I recently found this on eBay:
It was supposed to be the cover for an issue of Fantastic Fanzine. It is by Evan Dorkin (of Milk and Cheese) and he wrote about it a bit on his livejournal:
The above piece of work was intended for the cover of the second issue, a year-end review type-of-thing. Luckily, the world was spared this masterpiece of clumsiness (until now, of course — Because The Whole World is Watching!!!). I think it speaks volumes about how incredibly not good you can be when you’re young and that if you keep at it long enough and try hard enough you can eventually learn to at least draw professionally and solidly, if not beautifully or wonderfully. I mean, Holy %$@&#! look at that rendering. That anatomy. That “inking”, that “lettering”. It’s charming in a grotesque way, less so because I wasn’t that young, I was 18, and most 18 year-olds then and now and in caveman days can and could draw rings around this cowflop. Very nicely-drawn rings, I might add.
But I’m done with it, and yes, I said it was bad and I know it is bad, and you know it is bad, but I also know that someone out there might find it amusing or interesting. And some folks collect bad art, or fanzine art by professionals, or what have you. And I already tossed about thirty recent-ish sketchbook pages into the recycling last night and I didn’t feel like trashing every single thing I’ve been going through (I also found an ad for JHU from 1985 that I drew and am on the fence about keeping/selling/burning. Among other things I’m finding as I clean up the files). And I need the money. Any money. I love money. I’d do anything for money! I’d kill for money! (please feel free to complete this Chico Marx routine in the privacy of your own home). So it’s on eBay and amazingly, as I type this drivel, there are two bids for it already. Whee!
He also talks about about Fantastic Fanzine and his other work for it. I brought this unused cover because. . .you guess it. . .Cerebus is on the cover. It is an added bonus that is by Evan Dorkin – I love his Milk and Cheese ! – so when I got this with it:
Thank you Evan. And for what it is worth, I enjoy the cover – even if we may consider it not your best work, I still think it is a pretty cool piece to have.