is a serialized graphic novella. More accurately, CrisisCity is
a collection of interrelated, Illustrated hyper-short stories. Actors
and actresses, gangsta rappers, painters and art dealers, crack
addicts, and other characters play against the backdrop of contemporary
every chapter fits precisely into a larger story line, it is intended
that each may be read as a stand alone feature in random order.
In each installment I attempt to capture the action of a single
instance, an interesting cameo of a more complex work.
features real locations and fictionalized representations or real
personalities culled from this amazing place we call the "City
of Angels". The web version of the feature provides dynamic
links to relevant sites whenever possible.
Let's say it's
1978 and, while working part time for the defense industry, you
discover an evil plot to take over the world. Annnnnd you are an Art Student
- not Bruce Willis nor Harrison Ford. What do you do? I know what
I did; I wrote a Cartoon.
Six years later,
in 1984, the Christic Institute began shouting "Secret Team"
all over Public Radio. A year later their accusations blossomed
into the Iran-Contra hearings. I watched with morbid fascination
as I learned that:
My paranoid, cartoon political fiction turned out to be neither paranoia nor
fiction. There really WAS a corrupt paramilitary group beneath our Government using, murder, bribery,
spy satellites and drug money to take over the World.
B. America didn't seem to care!
I learned that while Americans may not care about "The Secret
Team," they do love soap operas! So I began to slant CrisisCity
away from it's dark, political roots towards well, something else.
CrisisCity was first
published in print in the early nineties in the NOHO News, a North Hollywood,
California area newspaper, as a monthly serial until the Northridge Quake damaged the Editors apartment badly enough to scare him out of LA. Bye-bye NoHo News.
portion of the feature was first placed on the web in the fall of
||to Gus Arriola and his Gordito, Hal Foster's Prince Valiant, Pogo,
Lil' Nemo, Apartment 3G, Peanuts, Love N Rockets (Hootas!) Mssrs. Calvin and Hobbs. My
heroes, graphically speaking.
me know what you think.