This ’90s-Band Tour Poster Looks a Lot Like a Beloved Alt-Comic

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.22.14 in News

Alternative-rock radio staples Everclear may have been caught recycling more than guitar chord progressions (hay-o!). An alternative comics publisher has flagged a poster for the band’s tour with fellow ’90s survivors Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog — yes, these groups all still exist — over its similarity to a cover from the influential indie comic Love & Rockets. “Hey Soul Asylum, are you going to pay Jaime Hernandez for appropriating his iconic LOVE & ROCKETS so shamelessly?” wrote Eric Reynolds, Fantagraphics Books‘ associate publisher, in a Facebook post (hat-tip: Ned Raggett, Joe Gross).

Reynolds also shared the side-by-side comparison, which you can see uncropped below:

Love and Rockets, Everclear, Soul Asylum

There’s no public response yet from the Buzz Bin bands criss-crossing the country together on the Summerland tour, an annual ’90s-music series now in its third year (Everclear has been on the bill all three years). And the idea that the poster artist, let alone the renowned Minneapolis live performers who went on to score hits like “Runaway Train,” should pay Hernandez for the resemblance to Love & Rockets is surely a non-starter. But that resemblance is striking, right? Then there’s the lettering “L&R” in the Summerland poster’s guitar, which suggests it’s all a weird sort of tribute.

If copyright infringement were decided on aesthetic grounds alone, this would be an open-and-shut case. But in the meantime, it’s just a bizarre link between the comic that inspired the name of the English band Love and Rockets, among others — also see Massachusetts’ Speedy Ortiz. At the very least, if Hernandez ever calls up Everclear, they could earnestly tell him, “I am still living with your ghost.” (Oh, come on — you know that one.)