|The sensitive attention to body language and figurative art tradition is manifest in this Anton Drek panel from the early 1990s.|
Two examples are shown here: a jam page by Underground Comix cartoonist and legend Denis Kitchen, Alternative Comics creators Larry Marder and Don Simpson, modernist superhero legend Bill Sienkiewicz, and last but not least, Anton Drek himself. "The circumstances of this particular collaboration are now forgotten," says Anton Drek expert Dr. Ted Edwards, PhD. "But it is clear that the cartoonists worked in close proximity, possibly at a California comic book convention some time in the early 1990s." Such artifacts are now highly sought by connoisseurs, and fetch high prices at auction.
|Denis Kitchen, Anton Drek, Larry Marder, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Don Simpson are among the cartoonists jamming on the latter-day Underground Comix page.|
Another freewheeling sketchbook page by Anton Drek, appearing in a bound book along with numerous other stalwarts, shows the artist's mind at work, laboring mightily to earn the respect of the elder Underground Comix legends. (Certain pages with actual collaborations with some of those artist are being withheld, pending their explicit permission to reproduce the work.)
|A sketchbook page by Anton Drek from the San Diego Comicon, drawn in the early 1990s, includes a sketch of the ex-wife of a noted Raw cartoonist, whom Anton Drek has described as "a cock-teasing cunt if there ever was one."|
These sketchbook excursion, usually drawn in the wee hours of the morning in the storied Hotel San Diego (preferred hangout of the Underground and Alternative crowd) show an experimental side of Anton's work, usually under the influence of nicotine, other psychoactive substances, and sleep deprivation. The result is often a stylistic experimentation that is seldom, if ever, repeated.
|Sketchbook page by Anton Drek, courtesy of Kika Kane.|
More examples from the archive will follow as survivors can be located and permission obtained.