John Bloom on George Toomer

joe-bob-cleanRemembrances of George Toomer continue to accumulate in our earlier post about his passing. I asked John Bloom (aka Joe Bob Briggs) to offer a few words. John knew George well and has this to say:

Buffalo George Toomer, the Dallas R. Crumb in both style and talent, designed the official logo of Joe Bob Briggs some 25 years ago and it’s still in use today. It was not hip in 1984 and it’s still not hip, and George would be proud of that. Although he labored for corporate America, he was an early mover in merging the hippie avant-garde with the mainstream. He had a great laugh that came from deep in the diaphragm, the sound of a man who laughs easily and often, and he didn’t like to wear a tie, go to an office, or own things. He was a mess. He was full of love. He would have been an artist if he’d never gotten a dime for anything he ever drew.

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