Here’s a one-pager I did for fall’s issue of Signal to Noise magazine. I posted some bits and pieces of this a while back when it was in-process, but now that the new issue on the stands here’s the entire strip.
The stirp is an introduction to the ’50s soul/R&B band, The “5” Royales, who hail from right here in Winston-Salem. The Royales aren’t a household name by any stretch, but they should be to anyone who’s interested in modern music. The Royales’ influence runs via two conduits: first, James Brown pretty much modeled his first band, The Famous Flames on the Royales’ sound and in fact scored an early hit with the Royales-penned tune “Think.” Second, the playing of the Royales’ guitarist, Lowman Pualing, was very innovative for the time and was emulated by Steve Cropper (among others) who was a founding member of the Stax Records house band, Booker T & the MGs, and provided guitar on tracks by folks like Wilson Picket and Otis Redding.
An interesting aside here is that this is a job I did mainly because I thought it’d be fun. I hope I’m not bursting any idealistic young freelancers’ bubbles here, but smaller specialty magazines don’t tend to have the budgets of, say, The New Yorker, but sometimes–as in this case–the opportunity to do something really fun and interesting outweighs monetary considerations. I this case, though, I managed to have my cake and eat it too. The original art for this was displayed at a gallery show here in Winston–and sold!
Anyway, here’s the strip–enjoy: