Released: February 2004
The Immortal Lee County Killers II
Prize (26 page comic feature)
Destroy and Search
About a year or so back I was weeding out (not Process of . . .) the inventory of my online comic shop. Pulling out the books that were either worthless or just weren’t selling, sometimes the combination of the two.
I would then bag them up, and go down to a comic shop in Van Nuys and sell them to a guy I know. Just like most records shops, he would offer me one amount in cash, and a larger amount if I took credit. So, on this trip I took the credit.
I went through most of the shop, and then I found a box of stuff, unsorted, on the ground by the register. I asked the owner of the shop what the stuff was, and he said it was magazines, he said he had to buy the magazines as part of a collection to get several valuable comics. And that I could take any magazine in the box for a dollar each. I went through the whole box, it was mostly old Mad Magazines without the covers, a few Maxim’s with Paris Hilton on the cover, and then the last book in the box was a magazine called Drunken Master (like the Jackie Chan movies). I picked it up, saw the Social Distortion reference, I asked the owner what this book was, and he gave me a weird look, and said “I have no idea.” I took it.
Let’s talk about the book . . .
This magazine/fanzine is like no other that I’ve read before . Lucky Nakazawa is an insane artist, who is also the guy who single-handedly puts this magazine out. A couple of his blog-like stories are interesting, one in particular about a phone call with a girl who only likes Asian guys, and how the call went horribly wrong.
This feels more like a diary, and the art goes to the end of the Earth, pen and ink drawings, linoleum wood cutting, you name it.
A small interview with Tim Maag of the old band the Mechanics (he was also in Social Distortion, D.I., and the Cramps) is particularly memorable. He talks about how the Mechanics way of dressing is now used by Social D., and how their dual guitar style was later nabbed by the Adolescents and Social D. . . . also. Good stuff.
I was looking online and noticed issue eleven of this mag is out now, so I’ll try to track it down. Also, if you dig Lucky Nakazawa’s art, keep an eye out, he’s also a regular contributor to Razorcake, doing covers and full-page cartoons. His recent fart one’s were too funny.
If you get the chance, give this a read. It’s interesting!
Rating: *** three out of three stars
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