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I’m Age

Heads Up: IDYL – I’M AGE by Jeffrey Jones

Late to the party again… but life (and laziness!) gets in the way… anyway… last year, near the end of the summer, Donald M. Grant published the first-ever all-in-one collection of two comic strips by Jeffrey Jones: Idyl, which originally ran in National Lampoon in the 1970s, and I’m Age, which ran in Heavy Metal in the early 1980s.

I received my two hardcover copies of the collection in the autumn of 2015 — I ordered from Amazon.com as neither the hardcover nor the softcover edition was unavailable through Amazon.ca, although I suppose I could have ordered directly from the publisher, which would have netted me a complimentary copy of Jones’s cartoon book, It’s Garbage Coming — and now I’m here to let you know that I have one complaint and one concern about the book.

My complaint is that Grant has failed to include one of the I’m Age strips in the new collection and instead of going back to press to correct the error has been encouraging buyers to download a JPEG of the strip via a link on the order page, print it off at home, and slip it into the book, which I’ve done, of course, though I’m not happy about it. The overall number of strips is small. Was it really such a difficult task to create a complete, master list of strips and proofread the collection accordingly? Mistakes happen, sure. And yes, yes, going back to press to correct a publisher’s error (vs. a printer’s error) would have been prohibitively expensive. But COME ON!!!

My concern is that the introductory and other text in the collection completely ignores Jones’s struggle, in later years, to claim a more authentic identity for herself as a woman. No mention, even, of the name change from Jeffrey Jones to Jeffrey Catherine Jones. Now, Jeffrey Catherine Jones was, by all accounts, perfectly content to let her old friends continue to refer to her as Jeffrey, and of course, the major collection of her art published during her lifetime, with her participation, after she began her transition, bore the title, Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art. Still, it seems wrong to me for Jones’s “friends” to act, now (or then), as though Jeffrey *Catherine* Jones never existed! The omission is especially egregious in George Pratt’s “Afterword,” which recounts an outing that was filmed, in part, by Maria Paz Cabardo for her documentary, Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones. If you’ve seen the footage, you know very well what I’m talking about!

In fact, I think a strong case could be made that, far from being irrelevant to the strips, Jones’s ongoing gender-identity struggle was central to them. Pity that neither Jones’s publisher nor her friends were ready, willing, or able to imagine the possibility!

Anyway, I do love the work. And I do recommend the book, because the sad fact is, it’s the only game in town if you want to have two of Jones’s three major comic strips available in your non-virtual library in a convenient format at a reasonable cost.

Look Here: “I’m Age” by Jeffrey Jones – Part Five

The single-page comic strip, “I’m Age,” by Jeffrey Jones, appeared in every issue of the monthly comics magazine Heavy Metal from September 1981 (vol. 5, no. 6) to July 1984 (vol. 8, no. 4). I’ve already posted the first 25 strips, which appeared from September 1981 (vol. 5, no. 6) to September 1983 (vol. 7, no. 6), in four previous posts: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four.

I suppose I could spread the last batch of strips out over two posts, but since it’s less work to do it as one post, here are the final ten “I’m Age” strips, October 1983 (vol. 7, no. 7) to July 1984 (vol. 8, no. 4), presented in order of publication:

And that concludes my posting of the complete run — as far as I’m aware — of “I’m Age” by Jeffrey Jones. Hope you enjoy it!

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five (You are here!)

Look Here: “I’m Age” by Jeffrey Jones – Part Four

The single-page comic strip, “I’m Age,” by Jeffrey Jones, appeared in every issue of the monthly comics magazine Heavy Metal from September 1981 (vol. 5, no. 6) to July 1984 (vol. 8, no. 4). I’ve already posted the first 19 strips, which appeared from September 1981 (vol. 5, no. 6) to March 1983 (vol. 6, no. 12), in three previous posts: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.

So now — forging ahead in the face of indifference — here are the strips that appeared from April 1983 (vol. 7, no. 1) to September 1983 (vol. 7, no. 6):

Only 10 strips to go…

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four (You are here!)
Part Five

Look Here: “I’m Age” by Jeffrey Jones – Part Three

The single-page comic strip, “I’m Age,” by Jeffrey Jones, appeared in every issue of the monthly comics magazine Heavy Metal from September 1981 (vol. 5, no. 6) to July 1984 (vol. 8, no. 4). I’ve already posted the first 13 strips, which appeared from September 1981 (vol. 5, no. 6) to September 1982 (vol. 6, no. 6), in two previous posts: Part One, Part Two.

Continuing as promised, here are the strips that appeared from October 1982 (vol. 6, no. 7) to March 1983 (vol. 6, no. 12):

Enjoy! I plan to post the rest in two or three separate posts.

Part One
Part Two
Part Three (You are here!)
Part Four
Part Five

Look Here: “I’m Age” by Jeffrey Jones – Part Two

The single-page comic strip, “I’m Age,” by Jeffrey Jones, appeared in every issue of the monthly comics magazine Heavy Metal from September 1981 (vol. 5, no. 6) to July 1984 (vol. 8, no. 4). I’ve already posted the first seven strips, which appeared from September 1981 (vol. 5, no. 6) to March 1982 (vol. 5, no. 12). So now, here are the next six strips, which appeared from April 1982 (vol. 6, no. 1) to September 1982 (vol. 6, no. 6):

More later. At the current rate, it’ll take about four more posts to get through the entire run. Hope somebody out there is enjoying the strip. Be nice to see some feedback.

Part One
Part Two (You are here!)
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

Look Here: “I’m Age” by Jeffrey Jones – Part One

The single-page comic strip, “I’m Age,” by Jeffrey Jones, appeared in every issue of the monthly comics magazine Heavy Metal from September 1981 (vol. 5, no. 6) to July 1984 (vol. 8, no. 4). Below are the first seven strips, which appeared from September 1981 (vol. 5, no. 6) to March 1982 (vol. 5, no. 12), in order of publication:

Largely unappreciated during its first run, and rarely mentioned since, “I’m Age” was a wryly humorous, sensitively delineated, beautifully composed strip that has never, to the best of my knowledge, been reprinted. My most fervent hope is that some enterprising publisher will see these posts and decide the time is ripe to put together an omnibus edition of Jeffrey Jones’s distinctive work in comics, including, among others, the “I’m Age” strips (of course); the series of strips entitled “Jones Touch,” reprinted in comic-book format by Eros/Fantagraphics in 1993; and “Idyl,” the gorgeous single-page strip Jones drew for National Lampoon, the older sister publication of Heavy Metal (both were published by Leonard Mogel). A collection of “Idyl” was published by Dragon’s Dream in 1979, but it’s been out of print for a long time now. I have a copy, but the book’s binding is much too fragile for me to risk scanning from it. In an upcoming post, however, I plan to upload four scans of “Idyl” rescued from Jeff Jones’s now defunct official Web site. So stay tuned for that…

Part One (You are here!)
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five

Bonus Link:

Teresa Lenar (watercolor) by Jeffrey Jones

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