Sugar Magnolia

Back in the nineties, Kitchen Sink Press made a deal with the Grateful Dead to produce a color comic book chronicling their music and adventures. It seemed like a natural fit, given that Dead art was a big part of the “experience.” So I was thrilled when editor Dave Schreiner tracked me down in a garage in suburban Washington and asked me if I wanted to contribute. I was even more excited when he sent me the list of songs that had yet to be spoken for and I saw that Sugar Magnolia was available. Here are a few pages of my effort. (Color by Marcus David.)

Sugar Magnolia722 Sugar Mag II723Unfortunately, there was a snag in the new arrangement. Kitchen Sink had planned on making most of their sales at Dead concerts, but for some reason it was not allowed. The series ended after six issues. I’m still glad I got to be a part of the Grateful Dead legacy.

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5 Responses to Sugar Magnolia

  1. Ben Emery says:

    Sugar Magnolia that leads into Sunshine Daydream is my wife’s favorite feel good combo. She has been to around 200 dead shows.
    I will tell her about this project and the fact you were part of it. That is pretty cool stuff.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvN5Co0arhQ

  2. Chris Peterson says:

    Amazing. Every time I think I’ve seen the scope of your work, you break out something I was completely unaware of.

    Someday, they’re going to write a book on you and your work.

    And someday, they’re gonna’ write my obituary, which will list under my greatest accomplishments simply, “he was a classmate of RL Crabb and a roommate of his a couple of times later in life.”

    You’re a treasure, my friend.

  3. Lily says:

    Left you a message on Facebook.
    I got your artwork of the sugar magnolia inspired cartoon on my arm. I would love to show you a picture of my tattoo (your artwork). Thank you for making such amazing art!!

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