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Barney Rosset, rest in peace. What a remarkable man. What a remarkable life. Heartfelt condolences to Astrid and his family.

I plan on writing more when my head clears. I’m really going to miss him.


Mort Meskin has been nominated for the Eisner Hall of Fame. If you are an industry professional you can register and vote. It only takes a few minutes.

Having written many articles over the years that have continued to be homeless I have decided to create a blog dedicated to my writing. It’s right next door. Come visit!

I had the honor of getting to know Jerry in recent years. He was a warm, funny and extremely generous man, a great comic artist and creator and an unflagging advocate for comic artist’s rights. He also recognized early on that comic art was just that and collected many pages beginning in the early 1940s that would have otherwise been destroyed, resulting in his touring museum show.

I first discovered Jerry when I was a kid. My dad used to bring home “The New York Daily News” everyday from work and I was an avid reader of all the comic strips and that included Jerry’s “Still Life” and “Life With Robinson’ strips. Unknown to me I was also reading the adventures of two other of his creations at the same time, “The Joker” and “Robin, The Boy Wonder.”

For me a personal highlight was his singing Woody’s “Union Maid” to me at his kitchen table.

Heartfelt condolences to his family.

Like many others, I am really going to miss him.

Great interview between Jerry and Gary Groth here:

Peter Meskin with Jerry, Oct 21, 2004 in Atlanta at Jerry’s exhibit ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books 1938-1950,” at The Breman Museum.

My cover for a songbook celebrating Woody’s centennial in 2012. I also designed the interior…well, not the sheet music. But I can read them and play!

I’ll be signing my SATCHMO book next Friday, October 14, 5 pm at Flushing Town Hall, for the opening reception of the exhibit “THE COLLAGE AESTHETIC OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG – In the Cause of Happiness.” If you are around come by and say hi. Free jazz concert with the Randy Sandke Trio to follow.

Amazing at the late date (one year after publication) a wonderful review for Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants: “Brower’s well illustrated and short introduction…is the best brief history of printing and publishing that I’ve ever read. By itself, it makes up for the price of the book.”

Thank you Prof. George Elliot Clarke

I have an article in the August issue of PRINT on the movie title designer Wayne Fitzgerald: