Seth’s Party

Factsheet Five was a long running fanzine that reviewed other fanzines. Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, before the internet destroyed everything, it was a tremendous resource for those of us involved in underground publishing. In its pages one could discover a vast world of bizarre, off-kilter publications (such as Sittin’ on a Powerdkeg and Givin’ Off Sparks, Baby Sue, and Radical Pizza) and make contact with their creators.

My own fanzine, Twilight of the Idols, was twice named Factsheet Five’s Editor’s Choice by R. Seth Friedman, a really nice guy who threw great parties and organized some ambitious meetings between Bay Area zinesters. In 1997, Seth went on to edit a book of selections from his favorite underground publications titled The Factsheet Five Zine Reader .

I was going through some old papers and found this comic – the only one for which I have ever been paid – that was published in a 1994 issue of Factsheet Five.

The Eternal Return

The Nihilist’s Notebook is a collection of essays, stories and comics that I published in 1996. It is currently out of print, and so I have been asked if I would scan and post it online. I am going to try and do so in the near future, but in the meantime here is a comic to whet your appetites:

The Philosophy of the Joker

The Philosophy of The Joker – Wisecrack Edition

Written by Tom Head and directed by Jared Bauer, this well researched and very nicely made short video addresses existential and nihilistic issues related to the Joker, a character from the Batman comics and movies. Alongside Jean-Paul Sartre, Arthur Schopenhauer and Jean Baudrillard, there are also references to John Marmysz!