RIP SPAIN RODRIGUEZ

RIP SPAIN RODRIGUEZ, a truly legendary American underground cartoonist and widely beloved human being, dead Wednesday morning at age 72 after battling lung cancer.

Please, even if you have absolutely no interest in comics, or bikers, or revolutionary workers, or lovely people, read the obit below from the San Francisco Chronicle, and weep.

They don’t make ’em like this anymore, seriously.

San Francisco Chronicle – “Spain Rodriguez: Zap Comix artist dies”

TRASHMAN: The Art of Spain Rodriguez from Burchfield Penney Art Center.

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of 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 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 one of five Angelenos 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. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

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