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

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.


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.


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.”



Candelabra in a Bottle

Recycle plastic water bottles into a beautiful stained glass’ candelabra by inverting the bottles & covering them with jewel-tone plastic gels. Hot glue the bottles into a circular shape & place a tea candle into the lid of each bottle.

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Save Money: DIY Merchandise / Record’s Out, Party’s About 

MORE FIENDS Record Release Party!

1. Explore the DIY (do it yourself) method of making sales merchandise with the hardcore-psychedelic Philly band More Fiends. Including tee shirts, cassette tapes, refrigerator magnets and a demo on making a candy dish out of a record.

2. You’re invited to our record release party! See More Fiends play live.

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Bottlecap Necklaces

After this introduction to plastic clay, 
your friends will know you’re really cool 
when you show up wearing a 
Colt 45 bottlecap necklace.

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Stamp Art Coat 

Use foam shapes dipped in paint 
to create unique clothing items in a matter of minutes. 
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Fun Foto Albums 
Decorate those boring store-bought photo albums with souvenirs from your vacation.

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