Ace Backwords

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Ace Backwords
Born (1956-09-12) September 12, 1956 (age 62)
New Jersey
Area(s)Cartoonist, Writer, Penciller
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Peter Labriola (born September 12, 1956), better known by the pen name Ace Backwords is an American author and a former underground cartoonist based in Berkeley, California.[1][2]


Backwords, born Peter Labriola, published Twisted Image, a punk rock tabloid, from 1982 to 1984 featuring interviews with Johnny Rotten, Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, Charles Bukowski, R. Crumb, and Charles Schulz. The name was also used for a comic strip he created and distributed to independent publications. From 1989 to 2004, Backwords and B. N. Duncan [fr] produced the Telegraph Avenue Calendar, which featured selected people in Berkeley that were homeless.[3] A collection of his comics, also entitled Twisted Image, was published by Loompanics in 1991. In 1993, he drew original comic strips for John Hoffman's book The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving, also published by Loompanics. In 2001, Loompanics published a non-fiction book by Backwords, a sort of how-to guide for street people titled Surviving on the Streets: How To Go Down Without Going Out.

In 2009, Backwords published his next book, Acid Heroes, about 1960s icons John Lennon, Ram Dass, Alan Watts, Hunter S. Thompson, R. Crumb, and Jerry Garcia.

Ace Backwords has written for the San Francisco Herald.


  1. ^ Fagan, Kevin (March 24, 2010). "Friends offer help for artist Ace Backwords". SFGate. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Facebook profile. Accessed October 12, 2009.
  3. ^ Bender, Kristin (July 6, 2009). "B.N. Duncan, Telegraph Avenue fixture dies at age 65". East Bay Times. Retrieved September 8, 2017.

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