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The ARG! Cartoon Animation studio was founded by Artie Romero. Starting in his high school days in the 1960s, he was a cartoonist and comic book artist. Publishing held a magical appeal for Artie. He studied art and illustration in college and kept drawing and publishing.
In 1973, Artie 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 Artie published an underground/alternative newspaper, The Everyman Flyer, from Summer 1974 til February, 1975. They included original comics in each issue.
|In 1976, Artie started publishing alternative comic books (underground comix) with the Everyman Studios/Everyman Comics imprint. He published mini-comics, 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 Artie 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 publishing company was always a labor of love, successful only by the standards of the small press. Artie drifted away from publishing in the early 1980s after falling in love with the art of animation.
NEW in 2016: Comics from Artie Romero & ARG!
Realm #8: The best of Everyman Comics
Realm 8 The best of Everyman Comics was published in a limited first edition on March 25, 2016. It's a standard size 7 x 10" B&W comic book, 36 pages on book paper with glossy covers in color (inside covers too). Artists and writers: Darrel Anderson, Rick Berry (covers), Bob Conway, Hunt Emerson (9 pages), George Erling, Kirk Kennedy, John Peterson, Artie Romero, Al Sirois and more. This first edition is limited to just 1,000.
Nutso Toons #2
Nutso Toons #2 premiered to great acclaim at the Denver Independent Comics & Art Expo on March 25, 2016. This large size, adults-only comic book features an inside cover painting by Rick Berry, a wrap-around cover and 5-page previously unpublished story "Squork & Ortney" by Artie Romero, 10 pages by underground comix great Skip Williamson, plus comics and art by tremendous talents such as Jay Lynch, Rick Berry, MK Brown, Spain, Dan O'Neill, Darrel Anderson, Bob Vojtko, Jim Siergey and more. 36 pages, large size 8.5" x 11" with full-color front, back and inside covers, all on the best quality paper stock. The first edition consists of only 500 copies.
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