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Everyman Studios artists, April 1976What's Up With This?

My name is Artie Romero. From my high school days in the wild and wooly 1960s, I considered myself a cartoonist and comic book artist. Publishing held a magical appeal for me. Once I was suspended from Mitchell High School for distributing my self-published comic books on campus. I studied commercial art in college and kept drawing and publishing.

In March, 1973, I was a founding member of an artists' co-op called Everyman Studios along with Darrel Anderson, Rick Berry, Thom Haber, David Gregory Taylor, Ron Hueftle and Kirk Kennedy. Darrel and I published an underground/alternative newspaper, The Everyman Flyer, from Summer 1974 til February, 1975. We included original comics in each issue.

cartoon by Larry RippeeIn 1976, I started publishing alternative comic books (underground comix) with the Everyman Studios/Everyman Comics imprint. I published a couple dozen mini-comix titles, various large format underground comix such as Animal Bite Comix and Realm, and an alternative comics journal, Cascade Comix Monthly. At first the core artists of Everyman Studios, including those listed above plus John Peterson and Allan Greenier, drew most of the comics. After Cascade was launched I was able to include work from a worldwide pool of talent, including Spain Rodriquez, S. Clay Wilson, Larry Rippee, Doug Hansen, George Erling, J. Michael Leonard, Ted Richards, and England's Hunt Emerson.

This little publishing company was always a labor of love, successful only by the standards of the small press. I drifted away from publishing in the early 1980s after falling in love with the art of animation.

 

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