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Re: “Out there

Hi there, it's Smoke Signal publisher Gabe Fowler. Thanks for the nice article. Allow me to comment a bit, since nobody contacted me for this piece. First of all, I absolutely love Jay Rummel's work and am honored to be able to print it and possibly expose it to a larger audience. It is somewhat inaccurate to say I discovered Rummel's great work through "online shopping". An artist friend from Missoula introduced me to his work, which I quickly learned was almost completely unknown outside of Montana. I approached Barbara Koostra at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture in an effort to learn more, and she directed me to Dana Gallery in Missoula. The gallery was either unable or unwilling to help me obtain Rummel work for print, but they told me he had no heirs. By this point I was fully obsessed with printing Rummel's work alongside contemporary cartoonists in Smoke Signal, so I searched high and low until I found Mr. McIlmay, who was attempting to sell Rummel work on craigslist. I'm very thankful for his help in making this project happen. I will also say that I've never spent even remotely this amount of money producing an issue of Smoke Signal and I'm completely broke now! But it was worth it as an editor to help people encounter this great work. Thanks for your time.

Posted by Gabe Fowler on 08/16/2016 at 12:06 PM

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