“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.