Cruisin' with the Hound: The Life and Times of Fred Tooté

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Fantagraphics Books, 2012 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 134 pages
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"They were all there, the pimps, the fags, the whores, the curious, the alcoholic, theweird of the late '50s... blues lovers, Canadian bikers, thrill seekers, junkies, insomniacs,hepcats...” So begins “Down at the Kitty Kat,” one of the 20-plus never-before-collected memoirs and yarns by Spain Rodriguez, one of the originalgang of Zap Comix provocateurs.

Although he's best known for his two-fisted tales of the chopper-riding Trashman,Spain's blunt graphic style and uncompromising gift for caricature, renderedin eye-punishing slabs of black and white, work equally well for moresubtle fare — such as these memoirs of his misspent youth.

Cruisin' with the Hound ranges from Spain's days as an innocent youngchurchgoer to his time as a member of the Road Vultures motorcycle gang, withstops along the way for his discoveriesof science fiction and other, more adult pursuits (“The Birthof Porn”) — as well as the “The Education of an Underground Cartoonist,”describing his journey from a pimply Captain Marvel-readingscribbler to his arrival as a professional artist.

But the heart of this collection is a cycle of stories (originally publishedin the acclaimed Blab! magazine) set during Spain's teenagedays in the 1950s, often featuring the doomed, dot-eyed Fred Tooté, awild, flaky character in whose company some of his wildest escapadesoccurred.

Raunchy, hilarious, and often violent as hell, Cruisin' with the Houndis an unsentimentally nostalgic trip to half a century ago — the anti-Happy Days, set to a true rock 'n' roll beat.

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Review: Cruisin' With the Hound: The Life and Times of Fred Tooté

User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

Autobiographical stories of one of the giants of the underground comix scene. Spain's work is amazing and somewhat stylized, but incredible in it's detail. A great illustrator, who deserves more acknowledgement. Read full review

Review: Cruisin' With the Hound: The Life and Times of Fred Tooté

User Review  - Walter Burton - Goodreads

I had heard & seen some of Spain's work when it came out of the Bay Area with Robert Crumb and read his graphic biography of Che Guevara before this reading this. It is basically an autobiography of ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Spain Rodriguez is one of the most well-known artists in the comix underground. He(along with Robert Crumb) was one of the founding members of Zap Comicsand has a reputation as an outstanding political artist. He is theauthor of several graphic novels, including Cruisin' With the Hound and the highly acclaimed Nightmare Alley . His work is prominently featured in BLAB! , an annual comic anthology that has also featured Charles Burns, Mark Mothersbaugh, Daniel Clowes, and Chris Ware.

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