Friday, April 19, 2013

Timothy Truman - Grateful Dead

2013.04.06 Comic Geek Speak Supershow, Reading, Pa

Timothy Truman is a comic book artist-writer whose stories tend to stay in the old west. Grimjack (with John Ostrander), Jonah Hex: Two Gun Mojo and Jonah Hex:Riders of the Worm and Such (with Joe R. Lansdale) , A Man Named Hawken (with Ben Truman). Truman has also worked on the characters Airboy, the Heap, The Prowler and The Spider for Eclipse Comics... The Lone Ranger and Tonto for Topps Comics, On the Far Side with Dead Folks (with Joe R. Lansdale) from Avatar Comics.

Scout (1985) published by Eclipse Comics was created by Truman. It follows an Apache warrior Emanuel Santana set against the post holocaust US with states of the South seceding from the Union, ran for 24 issues...

He re-invented Hawkman in Hawkworld, worked on a Tarzan novel, Valiant Comics - Turok:Dinosaur Hunter. Wrote Star Wars and Conan the Cimmerian for Dark Horse Comics...

Truman's work does not stop with comics...he created artwork for the Grateful Dead, wrote a biography of Carlos Santana for Rock-It Comics, included a flexi-disc in Eclipse Comics Scout #19 (1987) and records his own music in his home studio. His band the Dixie Pistols released the album Marauder (which featured a short Scout comic)...

At the Asbury Park Comic Con I was talking with Jerome Walford of Nowhere Man about music and comics. Walford includes lyrics in his dialog, so as a reader you start incorporating the song into the story. Tom Morello provides music downloads to go with his book Orchid from Dark Horse, which at the end of the run will provide a 12 song CD of music.  Fem Force included a flexi disc in their issue #50, featuring the Fem Force theme song ( I have not removed my flexi from the comic yet!). I will be looking for Scout #19, have to hear the song...

So it was almost obvious that I had to go with a music related theme for my request from Truman. The choice of the Buddy Holly first day covers was Truman's from one guitar player to an original rock n' roll guitarist...

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