Tales of Unsurpassed Vanity (Ιστορίες Ατελείωτης Ματαιοδοξίας) #4
October 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, and Three Kings, in which Elvis, Bruce Lee and Jim Morrison team up to fight evil.
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 featured a heavily-researched self-contained Edo Period samurai story titled The Wheel (Gr: Ο Τροχός) involving reincarnation and doomed romance than spanned time and space.
A review of the issue in 9/Ennea #73 (14 Nov 2001):
The Wheel – Introduction:
The Wheel page 1:
The Wheel page 2:
The Wheel page 5:
Jazz and Maria – Episode 4 – page 8:
Three Kings – Episode 3 – page 2:
Louvre De Buff: