RL Book 2

Dear friends,

It's been a few months since posting, or writing. 

I've posted a new chapter of my book here: http://www.tomhart.net/rosalie.html .

If you feel like commenting, please feel free to do so here.

Thanks for reading


We say "I miss her" like other couples say " I love you."


1 Year

Dear friends,

I can barely stand to type the words Rosalie has been gone a year but I just did, because it is true, and I want to thank everyone for their attention and love for us in this time. 

We don't like our new situation any more than we did then, and we aren't in any less chronic pain but the damaging acute and initial lacerations seem to have healed. We don't know why we have been chosen to live this life, or certainly if even those are those words to use for where we are and what we are doing. There's a lot we don't know. 

Since April, I have been working hard on drawing this story, trying to tell the world about this incredible girl, and about our search for the meaning of losing her. Since I've spent most of my life drawing stories with ink on paper, that's what I'm doing; taking this practice or tactic and turning it to these events which need understanding.

Leela has taken a different route, one I can't and don't understand exactly, but I do know that her recent drawings of lone men and women climbing over heaps of corpses must have something to do with her own methods of processing. I've taken to drawing Rosalie and Leela and myself, Leela has taken to drawing corpses and ashes and women possessed and haunted by dybbuks. 

I can't thank enough- I can't tell you what you, our friends have meant to us in this time, especially to you in Gainesville who have welcomed us so much, and have awed and graced us with your creativity, intelligence and warmth. 
To those of you outside of our immediate reach, cartoonists around  the world, or friends and family from New York to Seattle, I thank you for your touches from afar, and your generosity, and spirit which touches us here in our cocoon full of owls, moss, spiders and cartooning students. 

To the people I don't know, almost 30,000 of you read the first chapter of my book ( link here ), -our book, the book Rosalie must have wanted me to make, or else why would this have turned out this way? - to you people, I thank you gratefully. I know this will seem redundant, but that girl Rosalie, was so amazing, so funny and amazing, I wish you could know. I hope this book, as it progresses, does something to convey what can't be conveyed in these embarrassing keystrokes. 

I am doing my best to honor her, and again, to find the meaning in all of this. The task of finding meaning is oddly easier than that of honoring, as I struggle to make every drawing a gift to her, to you, and to those who have given me such inspiration on this plane. It is not something I succeed at, as my laziness and lack of discipline cause me to fall short time and time again. I am grateful for your patience and attention.

I will be posting new pages here soon and as often as I can. I thank you in advance for looking our way.

I found a text document today, of names we were thinking of before she was born. We always knew she would be Rosalie Lightning, but just to be sure, we tried out others: 

Rosalie Lightning
Veronica Lightning
Amelia Lightning
Cleo Lightning
Sadie Lightning
Pearl Lightning
Lola Lightning
Lucia Lightning

Yet we knew she would be Rosalie. We heard it in a song by Brian Eno. When she was an infant, when she was already Rosalie,  I listened to it over and over again, trying to understand what this song was really about, what  this song that revealed her name was really about.

And eventually I caught on: it is a song about being comforted by darkness.

Rosalie, I've been waiting all evening
possibly years I don't know
counting the passing hours
everything merges with the night

I stand on the beach
giving out descriptions
different for everyone I see
since I just can't remember
longer than last september

under the volcano
floats like a cushion on the sea
yet I can never see him
everything ponders in the night

we've been talking all summer
picking the straw from our clothes
see how the breeze has softened
everything pauses in the night


Lettering Woes

Frustrated with my lack of consistency fitting my lettering in the panel (see bottom left) I took those same letters (note the Q, and the "M' in "my" etc, and made a font, thanks to yourfonts.com. I shouldn't be surprised that I like the results- that's what I wanted. But I like them SO MUCH BETTER. 

Stupid computer, stupid fingers. Stupid brain.


The Four Passions, Oct 15, 2012

Hi everyone,

Thanks for listening. It was a crazy show. Mostly buttressed by an amazing album loaned to my by Shaenah at the Citizen's Co-Op. Thanks Shaenah!


Here's the podcast

Here's the playlist:

Gang Do TagarelaMelo Da TagarelaBlack Rio Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980Strut
OrlandivoOnde Anda O Meu AmorBlack Rio Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980Strut
I Refuse LimitationGoodie MobStill Standing
Count BasieThe New Basie BluesThe CountVerve
John CaleI Wanna Talk 2 UShifty Adventures in Nookie WoodDomino
MagnoliaZeki MurenTurkish Film MusicDegisti.com
Talk Break
Paul MelanconFooled Around And Fell In LoveLiveyoutube.com
Antonio Carlos E JocafiKabaluereBlack Rio Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980Strut
Serkalem WerkuWedajaDiretube.comEthiopian
The RaveonettesThe EnemyObservatorVice
Archer PrewittWithout YouWildernessThrill Jockey
Talk Break
Orquestra E CoroKriolaBlack Rio Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980Strut
Arthur ConleyOb-La-Di Ob-La DaDelete the Beatles
Raymond Byron And the white freighterYou'll Never Surf AgainLittle death shakerAsthmatic Kitty
The CannanesTake Me to the Hotel JohannaA Love Affair With Nature
Wendy ReneAfter Laughter
Talk Break
Cat PowerHuman BeingSunMatador
SebadohKathSebadoh III
SebadohThe Freed PigSebadoh III
Dinosaur Jr.Pierce The Morning RainI Bet on Skyjagjaguwar
The Sea and CakeSporting LifetheFawnThrill Jockey
Talk Break
Sezen AksuOn AyDeniz YildiziDogon Music
Sezen AksuHala Haber Bekliyorum SendenDeniz YildiziDogon Music
Staff Benda BililiLibala Yah MungwaBouger Le MondeCrammed Discs
Os MutantesAve Genghis KhanOs Mutantes
Gerson King ComboUma ChanceBlack Rio Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980Strut
Talk Break
Hedwig and the Angry InchTear Me DownHedwig and the Angry Inch
EelsPrizefighterEl Loco Mucho


The Four Passions, Oct 8 , 2012

I did a radio show Oct 8, my birthday, but didn't indulge in playing any Gabriel-era Genesis, though I wanted to.
podcast here

Played some more Turkish music, including this singer I didn't know: Sevim Şengül


Then some Moroccan Berber music. It might not be Berber, you can read more here:


Then a new song by the supposed winner of Ethiopian Idol:


The Mountain GoatsThe Last Day of Jimi Hendrix's LifeCool Beans
Count BasieParadise SquatThe CountVerve
BeirutNantesThe Flying Club Cup
Talk Break
My Bloody ValentineOnly ShallowLoveless
Popol VuhAguirre 1Aguirre The Wrath of God
Dick HymanFly Me To The MoonElectrodynamicsCommand
Galaxie 500Leave The PlanetOn Fire
Talk Break
Temesgen TafesseNew Singlediretube.com
Dirty FistAngry Bikerbandcamp.com
Flying LotusElectric CandymanUntil The Quiet ComesWarp
Halllo DaweTrack 1Awesome Tapes From Africa
Sevim SengulEllerim Boyle Bos Mu KalacaktiTurkish Film MusicTurkish
Talk Break
Sezen AksuYol ArkadsimDeniz YildiziDogon Music
Rais Mohamed Ben BiakCaid MokhtarExcavated Shellac
The Selah SingersThe Wicked RaceExcavated ShellacExcavated Shellac
Rowland S. HowardDead RadioTeenage Snuff Film
Talk Break
The Sea and CakeThe InvitationsRunnerThrill Jockey
The RaveonettesYoung and ColdObservator
The CallersHeroesReviver
CanDeadly DorisThe Lost TapesMute
Talk Break
Robert JohnsonHellhound on my Trail
Dinosaur Jr.Watch the CornersI Bet on SkyJagjaguwar
Caetano VelosoLost in the ParadiseCaetano Veloso
Ike and Tina TurnerCome TogetherDelete the Beatles
Talk Break
Staff Benda BililiBilangaBouger Le MondeCrammed Discs
Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos JobimIf You Never Come to MeAt LastReprise
Blind BartimaeusOh HezekiahGospel Songs of God and Death
Hermanos CalderonEl Neuvo QuerrequeHuapango

It was a bit chaotic, with fielding phone calls, a cd that wouldn't play and visitors in the studio.

Thanks for listening.


Garo Secret Prison piece, progress notes

Secret Prison's Garo Tribute came out, and looks great.

Garo was my main source of mind-blowing inspiration from ages 21-25 (Plus my friends in Seattle: Jon Lewis, James Sturm, Dave Lasky, Megan Kelso, Jason Lutes, Ed Brubaker. )

Garo was something we found at the local Kinokinuya in Seattle. Mind-blowing. There was nothing like Garo. RAW was the closest thing. Weirdo, Arcade and other were too steeped in counter culture, and more specifically, a certain iconoclasm. Garo, maybe only cause we couldn't contextualise it, seemed full of original stories that were personal dreams and visions.

When I heard about SP7, I went to my shelf, and pulled this issue, because I just liked the silly drawing and always wanted to sit down with it, and try to decipher some of the cartooning in it. I thought maybe of recreating it, adding my own story and words to the drawings.

I looked and had fun, but instead, kept flipping around

And landed on this story, whose imagery grabbed me and it also looked like a style I could emulate. I never second guessed it, just started in. The images of the old man wandering (love that archetype), meditating on some youthful story, but of course, the loss, the sudden disappearance of the girl in the story resonated for obvious reasons.  

I started playing around with text.

But it wasn't til I got to the middle of the story that I realized I had nothing to say in a lot of these boxes or balloons. And the silence I was confronted with made this whole thing seem like an idea steeped in empty vanity. But the silence started speaking, and I realized the story had become unlocked. The emptinesses were echoes. 

The text from the characters were deeper than words, they were messages from a deeper self, from a longer story. 
This is the first anthology piece I've ever been happy with. 

SP7 can be bought here:

RL Book 1, digital

Dear friends, here's a link to book 1 of my book in progress. Thanks.


The Four Passions, Oct 1, 2012

Music to Stay Alive By.

Here's the podcast. More great Turkish film music, including the below:

From the Turkish Film Music Site

The amazing What English Sounds Like:

New Sea and Cake. Some Florida Funk and Gospel. Some bands I  hadn't heard yet and will play again. Some real Heavy Slow Sludgy Metal from my friend, Kenny, and Cavalry. Some music so lovely I couldn't do anything but just sit and let things end.

Podcast here 


Secos and MolhadosAmorBrazil 1970Soul Jazz
Selda BagcanCemberimde Gul OyaTurkish Film MusicTurkish
SEA AND CAKEOn and OnRunnerThrill Jockey
Talk Break
Rowland S. HowardAutoluminescentTeenage Snuff Film
Grizzly BearSleeping UteShields
Talk Break
Don't Let The Devil RideSonny TreadwayThe Best of Sacred SteelArhoolie
The UniversalsNew GenerationFlorida FunkJazzman
Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea island SingersDaniel in the Lion's DenShall We Gather at the RiverFlorida State Archives
Pearly QueenQuit Jive'inFlorida FunkJazzman
R.E.M.Driver 8 (Live)Document RereleaseEMI
Nancy SitFeverGirls in the GarageRomulan
Talk BreaK
Staff Benda BililiKuluna/GangsBouger Le MondeCrammed Discs
CallersReviverReviverPartisan Records
The McNeil ChoirBabylon's Fallen78sBap-tizum.com Blog
Talk Break
Sezen AksuDeniz YildiziDeniz YildiziDogon Music
SEA AND CAKEHarpsRunnerThrill Jockey
David Byrne & St. VincentLazarusLove This Giant4AD
13th Floor ElevatorsBaby BlueEaster Everywhere
Talk Break
Tim BuckleyDolphinsSerafonia
Mike CoykendallWe All Gotta GoChasing Away The DotsFluff and Gravy
Nelson Alexander TrioWell, Well BabySpecialty Legends of Jump BluesFantasy
Archer PrewittGo AwayWildernessThrill Jockey
The BoswelliansCloud DancingHello HandsPocket
Talk Break
Mark EitzelKathleen (Live)Live
The RaveonettesYoung and ColdObservatorVice
The XXAngelsCoexistYoung Turks


Hutch Owen Let's Get Furious coming from Top Shelf at SPX


Let's Get Furious

I spent 5 years on these strips, running them daily in Boston and New York, expanding greatly the Hutch world and environs. See! Hutch's new country in a junkyard! See! The first appearances of Nora, as she slugs her way into the strip. See! A full-length story in which Dennis Worner decides to go down into the streets where the poor live. 

Despite the crude drawings, which really took off by the end of this arc, this is a story I take a lot of pride in. Real Mitt Romney type stuff. You can read a lot more about that story here.

Some other highlights. The creation of Rebelville, which Dennis sets up in Hutch's Junkyard, the appearance of The Rockabilly Kid, Image advisor to Trashistan, and The Unpajamable Snowman, who eats, grows and morphs into a monster who sits on Congress.

Some more samples.


The Four Passions, Sept 24, 2012

The Four Passions, Sept 23, 2012 This set got a little sadder, probably I hadn't seen Leela in a few weeks, and of course, Rosalie in almost a year. Some story songs led us off: Lou Reed's Street Hassle and then a Turkish torch song which must be sad, by Sezen Aksu, my new favorite. I had never found a compatible groove with her, but I'm starting to catch on .

Then we played some Turkish film music, certainly with a story, this one a little silly, from the clip below.
Link here to the Turkish Film Music site Leela and I frequent.

Then more from the Amazing, Sleepy, Sludgy, Dreamy, Drifty Ethiopian Jazz Musician Getachew Mekurya, catch more of that one here.

Two songs by Ron Rege + Lavender Diamond, then some Carter Family, below (They might not be on the playlist cause I forgot them, but they were before or after Karen Dalton.)

I can't remember what else I played. Half the time I'm just barely holding on. I call this Music To Stay Alive By.

Playlist below. Podcast here. 

Lou ReedStreet HassleBetween Thought and Expression
Sezen AksuGuvercinDeniz YildiziTurkish
Ask AlfabesiYsimTurkish Film Music
Talk Break
The RaveonettesObservations
Lavender DiamondLike An ArrowImagine Our Love
Poor MoonHolidayPoor MoonSub Pop
Talk Break
Getatchew MekuryaTrack 2UnknownAwesome Tapes From Africa Blog
Latin PlayboysCrayon SunLatin PlayboysSlash
Lavender DiamondOh My Beautiful WorldIncorruptible Heart
Karen DaltonOther Side to this Life1966
Cat PowerAlways On My OwnSunMatador
Talk Break
EMAThe Grey ShipSound Cloud
Brain FV-2sleep roughgrave mistake
Levekcanterbury bellsLook A Little CloserLefse
Heavenly Gospel SingersI'm a Pilgrim and a StrangerBap-tizum.com Blog
Shintaro SakamotoHow to Live With a PhantomHow To Live With A PhantomOther
Wendy ReneAfter LaughterStaxStax
Mazzy StarHalahShe Hangs Brightly
Talk Break
SmokeAwakeHeaven on a Popsiclestick
SmokeFreak (Winn's Song)Heaven on a Popsiclestick
EsmerayAyrilik Olsa BileIstanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk ClassicsTurkish
John CaleFear is a Man's Best FriendFearIsland
John CaleParis 1919Paris 1919Island
Lou ReedThe Last Great American WhaleNew York


The Four Passions - Sept 17, 2012

Sept 17 was a good show, good variety, lots of Ethiopian, a bunch of stuff I couldn't pronounce, you know how it is.

Played this great Turkish film song:

From the Turkish Film Music site:

Played a little from Awesome Tapes From Africa:


As much as I could from Excavated Shellac

The great Tilahun Gessessee. Watch the singing and watch the swaying:

More great music from The Raveonettes, furthering my conviction that I love music by people who abuse substances

Here's the podcast, enjoy.

Lavendar DiamondEverybody's Heart's Breaking NowLavendar Diamond
Belle and SebastianGet Me Away From Here I'm DyingIf You're Feeling Sinister
Brain Fsleep roughsleep roughgrave mistake
Paul MelanconMr. Blue SkyCoversyoutube.com
Dinosaur jr.Don't Pretend You Don't KnowI Bet on Skyjagjaguwar
Cem KaracaAdilos BebeCem Karaca 4
Joint Damage(I'm) HauntedStrike GentlyState
The RaveonettesYoung and ColdObservatorVice
John FruscianteLossThe Will To Death
Staff Benda BililiOsali MabeBouger Le MondeCrammed Discs
UknownSurah Al HaaqqaOpike Pende: AFrica at 78 RPMDust-To-Digital
Debo BandAsha GedawoDebo BandSub Pop
Four soundsImbishi MbishiExcavated ShellacExcavated Shellac
Groupe El AzharMazal Nesker MazalProto-Rai
Frank OceanStart/Thinkin Bout YouChannel OrangeDef Jam
Talk Break
Lee HazelwoodSouls IslandA House Safe for tigers
Devamini OkuYorumTurkish Film Music
The HeavyWhat Makes a Good Man?The Glorious DeadCo-Sign
Lahbib BoutaxiTrack 1?Awesome Tapes From Africa Blog
Talk Break
Tilahun GessesseWeb AynamaDiretube.comyoutube.com
Scott WalkerWe Came ThroughBoy Child, The Best Of 1967-1970
Cat PowerSunSunMatador
T. RexMambo SunElectric Warrior
Rodd KeithEscape From SocietyThe Human Breakdown of AbsurdityMSR Records
Talk Break
Shelly Stuart & The Five StarsYummy Tummy Dum DumThe Human Breakdown of AbsurdityMSR Records
Patti SmithApril FoolBangaColumbia
Various ArtistsBemgnot AlnoremEthiopiques Vol 1
Scott WalkerIt's Raining TodayBoy Child, The Best Of 1967-1970


The Four Passions, Spetember 3 and September 10, 2012

The Four Passions: Music to Stay Alive By.

Played lots of great music this week and last at GROW RADIO. 
Been pulling more and more from Awesome Tapes From Africa and Morrocan Tape Stash including this week, an amazing Ethiopian Jazz number (described as "Floaty" by Leela ) and some amazing Morrocan call and response here:

Played some new music from The Raveonettes and Lymbic System, all stuff I hadn't heard. Loved the new Cat Power we played, as well as the Lee Hazelwood reissue. Not sure what that was, but it was lovely.

Also played Local Electronic Music Guru Roamer X:  http://soundcloud.com/roamerx

A song by Sister Rosette Tharpe from this blog http://bap-tizum.com/op/78

Another cover by Paul Melancon, this one, a Buggles cover, with imagery from this year's Dragon Con

Ok here's the playlists and the podcast links:

September 10, 2012  -  PODCAST 

Renaldo and the LoafBustle the BurgooSongs for Swinging LarvaeRalph
Django ReinhardtAvalonVolume IVEverest
Willis Earl BealeTrack 2Acoustimatic Sorcery
Jim Copp and Ed BrownWhat's a HonololulySea of GlupSchoolhouse Records
Tamari TahitiParapar'i Pararara'iVintage Hawaiian MusicRounder
Awalom GebremariemTrack 1DesaesAwesome Tapes From Africa
3ebjetini A LBaydaMoroccan Tape StashMorrocan Tape Stash
The Mountain GoatsBilly The Kid's Dream of Magic ShoesChile de Arbol
Paul MelanconAstroboy and the Proles on Parade by the BugglesCovers
Brian EnoBackwaterbefore and after scienceIsland
Rubber RodeoPlanning and Completing an Explorative Trip to MarsA Place of General HappinessEarnest Noyes Brookings
Cat PowerCherokeeSunMatador
Roamer XSeeds of FireSound Cloud
Laurie AndersonLate ShowHome of the BraveWarner Bros.
Lee HazelwoodSouls IslandA House Safe for tigersLight in the Attic
Felt PilotesNever SatisfiedNever Satisfied EPSpit and a Half
Omaha TribeOmaha Songs19 Omaha SongsIndian Records
Sister Rosetta TharpeHe's All I Need45Bap-tizum.com Blog
Best CoastRhiannonJust tell Me That you Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood MacCo-Sign
The RaveonettesDowntown OptionObservatorVice Records
The RaveonettesThe EnemyObservatorVice Records
Lymbyc SystemWaveSymbolyst
Getatchew MekuryaTrack 1Awesome Tapes From Africa Blog
The Music TapesThe Dark Is Singing SongsMary's VoiceMerge
Brave ComboSkinA Place of General HappinessErnest Noyes Brookings
The HeavyCurse Me GoodThe Glorious DeadCo-Sign
The ResidentsUps and DownsThe Commercial AlbumRalph
The ResidentsPossessionsThe Commercial AlbumRalph
The ResidentsGive it to Someone ElseThe Commercial AlbumRalph
Delicate SteveRamona RebornPositive ForceLuka Bop

September 3, 2012  - PODCAST

Michael KiwanukaTell Me A TaleHome AgainPolydor
EMAThe Grey ShipPast Life Martyred Saints
Kazim KoyuncuBen Seni SevdugumiHayde
Archie Bell and the DrellsTighten UpTighten UpAtlantic
Jimi Hendrixall along the watchtowerThe Ultimate ExperienceMCA
The Make-UpPOW to the PeopleI Want SomeK
OndatropicaTiene Sabor, Tiene SazonOndatropicaSoundway
Lindsey MillsI Wanna BelieveDemo 2011
Paul MelanconChina GirlCoversFacebook
The New yearMy Bleeding WoundPersonal Space:Electronic Soul 1974-1984Chocolate Industries
Archer PrewittGo AwayWildernessThrill Jockey
Dan DeaconGuilford AvenueAmericaDomino
Dan DeaconTrue ThrushAmericaDomino
Robert WyattShipbuildingNothing Can Stop Us
Megan ReillySew The Threads Into Your HeartThe Well
The BuzzcocksGet On Our Own
TinariwenImidiwan Ma TennamTassili
Orhan GencebayHayat KavgasiIstanbul 70: Psych, Disco, Folk Classics
Shintaro SakamotoYou Just DecidedHow To Live With A PhantomOther
John VandersliceGainesville, FlaTime Travel Is Lonely
Yann TiersenI'm Gonna Live AnyhowSkylineMute
The AttractionsBurn up Some roadDoing Even More Stuff In The Shadows Of Motown
Alabama ShakesHang LooseBoys & Girls
John FruscianteA DoubtThe Will To Death
Sarah VaughanBlack CoffeeAfter HoursColumbia
Mary Lou LordCastles and Christians
Karen DaltonKatie Cruel1966


Tom Hart stuff at SPX!

I'll be at SPX 2012 with lots of new stuff, including:
  • A digital release of Hutch Owen: Let's Get Furious. Buy it for only $5.00
  • RL, the first installment in my 2011/2012 memoir. 
  • I'm in the SP17 GARO tribute anthology, with a 8 page story I think is one of my best.
  • Daddy Lightning, from Retrofit, if you don't already have it.
  • And this free newsprint poster, from Top Shelf, below: 

I'll be at the SAW table or giving workshops or on panels, etc.  

See you at SPX!


Audio source of my text-only 5 Obstructions Comic

This tweet came in from from Derik Badman @madinkbeard

Matted, framed, hung: an all-text @hutchowen"Hutch Owen" strip yfrog.com/oegujmxj

So I am posting the original text/sound file I made while scripting this strip, to get the rhythm right. The Obstructions here from Matt Madden, if I remember correctly, were to make it text only, only one syllable words, to "take inspiration" from Brian Eno (might be wrong about that one.) So, riffing off both King's Lead Hat rhythmically and more importantly "Julie With..." and "Spider and I" imagistically, I came up with this:

See the Obstructions here: