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Comic Art News: Toon Talk with Mark Burstein Dave Sheridan: Life With Dealer McDope, The Leather Nun, And The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:30pm
Free and Open to the Public

Join the Cartoon Art Museum for a presentation and book-signing with Mark Burstein on his latest publication, Dave Sheridan: Life with Dealer McDope, The Leather Nun, and The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers, an homage to one of the underground comix pioneers and a definitive collection of his work. (Retail: $35, 260 Pages, Full Color, Hardcover, 9" x 12")

Introduced by Gilbert Shelton, the book includes biographical and anecdotal reminiscences from Dave’s family, friends, and collaborators, e.g., his widow, Dava Sheridan; collaborators Fred Schrier, Pat Ryan, and Paul Mavrides; publishers Ron Turner of Last Gasp and Fred and Kathe Todd of Rip Off Press; and a lavish cornucopia of his other work as well: magazine illustrations, advertisements, record covers, beer and cannabis labels, cards, paintings, sketches, and cartoons, not to mention a generous helping of his comix, superbly reproduced from the original art.

This book is a long-overdue tribute to one of the true masters of the art movement known as “underground comix.” Sheridan’s writing and plotting are outstanding, and few artists in (or out of) the medium we call cartooning are as capable of rendering such intricately detailed, (sur)realistic, humorously “kozmik” scenes as he was.

About Dave Sheridan:

The arc of the tragically short but creatively brilliant life of Dave Sheridan is simple: born in 1943, raised in Cleveland, graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art, moved to San Anselmo with Fred Schrier in the late Sixties, and died suddenly, from cancer, in 1982. Yet in that brief time he managed to create some of the most significant and iconic characters (e.g., Dealer McDope and The Leather Nun) in underground comix; mind-bending, hysterically funny yet profound stories in comix such as Mother’s Oats, The Balloon Vendor, Time Twisted Tales, and Meef; not to mention helping take the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers to new pinnacles of graphic lunacy, collaborating with Gilbert Shelton on forty-five stories, including such classics as “Grass Roots,” “A Mexican Odyssey,” and “Winter of ’59,” which appeared in riotous color in Playboy.

About the Author:

Mark Burstein is a book editor and writer, e.g., Alice in Comicland, Much Ado: The POGOfenokee Trivia Book, The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition; a noted Lewis Carroll scholar; and a known authority on American comic strips, particularly Pogo, and underground comix.

About the Cartoon Art Museum

The Cartoon Art Museum’s mission is to ignite imaginations and foster the next generation of visual storytellers by celebrating the history of cartoon art, its role in society, and its universal appeal. The museum’s vision is to be the premier destination to experience cartoon art in all its many forms from around the world, and a leader in providing insight into the process of creating it. The Cartoon Art museum can be visited online at and at its new location, 781 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109.


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