In 1993, I wrote and Jason Lutes drew & colored this comic for Pulse, the in-house music magazine of Tower Records. Every issue, editor Marc Weidenbaum ran a single-page comic on the last page of the mag, by whatever talent his sharp eye had alighted upon. Jason was the target for this commission, and when he asked me to collaborate I was incredibly excited. TRUE SWAMP had not come out yet, so this was the very first time I was cut a check for comics work and printed in a mass market venue.
Jason and I were part of a tight group of Seattle cartoonists at the time, also including Megan Kelso, Tom Hart, Ed Brubaker, David Lasky and James Sturm. It really was an amazing few years, something of which I feel intensely fortunate to have been part.
Reconnecting with Marc Weidenbaum recently on Twitter reminded me of this comic, and luckily my single tear-sheet of it is not in terrible shape (dig the colors bleeding through from the other side– an ad announcing a new series of deluxe Elvis Costello reissues).