Real Life Welcome To The Zone Sketches: Horn
Many of the characters in WELCOME TO THE ZONE are based on people I knew in the New York music and poetry scenes during the 80s and 90s. Here are some drawings from my sketchbook of a few of them, paired with panels showing their WELCOME TO THE ZONE equivalents. 

Austin John Marshall was a prominent fixture in the Lower East Side poetry scene of the 1980s. An emigre Brit who had been part of the 1960s music scene in London, and had shot some of the first documentary footage of Jimi Hendrix there, Marshall seemed like an ancient wizard with his long white beard among the scruffy young punks, though he was only in his late 40s at the time. When his girlfriend broke up with him and left him on the streets, Marshall handled homelessness with aplomb, becoming editor of the homeless newspaper Street Roots. In later years he suffered from emphysema and chronic pulmonary disease. He died in New York in 2013 at the age of 76.

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