Artist, illustrator and writer TONY MOSTROM has written for the Weekly about Books, Los Angeles history and the Arts since the late 1980s. From 2010-12 he wrote the L.A. Times’ L.A. THEN & NOW column about vintage crimes, eccentrics and disasters. His 350+ illustrations adorn Jack White’s recent Grammy-winning musical Box-set opus, THE RISE & FALL OF PARAMOUNT RECORDS, 1917-1932.
5 days ago | Books
In the current era of comics-saturated American pop culture, there's yet to be a consensus on who takes the prize for the greatest comic strip of all time. But a likely candidate is a long-gone, syndicated newspaper comic strip that ran for decade...
29 days ago | Culture
There was a time early in this century when “South Pas,” that is to say, South Pasadena, was approaching the status of underground-cultural hotspot. Buster’s Coffee on Mission Street would put on great art openings of great, cartoony monster drawi...
2 months ago | Culture
A big part of the nostalgic mythology of L.A.’s past is the wistful-sigh-inducing fact that we once had a gigantic, far-ranging system of electric street cars, a transit network that at one point extended over 1,100 miles of track spread all acros...
3 months ago | Books
"Americans love to talk about crime, to read about it, relive it, and revel in it.” So says (so say?) the father-and-daughter writing team of Mark Phillips, an L.A. attorney, and Aryn Phillips, currently a graduate student of sociology at Harvard....
3 months ago | Crime
“Some people kill for love. Some people kill for power. Dana Sue Gray killed elderly women to feed her compulsive shopping habit.” My gosh, California can be depressing. Not the actual state, mind you, but as a literary subject: some of the best a...
4 months ago | History
In 1967, pioneer L.A. news photographer Delmar Watson established the Watson Family Photo Archive in a two-story building on Hawthorn Avenue in Hollywood. Over the decades, the archive grew to comprise hundreds of thousands of photographs and nega...