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See Hilarious Comics From a New ‘120 Minutes’-Inspired Zine

Derek Marks recreates great MTV moments in drawings of artists like Thurston Moore and Courtney Love

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Growing up in Miami, Derek Marks was obsessed with MTV and his favorite show was 120 Minutes, the midnight video block that brought college rock to cable and premiered the clip for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Creator Dave Kendall often played the role of VJ, but he also stepped aside for guest hosts like Thurston Moore, Lou Reed, Juliana Hatfield and Michael Stipe.

"It was on too late, so me or one of my friends would set the timer on the VCR and come over and watch it," Marks remembers. "That's how we discovered a lot of people."

More than two decades later, the cartoonist and photo agent began sketching some of his favorite musicians, and when he looked for old interviews, his favorites were always from 120 Minutes. This led him deeper into its unofficial YouTube archives. "They all were really candid back then," he continues. "The show got really great stuff out of people. They got their real personalities — at least as real as you could know."

The time-killing project eventually led to 120 Minutes: The Interview Sketches, a new zine compiling black-and-red illustrations inspired by his days in front of the TV set. Marks hopes to someday produce three volumes and 120 drawings, but here you can see highlights from the first edition.

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