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Persoff and Marshall


Ethan Persoff (Twitter) is a cartoonist, based in Austin TX. His other comic project is Radio Wire.

Scott Marshall (Facebook) is an illustrator, sound artist, and art director, based in New York City. Previous projects include audio work for Woody Allen (Small Time Crooks), and two scores for full-length dance pieces by choreographer Lar Lubovitch (Men's Stories, The Black Rose).

JOHN WILCOCK: Leaving the trial, I realized Kennedy had just been killed.

The Jan and Stan story concludes with one of the most discordant moments possible. From John Wilcock, New York Years.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: An Incident on Liberty Street

The tribute to Jan and Stan continues with a pornography arrest in New York's Financial District. A true life tale from John Wilcock, New York Years.Read the rest


It's the Sixties now! - with John's first oily encounter with group sex. Part 1/3 of a serialized encounter from John Wilcock, New York Years.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: India, LSD, and Leonard Cohen's 'Flowers for Hitler'

An eventful week of drug use, red-eyes, and planes, planes, planes! From the John Wilcock comic (see previous installments here and here.) Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: The Day I Turned Down The Beatles

An early opportunity at publishing the first American magazine on The Beatles is thwarted by a moment of bad judgement. From the John Wilcock comic (see previous installments here and here.)Read the rest

The Death of Marilyn Monroe (and George Whitman's Girlfriends)

A visit through George Whitman's Paris bookstore on the eve of Marilyn Monroe's death. A comic by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall.Read the rest

Tips on Smuggling Pot into the United States

Is that a goat or is it the Ayahuasca? John Wilcock reports from Mexico. A comic by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Writing the Book "Mexico on 5 Dollars a Day" (Part One)

In 1961, John Wilcock wrote a travel guide for visiting Mexico on a budget, resulting in a bestselling book that became a significant part of 1960s vagabond culture. Part one of a two-part appreciation. A comic by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: (LSD History) Michael Hollingshead Turns on the World

A package sent in 1960 from Albert Hoffmann of Sandoz Labs, containing one gram of powdered LSD, goes on to provide the first acid experiences for many in New York. A comic by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Sneaking Julie Bovasso into McSorley's 'Men's Only' Saloon

A prank played on McSorley's Old Ale House in 1961, when it was legal in New York to ban women from entering a tavern. By Ethan Persoff and Scott MarshallRead the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Legal Mescaline via Mail-Order and other DRUG MEMORIES of 1961

An eventful drug-year for John Wilcock, with mail-order mescaline, a friendly gesture from Seymour Krim, uninformed police officers, and Turkish cigars. Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: When Lenny Bruce Stayed at My Apartment

Part Two of LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LENNY BRUCE, with the story of Lenny's stay at John's apartment during his ten-week run at the Village Vanguard.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Ladies and Gentlemen, Lenny Bruce!

JOHN WILCOCK returns to Boing Boing for Chapter Six, with the first of two installments on Lenny Bruce.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Participating in the Harvard Psilocybin Project

Chapter Five of John Wilcock CONCLUDES with the HARVARD PSILOCYBIN PROJECT, the road to ruin that ultimately leads John to pot. (This is Part Three of the Reefer Madness storyline, Part One and Part Two.)

Also included: John's original 1962 Village Voice article, with a footnote by Tim Leary and a memoriam for E.E. Cummings.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Witnessing Tim Leary's First Week on Hallucinogens

Reefer Madness continues with Part Two, a dinner with Tim Leary during an eventful week in Cuernavaca Mexico, 1960. Bananas and Avocados.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Timothy Leary, Mexico, Magic Mushrooms, and REEFER MADNESS (Part One)

One of John's better stories is the road to his first puff of marijuana, the circumstances of which place it among the best drug stories of the Sixties.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK COMIC: Woody Allen's Analysis

The conclusion of John's evening with a young Woody Allen, as Woody volunteers himself to be analyzed during a night of PSYCHODRAMA.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Woody Allen and Doctor Moreno's THEATER of the PSYCHODRAMA! (1960)

Part one of a two-episode story, starring a young, psychoanalyzed Woody Allen.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Langston Hughes recites "Harlem Sweeties" (Interview, 1960)

The latest from Ethan and Scott; catch up on WILCOCK in the archives Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: History of New York's Lower Manhattan Expressway (LoMEX)

JOHN WILCOCK returns to Boing Boing for Chapter 5, with the history of NYC's doomed Lower Manhattan Expressway, Jane Jacobs, Ed Koch, and Jean Tinguely's self-destructing "Homage to New York".Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: A Job at the New York Times (1959)

Chapter Four concludes with a job at the New York Times travel desk, a bit of music from the Monk Quartet, and a rotten act from Norman Mailer.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Interview at the New Yorker

A visit to the New Yorker building in 1959, at its original location at 25 west 43rd street.Read the rest

CIA Canoe Tours & Strip-chess in Karachi: JOHN WILCOCK's Life-changing 1959 World Trip

An early opportunity in the 1950's to visit the New York Times' press bureau in Hong Kong sends John Wilcock on his first trip around the world.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Four Significant Events in the U.S. Counterculture, 1958 & 1959

A round up of items that helped shape the underground culture of the late fifties. With Paul Krassner, Robert Anton Wilson, Yoko Ono, God's Penis, and Gustav Metzger.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: Thelonious Monk's Heroin Arrest

The John Wilcock comic returns with the story of Thelonious Monk's heroin arrest, followed by John's personal memory of seeing Monk play at the Five Spot.Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK: The History of ECHO, "The Magazine You Play on Your Phonograph" (1958)

The story behind Larry Adler, Flexidisks and Echo, "the magazine you play on your phonograph."Read the rest

JOHN WILCOCK COMIC: Mexico Break-up, Leroi Jones, and Gypsy Rose Lee

Introducing a new monthly comic strip on Boing Boing, from Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall.Read the rest