The Weakly Dispatch
A time capsule by a celebrated underground cartoonist.
The Weakly Dispatch series came into being in 2020 after friends kept nagging Montreal cartoonist Rick Trembles to go back to autobio, so he kicked it off by celebrating charges being dropped on a garbage infraction & hoped to continue with more lighthearted fare.
No such luck! Episode 2 was written the day before Quebec announced its first covid case. Then came lockdown & covid hijacked the strip since that’s all that was on his cooped-up mind 24/7 just like everyone else. But it isn’t just about the pandumbic! It’s also about (self)cancel-culture, beating off, gentrification, social upheaval, Spam™ (the luncheon meat), cartoonist eulogies, “pinkwashing,” crappy landlords, arrested development, dystopian speculative sci-fi, noisy neighbours, cockroaches, “Karens,” stunted musicians, gated communities, teeth grinding, & of course vaccines.
After several of which, by late-2021, an exasperated, inoculated Trembles swore he’d never draw another instalment until covid was outta the picture. As we all know, the plague’s still very much with us as of this date, so that spelled the end of its run. At least for now, that is. Full colour, by the creator of Represented Immobilized! Includes a foldout map & a very unusual intro by Robert Crumb!
“Highly entertaining reading… The best comics artist in all of North America on the topic of the Covid-19 pandemic.”— R. Crumb
About the Author
Rick Trembles is a Montreal-based illustrator, post-underground cartoonist, writer, filmmaker, & musician. Two books of his Motion Picture Purgatory comix have been published by the UK’s Fab Press. His Mini Motion Picture Purgatory illustrated film review series appeared monthly at Canuxploitation.com for 10 years. His comix have been published in internationally distributed books, periodicals & anthologies such as Robert Crumb’s “Weirdo,” Russ Kick’s “The Graphic Canon,” Darius James’ “That’s Blaxploitation,” Thomas Waugh’s “Montreal Main,” Fantagraphics Books’ “Pictopia,” Kier-La Janisse’s Spectacular Optical “Satanic Panic,” & France’s “Hopital Brut” for Le Dernier Cri. His award winning animated film Goopy Spasms has toured the festival circuit globally & he continues to create cartoon shorts. He’s been a singer-guitarist for post-punk band The American Devices since 1980. He frequently archives his work at his website Snubdom.com. A collection of his autobiographical comix called Represented Immobilized is available from Conundrum Press.
144 pages, 4.25 x 6.25 inches
full colour, trade paper