When I first glanced at DC’s work, I was reminded of the gritty, 70s, graffitiesque work of Ralph Bakshi in Wizards or Fire and Ice. Only there was a rawness to DC’s stuff that I couldn’t quite place, and so—definitely interested—I reached out to the artist who had submitted this piece to ask further questions. I got much more than I had anticipated, and through an exchange of many emails learned a little more about this intriguing artist and their work. He’s had a hard life. He’s been a victim to capitalism, to the system, to racial profiling. His story isn’t mine to tell, however, you can see the ebb and flow from success to failure to survival—a desperate and beautiful poetry—in his art and prose. DC has projected these experiences onto the canvas, a canvas scribbled on with whatever tools are at hand: crayons, markers, chalk. He has made art in the most impoverished of situations, and that art shines nonetheless. To me, anyway, and hopefully to you as well. DC’s succinctness as a once music-industry writer also serves him well in this regard and his prose is snappy, newsy and almost like beat-poetry.
A note on the graphic novel, this is adult content, and has therefor been sealed away behind a NSFW link. It deals with LGBTQ2 issues and identities and has the occasional flash of nudity in the drawings. Also, like any good art, if may at times offend your senses. I like that in the works I read. I believe it’s not worth indulging in if it at some point doesn’t move you, make your blood or temper boil.
Below the feature’s images—stills that correspond to a greater narrative—you’ll find a link to DC’s website, where you can learn all about him and his works.
DC Hampton Jacobs is a Boston artist, and no stranger to the adversity he writes and draws. DC lived without a home from 2013 until only very recently, finding solace in his work, which was often created with ‘on hand/ found’ materials—crayons, pencils, chalk, ink. DC’s images have a unique and fresh look as a result. A former music journalist, he wrote for collector’s publications like Goldmine, Discoveries and Cool And Strange! Music. DC fancies himself a sometimes poet; his works have been featured in the gay anthologies Brother To Brother (Alyson Publications, 1992) and Here To Dare (Galiens Press, 1992).
In 1996, DC wrote liner notes for several PolyGram (now Universal Music) reissue CDs: The Best Of The Angels, The Best Of The Shangri-Las, Growin’ Up Too Fast and Connie Francis Souvenirs (all on Mercury Records). DC also wrote liners for The Best Of Joe + Eddie (GNP Crescendo Records) and The Girl Group Sound (Varese Sarabande Records), both from around the year 2000.