Silver Sprocket

tru-punx art, music, and activism crew

Choo choo, all aboard, here comes zine fest! They tried to keep us from giving haircuts by placing us as far away from an electric outlet as possible. The cowards don’t even realize how many extension chords we have. Come get some fellowship and peep our new wares. We will be flanked by the ragtag likes of Mixtape Comics and Irene! Tomorrow and Tomorrow’s Tomorrow in Golden Gate Park! (1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way, San Francisco)
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Choo choo, all aboard, here comes zine fest! They tried to keep us from giving haircuts by placing us as far away from an electric outlet as possible. The cowards don’t even realize how many extension chords we have. Come get some fellowship and peep our new wares. We will be flanked by the ragtag likes of Mixtape Comics and Irene! Tomorrow and Tomorrow’s Tomorrow in Golden Gate Park! (1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way, San Francisco)


Cathy G Johnson has been nominated for this year’s Ignatz Award in “Promising New Talent” for damn good reason. Visit her and vote next month at SPX 2014. Here’s her seriously good (and unfortunately timely) comic from As You Were #3. Visit this Tumblr next week for our interview with Cathy and more arts!

As You Were is a punk-comix anthology series featuring new stories by our favorite independent artists from punk communities around the world. The theme for issue #3 is “Big, Big Changes”, available for [purchase here from Silver Sprocket].

We just updated our Valencia Street gallery, including some new screen prints available in the shop

Organized Sports by Liz Suburbia, Bike Babe by Charlotte Drury, Crust Punk Overboard by Will Laren, Care For Your Spirit by Lindsay Watson, Portal (Blackbird Raum) by Cannon Dill, Dumpster Diving (Nothing Nice to Say) by Mitch Clem, River Party by Lindsay Watson, and All Cats are Beautiful (ACAB) by Ben Passmore.

NOTHING MATTRESS is one of the most dedicated punx comics out there, and Brian Connolly churns these babies out on a timeline so disproportionate to their elaborateness that he can’t help but command a respectful head nod. From punx griping to autobiographical vagary to astral plane nightmare town, these comics come out so quickly you’d think he was on drugs or something. We caught up with Brian in his Sepia-tone shanty town in the former Neverland Ranch to try and get the scoop.
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Interview by Ion for Silver Sprocket
Has NOTHING MATTRESS been your dedicated project from the beginning, or did you build up to it? How did you eventually wind up combining forces with the motley crew of other punx artists for As You Were?
I fell into doing a weekly comic as I graduated from art school, which was my only prospect. It started on the website for a Boston newspaper and later started appearing in the paper itself, as well as on my own website and now MRR's. I was introduced to Mitch Clem and got into As You Were through mutual buddy Liz Prince.

You talk a great deal about drug use in your comics. How has drug use had an influence on your work? What are you favorite and least favorite drugs?
Yeah…my work is psychedelically informed for sure, and I do feel a responsibility to acknowledge the positive role of psychedelics in my creativity. For me, it was crucial in breaking out of a lot of bad programming I got as a kid. I’ve also had a positive marijuana [experience], but have quit using other stuff that was addictive and destructive in my life, mostly alcohol.
Your contribution to As You Were #1 was not only one of the most authentic representations of a terrible goddamn house show, but the narration was made up of the lyrics to an actual song you recorded. Any plans to do another? (Let me phrase that a different way: you should do that again kuz it was dope.)
Thanks!! I’m working on a NOTHING MATTRESS music project, like my comic in As You Were #3 indicates. I’d love to make videos for my other songs, but I’m stretched a little too thin now. But I am playing my first show soon, and here’s another video I made. This one is quick and sloppier, with the panels taken from old comics:

If you wanted to make a playlist for your fans to listen to while reading your comics, what would be on it?
Rancid’s “…And Out Come The Wolves”
Favorite conspiracy theory?
That Tim Armstrong is actually the guy from Operation Ivy.

How do you think an age of having instant access to peoples’ comics has affected the artist community/fan interaction/chances of success?
I, of course, love how people can see my stuff easily, and share it easily with everyone they know. And a bunch of fans have turned into online friends, which, while not as cool as real life, is still pretty cool. I’m all for letting people read my comics for free, and hoping enough of them will like [them] enough to buy something. But yeah, all these digital entertainment options probably make that less likely.
What counts as successful when you’re making punx comics anyway?
Seriously!! As far as punx stuff goes, it’d be sweet to have a label/publisher put my stuff out, and to be well distributed by someone more responsible than me.

What is your dream project that you would work on if money and responsibility suddenly fucked off and died?
Oh god, I don’t know. Most of my dreams involve just making a living [off] of my creativity. I think I’d make more music videos!!
Have a look at NOTHING MATTRESS, where Brian posts comics, flyers, videos, and more. You can also follow him on Tumblr. Then, if you haven’t already, get your hands on a copy of his zine along with our As You Were punk-comix zines.   High-res

NOTHING MATTRESS is one of the most dedicated punx comics out there, and Brian Connolly churns these babies out on a timeline so disproportionate to their elaborateness that he can’t help but command a respectful head nod. From punx griping to autobiographical vagary to astral plane nightmare town, these comics come out so quickly you’d think he was on drugs or something. We caught up with Brian in his Sepia-tone shanty town in the former Neverland Ranch to try and get the scoop.

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Damn the man and kick-flip his head off! This drawing by Liz Suburbia is called Organized Sports. We made 50 screen-prints (18x24 inches) along with patches and stickers that you can [order here from Silver Sprocket]. You should also read Suburbia’s comics in our very own As You Were #1 and #3, and her Sacred Heart web-comic that Fantagraphics is publishing into a graphic novel next year. Sick!!!

Also on the topic of good communication, but in a different way, we present Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a 4-color screen-print from Lets Bang and Daygloayhole artist Ben Passmore, about when talking about things isn’t best. [Buy it online here] Limited printing of 50 hand numbered prints on archival quality acid free paper, 11.75x15.75 inches, $25 rolled up or $40 framed.   High-res

Also on the topic of good communication, but in a different way, we present Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a 4-color screen-print from Lets Bang and Daygloayhole artist Ben Passmore, about when talking about things isn’t best. [Buy it online here] Limited printing of 50 hand numbered prints on archival quality acid free paper, 11.75x15.75 inches, $25 rolled up or $40 framed.

Feast your fleshy eyes on Lets Bang, Ben Passmore's brand new 5-color screen-print featuring gnarly monsters vivaciously getting down with clear consensual communication. Limited printing of 50 hand numbered prints on archival quality acid free paper, 11.75x15.75 inches. [BUY IT ONLINE HERE] from Silver Sprocket and let visitors know how you chew.Ben’s on some weird road-trip right now, but is usually at home being a crusty Brandon Graham or Miyazaki drawing Daygloaywhole, a stunningly beautiful, thought provoking and hilarious sci-fi comic book that might be a thinly veiled analogy for the New Orleans punk/anarchist communities and Ben’s own life, but what the hell do I know? We have them in the shop too, or figure out how to read it free on Tumblr.   High-res

Feast your fleshy eyes on Lets Bang, Ben Passmore's brand new 5-color screen-print featuring gnarly monsters vivaciously getting down with clear consensual communication. Limited printing of 50 hand numbered prints on archival quality acid free paper, 11.75x15.75 inches. [BUY IT ONLINE HERE] from Silver Sprocket and let visitors know how you chew.

Ben’s on some weird road-trip right now, but is usually at home being a crusty Brandon Graham or Miyazaki drawing Daygloaywhole, a stunningly beautiful, thought provoking and hilarious sci-fi comic book that might be a thinly veiled analogy for the New Orleans punk/anarchist communities and Ben’s own life, but what the hell do I know? We have them in the shop too, or figure out how to read it free on Tumblr.

Liz Suburbia's center spread from As You Were #1 made you freak out and demand screen-prints of it (good call). Bitch Magazine then gave us a shout-out on behalf of El Sub’s chops (probably because of the awesome female characters and sex positivity in her art) in As You Were #3.
At ComicCon last week, Fantagraphics (one of the most important comix and graphic novel publishers in the history of ever) announced they’ll be turning Suburbia’s Sacred Heart web-comic series into a graphic novel.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at that from Out Of Step Arts:


We’re stupid-excited about a brand new Liz Suburbia art that we’ll be showing off next week after we get a chance to post a few up around town, with a run of 18x24 screen-prints and back-patches. Check back soon.   High-res

Liz Suburbia's center spread from As You Were #1 made you freak out and demand screen-prints of it (good call). Bitch Magazine then gave us a shout-out on behalf of El Sub’s chops (probably because of the awesome female characters and sex positivity in her art) in As You Were #3.

At ComicCon last week, Fantagraphics (one of the most important comix and graphic novel publishers in the history of ever) announced they’ll be turning Suburbia’s Sacred Heart web-comic series into a graphic novel.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes peek at that from Out Of Step Arts:

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We’re stupid-excited about a brand new Liz Suburbia art that we’ll be showing off next week after we get a chance to post a few up around town, with a run of 18x24 screen-prints and back-patches. Check back soon.