By Rick Trembles
60 pages, 5.5×8.5 inches
b/w, trade paper
Schoolyard scuffles. Seedy matinees. Run-ins with inept riot cops. Representated Immobilized is an unflinching look through the smudged lenses of Rick Trembles’ glasses at his early years in Montreal.
Montreal Punk legend and alternative cartoonist Trembles was roommates with the editor of the influential zine Fish Piss where these autobiographical strips were first published. After a midnight move from a crumbling apartment Trembles gradually started bringing all his childhood belongings back, bit by bit, which started triggering memories from his past. Worried about them fading from memory as time wore on, he took the opportunity to document them before they could vanish.
One of his 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’ll remember any particular event years down the line. The book also contains other autobiographical work from Trembles, created over his active 40 years.
Praise for Represented Immobilized
“This collection not only immortalizes Trembles’ various memories, but also the moment in Montreal DIY culture that first spawned their initial publication… The resulting combination of the book’s two parts serves as a kind of self-deprecating portrait of the underground artist, revealing the more mundane underbelly of it all. Turns out, punk rock dudes sometimes just need to figure out how to change a lightbulb for cheap, worry about ants in their apartments, and be insecure about their “beer- tits.”
—Roxanne Hudon, The Montreal Review of Books
About Rick Trembles
RICK TREMBLES is a Montreal-based illustrator, post-underground cartoonist, writer, filmmaker, & musician. Two of his Motion Picture Purgatories books have been published by the UK’s FAB Press. He’s written for Fangoria & Rue Morgue Magazine & his comix have been published in internationally distributed books, periodicals & anthologies such as Russ Kick’s “The Graphic Canon,” Robert Crumb’s “Weirdo,” Darius James’ “That’s Blaxploitation,” Thomas Waugh’s “Montreal Main,” Fantagraphics Books’ “Pictopia,” Kier-la Janisse’s Spectacular Optical “Kid Power,” “Satanic Panic,” & “Yuletide Terror,” & France’s “Hopital Brut” for Le Dernier Cri. His award winning animated film Goopy Spasms has toured the festival circuit globally. He is currently animating a series of cartoon shorts called “Building 108.” He’s been a singer-guitarist for post-punk band The American Devices since 1980. The L.A. Times has called him “A famous free thinker,” The Guardian has called him “Genius.”