Why Nacho Underpants?


Someone asked me the other day why the hell I would call my blog ‘Nacho Underpants’ instead of The Titillating Tales of Tiffany or some such crap.  Well, it’s kind of a tribute – and has been for over 20 years.

Back in my college days I had a weekly comic strip in the student paper that was also called Nacho Underpants.  The name came from a panel of one of my favorite comic strips, Life in Hell – which you may or may not know – was drawn by none other than Matt Groening in his pre-Simpsons days.  In fact, after my comic strip had been running a few years, I wrote Matt Groening and enclosed a copy of a few of my strips along with a letter explaining my tribute to him. He actually wrote me back and drew me my own comic, which, although framed, unforutnately has been ravaged by time and has faded somewhat over the years!  (see below) If he’d only used black pen for all of it instead of just my name – Bongo (the rabbit) was drawn in blue pen, and his signature was in red pen.  I always thought that was so cool of him, even though the Simpsons had not come out yet and he was hardly famous at the time – he was famous to me.


Anyway, obviously my plan of having a comic strip in real life did not work out.  It’s a sorry tale of dream-crushing letters, big city drug dealers, and insider information that will have to wait for another day to be told.

5 thoughts on “Why Nacho Underpants?

  1. Glad you cleared that up, I always thought it was a play on the old “that’s not yo cheese” joke.

    Cool to have the MG sketch. I’ve heard that Picasso would scribble something on a napkin in lieu of payment when dining, but that’s probably apocryphal.

  2. Eggcelent story and cool original art from from Mr. G.

    @ dogisgod…

    I have heard that Andy Warhol and Jean Basquiat, among others, frequently paid dinner bills in that manner.

    I know for a fact that Andy Warhol paid an art mover friend of mine (he literally moved art around NYC for many prominent artists and galleries) for work for Warhol with a piece of a canvas that Warhol had ripped up/destroyed because he was not satisfied with the final piece. I was told that this kind of compensation was not unusual and could pay off handsomely for the recipient.

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