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Rabid Eye

Sample dreams from Rick Veitch's dream comix in Rabid Eye, 1995, King Hell Press. It collected dream-comics from the first 8 issues of his comic book series Rare Bit Fiends. Veitch's dreams are mostly of his buddies and, well, guy stuff--work, fights, comix, monsters, war. But it's a vivid, courageous baring of this man's churning, surreal dreamworld. They're more intense than two rival grayscale dream-art books: Jim Shaw's Dreams (a night's dreams get a single text-page plus facing illustration), or Jesse Reklaw's Dreamtoons, 4-panel dream-cartoons. Veitch has a bit more room to be raw--he typically takes a full, dense comic-book page for each dream, and occasionally more.

Yet his afterword reveals that such dream-scenes in full context meant things for him omitted in the comics--some dreams were even psychic. I'd rather have seen fewer dreams but his real, full dream-process. Oh, well, that's MY thing--and he did include that appendix--quite helpful for any modern dreamworker.

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THE BEST HOTEL: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; an escalating surrealist dream
Rajiv keeps trying to convince me it's the best hotel in India: the orgy of biters, the
bowls of twitching fingers. But it's only the oracular spirits that really impress me...
CAUTION: CREEPY FINGERS
DAD THE WORKAHOLIC: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; an emotional blowout dream
In the paper factory where my dad worked all his life, I find him on
his deathbed. Even as he fades, he's still trying to please his bosses...
DOPPELGANGER: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; 6-page hostage-dream comic; shamanic?
Tony works as a courier in Sarajevo till he inadvertently delivers a bomb. Held by
a warlord for months, he dreams within the dream, and draws those dreams...
CAUTION: GRIM
THE EGYPTIAN EXHIBIT: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a psychedelic Pygmalion dream
I panic as statues come alive at the museum, but they're all about energizing a mystical pyramid...
FLY SOLO: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a joyful flying-lesson dream
I tell the angel teaching me to fly that I'm not ready to go solo yet--
I'm wobbly, the terrain's unknown. He lets go, and I...
GINSBERG UNMASKED: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a diagnostic dream
Comics character Doctor Blasphemy, on stilts, bares his secret identity:
poet Allen Ginsberg! But who chopped off his missing fingers?
CAUTION: BLOODY FINGERS
HELL I SUPPOSE: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a dream with a rockin' sense of sarcasm
I'm gloomy about the state of the world, but my alter ego cheerfully explains we're dead and in
Hell--as a demon train rolls up with Elvis Costello on the roof singing "This is Hell I suppose"...
IT IS THE ONLY WAY!: by Rick Veitch; c.1960; a child's career-predicting dream
My bedroom window is choked with dirt. I dig up to the surface
and find a man reading comics. He says 'It is the only way!'...
IT'S TOO LATE!: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a surreal apocalyptic dream
I'm in World War II, asking a reporter to keep quiet about our secret weapon.
But it's already gone off, melting and distorting the whole cartoon world. It's...
NAZIS BURN MY ART: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; the primal art-nightmare
Nazis call my simple architectural drawing a social protest, take it at gunpoint,
and toss it in the ovens. The commander mocks me with its ashes...
ORGY BELOW THE SURFACE: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; an embarrassing dream
Under the surface of my comics panels, a tiny horde is having an orgy. I can't
publish this, it's too embarrassing! Wait a minute. That one is me...
CAUTION: MICRO-ORGY
PULL THE PLUG ON THIS WAR: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a surreal dream
I'm a Confederate officer. The only way to save my men is to end the war by
pulling the plug at the bottom of the lake! I dive in, fighting a Yankee, who...
RARE BIT FIENDS: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a recurring dream personifying dreamwork?
The wildcat Rare Bit Fiends slinks out of the hills to stalk and maul
dreamers--until one day she rears up to teach a dream workshop...
ROLODEX: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a dream about successful dreamwork?
The posse lost their enemy; reluctantly they asked a tracking detective--me.
They found him where I knew he'd be--from eating my Rolodex cards...
SCULPTING WITH NEIL GAIMAN: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a complex predictive dream
I take my friend Neil Gaiman to a park where we sculpt a giant horned head. Months later
we collaborate on a graphic novel. The course of the project's full of echoes from the dream...
THE STONE MOVES: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a mysterious breakthrough dream
Repeated attempts to move a gigantic, sacred, saucerlike stone all failed; but now,
with the world's biggest cranes, we get it on a truck. It crawls past adoring crowds...
TORNADO FADE: by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a time-travel nightmare
We escape tornadoes by fading out and rematerializing in a future dream...
But one of the tornadoes manages to follow us from the old dream to new...
THE VOICE OF GOD (THIS IS IMPORTANT!): by Rick Veitch; pre-1995; a mystical "oops" dream
God speaks in surreal images from the sky, and I hurry to write down
what God says. But I find I wrote mere squiggles on the page...


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