During the last two years of his life, Charles Bukowski allowed me to create comics out of a few of his poems. I drew four or five of them, mostly for Big Mouth but also for Zero Zero. The deal was this — to send him the finished comic book plus a check for 25 bucks, for each story he wrote. So now I have several cashed checks with Bukowski’s signature on the back! I originally got in touch with Bukowski through Dennis Eichhorn. Buk was reading Eichhorn’s comic book Real Stuff, (with some of my comics work therein) around the time I started drawing Big Mouth. This is the first Bukowski adaptation I did, called "My German Buddy," about the composer Wagner. Charles liked the results, and even wrote a letter with one of his own cartoons, which appeared in the letters pages of Big Mouth.
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Here is another Charles Bukowski poem I drew while he was still alive.
This was written by my mom, drawn up by me, and inked by my little brother Kelly.
Pies For Men, was written in 1992 by former Comics Journal managing editor Helena Harvilicz. It was drawn by me, and then inked by Frank Young, another former Comics Journal managing editor! Now that’s a sandwich. Frank recently won an Eisner for a graphic novel called The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song.
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