Re/Read: Inner City Romance

Re/Read in a recurring column by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid that examines backlist titles you may have missed or are worthy of another read. This time we’ll look at Guy Colwell’s essential Inner City Romance. Inner City Romance collects five issues of the transitional underground comic book series of the same name, originally published from 1972 to 1978. Colwell’s comix provide an unvarnished look at the impact of crippling poverty, substance abuse, and violent crime in the aftermath of the Bay Area’s sixties counterculture. His work is informed by his incarceration at McNeil Island federal penitentiary as a Viet…

FU Press: Street Scenes by Guy Colwell

Guy Colwell, the seminal underground cartoonist who created Inner City Romance, has been constructing social realist pen and ink drawings for nearly half a century. Street Scenes collects his most moving drawings focusing on both the vile decay and inspirational vibrancy of city life in a series of 36 stand-alone plates. Each portfolio is signed and numbered.         Check out this video preview: And individual prints from the portfolio: