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“Tales of a Hippy Kid” chronicles the real life childhood adventures of Jon Kroll, who lived from 1971-1980 on a hippy commune in Mendocino County, California without television, phones, electricity or running water. People came and went, more than 300 over the years, and Jon experienced every New Age cult, fad, diet and trend that the ‘70’s had to offer. There was plenty of sex, tons of drugs and lots of people walked around naked.

Jon moved to the commune at age nine and soon abandoned Spiderman and Archie in favor of Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton. Imagine his surprise when Crumb’s first wife, Dana, moved to the commune and became the cook for a while! It’s only natural that he would choose to tell his story in comic form.

In looking for a collaborator, Jon turned to Dave Bohn, an accomplished illustrator who shares his passion for comic art. The two worked together in advertising in the 1980’s and have remained good friends ever since. Dave’s work has appeared in everything from The Wall Street Journal to the Washington Post.

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

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