The 262nd meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  December 10, 2019 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, room UL 105 (lower level). Free and open to the public.

Lawrence Hubbard on his life and work in comics.

Real Deal Comix trades in what it calls the genre of Urban Chaos — a satiric depiction of the madness that occurs in the urban centers of America. Each story details the everyday struggles of the urban dwellers who go off on each other out of the rage and futility that their lives bring them. These people live on the edge of a precipice, where everyday tasks like going to the store or buying gas requires a stand-or-back-down attitude to survive. Every story ends in mayhem. Join G.C., Ace Brogan, and Slick Willie in their adventures in da’ hood, and remember, they live a real man’s life: no matter what, they never back down. Real Deal Magazine (“More Rage per Page, More Slaughter for your Dollar”) was a self-published independent comic book created in the 1990s by Lawrence Hubbard (a.k.a. “Raw Dog”) and H.P. McElwee (a.k.a. “R.D. Bone”) and inspired by magazines like Mad and traditional superhero comics but satirizing Blaxploitation movies with a cast of convicts, hustlers, drug addicts, crack whores, car thieves, and murderers. Real Deal has achieved cult status over the years, especially amongst underground artists and counterculture circles, and has even been featured in a line of t-shirts from Stüssy. . . “ [from the Frantagraphics edition of Real Deal Comix]

Lawrence “Raw Dog” Hubbard is an American comics artist living in South Los Angeles. In the 1980s, Hubbard worked with writer Harold “R.D. Bone” McElwee at the Los Angeles headquarters of California Federal Savings and decided to collaborate on a comic about the wild stories of their friends and associates. Their comic series, Real Deal, was rejected by mainstream publishers, so in 1989 Hubbard and McElwee formed Real Deal Productions and self-published Real Deal #1. They published six issues of Real Deal from 1989–2001.

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