I originally set up this blog to showcase the old Dope Rider comic strips I occasionally did for High Times from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. With High Times' 40th anniversary issue in 2014, I restarted the strip and have been doing my best to get one done for each issue. A few months after they appear in the magazine, I will archive them here. Note: all images are copyrighted by Paul Kirchner.


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Friday, February 9, 2018

Dope Rider, "Sunset"


Reviews of "Awaiting the Collapse"

Some really nice reviews of Awaiting the Collapse, which includes all the vintage Dope Rider stories. I honestly think these reviewers explain my work better than I can myself. My process is this: I think and think and eventually an idea pops into my head and if it amuses me I put it down on the paper. However, I don't know where the ideas come from and I don't consider myself the best judge of what they may mean.

http://www.tcj.com/reviews/awaiting-the-collapse-selected-works-1974-2014/

http://forbiddenplanet.blog/2018/clean-legal-high/

http://comicsdc.blogspot.com/2017/12/book-review-awaiting-collapse-by-paul.html

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

My Birthday

When you're a kid, you look forward to birthdays. They represent progress. Then, after you're 28 or so, you no longer look forward to them much, unless you plan to run for president at 35. Then you get into your 60s and think, "Hey, Medicare pretty soon. Sweet!" That was last year for me. Yesterday I turned 66--yay! Social Security! My first steady paycheck in 16 years!

What's next? I understand that when you turn 100 you can get a shout-out on the Today show and an autopen-signed letter from the president.

As a present, my daughter Toni did a portrait of me surrounded by the character I created. I've never rendered Doper Rider's sidekick Dilly this well.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Dope Rider, "Close Encounter"

If you're exceptionally observant, you might notice that the alien's name is spelled "MARTIN," with the letters turned at different angles. Martin as in the Looney Tunes character Martin the Martian. (Oops--a commenter just reminded me it's Marvin the Martian. My bad.)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dope Rider Collection in "Awaiting the Collapse"

My book Awaiting the Collapse has just been published by Tanibis Editions, in both French and English. I just got my shipment of English-language copies today. It is a hardcover book, 152 pages, measuring 9.75" x 12.5". As always, Tanibis has produced a magnificent volume with fine attention to detail.

The book contains all my old Dope Riders, plus the one I did for High Times' 40th anniversary issue that got the series restarted. Altogether 41 pages of Dope Rider, the art fully restored and recolored. Episodes that were published in black and white have been colored for this anthology.

Also in the book are the best of my Screw covers, some of my Heavy Metal stories, and a previously unpublished story I did a few years ago.

Also a lengthy afterword by me attempting to explain my life and work.

You can buy a signed copy of the book from me through Amazon or you may buy it directly from me for $32, post-paid. I'll try to spam-proof my email address: pkirchner [aa tt] comcast [dd oo tt] net. (If I get a torrent of spam I'll know this didn't work.)

Cover:

Back Cover (an illustration I did for the New York Times in 1976):


Early Dope Rider adventure, newly colored:

A Screw cover:
A page from my unpublished story, "Arena":





Friday, November 24, 2017

Dope Rider "Day in the Life"

My French publisher, Tanibis Editions, has just put out an anthology of my work titled Awaiting the Collapse. It contains all my old Dope Rider episodes from the 1970s through 1980s, fully restored and recolored, as well as other artwork from that period. In order that there not be any blank pages, I did some spot illustrations, among them five Dope Rider drawings. At the time I was completing this work I was also in the process of moving out of my house and it was difficult to keep up with the monthly strip for High Times, so I used the five spot drawings to make the one page comic below. The following month I was not able to meet my deadline--I had no studio set up--so there's an issue of High Times missing a Dope Rider (I think the October issue), but since then I'm back on schedule.




Dope Rider "1968"

I had been wanting to do a Dope Rider homage to Yellow Submarine for quite some time and finally got around to it. By the way, while researching the film I learned two things that surprised me: (a) the artwork was not done by Peter Max, the great 1960s psychedelic artist, but by Heinz Edelmann, a German illustrator and designer, and (b) the Beatles did not do the voiceover dialogue in the movie--it was done by actors imitating their voices.