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Cruisin’ With the Hound
The Life and Times of Fred Tooté
by Spain Rodriguez
- Awards: Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Nominee for Best Graphic Album—Reprint (2013)
- Author: Spain Rodriguez
- Format: paperback, 120 pages
- Release date: April 28, 2012
- ISBN: 9781606994610 (1606994611)
- Language: english
- Genres: comics, memoir, comix
- Publisher: Fantagraphics
About The Book
« They were all there, the pimps, the fags, the whores, the curious, the alcoholic, the weird of the late ’50s… blues lovers, Canadian bikers, thrill seekers, junkies, insomniacs, hepcats… »
So begins « Down at the Kitty Kat, » one of the 20-plus never-before-collected memoirs and yarns by Spain Rodriguez, one of the original gang of Zap Comix provocateurs.
Although he’s best known for his two-fisted tales of the chopper-riding Trashman, Spain’s blunt graphic style and uncompromising gift for caricature, rendered in eye-punishing slabs of black and white, work equally well for more subtle fare — such as these memoirs of his misspent youth.
Cruisin’ with the Hound ranges from Spain’s days as an innocent young churchgoer to his time as a member of the Road Vultures motorcycle gang, with stops along the way for his discoveries of science fiction and other, more adult pursuits (« The Birth of Porn ») — as well as the « The Education of an Underground Cartoonist, » describing his journey from a pimply Captain Marvel-reading scribbler to his arrival as a professional artist.
But the heart of this collection is a cycle of stories (originally published in the acclaimed Blab! magazine) set during Spain’s teenage days in the 1950s, often featuring the doomed, dot-eyed Fred Tooté, a wild, flaky character in whose company some of his wildest escapades occurred.
Raunchy, hilarious, and often violent as hell, Cruisin’ With the Hound is an unsentimentally nostalgic trip to half a century ago — the anti-Happy Days, set to a true rock ’n’ roll beat.
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