Hairy Scary

In the 1990’s Pat Moriarity was assistant art director, and later art director of The Comics Journal, the magazine of comics news and criticism. “There, I became friends with many cartoonists and comics nerds. This includes Comics Journal editor Helena Harvilicz and cartoonist J.R. Williams, who both were eventually housemates of mine. Jim Blanchard, another good friend and artist, inked my pencils here, and another friend of mine, the great Peter Bagge, makes a cameo appearance at the end. This is another true story.”

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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: 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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