Hard Core Logo
Written by Nick Craine
Introduction by Lynn Crosbie
Publication Date May 06, 2017
Joe Dick, Billy Tallent, John Oxenburger, and Pipefitter are Hard Core Logo — Vancouver’s legendary, but now defunct, punk band.
Joe Dick coaxes his former bandmates to overcome personal differences and reunite for a benefit concert for their ageing punk mentor, Bucky Haight, who has been shot. But the concert’s not enough for Joe; he wants the band to hit the road again. For the Hard Cores this means the beginning of the end, and they come to realize that they can neither relive nor alter the past.
From the pen of hugely talented Canadian comic artist and illustrator Nick Craine comes a searing rendition of those Hard Core days and nights. In this graphic take on the story originally conceived by Michael Turner and made into a critically acclaimed film by Bruce McDonald, Craine pits the legendary Hard Cores against a collage-like backdrop of bars, hotel rooms, the road, and the Canadian Prairies.
Featuring a new introduction by Lynn Crosbie and a tear-out guitar chord book, Hard Core Logo: Portrait of a Thousand Punks weaves together a patchwork narrative of found art, dialogue, songs, and incidental bystanders. Craine skillfully renders his own unique cover-version of this cult film classic in graphic novel form.
NICK CRAINE is a painter, animation artist, illustrator, and musician from Guelph, Ontario. His illustrations have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Portrait of a Thousand Punks: Hard Core Logo, originally published in 1997, was his second film adaptation; his first of Bruce McDonald’s Dance Me Outside was highly acclaimed by both critics and illustrators.
Lynn Crosbie was born in Montreal and is a cultural critic, author, and poet. A Ph.D. in English literature with a background in visual studies, she teaches at the University of Toronto and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her books (of poetry and prose) include Queen Rat, Dorothy L’Amour, and Liar. She is also the author of the controversial book, Paul’s Case, and most recently Life Is About Losing Everything and the Trillium Book Award-nominated novel Where Did You Sleep Last Night. She is a contributing editor at Fashion and a National Magazine Award winner who has written about sports, style, art, and music.
"Nick Craine digs deep into music, punk, life, and art, rummaging around in the bloody wet guts of it all and emerging with a pure, beating heart. He rearranges the fundamentals of comics and makes something new. Draws like a m*****f*****. Pours ink, love, sweat, and pain on the page. Makes us ache. This book is a thing of beauty — hard, hurting beauty." Dylan Horrocks, Eisner Award winner and creator of Hicksville
"Craine’s adaptations are more akin to contemporary non-genre comic books like Art Spiegelman’s Maus (1986) than they are to comic book versions of Hollywood blockbusters." Bart Beaty, Canadian Journal of Film Studies
"Nick Craine is one of the fastest developing talents today." Matt Wagner, author/illustrator of Grendel
"Craine wisely injects his own voice, through his brush, into the story much in the same way that David Mazzuchelli did in his wildly successful adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass . . . Craine is a cartoonist to keep your eye on." Eric Reynolds, Comics Journal
"Extremely pure, original work. [Craine] has a unique style, vibrating raw energy . . . There’s nothing more exciting than the execution of story and art brought together in one clear vision . . . These are the kind of comics I want to see more of." Michael Allred, author/illustrator of Madman
"[A]n honest take on life on the road that still resonates 20 years later." The National Post