Shane's minicomics made a name for him in the small press scene throughout the early to mid-nineties. This led to the comic book series Longshot Comics and Money Talks for Slave Labor Graphics, as well as numerous one-off stories for all sorts of publications in all sorts of formats in a wide range of countries. His work has been particularly well received in Germany, where a translation of The Long and Unlearned Life of Roland Gethers sold briskly and won awards. The warm reception he's been given by the German people has led Shane to be dubbed the David Hasselhoff of comic books. Truth be told, this moniker probably has more to do with his habit of riding around in a talking car wearing a Speedo.
The following is a handy-dandy checklist of just some of Shane's comic work over the years. You can find much of it for sale in the Eyestrain Productions store.
Longshot Comics Book One: The Long and Unlearned Life of Roland Gethers
An epic comedy about a lowly coalminer and his stumbling passage through 89 years of British history, from 1860 to 1949. All the characters appear as dots in the distance in this story that is, by turns, funny, satirical, and moving. A critical and cult hit around the world, told in an unprecedented format of 3,840 panels in a single comic book. This industry phenomenon started life as an eighty-page minicomic in 1993 before being picked up by Slave Labor Graphics and published as a full-sized comic in 1995. Its many printings and editions also include the multi-award-winning German translation and a new Italian edition. READ REVIEWS
Longshot Comics Book Two: The Failed Promise of Bradley Gethers
This much-anticipated sequel matches the original in both scope and scale, following the problematic life of Roland's grandson from 1920 to 1993. His passage through the second world war, the British stage, and the American film industry is mapped out in another 3,840 panels. Critics agree: it's the rare sequel that's every bit as good as its acclaimed predecessor. Also published by Slave Labor Graphics, 1997.
Money Talks #1-5
A comedy soap opera starring the portraits from international currency. Two warring factions of entrepreneurs, battling for the soul of a small wilderness town, are disrupted when an outsider comes to collect his inheritance and assumes command of one side. Slave Labor Graphics, 1996-1997.
Thirteen issues of strips, gags and other offensive tomfoolery from the legally actionable mind of Shane Simmons. Published by Eyestrain Comics, 1991-1994. READ REVIEWS
Tragedy strikes the Potatoes when the remote control batteries go dead. Published by Eyestrain Comics, 1992.
No Fixed Abode: The Squalids Book One
John and Jane Doe drift through their squalid little existence in this collection of strips. Published by Eyestrain Comics, 1994.
Li'l Elder Williams
The saga of Elder Williams, the little boy trapped down a well who wants nothing more than to be a huge media star. Published by Eyestrain Comics, 1995.
Other Comic Stories
Narcoleptic Man: One Shot Special
"40 Winks at 80 MPH" — Narcoleptic Man wakes up after a one-night stand with Easy Girl, and falls asleep at the wheel when they get involved in a car chase with bank robbers. Pencilled by Tony Furtado, inked by Tyim Courts. Published by Magnetic Ink, 2000.
Jinx Special #1
"Longshot Comics: Douglas Gethers' Worst Job Yet" — Douglas Gethers encounters Brian Michael Bendis' crime-comics character, Jinx, while working in a sex shop. Published by Caliber Comics, 1997.
The Mirror: The Comix Issue
"Money Talks: Venue" — Liz and Becky rush to see a hip new band before they can sell out and go mainstream. Published by Communications Gratte-Ciel Lteé, 1997.
"Longshot Comics: The High-Flying Adventures of Wilfred Gethers, an Ace in the Great Air War" — Wilfred Gethers, an inept World War I fighter pilot, fulfils his dream to become an ace in the most disastrous way possible. Published by Slave Labor Graphics, 1997.
The Slab Collection
"How Fashion Trends Die" — They just get too expensive. Published by Slab-O-Concrete Publications, 1996.
Classical Pulse! #12
"Longshot Comics: Filson Gethers' Music Lesson" — English composer, Edward Elgar, encounters a decrepit Filson Gethers when he's hired to run a music program in a lunatic asylum. Published by Tower Records, 1995.
"Those Wacky Squalids in: Birthin' No Babies" — John and Jane Doe attempt a homemade abortion with results that may spell doom for all mankind. Published by VZW Bronzen Adhemar Stichting, 1995.
The Circle Weave: Apprentice to a God #1
"TV Hunting with Elvis" — The King of rock and roll spends his post-Vegas days gunning for television sets at Graceland. Published by Abalone Press, 1995.
Trial Run #11
"Business with the Beast" — Evil Incarnate gives his executives a fiscal year-end pep talk on how to maximize corporate profits. Illustrated by Tyson Schunamon. Published by Miller Publishing, 1992.
Trial Run #13
"Spare Parts" — A post-apocalypse tinkerer goes scavenging the wastelands for parts to create the ultimate sex toy for his affluent clientele. Illustrated by Tyson Schunamon. Published by Miller Publishing, 1992.
Trial Run #14
"Big Game" — A crusty frontiersman goes after the biggest game on the plains — a speeding locomotive. Illustrated by Tyson Schunamon. Published by Miller Publishing, 1993.
Cerebus Church and State #17
"Morning" — A man decides it might be better to sleep through the end of the world. Published by Aardvark-Vanaheim, 1991.
Shattered Earth #2
"Normal" — A determined survivor spends his entire life in a bomb shelter, wondering what's happened to the world outside. Illustrated by Howard Simpson. Published by Eternity Comics, 1988.
Shattered Earth #6
"Union Jake" — A bigoted Brit of a post-apocalyptic future plans to prevent more foreigners from immigrating to England by blowing up the Chunnel. Illustrated by Brian Chin. Published by Eternity Comics, 1989.
Shattered Earth #9
"Fresh Can" — Mutant survivors of World War III fight for possession of a lone can of food. Illustrated by Madman. Published by Eternity Comics, 1989.