Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rockin' In The Graveyard

Although in those early days Roctober magazine was not yet the mighty institution it has since become, I was still pretty thrilled when ace editor Jake Austen asked me to do the cover for the 14th issue. The issue was a tribute to Jake's cool comic strip character Punk'n'Head (a sort of Archie Andrews of the all-ages scene), so I extrapolated from pumpkins to a Halloween graveyard scenario and in keeping with Roctober's motto of "Comics and Music" I decided to throw in a tribute to some of the pioneering greats of horror rock as a background bonus for attentive perusers. In retrospect I am struck by the fact that I neglected to include the great Roky Erickson in my pantheon of rocking horror. What the hell was I thinking? Anyhow Roctober has since gone on to legendary status in zinedom and I am inordinately proud of my ongoing association with this fine publication. More stuff coming soon. Stay tuned for MORE ACTION!


  1. This was one of my favourite covers when it came out. The flexi 7" that came with it has one of the best songs on it. I cant remeber the band but the Punk'n'head song was "Powerized"

    "Powerized! My Louieville Slugger!"
    "Powerized! It had to be a mugger!"


  2. Yes! That flexi ruled! "Powerized" was by a combo called Blanche. Beating evil... vegetarians!