Small Press Saturday #1.

§ October 23rd, 2021 § Filed under saturday, wood eye § 3 Comments

So as I’ve mentioned several times in the past, the name of this website comes from a mini-comics digest I published in 1998 (under the “Full Frontal Harvey” banner, a shared local comics ‘zine thing that former coworker Rob started up…name explained in my first anniversary post).


And come to think of it, my date of “death” on the tombstone becomes increasingly less humorous as the years dart by. But anyway, this was a collection of comics ‘n’ stuff I drew for the FFH flagship anthology title Wood-Eye, a scattering of pages from my solo mini-comic Lookit! along with some new material. (Here’s a sample.)

Some of what counted, I think, as new material, and what counted for sure as extra work for me, was the “Your Special Monster Friend” back cover, where I would draw and name an original monster on each and every distributed copy of Mike Sterling’s Progressive Ruin the printed-on-dead-trees comical book.


However, this being 1998 and not having regular access to a scanner or even a digital camera, I did not document the many, many monsters I drew on these back covers. I do remember that there were monsters named after me, former coworker Rob, our pal and FFH member Fred, and other friends, but I retain no memory of what any of them look like. The monsters, not my friends and me.

But in swoops old pal William (who probably also had a monster named after him) to the rescue, as he dug out his copy and sent me a pic of the monster I drew thereupon. BEHOLD…CHAD:


Thus, at long last, I have at least one catalogued example of a Special Monster Friend in my records, 23 years after the fact.

3 Responses to “Small Press Saturday #1.”

  • Turan, Emissary of the Fly World says:

    You let pass an opportunity to tie this post in with your recent theme, by calling all of those copies with the personalized monsters “variants.”

    As I mentioned before, there was one illustrator who did just that with an issue of BATMAN released with a blank cover–he bought a batch of copies, drew a quick sketch of Batman on each one, and then put them up for sale on eBay as “super-rare variant editions,” priced at thirty dollars apiece. I wonder still how many people fell for this.

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  • Snark Shark says:

    He LOOKS like a CHAD.

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