Elizabeth Fiend

The following essay will be included in THE BOOK OF WEIRDO (a ridiculously number of years in the making) to be published in 2017 by Last Gasp. It includes the testimonials and recollections of a majority of the contributors to Robert Crumb‘s 1980’s/early ’90’s comics anthology, WEIRDO, as well as reprinting a number of stories. The three editors — R. Crumb, Peter Bagge, and Aline Kominsky-Crumb — are interviewed, also included are features on many different aspects of that important magazine, as well as a thorough and comprehensive history. – Jon B Cooke, author

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What Makes Luna Tick? or How I got to Weirdo. 
By Elizabeth Fiend (the artist formerly known as Luna Ticks)

My first comic was three frames. A cop says “nice ass” to a punk. She kicks him in the groin; he says “I won’t be able to get it up for a week.” She reaches into her leather; pulls a gun; shoots him, remarking “You’ll never get it up again.” A few months later Mumia Abu-Jamal was arrested and charged with killing police officer William Faulkner. Philly 1981, was a time and place where a cop could be threatening to arrest you and checking out your legs — at the same time.

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Employment for punks was scarce and I spent a lot of time drawing. I took a pen name, Luna Ticks, and named my comic strip The Young and The Frustrated: A Continuing Strip Tease. I distributing Xerox’s at punk shows. I gauged success by how many sheets littered the ground at the end of the show – many.

My housemates were a dwarf, a black woman, a gay Mexican American, and the son of a police chief, along with my husband. The cop’s son stole our rent money and we were evicted. At times like this there’s only one thing to do. We started a band.

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In the punk sea of non-conformity we were the weirdos. Five color hair; a silver space suit; pink floral over-top polka dots. We had a big presence. We walked everywhere because we had no money, paying for a bus would have been an extravagance that would never have occurred to us. Our style was so new and so alienating, once a man jumped out of his car in the middle of an intersection and start beating on us. A reporter described my appearance as having “both a sense of atmosphere, the bizarre and an inexplicable range of covertness.”

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ABOUT ELIZABETH FIEND —

GONZO HEALTH and
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST
Independent media maker
A How-to Guru 
For Real People Trying To Survive In A Really Stupid World

Contact Elizabeth Fiend: slaw.me @gmail.com 
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Elizabeth Fiend is a gonzo community educator, activist and media maker. She’s appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, The X-Games Tube Fest, and The Food Network. Elizabeth is an educator, writer, filmmaker, artist, musician, labor union steward and executive board member, wedding officiant, celebrity judge, event host, motivational speaker, gourmet cook, nutritionist, recipe developer, gardener, photographer, food stylist, author. Her vegan recipe The Philly Cheese Fake appears in the book Lonely Planet Travel Guide to Philadelphia & the Pennsylvania Dutch Country. She’s an anarchist, punk rocker and Mummer.

Elizabeth received the School Award Medal for Youth from the American Legion when she was 12 years old. Those who receive the medal must exemplify qualities that define character: courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service. She holds to those qualities today.

Elizabeth Fiend sustainable living activist

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Elizabeth’s goal is to promote a sustainable living trinity – good health, environmentalism and community activism, a practical, rewarding lifestyle where ones actions won’t have a negative effect on future generations.

She currently specializes in film making, writing and motivational speaking and aspires to be an agent of social change who uses artistic expression combined with extensive research and reliable information to improve the health of individuals, the community and the planet. Currently she conceives, writes, produces and hosts how-to videos that encourage people to use their own imagination, skill and energy to advance not only their lives but the community around them and ultimately the planet. 

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The FOOD NETWORK films an episode of weatherman Al Roker’s traveling-foodie show “Roker on the Road” in Elizabeth Fiend’s South Philly house.

Elizabeth presents her usual vision of craftiness and anarchy toward the right-minded ideal of healthy living and Al Roker makes strange comments.

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Among other recipes, Elizabeth makes VEGAN COLESLAW, get the recipe here.

The making of “Roker on the Road” filmed in Elizabeth Fiend’s house.

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Elizabeth Fiend

joins a line-up of cheese steak chefs on

NBC‘s “The Today Show.”

Al Roker tastes her vegetarian Cheese Fake and says Ah, yeah.”

Click here for a video of Elizabeth Fiend making her Vegetarian Cheese Fake.

Click here for Elizabeth Fiend’s recipe for her Vegetarian Cheese Fake.

Click here for a video to learn how to make wheat meat, the main ingredient in vegetarian/vegan cheese steaks.

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