Tales of Unsurpassed Vanity (Ιστορίες Ατελείωτης Ματαιοδοξίας) #5
December 2001. Athens: Self-published. 24 pages.
In the late 1990s I migrated to Athens, Greece, and began self-publishing my personal comic book anthology, Tales of Unsurpassed Vanity (Gr: Ιστορίες Ατελείωτης Ματαιοδοξίας), which became one of Greece’s longest-running self-published independent comics.
The anthology featured some continuing stories, like Jazz & Maria, about vampire club kids who get entangled in a massive science fantasy adventure.
It also featured self-contained semi-autobiographical stories, mostly about the dark corners of Athens, as well as comedic strips starring my characters Louvre De Buff, a weed-smoking stray dog, and Punky Smurf, an anarchopunk smurf that hates his brainwashed smurf collective.
Tales of Unsurpassed Vanity lasted ten issues, ending in 2004.
This issue also featured a heavily-researched self-contained semi-fictional story titled Βικτώρια (Gr: Victoria, after the central Athenian train station) about graffiti train bombers in Athens. I had interviewed an acquaintance who was involved in the scene and plotted a story around their experiences.
It was also the first attempt I made at colouring/grey-shading using Adobe Photoshop, instead of using zipatones or traditional crosshatching.
Back cover (alternative cover):
A review of the issue in 9/Ennea #78 (19 December 2001):
Victoria page 1:
Victoria page 2:
Victoria page 3:
Jazz and Maria – Episode 5 – page 1:
Jazz and Maria – Episode 5 – page 7:
Louvre De Buff page 1:
Louvre De Buff page 2: