Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe photographed by Norman Seeff, 1969.
“We wanted, it seemed, what we already had, a lover and a friend to create with, side by side. To be loyal, yet be free.”- Patti Smith
In her memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith details her intense relationship with
Robert Mapplethorpe in which they struggle to become artists in New York City. They lived together at the Hotel Chelsea – home to numerous writers, musicians, actors and artists. Patti supported Robert by working in bookstores, he soon flourished as a photographer and encouraged her to pursue visual art. As a writer, Patti eventually turned her poems into songwriting. For the cover of her debut album, Horses (1975), Patti used a portrait Robert took. Once Robert came out as a gay man their intimate relationship ended but they remained friends until his death from HIV/AIDS in 1989.
For real, though, I adored that little scene between Mulligan and Townsend, because Herc’s like “you and i have friends in common, robert” and you can just tell Rob’s thinking “bitch i have never had a friend in my life.”
Not a lot happens in this chapter except everyone is on horses, so I must accept my fate of having to draw horses. Still, this was kind of fun to do as a bit of an action/landscape piece. I was going to have more panels but decided that this was enough for one day, and there are much more exciting chapters on the horizon.
Dark Horse Comics has an exceptional run of graphic adaptations from Robert E. Howard’s series Conan the Barbarian. They are highly recommended, I’m relishing them, by Crom.
Above are some illustrations of Conan drawn by the amazing Mike Mignola. He had written a couple of stories for the series, but contributed only very rough layouts for the artists, as well as these alternate covers.
I discovered the Conan books at the right age to have just inhaled the whole lot of them when I found them.