Going to Print With Rick Trembles

Aug 24, 2020 by


*Insert Trumpet Fanfare Here* cause we’ve got another deal to announce!

In April 2021, we’ll be releasing an exciting collection of autobiographical work by Montreal punk legend and alternative cartoonist Rick Trembles called Represented Immobilized.

Featuring schoolyard scuffles, seedy matinees, and run-ins with inept riot cops, Represented Immobilized is an unflinching look at Rick Trembles early years in Montreal, through his own smudged lenses.

Most of the strips collected in Represented Immobilized were originally published in the influential Montreal zine Fish Piss, but the book will also contain other autobiographical work from Trembles over his active 40 years.





3 Questions with Rick Trembles 

1. This collection started to come together as you were going through belongings from your childhood. What object triggered the strongest memories for you?

It started in the mid-1990’s when I moved in with a Montreal zine publisher who happened to want some content from me. It was right after my midnight move away from a crumbling apartment which made me have to temporarily store most of my stuff in my parents’ basement until I could find another decent place. After settling in with my new roommate I gradually brought all my childhood belongings back, bit by bit, which started triggering memories from my past. Wading through all the unpublished comics I’d drawn since I was a kid probably got me reminiscing, but just the process itself of moving my things from the house I grew up in had to have done some triggering too, especially the repeated encounters with my parents. Can parents be considered an “object”?

2. You mentioned that this collection was created (in part) to preserve memories. What was the most challenging part of this process?

I was worried about these reminiscences fading from memory as time wore on so I took the opportunity to document them before they vanished. One of my last entries in this series questioned the nature of selective memory, why certain inanities from one’s past might resonate more than others and why, no matter how hard you try, there’s no guarantee you can deliberately instigate an event in your life in the present to pass the test of time as worthy of recollecting years down the line, hence the title of the book “Represented Immobilized.”

3. Montreal has a comics culture all its own. How does living in Montreal influence your work? How has that influence shifted over the years?

At the very beginning, I felt on my own since comics were dismissed by most people & certainly not encouraged as a career move. In the 1970’s I was publishing DIY zines in high school, one of which included an early Chester Brown piece. The mere fact that other cartoonists around my age existed nearby was enough to sustain me. When punk rock began, along with it came DIY fanzines which I jumped on since I identified as a “first-wave punker.” Early punk & post-punk was very forgiving when it came to unpolished form. It encouraged experimentation, whether with its music or other media (like comics). By the 1990’s, during Montreal’s “alternative comics explosion,” being surrounded by like-minded self-publishing local cartoonists continued to sustain me & much collaborating & cross-pollination came about. By the 2000’s things began to splinter & now I find myself pretty much on my own again, however no less productive.

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