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Jasha Explains Death

A 10-page comic with dream characters, painted early October 1974 by Chris Wayan
Some panels are enlargeable, but not all--sorry! Restored as well as I could, but it's 40-year-old-paper...

INTRODUCTION

I painted Jasha Explains Death at the University of California at Santa Cruz as one of a set of comics my friend Dave Self (creator of Deep Duck) and I jointly submitted for a philosophy class. Most of the comics short satires on the local subcultures--surfers, nudists and so on. Deep Duck, our narrator/straight man, interviewed the locals in each. Here, I thought he'd interview a hippie or a talking redwood. Then Jasha strode in... and hijacked the story to talk about mortality.

Jasha Explains Death, p.1, a painted comic by Chris Wayan, 1974.
Jasha Explains Death, p.2, a painted comic by Chris Wayan, 1974. Hey You! Efficiency Freaks Make Love Die Nobly
Jasha Explains Death, p.3, a painted comic by Chris Wayan, 1974. You're dying Mysterious Magical
Jasha Explains Death, p.4, a painted comic by Chris Wayan, 1974. Getting Off Subject But you DIE first!
Jasha Explains Death, p.5, a painted comic by Chris Wayan, 1974. Coffee
Jasha Explains Death, p.6, a painted comic by Chris Wayan, 1974. Take Me All Right!
Jasha Explains Death, p.7, a painted comic by Chris Wayan, 1974.
Asparagus Bad Taste

Jasha Explains Death, p.8, a painted comic by Chris Wayan, 1974. Why Respect Death Nixon Champagne
Jasha Explains Death, p.9, a painted comic by Chris Wayan, 1974. Aw, I Never! I Wish You Wouldn't Why Not? Twins small heads
Jasha Explains Death, p.10, a painted comic by Chris Wayan, 1974. What do YOU call it then? We're immortal, remember? Big Tree
Jasha the Krelkin, a marelike dream being; paint-sketch by Chris Wayan, 1974. Click to enlarge

NOTES 40 YEARS LATER

Jasha the Krelkin, a marelike dream being, with blue-maned boyfriend; paint-sketch by Chris Wayan, 1974. Click to enlarge.


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