I originally set up this blog to showcase the old Dope Rider comic strips I occasionally did for High Times from the mid-1970s through the mid-1980s. With High Times' 40th anniversary issue in 2014, I restarted the strip and have been doing my best to get one done for each issue. A few months after they appear in the magazine, I will archive them here. Note: all images are copyrighted by Paul Kirchner.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dope Rider "Day of the Dead"

I've always been fascinated by Day of the Dead imagery and I finally got around to doing a Dope Rider based on it. This one took me a while--lotsa detail.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Dope Rider, "Firebird Motel"

I love the neon motel signs you see in the American Southwest, especially along the old Route 66 in places like Albuquerque. This sign is an adaptation of one I found on Google images.

My friend Tom Conroy once told me that the buttes you see standing above the desert floor date from an ancient war fought by aliens on planet earth; when an anti-matter bomb exploded, the stone directly underneath it was left intact. I liked that idea and fit the reference to the Anti-Matter War in this episode.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Dope Rider, "The Spirit of Ganja"

Sometimes I can clearly recall where the idea for a Dope Rider strip came from and sometimes I can't. In this case, I can. There is a commenter at this blog who calls himself "Prophet of Ganja." I like that name but made it Spirit of Ganja for this cartoon. I was also inspired by a tapestry at the hospice where my beloved mother-in-law resided for a few weeks before her death in June 2016. I don't think my character looks much like the one in the picture below, but it put the image into my head.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Sign?

Finished coloring another Dope Rider page today and went outside to do some brush clearing in this hot, humid weather. Afterward, I thought the sweat stains on my right-hand work glove looked rather skull-like. A message from beyond?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Dope Rider Tattoo

I always get a kick out of seeing my creation permanently inscribed on human flesh. I just got an email from Anthea Tan of Traditions Tattoo Collective in Singapore, whose artist handle on Instagram is @ratking. She sent me a iPhone photo of an excellent portrait she did of Dope Rider on what she describes as "a client with good taste."

She writes, "Well wishes from a fan in a land where joints still get you thrown in jail, or worst (depending on the amount :p), sent to the gallows."

Below is the tattoo after some additional work was done, with the "I'm only in it for the entropy" line from the "Beans for All" story. (BTW, I got some lines from my friend Tom Conroy but that one's mine.)