Friday, December 7, 2018

Remembering Samson Pollen (1931-2018)

"The Brooklyn Outcast Who Ruled an Amazon Woman Paradise," Stag, January 1963. Courtesy The Robert Deis Collection. Art by Samson Pollen.

Artist Samson Pollen was one of the most dynamic and prolific illustrators to work in the men’s adventure magazines (MAMs) of the 1950s-1970s. Before and after his time in MAMs, Pollen painted numerous paperback covers in every genre, from two-fisted action series to teen books to romance novels. In recent years, Pollen collaborated with Men’s Adventure Library editors Wyatt Doyle and Robert Deis on a series of art books drawn from his significant archives. The first result of that collaboration, Pollen’s Women, was released in January 2018 to overwhelming acclaim. Further volumes are in process, and the second release, Pollen’s Action, was headed to press when we learned the sad news of the artist’s passing on December 4.

Working as an editor and publisher—particularly in tandem with Bob Deis on The Men’s Adventure Library series—has provided opportunities to meet and collaborate with some truly unique and fascinating artists. Their friendship changes my life for the better, and I treasure their insights on the worlds they inhabited and the eras they lived through, shared both through their creative expressions and in their patient interviews and testimony. But a sad caveat of working with those who’ve already lived full lives is that these wonderful, open-hearted people who you meet, befriend, collaborate with, and come to love, are called away long before you’re ready to say goodbye. Walter Kaylin. Reverend Raymond Branch. Robert F. Dorr. Harlan Ellison. Samson Pollen.

When I visited Samson and Jacqueline Pollen, they welcomed me warmly into their home like an old friend. To be able to observe their relationship that afternoon was a gift. Both of them were convinced beyond any doubt that the other hung the moon. Though in a sense it was his day—I was there to shake hands on our agreement to publish books collecting Sam’s artwork—Sam encouraged Jackie to show us a few of her recent pieces. Alive, wild, and abstract, it didn’t matter at all that they were very different from the figural style of painting that made Sam’s reputation. He was enthusiastic about her talent, and profoundly impressed by her drive to create; he praised her with artist-to-artist admiration and respect. It was clear she adored him, and just as clear that she still beguiled him completely.

Sam said they listened to every kind of music, even things some people might consider far out. He laughed a little when he told me recently how he and Jackie had spent the previous day listening to a performance by a Swiss yodeler. “The guy was fabulous!” he insisted. I believed him. And my mind keeps going back to that happy, enviable image: Sam and Jackie, sweethearts snug in their cozy home, two beautiful dreamers daydreaming together to music from a far-off mountaintop.

The last time I spoke with Sam, he said, “I think I approach everything the way I approach my art: If I can’t do it, do it again. Throw it away and start over. I’m pretty stubborn; I don’t give up so easily. I think that’s an important part of it, to stick with it. It’s so easy to quit on something. You can’t get it right, or you think it won’t be accepted, so you avoid facing it. That’s fear. There are people who live with fear, and that’s not good.” When I asked if he considered himself a confident person, he chuckled. “It’s been interpreted more as stubborn.”

Sam was a groundbreaking and prolific artist and visual storyteller. But even that magnificent career was only part of his own story. “I always had all kinds of hobbies,” he told me. “I loved to ice skate; I used to do that quite a bit. Chess, I used to love. I actually played a rated expert and came out even with him. I was deep into computers at one time. I built my own printing press. I built everything in my studio by myself—the hardware, everything. I always had to have some kind of challenge. And I managed to squeeze it all in, some way.”

You sure did, Sam. Hope they yodel where you are.

Text © 2018 Wyatt Doyle, all rights reserved.

Friday, September 28, 2018

JIMMY ANGELINA 6-track CD out now!

Out now: Solo recordings from Jimmy Angelina (The Last Coloring Book, The Last Coloring Book on the Left), singer/guitarist of Deer Meet and drummer from Whizzy, the mythical proto-punk-funk-rap group from NYC. Six tracks of ramshackle melodic punk-pop-indie slop!

Featuring the sensational, seat-shaking single, "Lend Me Your Rears":

Get the CD or download here!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Waiting in Line

I was at the far end of the grocery store, following the long frozen-food trough that split the wide aisle into two lanes. It was early, and there weren’t many people shopping at that time of morning. The pace was slow, and still a little sleepy.

A tired looking woman on the other side of the trough squinted to read the small print on a package of seafood as her cart began to slowly roll away from her, toward the front of the store. Seemingly unmanned, it drifted a surprising distance of several feet. But as I came closer, I could see that the cart was actually being pushed by an impatient little boy of no more than 4 or 5, too small to reach the handlebar—or to even be visible from the front of his vessel.

I chuckled at the illusion, and told his mother I’d thought her cart was rolling off on its own. She looked over at her son. “That’s funny,” she said, and resumed her study of the frozen scallops.

Noting the brief exchange, the boy abandoned the cart to dash to his mother’s side. (Small as he was, even short distances meant sprinting.) Standing not much taller than the low freezer in front of him, he gave me a quick, close study—partly assuming the role of tiny protector, but mostly out of an instinct for not wanting to be left out of any possible fun.

“What’s up?” He shouted to me fearlessly across the trough.

“What’s up with you?” I replied.

A bright smile bloomed across his face. Kids—particularly kids with a lot of energy—are accustomed to having such bits of nonsense ignored entirely by grown-ups, so my acknowledgment alone was plenty.

By then his mother had already tossed the scallops in among the rest of her groceries and moved on. He skipped to catch up with her, climbing aboard the side of the shopping cart and riding merrily along as they pushed past the long procession of freezer doors.

I had everything I’d come for, so I made my way to the checkout line. There were only a few people, but the guy ahead of me had a full cart. A moment after I took my place in line, the little boy and his mother passed again, and he ran to me like a long-lost friend.

“Hey,” he said, a great big trickster’s grin on his face. He seemed to think he’d surprised me by turning up a second time. 

“Hey yourself.”

“You wanna play with me?”

“Well, I’m playing ‘Waiting in Line’ right now.”

He jumped to my side and stood straight, feet together, at a kind of attention. “Now I’m playin’ Waitin’ in Line with you.”

Unamused, his stoic mother promptly summoned him back. “Come on, June. We’re not ready to check out yet. We still have to find a few things.”

He looked up at me, maybe hoping I’d try to convince his mother to let him stay put.

“Junie!” She called firmly, raising her voice only slightly. “I said, let’s go.”

Obediently, he ran to her as she pointed their cart back down an aisle.

Ahead of me, the guy had split his groceries into three groups and was digging for a different credit card to use for the second portion of his purchases. There was only one cashier open, and the line behind me had begun to lengthen.

Suddenly, the little boy came rushing back into view, halting at the mouth of the aisle he’d just disappeared down, a few feet from the checkstands. Once he saw he had my attention, he began dancing in place at me, enthusiastically throwing down his own variation on the cabbage patch. He tossed his head back and started happily chant-singing,

“Waitin’ in line...waitin’ in line….”

Until, from a distant aisle, the impatient, disembodied voice of authority rang out:


© 2017 Wyatt Doyle, all rights reserved

Wyatt Doyle's latest book, I Need Real Tuxedo and a Top Hat!, is available now from New Texture. Buy it HERE.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Big Like You

I was in line at the store. Behind me, a little old white lady in a crochet hat reached up and tapped a finger on my back.

“I wish I was big like you,” she whispered when I turned around.

“Why would you wish that?”

“Because then if anyone messed with me, I could just beat them up,” she replied, smiling sweetly.

© 2017 Wyatt Doyle

Wyatt Doyle's latest book, I Need Real Tuxedo and a Top Hat!, is available now from New Texture. Buy it HERE.

Friday, September 1, 2017


Considered the granddaddy of New York sex books, Josh Alan Friedman's Tales of Times Square remains the definitive account of Times Square’s inglorious era. A mecca of cheap thrills, ghetto entertainment and 25-cent fulfillment for our sexually bankrupt masses. In the decades before Disney helped castrate its urban ecosystem, Broadway and 42nd Street surpassed Sodom and Gomorrah. Bulldozed and rebuilt into lockstep with corporate America, Times Square now evokes nostalgia for the lost soul of New York.

Tales of Times Square was originally published by Delacorte Press in 1986. It has remained in print through numerous editions. This new podcast, Tales of Times Square: The Tapes is derived from scratch tapes made during Josh’s years embedded in depravity.

Listen to Episode 1: Pee Wee below:

Tales of Times Square: The Podcast is a co-production of Black Cracker Online/New Texture.

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Out today from New Texture and The Men’s Adventure Library: I Watched Them Eat Me Alive, a full-color illustrated look at the frequently outrageous “killer creature” genre of pulp fiction stories and artwork featured in vintage men’s adventure magazines from the 1950s through the 1970s.

From man-eating shellfish to vicious snakes, from revenge-minded pumas to flesh-eating squirrels and bloodthirsty otters (!), literally any member of the animal kingdom turned killer in the imaginations of the men’s adventure magazine editors, writers, and artists, and eager readers ate the stories up for decades. Men’s Adventure Library editors Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle explore a bizarre and unique strain of hard-boiled pulp in this new, full-color collection, packed with tense stories of man vs. beast by men’s adventure greats like Walter Kaylin and Robert F. Dorr, and copiously illustrated with reproductions of spectacular covers and savage illustrations by “Weasels Ripped My Flesh” artist Wil Hulsey, Clarence Doore, and many others.

I Watched Them Eat Me Alive is available as a 106-page softcover for just $9.95, and in a deluxe 126-page hardcover edition for $24.95. The expanded hardcover features even more killer creature excitement, including ripsnorting work by pantheon men’s adventure artist Samson Pollen, and a long-lost tale of bloodthirsty crustaceans by SFWA Grand Master Robert Silverberg!

Order both editions from your local independent bookseller, or buy them via Amazon here...if you’ve got the guts!

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Wait

I started the day at the post office. A sixtysomething woman in line greeted me with a warm smile as I came in. She blushed a little as she explained that everything about me reminded her very much of her brother, dead some years now. She missed him terribly, and seeing me come through the door brought on a rush of happy memories. "That's why I smiled at you like that," she told me. Neither of us acknowledged that I’m white and he wasn't.

A few minutes later, the older black man behind me in line noticed the stooped, burly white man behind him was leaning heavily on a cane for support; he was damp with sweat and breathing hard from walking in the heat. He insisted the man move ahead of him to speed his wait. Inspired by the first man’s kindness, I encouraged the struggling man to move ahead of me, too. The man behind me went on to extend the same courtesy to the Syrian mother and daughter in hijab who had now moved into place behind him, because they were holding large boxes that looked heavy. They shared friendly smiles and thanked him, but by then the line was moving, and they said they’d wait their turn. A pleasant conversation had struck up between the woman who'd initially greeted me and the white lady in front of her, who was about the same age. They were strangers, but joked gently about their husbands like a pair of old friends. I almost had to remind myself I was in a slow line—at the post office!—on a sweltering July day. It was hard not to be affected by the graciousness and goodwill in the room.

Outside, I passed a woman in a crisp black T-shirt. The silkscreened image wasn't a rapper or pop star, but an elegant portrait of W.E.B. Du Bois, an American who famously said, “I believe that all men, black and brown and white, are brothers, varying, through Time and Opportunity, in form and gift and feature, but differing in no essential particular, and alike in soul and in the possibility of infinite development.” I told her I liked her shirt.

America’s still here, if you’re looking.

Text and photo © 2017 Wyatt Doyle

Wyatt Doyle's latest book, I Need Real Tuxedo and a Top Hat!, is available now from New Texture. Buy it HERE.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Pretty Sleazy, Photobucket or: Why the Site Looks Like Hell

You may have noticed all the big, ugly dials and PLEASE UPDATE YOUR ACCOUNT notices where our site's images used to be. That URL that promises "important info"? It takes you to a whole lot of nothing, so don't waste your time checking it out. Here's what's really going on:

Most of the images on our site are hosted by a service called Photobucket. This service has been offered at no charge for as long as we've been using it. But recently, with no advance warning or notice to its customers, Photobucket pulled a fast one and blocked our site's access to our images, demanding a ransom of $400 per year to restore access. We're not the only site affected by it; lots of sites use the service for image hosting. You can read more about the whole sleazy turn of events in this post from PC World 

Photobucket's behavior couldn't be more underhanded. Of course businesses have the right to charge for their services, but a little advance notice that things were changing was the very least Photobucket could have done for its users. It's such a throat-cutting move, we have to wonder if there's not some kind of accounting scheme straight out of The Producers in play here, where the company is in a position to reap tremendous profits from its own sudden demise. After all, who could ever trust the company again?

We're not paying Photobucket's ransom, so this site (and Josh Alan Friedman's Black Cracker Online, and Rev. Branch's site, and most of our affiliated sites) will look pretty crappy while we reconfigure. Hang in there with us, we'll be back, looking better than ever. Photobucket's future, on the other hand, is looking considerably less rosy.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017


I Need Real Tuxedo and a Top Hat!, a collection of photos and stories by Wyatt Doyle (Stop Requested), is available now from New Texture.

Click HERE to purchase the 88-page trade softcover edition for $16.95, or the deluxe, 104-page expanded hardcover edition with superior image reproduction and additional content for $29.95.

Preview the book below:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Stanley J. Zappa at Casse-Tête 2017

Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music, June 15th to 18th, 2017, at Theatre North West in Prince George, BC.

photo: Troglosound

New Texture's Stanley J. Zappa will perform with his Quintet on Friday the 16th, and as part of ManZap on Saturday the 17th. Full schedule below, and more info at

Sing-Song Songs by Stanley J. Zappa is available now from New Texture. Buy it here.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jimmy Angelina & Wyatt Doyle Interviewed

We Are Cult's James Gent interviews The Last Coloring Book's Jimmy Angelina and Wyatt Doyle! Click HERE to read it.

And click HERE to buy the book. Preview what's inside below:

Read Kendra Steiner Editions' Bill Shute's thoughts on The Last Coloring Book HERE.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jooklo Zappa on Tour!

Jooklo Zappa Europe Tour 2017!

MAY 06: TROGLOFESTA, Case del Vento, Chiesuola di Russi (RA), Italy
MAY 12: Het Bos Antwerp, Belgium
MAY 13: In De Ruimte Gent, Belgium
MAY 14: Rumsteek Oui Rumsteek, Bruxelles, Belgium
MAY 17: Nouveau Garage, St Julian, France
MAY 18: Le Périscope, Lyon, France
MAY 19: Circuit centre d'art contemporain - Lausanne, Switzerland
MAY 20: Fri Art - Centre d'art de Fribourg / Kunsthalle Freiburg, Switzerland
MAY 21: La Cave 12, Geneve, Switzerland
MAY 23: KROCH, Stockholm / Sweden / Finland
MAY 24: Mental Alaska at Hard Rock House, Helsinki, Finland
MAY 25: Mayhem Kbh, Copenhagen, Denmark
MAY 26: West Germany Venue, Berlin, Germany
MAY 27: Kaiola festibala, Galdakao, Basque Country
MAY 28: Fanfulla, Rome, Italy
MAY 29: Bar Chupito, Perugia, Italy

Follow the Jooklo Zappa tour blog HERE.

Stanley J. Zappa's Sing-Song Songs is available NOW as a CD or download. Get it HERE.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Josh Alan Plays NYC, February 3 @ The Cutting Room

Josh Alan's back in the city, for one night only!

Catch him at The Cutting Room, 44 E 32nd St, NYC on Friday, February 3rd.

Doors at 6:30, the hits start at 7:30.

Get yer tickets while you can from the Cutting Room's website, HERE.

Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Josh Alan's "Theme From SHAFT" + December Dates

Music video for "Theme From Shaft," available on Sixty, Goddammit. Shot by New Texture's Andy Biscontini (NY) and Jeff Liles (TX), and cut by nu luna author Biscontini.

Damn right.


Catch Josh Alan LIVE in Texas:

Thursday, December 1, / 9:30 pm
McGonigel's Mucky Duck · Houston, TX

Tuesday, December 6 (w/David Bromberg) / 7:00 pm
The Kessler · Dallas, TX

Thursday, December 8 / 6:30 pm
Antone’s · Austin, TX

Josh Alan's new album, Sixty Goddammit, is available here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Preview over 40 pages of The Last Coloring Book!

The Last Coloring Book by Jimmy Angelina and Wyatt Doyle is a 130-page oversized, illustrated softcover. Buy it via Amazon here.

The Last Coloring Book is recommended for mature readers.

Booksellers/wholesale inquiries please contact LastColoringBook (at) gmail (dot) com

Friday, October 7, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 8)

"Playing live for Don O's program on KNON 89.3 at 7pm Texas time tonight (Friday). Gearing up for Josh Alan at Sons of Hermann Hall, Sat. Oct. 8th. Broadway star John Kuether will perform two numbers with me at the show on Saturday. Here's Lick of the Day #8."

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:

Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 7)

"I was thinking of Strawberry Fields." Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:

Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 6)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:

Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 5)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:

Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Monday, October 3, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 4)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:

Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Out Now: THE LAST COLORING BOOK by Jimmy Angelina & Wyatt Doyle

Put the crayons down. The Last Coloring Book by Jimmy Angelina and Wyatt Doyle is available today.

Described as "a coloring book for adults who buy coloring books, and those who don't," the 130-page oversized, illustrated softcover has a retail price of $14.95 USD and is available for preview and purchase via Amazon here.

The Last Coloring Book is recommended for mature readers.

Booksellers/wholesale inquiries please contact LastColoringBook (at) gmail (dot) com

Friday, September 30, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 3)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:

Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 2)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:

Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Josh Alan's Lick of the Day (No. 1)

Counting down to the Sixty, Goddammit album release party/concert at Sons of Hermann Hall (Oct. 8th), one lick at a time:

Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

SIXTY, GODDAMMIT CD Release Party/Concert, Saturday Oct. 8

KNON-FM 89.3 presents a CD Release party for Josh Alan’s new album, Sixty Goddammit—rated number one on KNON’s Texas Blues Radio Living Blues Report.

"A CD so good, we play it even though we can’t say the name of it on the radio."

Now see Josh Alan perform the new album live. The Sixty, Goddammit CD Release Party will be Saturday, Oct 8th at the Sons of Hermann Hall.

Opening the show will be Miss Marcy & Her Texas Sugar Daddys. (Miss Marcy is recognized by the Dallas Observer as a Best of Dallas Blues artist.)

Free dinner while it lasts from Chef Ivan Pugh’s new restaurant, Bucky Moonshine’s.

Doors open at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm. 

Tickets available now at and this Friday at Bill's Records, Forever Young Records, and Top Ten Records.

This is a KNON benefit event

Josh Alan's new album is Sixty, Goddammit.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Josh Alan at Poor David's, Saturday Sept. 24

Josh Alan joins Kinky Friedman this Saturday, September 24, at Poor David's in Dallas.

Click HERE for tickets and directions.

Josh Alan's new album is SIXTY, GODDAMMIT.

From Black Cracker Music/New Texture

Friday, September 9, 2016

Map of the Moon Debut EP Out Now

We’re pleased and proud to welcome Atlanta-based Map of the Moon to our roster, and to offer their self-titled debut EP on the New Texture label.

Map of the Moon delivers a volatile mix of zero-gravity noise pop and moon rock. Blissed, hazy shoegaze transmissions from space, synth rock and direct hi-energy indie pop, with uptempo rock and roll coming through on re-entry.

The 4-song EP is available as a CD and download here, with a vinyl release to follow. (To pre-order the vinyl edition, click here.)

track list:
1. give/you something 04:38
2. caught in the middle 02:54
3. little mistake 02:35
4. freedom from passion 04:25

Keep up with Map of the Moon:


Here’s a music video for their first single, give/you something:

Friday, September 2, 2016

BARBARIANS ON BIKES Unleashed in Two Full-Color Editions

"Sex Rampage of the Cycle Savages" ... "Big Mama's Killer Cycle Army" ... "Cross-Country Blast With 'Satan's Riders'" ... "Cycle Queens of Violence" ...

The headlines in classic men's pulp adventure magazines sure could paint a picture ... and so could the masters of pulp art who illustrated them. The latest installment in the Men's Adventure Library shifts gears to focus exclusively on men's adventure magazine artwork in a new, oversized (8.5" x 11") format designed to show off these explosive pulp illustration masterworks to maximum effect.

Barbarians on Bikes rounds up three decades of vintage pulp magazine covers and interiors depicting rowdy motorcycle action and outlaw biker gang attacks, most unseen since their original publication. A unique archive of biker illustration art at its most savage, with history and context by editors Robert Deis ( and Wyatt Doyle (Cryptozoology Anthology), and an afterword/reality check by crime novelist/top cop Paul Bishop. And the deluxe hardcover includes an additional 20 pages of belted and booted biker pulp art. Barbarians on Bikes is big, bad, and untamed. Can you handle the ride?

Barbarians on Bikes is available in two editions. The deluxe hardcover is designed for the collector, boasting superior paper and print quality, an alternate arrangement of images, plus those 20 big bonus pages packed with even more unforgettable artwork. For the merely curious, the trade softcover edition delivers the full-color punch of the hardcover at a lower cover price.

Barbarians on Bikes is a high-octane visual archive, the first of its it like you stole it!

Preview 35 knuckle-dusting pages of the Barbarians on Bikes softcover via Issuu:

Thursday, August 25, 2016

New Texture at the Readers and wRiters Fair This Saturday

This weekend marks the first annual Chattanooga Readers and wRiters Festival, to be held this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall. Stop by the New Texture table, where we'll have a bunch of great books for sale, including advance copies of the upcoming release from the Men's Adventure Library, Barbarians on Bikes. We'll also be selling Crypto koozies, featuring Cryptozoology Anthology's Ape-Man Monster of Tennessee!

It's going to be great day for readers in Chattanooga. For more details, visit the event's Facebook page, HERE.