Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Ron Turner Day

By proclamation of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, May 5th is now “Ron Turner Day” .

Ron with his Sparky award. Photo by Molly
Ron Turner, founder of Last Gasp publishing, was honored this evening at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum as part of the week long San Francisco Comic Fest.

Ron’s Last Gasp began publishing underground comix in 1970 when he issued the environmental comic book Slow Death Funnies. Over the last 45 (!) years Last Gasp has published Zap Comix, Anarchy, It Ain’t Me Babe, San Francisco Comic Book, Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary, Wimmen’s Comix, Skull Comics, Weirdo, Zippy the Pinhead, Jaxon’s White Comanche series along with comics associated with Robert Crumb, Robert Williams, the Air Pirates and innumerable others.

In attendance were Paul Mavrides, Jay Kinney, Susan Stern, Larry Gonick, Bruce Simon, Ted Richards, Steve Leialoha, Malcolm Whyte, Lee Binswanger, Shag, Mark Bode, Carol Turner, Colin Turner and many, many others.

Even though Ron was one of the museum guest of the evening, the tribute to Ron was kept a secret.
Aside from the proclamation honor, Ron also received the Cartoon Art Museum’s Sparky award. Congratulations Ron Turner.

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