Nix Comics 2019 Releases:
Last year Nix Comics offered a de-luxe subscription slate that included 8 print publications and 2 records. This year, things are a little more scaled back in terms of quantity, with only two planned publications, but maintained in levels of off kilter rock n roll quality! I could use your help to bring these two great publications to press!
Kenttucky Pussy by Sexton Ming and J.T. Dockery
A project 15 years in the making, Kenttucky Pussy is a comic book that combines the talents of noted rock n roll bohemes Sexton Ming and J.T. Dockery. Originally conceived in 2004 as an illustrated poetry book to be published on JT’s Hanging Dog Productions imprint, "Kenttucky Pussy" is a classic DIY guts and bones effort: the guts provided by Sexton Ming’s inimitable poetry, hung on a skeletal system of JT Dockery’s equally inimitable graphic narration. (You thinking "Fifteen years is a long time. Why did it take so long for this book to happen?" As you might expect, it's a story unto itself, which we'll relate in JT's words in a future update!)
You might also be asking :Who is Sexton Ming and why should you buy a comic with an off-color title based on his poetry?" Die-hard 90s garage punk fans will know most of this, but for the uninitiated:
Sexton Ming, along with Billy Childish, and others such as Tracey Emin, founded the Medway Poets in 1979. Ming continued on writing, performing, making art & music, etc. from then to today, publishing books, putting out records & exhibiting paintings. He was a staple of the stable of artists releasing works on Billy Childish's Hangman imprint throughout the 1980s and otherwise beyond, proving himself to be one of the leaders of post punk garage rock revivalism & expressionism/surrealism by any means/forms necessary all the way back when post punk garage rock revivalism & expressionism by any means/forms necessary wasn't cool.
You came out of your Mother's womb.
Her placenta she ate
You were the runt
You are tough but
A bit on the bendy side.
Oh Kentucky Pussy.
Smell the mouse."
Kenttucky Pussy will be 32 page plus cover black and white comic book with a projected run of only 200 copies. (It's like... limited... man...!)
Sketchbook Picture Sleeves: Volume 1 2016-2019
Since 2016, Nix Comics publisher, writer and artist Ken Eppstein* has been selling 7” records with hand drawn picture sleeves taken from his sketchbook. It started as both a fun way to dust off his dormant artistic skills and as a way to raise some money for publishing Nix Comics titles by adding some value to the huge pile of 7”s without picture sleeves that always seems to spontaneously generate in Ken's living room. It became an ongoing art project. This book will contain the first 120 picture sleeves drawn in that time, each one with a unique spin on the song title or artist’s persona.
*That’s me writing in the third person… Cuz parallel structure makes for some weird shit when you’re both a publisher and artist.
This sketchbook will be 7"x7", 128 pages (color) and features an intro by Nix Comics contributor and fan favorite, Darren Merinuk. Excerpt here:
"These cartoons are following the trail blazed by garage/punk rock (and related genres) itself: simple, stoopid, irreverent and willing to go upside your head in pursuit of a laugh, and once in awhile to maybe make a thoughtful point as well. "
- For helping Nix Comics out with a $10 pledge you will receive a copy of "Kenttucky Pussy"
- For a $15 pledge you will receive a copy of "Sketchbook Picture Sleeves: Volume 1"
- For $20 you will receive both new books!
- NEW! Original Art from "Kenttucky Pussy" MKI: J.T. Dockery has uncovered the original illustrations intended to accompany Sexton Ming's poetry in the intended poetry book of 2004 and is offering them up to you! Each piece is approximately 6x9, ink on bristol board. You will also receive copies of both new books. Pictures of each below!
- Picture Sleeves: I have listed a number of original pieces of art created for the Sketchbook project for $40 along with copies of both new Nix publications. (So you get 2 books, 1 piece of original art and a record!) Limit one per customer. Scroll down for individual pictures and descriptions.
- Whole Lotta Sexton: For a $25 pledge you will receive "Kenttucky Pussy" plus a copy of Sexton Ming's long out of print poetry book "House of Nunn" (1999) with illustrations by JT Dockery! 5 available total.
- 12" Picture Sleeves: For $50 you can receive one of two 12" pieces of art I have done for larger format records plus both new books. These 12"ers don't appear in the book! The first option is Joan Jett's Light of Day 12" single that also pays homage to Hammer vampire Films or a test pressing of a comp of cool 60s surfy instros titled "Concussion." You get the art, the record and the books!
- STICKERS! Long time supporter left scratching your head because Ken has finally taken a dive into the deep end of Niche pool? Or maybe just too broke to pledge for a book? I got ya covered! You can pledge for 4 Nix Comics vinyl stickers featuring art by Ryan brinkerhoff and Rachel Deering.
- Back Issue Bonanza! For those of you who need to do a little catch up on Nix Comics stuff, for $40 you will receive both new books and any 5 Nix Comics back issues. (Well... cheesy qualifier.... Any comic and record set counts as 2 issues, Collected "Vicar" stories counts as 3 issues, and Kent Grosswiler's "Beauty Found In Darkness" counts as all 5.)
- The Big Nix: For those of you who have never bought a Nix Comic, but like the looks of things and have an extra $150 burning a hole in your pocket, the Big Nix includes both new books, All 10 issues of "Nix Comics Quarterly," All 4 issues of "Nix Western Comics," All 3 issues of "Buck Slaughter's book of Rock n Roll Facts," all 3 issues of Bela Koe Krompecher's Columbus record store trilogy , all 5 issues of "Tales from the Crate," Mark Rudolph's "Closing Doors," "Pure Entertainment #1" and Kent Grosswiler's "Beauty Found In Darkness." (That's 31 books total, if I'm countin' right!)
Original Art: Kenttucky Pussy Images from original book
Bacon Strip Twist
Dog Who Delt In Mass Meat:
Maskeraid of Truth
Respect The Farmer:
Tendon of A Superhero:
What Goes On in Lubock:
Notes About and Close Ups of Picture Sleeves Available As Rewards:
Below are pictures of each of the Picture Sleeves available as rewards for this project: direct from my sketchbook warts and all. No photoshopped in corners or borders. No spelling corrections. No apologies! What you see is what you get. (Obviously what you're paying for is the artwork more than the record.) Most of the records aren't particularly collectible, but are fun/cool and in pretty good shape. That said, I'm willing to answer any questions posed to me about the records. Just message me!
Allen Toussaint: Country John: (with a guest appearance by Dee Dee Ramone!) This one goes out to all the artists who complain about how hard it is to draw horses, and I ASSume (Har!) mules... The secret is to only draw half a horse and cover up the remaining hard parts with an Amish dude..
Alvin Cash & The Crawlers: A really cool R&B dance tune on the late great Andre Williams record label. The flip side is the equally cool instro Twine Time, co-written by Williams
Bobby Freeman: C'mon And Swim: While I'll be the first to admit not being a Spielberg expert, I've never seen it mentioned anywhere that the famous poster art for Jaws was clearly a riff on the scene where Julie Adams is swimming in the Black Lagoon as the Creature peers upwards at her. Anyways, pairing Freeman's happy dance 60s craze tune with classic horror is kinda what Nix Comics is all about!
Carl Perkins: Shine Shine Shine: Making a liar out of myself already, this one is pretty much a straight riff on the album photo for "Country Boy's Dream" on Dollie Records. You should check out that stuff if you are hungry for good hard to find Carl Perkins stuff. I think it holds up well when compared to his Sun Records material.
The Coasters: Yakety Yak: I have a bad habit of drawing pictures of vomiting people/animals and wondering why they don't sell. I mean... C'mon... am I the only one who thinks a yak yakking is funny!?
The Coyote Men: Monkey Glands: This record was originally part of a double 7" set, but I lost the other one somewheres. Anyways, around 100 years ago there was a trend for men to get monkey glands sewn into their own nuts to promote virility... Which somehow reminds me of the overly macho dudes making noise in comics these days. No thank you! also, an uncommon self portrait.
The Creations: I'm Mad: A great Norton Records EP that was almost lost when Hurricane Sandy demolished that great label's warehouse. (I bought a ton of "Sandy Survivors" There are a lot of those in the book and available as rewards) The art is a tribute to Mad's Don Martin, natch!
Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Cryptkicker 5: Monster Mash: Every October I look forward to hearing this song at random places, like in the kitchen utensil section of Target or some such.
Danny Zell & The Zell Rocks: Youngster Meets The Monster: This sandy survivor reminds me of staying up late at night with my little B&W TV in my bedroom watching late night horror movies which sometimes scared the snot outta me! (Dirty clothes pushed up against the gap at the bottom of the door to prevent light leaking out and alerting my mom!)
Dwight Twilley: Nothing's Ever Going to Change So Fast: He's gonna change clothes fast cuz he's been caught in bed with that gunsel's girl... Get it!? OK, kind of a stretch. The non-Twilley characters are inspired by Anya Davidson's great 70s-set crime graphic novel "Lovers In The Garden"
The Egyptians: Party Stomp: I used this Sandy Survivor record to grapple with my fear of groups of children. Is there a phobia for that? Like I like some individual kids, but in groups of 3 or more I find them fuckin' terrifying. More terrifying than clowns, for sure.
Esquerita: Dew Drop Inn: This sleeve features a portrait of Esquerita poking his head outta a window at the famous New Orleans night club, the Dew Drop Inn... Which I thought was clever... but once I finished I found myself wondering if this Georgia resident meant a different more local to him Dew Drop!
The Everly Brothers: Wake Up Little Susie: So, Don and Phil were totally satanic cult leaders, right? It makes sense to me... and I WANT IN!
The Fools: Psycho Chicken: So, fair warning, this hilarious jab at the super serious Talking Heads isn't a great record. I mean... yes the song is silly, but moreover this record plays with a lot of noise/fuzz. Buy it for the Hitchcock spoof art instead!
Jackie Lee: The New Watusi: I assume that this is the same Jackie Lee, whose hit was "The Duck" but these R&B dance tunes are more instrumental than vocals centered. (I know... Who cares? Just dance like you got your spacesuit on!)
Jean Knight: Let The Good Times Roll: I hope Jean Knight doesn't mind me hijacking her cover of an R&B classic for a somewhat dark political statement. (For the record, I'm not advocating chopping anyone's head off, I just think that the folks in power should remember that, push come to shove, it's an option for those not in power.)
Jean Knight: Mr. Big Stuff: By the way... Jean Knight is gorgeous!
The Larks: The Jerk: An easy pun, not so easy to draw smoke letters. Came out alright, though! I did this one a few years ago and I'm a little surprised no one has bought it off me.
Little Johnny and the Silvertones: Rock 'Til The End of Time: I've done a few superhero mash-ups for this project, and looking back at them now I'm a little surprised at how often I've reached into Legion of Superheroes catalog for inspiration. (This is their foe the Time Trapper... Who lives at the end of time... Right?)
MOTO: Skinny Head: OK, I confess that I did this one because I saw so many people on-line talking about how much they love the character MODOK. Those people apparently don't also love obscure garage punk bands....
The Mystreated: There's No Escape: Apparently there wasn't any spellcheck either....
The Olympics: The Bounce: Another Legion of Superheroes reference with Bouncing Boy. Oddly, when looking through reference images on google for good ol' Chuck Taine here, I found one where the artist (Fan artist I hope) drew him super buff, broad shouldered and skinny at the waste... with a six pack no less!!! He's the fat kids' superhero! Don't try and take him from us!!!
The Olympics: The Slop: This sleeve combines my interpretation of the classic comic book monster "The Heap" with a take on the "Latrine Monster" stories told to me at summer camp by counselors who I am sure were tired of campers taking midnight pee runs.
Patsy Cline: Strange: I also used basically the same gag for a Sun Ra single. (That one was more of a Ditko riff as opposed to this one that mimicks Patsy's Greatest Hits art) I guess now that you are most of the way through looking at these it's OK to let it spill that I constantly reuse jokes. If it was funny once, it will be funny forever, right?
Rachel Sweet: OK... Drawing the hibernation pods on the Nostromo, which are pretty much all white, and a xenomorph, which is pretty much all black, was hard... But getting Rachel Sweet's sideways pony tail done while she is pictured laying down? IMPOSSIBLE!
Rufus Thomas: Do the Double Bump: While doing these write ups, I realized that I have 5 pieces that imply some sort of romantic relationship between people and animals. 7 if you count the Creature and a Werewolf. Just to be clear... These are jokes. I don't think it's cool to screw animals.
Sam And Dave: Wrap It Up: A recurring problem I have had to work around with these sleeves is that I use cheap markers and most of the browns available are too dark to use as skin tones without risking an unintentional and unwanted racist caricature. I cured that problem by buying a variety of more expensive water based brown markers. The problem cropped up again with this sleeve where I wanted a black granite casket. Went gray instead!
Sam Cooke: Trouble Blues: I had a few good puns lined up for this sleeve, but found myself overcome with sadness over Cooke's gone-too-soon life and did this fairly straight take instead. I was kind of bummed that the corner tore when I pulled it from my sketchbook, but really it's kind of appropriate.
The Spitballs: Telstar: I guess until I did this piece of art, it never occurred to me that Telstar was the inspiration for the appearance of the Deathstar in Star wars.
Sue Saad and the Next: Gimme Love, Gimme Pain: A promo single for an LP that that ended up in the buck bins of every record store in the country. It's not that Sue Saad and the Next were bad, they just weren't good enough to merit an 80s sized press run of LPs. Looked cool, though.
Sweet: Fox on the Run: OK, so this actually has two intended science fiction references: The obvious X-Files one and the hand is supposed to be like the sucker tipped hand of the Martian in the 50s war of the World movie. I believe!
Sylvain Sylvain: This split portrait of Sylvain is one of my favorites, using both how he looked when the single was released and in his New York Dolls persona.
Tammy Wynette: The Wonders You Perform: My intent with this sleeve was to combine a couple jokes... George Jones as a giant monster and Tammy Wynette dressed up as a superhero steeped in paganism while singing a gospel song. The real comedy ended up being me misspelling Wynette and botching the lettering on the song so bad that I had to do a tape-over.
Tom Robinson Band: 2-4-6-8 Motorway: OK, it's a dumb joke, but I had a lot of fun drawing the Count. Have you ever noticed how weird and psychedelic the inside of his cape is??? Go look it up!
Tom Robinson Band: Another example of doing a straight take despite a zillion puns coming to mind. I love the first two TRB albums on Harvest records... They are my idea of well done political punk/new wave.
Tommy Roe: Dizzy: Do I get a little high using cheap markers to hang these pieces together? Yeah, sometimes. It doesn't stop me from doing spot-fuckin-on self potrait work and X-Men fan comics....
The Vikings: Such A Love: I don't know for sure whether or not Fran Tarkenton and Alan Page had a love affair, I just know that drawing heart shaped eyeballs inside of a football helmet was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I ended up pasting some hearts on.
The Who: Whiskey Man: With all due respect to Pete Townshend and his song writing abilities, I think the best who songs in terms of being dark and brooding and all the while still funny were written by John Entwhistle. (Also, yes... The superhero suit is Monkees inspired.)
12" Art Rewards (Not in book!)
YA MISSED IT!
Tiny Pictures of All of the Sleeves In The Sketchbook
Risks and challenges
There aren't a lot of risks involved in the production. The art is all ready to go, print quotes are in and I'm just waiting on funding! I guess the biggest risk is that I fail to reach the 60-100 people that I will need to kick in... Even by Nix Comics standards this project is esoteric!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter