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Welcome - There's lots here. Here's a few recommendations:

MAIN ITEM: John Wilcock, New York Years — Currently serialized on Boing Boing. Read all issues here.

Comics with Problems
A comic to cure EVERY problem - From 1940s messages on Communism to other present-day hysteria. Featured on Mother Jones, Talking Points Memo, The Rachel Maddow Show, Metafilter, Jezebel, Wonkette, CSPAN and Air America.

Current Issue: YOUTH AND GHETTO (Super RARE Item)

The Realist Archive
As heard on WTF with Marc Maron, and recognized by the Webby Awards. Archive of Paul Krassner's groundbreaking 1960s counterculture satire magazine. Every issue scanned, restored, and viewable for free. Lenny Bruce, Robert Anton Wilson, others.
Now Available:
THE REALIST CARTOONS
TEDDY
teddy

Winner of "weirdest website" at 2002 SXSW Interactive Festival. Have you read Teddy?

ALSO: Radio Wire
three issues now online

All print copies of Radio Wire now sold out (Thank you for your orders)

Finding other material here: For a list of personal projects, including the George Bush Tijuana Bible, the Poodle Samizdat cartoon, other things - click here.

To peruse available rare comics and other material on this site, Click for a list of menus.

November 1 2018



THE WEEKLY BUREAU - Beginning Today

As stated below, The Bureau is now being serializing as a completed story. You can catch weekly installments on Boing Boing. Each post will be accompanied with a soundcloud playlist of the music for that section, and post at exactly the time indicated in the story.

Currently available:

The First Edition of The Weekly Bureau
(November 1 at 8:55am, PST).
The Second Edition of The Weekly Bureau
(November 7 at 10:03am, PST).
The Third Edition of The Weekly Bureau
(November 14 at 10:53am, PST).
The Fourth Edition of The Weekly Bureau
(November 21 at 11:39am, PST).
The Fifth Edition of The Weekly Bureau
(November 28 at 12:38pm, PST).
The Sixth Edition of The Weekly Bureau
(December 5 at 1:21pm, PST).
The Seventh Edition of The Weekly Bureau
(December 12 at 11:39am, PST).

Weekly Bureau #8 will post Wednesday December 19 at 3:22pm, PST



Late October 2018



THE BUREAU dailies are complete!

Whoo boy, in what continues to be one of the most difficult projects I've ever done, the daily project THE BUREAU completed its first run on October 26.

Over ten months of posts: Minus one or two outages, managed to keep schedule for daily posts of comic art every day, M-F, since January 1st. Over two hundred separate audio tracks, for nine and a half hours, along with a complete day's worth of story.

There's a plan now to tidy up the art for final presentation, which you'll begin seeing starting this week as weekly installments. Check back here for more at November 1, 2018, 8:55am (PST) - And thank you for keeping up with The Bureau this far.


September 2018



Celebrating John Wilcock's Life

September was a tough month for a moment, as our longtime friend John Wilcock passed away. John, of course, is the subject of the biography comic that Scott Marshall and I have been working on for some years now. One of the goals of the comic was that John remain alive for its completion, but things didn't work out that way. Nonetheless, the project will complete in 2019. Scott and I have a bunch of nearly finished pages in the second series that will appear soon on Boing Boing, which will complete the second volume of comic strips.

Speaking of John and Boing Boing, I wrote this small piece on John on the morning of his death, Sept 13. Additionally, helped contribute to a few obituaries, read:

New York Times on John Wilcock

The Guardian on John Wilcock

All Journalism on John Wilcock

And this terrific piece from The Village Voice


Our love to John as we finish this book celebrating his work and life.


January 1 2018

Announcing: THE BUREAU!

Very pleased to begin daily postings, Monday through Friday, of an album I've been preliminarily working on for around four years, titled "THE BUREAU". The idea behind the album is it's a full working day at a job, meaning when it is complete, there will be around nine hours of music - sufficiently filling an entire day of work with electronic noise. Each moment of a day is timed to a track of music along with a custom comics panel. I'll be drawing panels every day throughout the year to complete the album.

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Daily updates at
http://www.ep.tc/bureau

Read on for other news on The Realist Archive (now available in PDF), our talk in Parsons NYC, Washington Post on John Wilcock, as well as its inclusion in Best American Comics 2017, and enjoy the music from The Bureau below. Cheers, Ethan

8:55am

8:56am

8:59am


FOUR FULL ALBUMS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:

LISTEN TO ALL AVAILABLE BUREAU TRACKS


February 2017 - New issue of Comics with Problems

Item: New issue of Comics with Problems: YOUTH IN THE GHETTO!

This is an amazing item that we've been seeking a copy of for years. And lucky you, here's a chance to view the most pristine copy known to exist. Typically found in tatters or incomplete, Youth In the Ghetto was a one-shot comic book distributed by Haryou (Harlem Youth Unlimited) in the 1960s as a comic book version of their report on youth in the city. It's pretty amazing. After a multi-year effort, we found a copy and scanned/restored it - View the entire document here. Like a number of comics that are used for academic achievement on this site, this qualifies as an instant do-it-yourself thesis reference; heck it might even get you tenure. (You'll see the wealth of references within that can branch to other study, as well)

Postscript:


January 24 2017 - A few press items and other materials

Our talk at Parsons School of Design at the New School

Returned from New York in November, after speaking at the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium on November 7th. I love that city. The night was a lot of fun, in a two hour talk that detailed Comics with Problems, The Realist archive, and the John Wilcock comic. I'll post photos or video soon, as it was recorded for their spoken history project on cartoonists and their work. Thank you genuinely to all that came out for the talk. Local hero (and genius/hero of mine) Robert Sikoryak was in attendance and captured some terrific sketches of the event. See all four pages of Sikoryak's wonderful sketches here. (They actually capture the mood and sequence of the presentation, in full)


Item: THE REALIST NOW IN Text-Searchable PDF FORMAT

Our thanks go out to Jason Witherspoon, who has provided The Realist Archive a set of text searchable PDFs of each issue. This vastly improves the searchability and usefulness of the archive itself. It's presently on me to add the PDFs in, and I'm doing so in order, from 1 til 146. You can presently access PDFs on the first seven issues (Begin with issue number one) I'm taking this opportunity to also add a 'Next Issue' and 'Previous Issue' button to each issue, which will allow scanning through the set much easier, as well. Our thanks to Jason for such impressive work on this. All issues will be set up with PDFs soon.


Item: BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2017

Very happy to mention the John Wilcock comic has been included in this year's BEST AMERICAN COMICS (amazon link) — Reviewing the volume, the Washington Post commented that Wilcock is "A deftly presented bio-comic that illuminates New York’s underground press movement at midcentury." (link) - Much appreciated, thank you.


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