There’s a certain gritty, self-deprecating vibe to the characters in Lauren Monger’s comics; her main character is Clementine, a punk rock opossum, and the rest of the ensemble includes characters that are equally angst-y and heartwarming, all at once, with bonus points for animal faces. In addition to themes of class, mental illness, and finding your way through the shitstorm that is life, these comics sort of smack you in the face in the best kind of way with their raw presentation and straightforward and vulnerable subject matter, while still managing to be funny and surreally weird slash strangely uplifting.
Read on to find out what inspires L. Mo, how she started making comics, and what other kinds of art she dabbles in.
While researching for the interview, I tried to get a handle on Jason through his bio in the back of As You Were, but those of you who own it know he just HAD to be the funny one and only talk about Gilmore Girls. Read on to see this Aussie drungo live to regret it.
Well, it took a lot of palm greasing, but we finally got Evan “The Best Thing We Got Out Of The Moon Landing” Wolff in the hot seat, where he took time out of his schedule of doing every art ever to give us the deets, lowdown, and scoop, respectively.
Read on to find out more about Evan’s art and music and thoughts on Dracula.
No offense to the other As You Were contributors, but Cathy’s comic is the one that, more than any other in #3, hit me right in the emotional fruit stand. Reading more and more of her comics I just kept thinking: “oh no, I’m about to have feelings”—and that is great and should be feared and respected. Way to go emperor deep comics. FYI, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Case in point: Cathy has been nominated for the Ignatz Award in Promising New Talent, which will be voted on and presented in September at SPX 2014.
Read on for Cathy’s thoughtful interview and wonderful artwork.
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].
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.
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!!!