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August 8, 2011

Go, Read: Lengthy Profile Of Dave Moriaty Of Rip-Off Press

I can't imagine a better use of a coffee break this morning than to spend time with this Austin-American Statesman profile of Dave Moriaty, present in Austin during that city's vital period as a precursor to the more full-blown underground comics movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s and a co-founder of Rip Off Press. There's a lot of fun in the details and analysis from Moriaty himself and underground comix historian supreme Patrick Rosenkranz, including an amusing story of how Moriaty met his late wife and talk of the Playboy article that increased some comics print runs ten times what they were before it hit.

The article also has a news element: Moriaty suggests that remaining Rip Off operator Fred Todd is thinking about finally shutting down the long-time publisher, primarily a vehicle for Gilbert Shelton's Freak Brothers work.
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