The show featured the “original works by select artists who have long since been supported, published or admired by San Francisco’s revered local publishing house”.
Last Gasp publisher Ron Turner was there of course along with a number of artists and colleagues from the Underground days
Participating Artists Include John Law, Mitch O’connell, Robins, Justin Green, Mike Davis, Isabel Samaras, Jennybird Alcantara, Gary Baseman, Elizabeth Mcgrath, Ransom & Mitchell, Rob Reger, Bo Heimlich, Junko Mizuno, Randy Dodson, Jay Howell, Winston Smith, Skinner, Sam Flores, Kevin Earl Taylor, Mark Bode and Janelle Hessig.
Here are a few pieces from the show:
This painting by Mike Davis knocked me out
The extremely talented (and still under acknowledged) Hal Robbins
For those unaware of Last Gasp here's a little background:
"Ron Turner founded Last Gasp in 1970. Their first publication, Slow Death Funnies #1, came out on the first Earth Day, April 15, 1970. Subsequent comics included the all-women's comic It Ain't Me Babe and Skull Comics. Turner's enthusiasm for underground comics--in particular their autobiographical aspect--has been the driving force behind many groundbreaking publications. Last Gasp published Justin Green's highly acclaimed confessional Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary in 1972, a book that became an inspiration to many artists now working in the autobiographical style. "Art Spiegelman, who won the only Pulitzer Prize for cartooning, has said he would never have started to do the autobiographical story of his family (in the graphic novel Maus) unless Justin had done it first. And Robert Crumb said the same thing," said Turner."
Exhibition Dates for the Last Gasp 46th Anniversary show are April 1 – April 30, 2016
111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna St.