Posts Tagged ‘Ace Backwards’

Ace Backwords Blog Milestone

February 22, 2016

My zine Musea often featured a cartoon by Ace Backwords on our back page. He has since added his 50th page of his blog, Acid Heroes.
See it for lots of information on his life, his work and the 60’s life in San Francisco. Congratulations to Ace Backwords, and continued Success.

Musea Contributors – Where are They Now?

June 9, 2015

The first thing I noticed when I began Musea and started trading zines was how many gifted writers and artists there were. I wanted to make Musea the best it could be, so i began asking some of these people if I could reprint their work. Almost everyone was glad to share.

Soon I had a group of talented contributors that I featured in almost every issue. Musea wasn’t just a one man zine then, like it is now.

Surprisingly, though I feel all of these people are friends, I have never met any of them in person (with two exceptions).

Recently on Facebook I came in contact with Sparrow again. We caught up on the latest news. And that gave me the idea to update where he and some of the other contributors are, and what they are up to.

Ace Backwords: Cartoonist out of San Francisco. I ran his 3 panel cartoons on the bottom of the last page of my zine for years. He is now writing a fascinating blog at
You can also see some of his cartoons there too.

G.K.H. Bryant: Artist, photographer, writer, etc. During the time that Gregory’s work was featured in Musea, I only knew him as an essay writer and part time poet.
Now I know that all along he was also doing great art. And I mean great. In my opinion he is certainly one of the most talented artists out there.
His wife Llori was also a very active zinester of her own. She too still is active in all the arts.See samples on the facebook group page, the Abstract Pencil. They live in the Washington DC area.

Sparrow: Poet Sparrow has a style that is impossible to describe – but here goes. The best I can say is that it is a line or two of intriguing words. I love his poems, and his writing style has been very influential in my own poem writing. Samples are on facebook at Iam Sparrow. He lives in New York.

David McGhee: Texas Photographer Most of the live box office concert photos, and my recording studio photos, were taken by McGhee. He does fine portraits, and his landscapes may be even better. Recently he has done a string of them from West Texas, that i think are breathtakingly fine.

Scott Alden Crow: Scott was as much an advisor or commentator as a contributor. I featured his work periodically, but I talked to him through cards and cassette audio letters about all aspects of the arts. He is raising a family in California, busy with a job, and does some art and writing on the side.

Jason Cohen: His biggest contribution was the store he ran across from Fair Park, called Forbidden Books. It was there that I saw, read and bought, my first zine. He and his family is now running the Lakewood shop, Curiosities, a mini antique mall, of one of a kind curiosities.

Three more people that I would like to add. Yul Tolbert (Detroit), contributed some of his cartoons to my work, and he is still drawing, Fred Woodworth (Tucson), continues to publish his Match, which I have talked about in many issues, and Lucky Dog Books (used to be called Paperbacks Plus) here in Dallas, continues to carry my zine, and it holds the Musea Book Club, free cash for all local readers.

For those I missed, let me know how you are doing too!

Books Books and More Books

February 20, 2014

Dear Musea Readers,

Ace Backwards was a cartoonist I discovered back in the 90’s. He was in a lot of zines, I loved his humor and insight, and I wondered if I could reprint some of this panels in Musea. I contacted him, and he said yes. From then on, for many years, I published one of his strips in each monthly issue.

Recently on Facebook I found an entry by Ace on BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS. I thought it was first rate – and something fellow book lovers will love too.
He allowed me to reprint it on my blog. Here’s the link

Acid Heroes

I sell junk books for 25-cents at a vending table. Most of the books are headed for the dumpster before I salvage them. First I try to sell them at the local used bookstore. And whatever doesn’t sell there, I’ll sell at my vending table for a quarter. Boxes and boxes of them; I’ve literally gone through hundreds of thousands of books. And it gives you a weird perspective on the book publishing business from ground zero at the bottom of the book food chain. Beyond all the hype comes the bottom line: Will someone pay 25 cents for this damn book? The end of the line.

Some authors that you’d think would sell, sell surprisingly poorly. Guys like Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, Joseph Heller. They sit there for weeks on my table collecting dust, even at 25 cents. Anything about gay or lesbian issues, or feminism particularly, sells terribly…

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