Silver Sprocket

tru-punx art, music, and activism crew

ishotmyboss:

Ben Snakepit appearing in Nova #1?
Will he get to play himself in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2?
(my friend says Ben should ask for the original art)

OK FINEThis Ben POST-combo is going too far and has to be stopped but ISHOTMYBOSS has some theories about Ben Snakepit being in Nova #1, legit or dubious? Hot or not? More importantly, someone tell Marvel we mean business and will trade boxes of As You Were for movie rights to Ghost Rider. We got an idea for a motorcycle skeleton based buddy cop rom com. The twist is Ghost Rider is a bear and his sidekick is Wuvable Oaf. Directed by Ed Luce. It writes itself.   High-res

ishotmyboss:

Ben Snakepit appearing in Nova #1?

Will he get to play himself in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2?

(my friend says Ben should ask for the original art)

OK FINE
This Ben POST-combo is going too far and has to be stopped but ISHOTMYBOSS has some theories about Ben Snakepit being in Nova #1, legit or dubious? Hot or not? More importantly, someone tell Marvel we mean business and will trade boxes of As You Were for movie rights to Ghost Rider. We got an idea for a motorcycle skeleton based buddy cop rom com. The twist is Ghost Rider is a bear and his sidekick is Wuvable Oaf. Directed by Ed Luce. It writes itself.

We sent you a tweet picture of Ben Snakepit appearing in a marvel comic book, Nova #1. Hope it adds to your Ben combo posts! We get credit for finding it! Keep being awesome! And go read our comics at I Shot My Boss!

Asked by ishotmyboss

Do we look like the kind of nerds who have the first clue about what Twitter is or how it works?

This is kind of embarrassing but fuck it, here’s some truth: When we post something here or on FaceBook it then gets put on Twitter by some bird magic that none of us understand.

Nobody knows how that got set up or when. We have no fucking idea how Twitter works at all. We don’t know how to check our Twitter messages or if they even exist somewhere that we can access. Could be Mikhail Gorbachev reading that junk for all we care.

If you understand Twitter you should help us but maybe not because that sounds kind of stressful.

We get messages here, on FaceBook and by email if you want , especially if it means more Ben combo posts. HOW MUCH BEN CAN YOU TAKE??




The suspects in question.
Whoa! We have a really good “Ben” themed combo post going. So let’s keep it rolling by revisiting that time we were all sitting around the office, talking about publicity stunts to pull then realized we had a pretty good chance of getting sued by Ben Weasel since he already hated us. So we decided to try fake his death and I started writing the obituary and about an hour into writing it he punched a bunch of ladies in Texas and there was a video out like a sign that yes, this was the perfect use of our time. He didnt sue us, but maybe opening up an old wound like this will convince him.

The suspects in question.

Whoa! We have a really good “Ben” themed combo post going. So let’s keep it rolling by revisiting that time we were all sitting around the office, talking about publicity stunts to pull then realized we had a pretty good chance of getting sued by Ben Weasel since he already hated us. So we decided to try fake his death and I started writing the obituary and about an hour into writing it he punched a bunch of ladies in Texas and there was a video out like a sign that yes, this was the perfect use of our time. He didnt sue us, but maybe opening up an old wound like this will convince him.

Here’s the other side of our fence on Valencia Street. 
Left to right: 1. “House Shows” by Liz Suburbia, from the pages of As You Were #1, and screen-prints.2. An untitled piece we’ve been calling “Make Me Feel…” by DW that we have on patches and stickers3. “Nap All Day, Sleep All Night, Party Never” sloth by Nation Of Amanda, on shirts, stickers, patches and screen-prints.
Wheat Pasting is fun! This fence has lots more space, what other messages should we present for San Francisco? I’m partial to Ferin’s Fuck Right Off harpy…    High-res

Here’s the other side of our fence on Valencia Street. 

Left to right:
1. “House Shows” by Liz Suburbia, from the pages of As You Were #1, and screen-prints.
2. An untitled piece we’ve been calling “Make Me Feel…” by DW that we have on patches and stickers
3. “Nap All Day, Sleep All Night, Party Never” sloth by Nation Of Amanda, on shirts, stickers, patches and screen-prints.

Wheat Pasting is fun! This fence has lots more space, what other messages should we present for San Francisco? I’m partial to Ferin’s Fuck Right Off harpy… 

iloveyouthisisarobbery:

iloveyouthisisarobbery:

heya!  i’m headed out on a spring solo tour pretty soon!  here are some shows!  if you’re interested in helping with anything, e-mail me at spoobnob@gmail.com.  if you wanna listen to my music, it’s here: http://spoonboy.bandcamp.comAPRIL10 - WASHINGTON, DC - 7pm @ The Rocketship (1223 Decatur St. NW) w/ Ghost Mice, Bernay’s Propaganda, Gouge Away (fb)11 - NORTHAMPTON, MA - 8pm @ Tenney House @ Smith College (156 Elm Street) w/ The Sun Parade, Charlie Stern, Alexis Hott (fb)12 - QUAKER HILL, CT - 8pm @ The Red Lion w/ Billy Mack Collector, Eric Funn, (fb)13 - LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ @ TBA14 - FAIRVIEW PARK, OH - 7pm @ Casa De Oxendine (22024 Lorain Rd.) w/ The Baker’s Basement (fb)15 - ANN ARBOR, MI - 7pm @ Grumpton Manor (2007 Miller Ave.) w/ Sysster, Fiona Chamness, Blair Ellis (fb)16 - FLINT, MI - 6pm @ Flint Local 432 (124 W. First St.) w/ Stephen Wisniewski, Blair Ellis, Bellows, Ty Rigdon (fb)17 - KALAMAZOO, MI - 8pm @ Kalamazoo Institute O’ Farts (724 West South Street) w/ Arms Akimbo, Alex Russel-Wilkes (fb)18 - LAKE FOREST COLLEGE, IL - 8:30pm @ Woody’s Lounge in Reid Hall (555 N Sheridan Rd.) w/ Anthony Sanders, I’d’ve (fb)19 - SPRINGFIELD, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe (1320 S. 11th St.) w/ Epsom, Kickstart, Fuck///\Mountain, Say Something (fb)20 - CHAMPAIGN, IL @ TBA21 - BLOOMINGTON, IN @ The Owlery (118 W. 6th St.) w/ Al Scorch, The Minor Kind (fb)22 - LOUISVILLE, KY @ TBA23 - HUNTINGTON, WV - 7pm @ Funky Towne (fb)24 - ARLINGTON, VA - 7pm @ CD Cellar (2607 Wilson Boulevard) w/ Frankie Cosmos, Aaron Maine, Foozle, Two Inch Astronaut (fb)25 - RED BANK, NJ - 6pm @ Red Bank Rehearsal Studios (60 English Plaza) w/ Best Buddies, Pines, Dog Corners, Secoue, Billy Mack Collector, The Crick, Under the Radar (fb)MAY9 - COLUMBIA, SC @ Foxfield Grill (406 Howard St.)10 - SAVANNAH, GA @ The Barbershop (34th and Bull)11 - SARASOTA, FL @ The Bike Shop @ New College (fb)12 - MIAMI, FL @ The Goomba Ranch (12685 SW 200th St) (fb)13 - TALLAHASSEE, FL @ Franklin Manor (across from Florida Bar) w/ Dog Years, Atomic Dog (fb)14 - PENSACOLA, FL @ Sluggo’s (101 S Jefferson St)15 - OCEAN SPRINGS, MS @ Squeaky LIzard (6716 Washington Ave)16 - NEW ORLEANS, LA @ TBA17 - HOUSTON, TX @ TBA18 - AUSTIN, TX @ TBA19 - DENTON, TX @ Macaroni Island (2311 Houston Pl.) w/ Fishboy, Special Guest, Christian Medrano (fb)20 - LITTLE ROCK, AR @ TBA21 - NASHVILLE, TN @ TBA22 - RICHMOND, VA @ TBA

tour starts tonight in dc w/ ghost mice, bernay’s propaganda, and gouge away!

Important jams coming your way!!

iloveyouthisisarobbery:

iloveyouthisisarobbery:

heya!  i’m headed out on a spring solo tour pretty soon!  here are some shows!  if you’re interested in helping with anything, e-mail me at spoobnob@gmail.com.  if you wanna listen to my music, it’s here: http://spoonboy.bandcamp.com

APRIL

10 - WASHINGTON, DC - 7pm @ The Rocketship (1223 Decatur St. NW) w/ Ghost Mice, Bernay’s Propaganda, Gouge Away (fb)

11 - NORTHAMPTON, MA - 8pm @ Tenney House @ Smith College (156 Elm Street) w/ The Sun Parade, Charlie Stern, Alexis Hott (fb)

12 - QUAKER HILL, CT - 8pm @ The Red Lion w/ Billy Mack Collector, Eric Funn, (fb)

13 - LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ @ TBA

14 - FAIRVIEW PARK, OH - 7pm @ Casa De Oxendine (22024 Lorain Rd.) w/ The Baker’s Basement (fb)

15 - ANN ARBOR, MI - 7pm @ Grumpton Manor (2007 Miller Ave.) w/ Sysster, Fiona Chamness, Blair Ellis (fb)

16 - FLINT, MI - 6pm @ Flint Local 432 (124 W. First St.) w/ Stephen Wisniewski, Blair Ellis, Bellows, Ty Rigdon (fb)

17 - KALAMAZOO, MI - 8pm @ Kalamazoo Institute O’ Farts (724 West South Street) w/ Arms Akimbo, Alex Russel-Wilkes (fb)

18 - LAKE FOREST COLLEGE, IL - 8:30pm @ Woody’s Lounge in Reid Hall (555 N Sheridan Rd.) w/ Anthony Sanders, I’d’ve (fb)

19 - SPRINGFIELD, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe (1320 S. 11th St.) w/ Epsom, Kickstart, Fuck///\Mountain, Say Something (fb)

20 - CHAMPAIGN, IL @ TBA

21 - BLOOMINGTON, IN @ The Owlery (118 W. 6th St.) w/ Al Scorch, The Minor Kind (fb)

22 - LOUISVILLE, KY @ TBA

23 - HUNTINGTON, WV - 7pm @ Funky Towne (fb)

24 - ARLINGTON, VA - 7pm @ CD Cellar (2607 Wilson Boulevard) w/ Frankie Cosmos, Aaron Maine, Foozle, Two Inch Astronaut (fb)

25 - RED BANK, NJ - 6pm @ Red Bank Rehearsal Studios (60 English Plaza) w/ Best Buddies, Pines, Dog Corners, Secoue, Billy Mack Collector, The Crick, Under the Radar (fb)

MAY

9 - COLUMBIA, SC @ Foxfield Grill (406 Howard St.)

10 - SAVANNAH, GA @ 
The Barbershop (34th and Bull)

11 - SARASOTA, FL @ The Bike Shop @ New College (fb)

12 - MIAMI, FL @ The Goomba Ranch (12685 SW 200th St) (fb)

13 - TALLAHASSEE, FL @ 
Franklin Manor (across from Florida Bar) w/ Dog Years, Atomic Dog (fb)

14 - PENSACOLA, FL @ 
Sluggo’s (101 S Jefferson St)

15 - OCEAN SPRINGS, MS @ 
Squeaky LIzard (6716 Washington Ave)

16 - NEW ORLEANS, LA @ TBA

17 - HOUSTON, TX @ TBA

18 - AUSTIN, TX @ TBA

19 - DENTON, TX @ Macaroni Island (2311 Houston Pl.) w/ Fishboy, Special Guest, Christian Medrano (fb)

20 - LITTLE ROCK, AR @ TBA

21 - NASHVILLE, TN @ TBA

22 - RICHMOND, VA @ TBA

tour starts tonight in dc w/ ghost mice, bernay’s propaganda, and gouge away!

Important jams coming your way!!


WILL LAREN has been one of our favorite artists for the last couple years.
After having him in As You Were and nabbing some of his art to make our printed catalogs only half-useless, we are pleased as punch to have an excuse to talk to this new world genius as we play our cards in hopes of going hog wild on more projects, drunken texting him at 4 in the morning to draw something to put on dog sweaters and shit.
Its a crime Will Laren is not the most talked about comic-smith around. Maybe it’s because nobody knows the brain behind these scribblings? Just in case, we hit the bricks and knocked on doors, til he answered one, and asked the REAL questions.
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Interview conducted by Ion for Silver Sprocket
Who are, using as many made up words as possible, you?

Your art is generally captioned, but the words are as much a part of the art as the scene itself. Do you usually think of the captions first, or do you draw the scene and then decide what is being said? A less stupid way to ask this question would be: What is your artistic process?
Usually I come up with a joke by seeing an image first. I look through a lot of pictures until some random pose inspires me. You know that improv game where people act out a scene until someone yells “freeze!” then steps in and then comes up with a totally different situation based on the pose? That’s basically my artistic process.
I remember doing a drawing where a woman is leaning backwards because her brain is so heavy because it’s made of solid gold. That idea came from an ad for tampons in a magazine where a woman is limboing at the beach.
In high school I used to go to the library and flip through stacks of Vogue magazines for inspiration since it had a lot of exaggerated, over the top poses. Now a lot of the pictures I’m inspired by comes from random internet photos as well as from magazines.

Are you aiming at having your art become your full time gig? If so, what would you work on if time allocation / money / connections / reality were suddenly of no consequence?
I am! but mostly that’s due to how little success I’ve had in developing any other skill or ability. I literally can’t see myself doing anything else. Not in a “I’m so passionate” way, I can not see myself doing any other job successfully. I am charlie-chaplin-slapstick-level incompetent at doing most simple tasks. I still barely know how to use a computer.
If money or time was no object I’d actually like to take on a long term comic narrative or book. I’ve done some short narratives in the past but really haven’t had time to devote myself to doing one again. Every time I read a new comic with an exciting or bizarre world that really grabs my attention it makes me get this urge to try to create my own story. I think a lot of times I’m inspired by the feeling the setting of a story gives you as a reader and would like the challenge of trying to evoke that same feeling I love in the work of others but through my own style.

How do you feel about the bart cats gang? and did a bunch of nerds getting bart-cat tattoos inspire “Tat Squad”?
it’s awesome! it’s crazy to think that my final project for my silkscreening class in college is now etched on the skin of people I’ve never met!
As far as Tat Squad though, I was more inspired by how overly serious some people get about tattoo culture. I sort of wanted to poke fun at some of the cliches and tropes that show up in a lot of tattoos I’ve seen. but mostly I’m just a big fan of tattoos! I’ve doodled them in my sketchbook years before I even thought to do tat squad so it’s more love letter than satire. also I probably could benefit from taking tattoos more seriously since all of my tattoos are pretty dumb.


If the internet was on fire and you could only save 5 things you have done to remain in circulation what would they be? Anything you would purposefully leave to the cyber-blaze?
I don’t know. they’re all my babies so I’d probably just burn up trying to decide.
You drop some dope references to hip-hop and punk artists alike in your art and on your tumblr. What would you put on a mix-tape for your fans?
well springtime weather is on it’s way which means it’s time to put away dark operatic lex luger sarcophagus beats and start listening to BBQ tandem bicycle blue sky music. it’s gotta include songs with soul music samples, songs about goofballs in love, atom and his package, music written by best friends, Bruce Springsteen and lee scratch perry (not on the same song). springtime is my 5 week period to not be cynical so I’d like my mix tape to hopefully reflect that.

If someone wanted to hire you to go hog wild and paint up their house or business, what would you do given complete artistic freedom?
I wouldn’t even know where to begin! I’d really like to base whatever my idea was on the space I was given, since a lot of times people can draw something out that looks great on paper but just doesn’t translate when it’s finally put on the wall. but I really would love to one day get a chance to! (to buy Will a plane ticket to come to your respective wall and paint it up, make words at willlaren@yahoo.com)

What do you find funny?
videos of gorillas walking upright. it’s hilarious because they have these huge upper bodies and then these little tiny baby legs.

You have started debuting comics on Vice. That being said, which fictional character would you most like to fight? Least like to fight?
I’d fight any fictional character any time anywhere. I hate fictional characters. I’m about to hop up in books like the god damn pagemaster and beat up every character from everything ever with my real ass fists
Any folx you wanna direct Silver Sprocket tumblr followers to for more good ass art?
there’s a lot of talented people I share a studio with at space 1026! people should check out Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s work (http://andrewjeffreywright.tumblr.com/ ) and Max Seckel’s ( http://maxseckel.tumblr.com/ ) as well as my former roommate and current friends art (he goes by Vulpes Vulpes now ( http://vulpesvulpesvulpes.tumblr.com/ )
Any projects coming up you would like to talk about?
I have a new Tat Squad and a new Slurricane (zine) both debuting at MOCCAfest in New York April 5th and 6th (Editors note: sorry this just happened! Get them on WL’s store site, these zines are great). I’ll also be in Chicago for CAKE May 31st to June 1st!

Hey turkeys. Will’s art liveshere and on Tumblr here, and his shop is here, and a comic can be found in our very own As You Were #2 and scree-prints. Getchasum.
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WILL LAREN has been one of our favorite artists for the last couple years.

After having him in As You Were and nabbing some of his art to make our printed catalogs only half-useless, we are pleased as punch to have an excuse to talk to this new world genius as we play our cards in hopes of going hog wild on more projects, drunken texting him at 4 in the morning to draw something to put on dog sweaters and shit.

Its a crime Will Laren is not the most talked about comic-smith around. Maybe it’s because nobody knows the brain behind these scribblings? Just in case, we hit the bricks and knocked on doors, til he answered one, and asked the REAL questions.

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AS YOU WERE #3 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

The first 200 mail-orders come with all the stuff in this picture including this screen-printed Liz Suburbia sticker with a panel from their comic that makes my heart sing.

Also included (for everyone who mail-orders, not just the first 200) is this full-color poster by Will Laren (on the back of our catalog) and a Silver Sprocket sticker designed by this issue’s cover artist Lauren Denitzio.

http://silversprocket.gostorego.com/asyouwere3.html

Do you write reviews? The third issue of our “As You Were” zine filled with contributions from our favorite independent comic book creators (who happen to be punks) is coming out this month. Please get in touch if you’d be into reviewing it or know anyone we should reach out to. avi [at] silversprocket.net (or tumblr or whatever)… thanks!!   High-res

Do you write reviews? 
The third issue of our “As You Were” zine filled with contributions from our favorite independent comic book creators (who happen to be punks) is coming out this month. Please get in touch if you’d be into reviewing it or know anyone we should reach out to. avi [at] silversprocket.net (or tumblr or whatever)… thanks!!