HOLMES Randolph

HOLMES Randolph (Rand)

He was born February 22, 1942 in Turo Nova Scotia but grew up in Edmonton Alberta. After he left school he got married and took a job as a sign painter. In an interview he was to say, “That’s how I learned brushwork and lettering.” After about five years, “ In 1968 my brother turned me on to psychedelics – I woke up – left my wife and job and split for the west coast, grew my hair down to my ass, moved into a commune and vowed never again to do anything I didn’t want to do, especially for money – after I made that simple decision I was suddenly free.”

He moved to Vancouver in 1969. He created the cartoon strip “Harold Hedd” which became a regular feature in the Georgia Straight. He finally discontinued the strip Because, “an era had come to an end. Harold Hedd was part of that era and I had nothing left to say about it..”

He continued to do editorial cartoons and the occasional cover for Georgia Straight. He also contributed to White Lunch Comix, and Fog City Comics among others.

In 1982 he with his second wife moved from Vancouver to Lasqueti Island. In the 1980’s he created a final “Harold Hedd” series “Hitler’s Cocaine” and did art work for science fiction comics like Twisted Tales and Alien Worlds. In his last years he concentrated on oil painting.

He died in Nanaimo March 15, 2002 at age sixty from Hodgkins lymohoma.

His major influences were Wood (mid-fifties Mad), and Will Eisner.

WORKS:

CARTOONIST:

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Content:

Novella:

Harold Hedd – Hilter’s Cocaine.1, Kitchen Sink Press, 1984.

Harold Hedd – Hilter’s Cocaine.2, Kitchen Sink Press, 1984.

Story:

“Harold Hedd in Wings over Tijuana.” Harold Hedd. 2, Last Gasp Eco-Funnies, 1973.

“Harold Hedd in Wings over Tijuana.” Harold Hedd. 2, Print run 10,000 copies, December 1973, no publisher named. Distributed in Canada only by Greater Vancouver News Ltd., Print. Identical format to above.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Cover:

Back: Fog City Comics. 3, June 1979. (Advertisement.)

Content:

Story:

“And here he is … the artist himself.” Fog City Comics, 3, June 1979: 1 -7.

“Baldric the Barbarian.” White Lunch Comix, no. 1, 1972.

“Close Encounter of the T*rd Kind.” Fog City Comics,2, Oct.1978: Back cover.

“The Continuing Adventures of Harold Hedd.” All Canadian Beaver Comix,1, no date.

“Harold Hedd’s Bike Song.” All Canadian Beaver Comix,1, no date.

“Killer Planet.” Fog City Comics, 2, Oct.1978.

“Nip & Tuck in Animal Antics.” Fog City Comics, 1, Oct. 978.

“Vegetable of the Week.” White Lunch Comix, no. 1, 1972: Inside back cover.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC COLLECTION:

Content:

Cartoon strip:

Harold Hedd, 1, Berkley: Last Gasp Eco-Funnies, 1973.

NEWSPAPER:

Serial cartoon strip:

Georgia Straight, 5-185, July 20-21 1971:1 & 9. Georgia Straight, 5-193, Aug. 17-20 1971: 8.

Georgia Straight, 5-195, Aug. 24-27 1971:19.

Georgia Straight, 5-199, Sept. 7-11 1971:24.

Georgia Straight, 5-201, Sept. 14-17, 1971:24.

Georgia Straight, 5-203, Sept. 21-24 1971:1+

Georgia Straight, 5-211, Oct. 19-22 1971: 1+.

Georgia Straight, 5-217, Nov. 18-25 1971: 1+

Georgia Straight, 6-224, Jan. 13-20 1972: 1 & 24.

Georgia Straight, 6-225, Jan. 20-27 1972: 1&4.

Georgia Straight, 6-226, Jan. 27 – Feb. 3 1972:8

Georgia Straight, 6-227, Feb. 3-10 1972:5

Georgia Straight, 6-228, Feb.10 – 17 1972: 5.

Georgia Straight, 6-229, Feb.17-24 1972: 2.

Georgia Straight, 6-230, Feb. 24-Mar 2 1972:3

Georgia Straight, 6-231, Mar. 2-9 1972: 5. Georgia Straight, 6-233, Mar.16-23 1972: 5.

ILLUSTRATOR:

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Book:

Wrap Around: A History of Underground Comics. Writ., Mark James Estren. Straight Arrow Books, 1974.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Front, Harold Hedd, 2, 1973.

Front, Harold Hedd – Hilter’s Cocaine.1, 1984.

Front, Harold Hedd – Hilter’s Cocaine.2, 1984.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Cover:

Back, Fog City Comics. June 1979.

Front, All Canadian Beaver Comix,1, no date.

Front, Fog City Comics. Sept. 1977.

Front, Fog City Comics. Oct.1978.

Front, Fog City Comics. June 1979.

Front Inside: Self Portrait. Fog City Comics, 2, Oct.1978.

Front Inside, Fog City Comics. 3, June 1979.

Wrap Around, White Lunch Comix,1, 1972.

Content:

Portrait:

Fog City Comics. June 1979: 9.

Fog City Comics. June 1979: 18.

Fog City Comics. June 1979: 64.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC COLLECTION:

Cover:

Front, Harold Hedd, 1, 1973.

SOURCE:

Book text & graphic:

A History of Underground Comic. Writ., Mark James Estern. Straight Arrow Books, 1974:106 – 107, 152, 234.

Rand Holmes: The Artist Himself. Writ. & Com., Patrick Rosenkranz, Introd. Rand Holmes. Fantagraphic Books Inc., 2010.

Periodical graphic:

“Dwellers in the Fog: Rand Holmes.” Writ., Ted Hamilton. Fog City Comics, 2, Oct.1978.

Web publication:

Larsen, Dana. “’Harold Hedd’ creator dies.”Cannabis Culture Magazine. 18 Aug. 2002. Web. 26 July 2010.