Schoolyard scuffles. Seedy matinees. Run-ins with inept riot cops. Representation Immobilized is an unflinching look through the smudged lenses of Rick Trembles' glasses at his early years in Montreal. Montreal Punk legend and alternative cartoonist Trembles was roommates with the editor of the influential zine Fish Piss where these autobiographical strips were first published. After a midnight move from a crumbling apartment Trembles gradually started bringing all his childhood belongings back, bit by bit, which started triggering memories from his past. Worried about them fading from memory as time wore on, he took the opportunity to document them before they could vanish. One of his last entries in this series questioned the nature of selective memory, why certain inanities from one's past might resonate more than others, & why, no matter how hard you try, there's no guarantee you can deliberately instigate an event in your life in the present that will pass the test of time as worthy of recollecting years down the line. The book also contains other autobio work from Trembles over his active 40 years.
Rick Trembles is a Montreal-based post-underground cartoonist, writer, filmmaker, & musician. Two books of his Motion Picture Purgatory comix have been published by the UK's FAB Press. He's been published in internationally distributed books, periodicals & anthologies such as Russ Kick's "The Graphic Canon," Robert Crumb's "Weirdo," Fantagraphics Books' "Pictopia," & France's "Hopital Brut" for Le Dernier Cri. His award winning animated film Goopy Spasms has toured the festival circuit globally. He's been a singer-guitarist for post-punk band The American Devices since 1980. He frequently archives his work at snubdom.com & his Motion Picture Purgatory comix appear monthly at canuxploitation.com.
"This collection not only immortalizes Trembles' various memories, but also the moment in Montreal DIY culture that first spawned their initial publication. .. The resulting combination of the book's two parts serves as a kind of self-deprecating portrait of the underground artist, revealing the more mundane underbelly of it all. Turns out, punk rock dudes sometimes just need to figure out how to change a lightbulb for cheap, worry about ants in their apartments, and be insecure about their "beer- tits. "
--Roxane Hudon, Montreal Review of Books
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