Clay Geerdes, one-time college English teacher and sometime cartoonist, spent the last quarter of the 20th century around San Francisco Bay as a freelance street reporter and photo-journalist, covering the hip scene. But it was as champion of creative self-expression and passionate promoter of cartooning that he made his mark in the history of comics. Clay was a friend of mine, and some time after he died in July 1997, I devoted a posting of Harv’s Hindsight to him at the Usual Place (RCHarvey.com), expanding a piece I’d written for The Comics Journal shortly after he died.
In the ensuing years, others who knew and valued Clay have constructed memorials and remembrances. Among them is Clay’s nephew, Bill Kossack, who has built a website dedicated to Clay, claygeerdesinfo.com
The web site showcases the majority of Clay's photography, newsletters, mini-comix, and biographical information of his life. Here’s Kossak’s list of the site’s departments and their contents:
■ The Biography area will feature a detailed listing of Clay's life events, personal photos, and audio/video clips. Some of the photos will include childhood pictures, Navy military tour, and assorted pictures of family and friends.
■ The Newsletters category has all of the Comix World / Comix Wave issues listed and arranged by year and title. Every issue has been reproduced in its entirety along with the date and issue number. All of the mini-comix published under Comix World or Comix Wave will be included in this category. They are searchable by title or year of the book.
■ The Article section will list any article written by Clay that was published by magazines, newsletters, and newspapers. The main Photography section lists Clay's work with subjects such as the early comic conventions in the 1970s, people in the comic book industry, and many other miscellaneous themes.
■ The Anderson Valley Advertiser section lists all of the articles published by Clay in the newspaper Anderson Valley Advertiser from 1995-1997. The full articles are revealed in text format for everyone to read. The full articles Clay did not submit for publication are now released.