Here’s a two-page comic/story monster tale that appeared in the Styles section of the Boston Phoenix a-ways back in October, 1996. It’s a story I wrote in college and it’s illustrated by the ever-talented Mister Reusch, who 100% nails the mood. I’ve always liked it. It’s got good tempo and a good payoff. Apparently, I used to know how to write. HO HO HO.
* This was back when I was still publishing stuff under the moniker Mediocre Concepts Unlimited–No, don’t ask me why. Writing under fake names/fake company names was just a phase I went through. It lasted like, twenty years.
* No one draws menacing crooked teeth like Mister Reusch.
* This story was originally written in 1992 for a writing/collage book project I made at MassArt.
* Mark says: “I still remember being surprised/ confused/ dismayed when this was published as ‘Cartoonist Mark Reusch learns a few life lessons’…I thought, ‘TOM wrote this, not ME!’ and then thinking readers would think I was drawing myself instead of the nameless narrator. This was my 1st Phoenix section cover, drawn & submitted hours right before I got 17 stitches in the middle finger of my drawing hand from a restaurant job injury, then beaten up by a thug who tried to gouge my eyes out (adios, contact lenses) and thrown down a flight of stairs. Ahh, Boston.”
* Sorry about the lazy scan of the cover art. The corner flipped when it should’ve flopped.
This is posted as part of my own lil’ Halloween Week. Don’t forget to check out ZOMBIE UPRISING! and Midnight At The Crossroads on this blog and Trick Or Treat!, The Haunted House, and Franklinstein.