 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.