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Pat Moriarity

Pat Moriarity started out as a punk rock artist in the mid-1980s music scene of Minneapolis, working for Twin/Tone records and eventually getting his own comic book title, the Harvey Award nominated Big Mouth. He became an art director for Fantagraphics, and later for The Comics Journal. He currently lives and works in Port Orchard, Washington. As an adjunct faculty member at the Art Institute of Seattle, Pat Moriarity teaches character design, storyboarding and comics.

Big Mouth: My German Buddy

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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Big Mouth: Helluva Town

This one was written back in the day by the great cartoonist Peter Kuper. I call it a “slice of life story,” about riding the subway in NYC, early 1990s. I drew this before I ever visited the city, but after visiting a few times after, I think I got it right.

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Big Mouth: Heavy Doody

The tragic story of Howdy Doody’s creator and puppeteer. Story by Tom Harrington. Art by Pat Moriarity

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Big Mouth: True Nuke Puke

This one was written in 1992 by the first real, true blue cartoonist I ever met, the perpetual self publisher Doug Holverson. (He also colored this page, just for Boing Boing.)

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Big Mouth: Tull-Tales

“Tull Tales” was written by underground cartoonist Roberta Gregory in 1992. It’s about unusual/cosmic happenings in the wake of Jethro Tull. Color by Randy Leonard.

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Big Mouth: Fish Scales

“While working on a junior high science project, I found I needed a way to measure the amount of energy it took to pull an object up inclines of varying steepness.” A story by Dennis Eichhorn. [Update: page 5 was missing. I added it. - Mark]

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Big Mouth: The Pat Moriarity Highlight Film

Who be better to introduce our newest Boing Boing cartoonist than the late Harvey Pekar? Look for a selected classic Big Mouth comic by Pat Moriarity each week! – Mark

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