On Friday, November 9th, 2012, Dean Haspiel sat with cartoonist, filmmaker, provocateur, Josh Simmons to discuss THE FURRY TRAP, his new collection of psycho-sexual-horror stories published by Fantagraphics Books. They also talked about Josh’s comix career which includes his book projects HAPPY, HOUSE, and JESSICA FARM. Plus, sharing beds with other cartoonists, sexual circus acts, erections, exploitation films, the strategy and importance of surreal pornography, the evocative powers and value of horror, and his commitment to comix.
Studio YOLO (You Only Live Once) is an online artist collective composed of eight different cartoonists from around the world. The collective formed as a direct result of a residency held at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where these cartoonists were selected to study under master artist Dean Haspiel, so that they may improve their craft as storytellers over a three week period. During the residency, Dean proposed a challenge to Studio YOLO: to interpret a script with no visual cues, only text used as dialogue and/or narration into a fully realized comic that would later be published at TripCity.net
After the success of this exercise, Studio YOLO decided that new challenges be put forth with one of the members writing a similarly loose script for all the other members to interpret. In addition, Studio YOLO showcases a handful of guest artists whose work is published along with the founder's work on the site. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to take the Studio YOLO challenge.
Studio YOLO is dedicated to telling quality stories and expanding upon the language of comics. Studio YOLO consists of Christa Cassano, Fionnuala Doran, GeorgeJurard, James Greene, Meghan Lands, Gregory MacKay, Jp Pollard, Jess Ruliffson, and YOLO emeritus, Dean Haspiel.
I drew the cover to LOIS #2.
Here's the solicitation:
A New Comic Book by Harvey Pekar & Lois Gilbert
Lois #2 is the newest edition in the autobiographical comic book series LOIS and continues where the very successful Lois #1 left off (see Lois #1 on this website). Written by former stand-up comedian Lois Gilbert, Lois #2 documents the absurdities, joys and heartaches of a single woman living in modern day America, It includes special sections which are dedicated to the memory of her writing partner, graphic novel icon, Harvey Pekar.
Lois #2 is illustrated by American Splendor graphic novel series artist Gary Dumm, Indie cartoonist Ryan Alexander-Tanner and DC Comics artist Dean Haspiel.
Ms. Gilbert writes about the ordinary people in her life who are anything but ordinary in the eyes of Ms. Gilbert... Like the time when her former boss at a pizza restaurant cooked manicotti instead of the hamburger that was ordered and she had to serve it to a dismayed customer assuring him that she would sneak out a meatball to make up for the difference... Or her good natured and honest auto mechanic who refuses to fix anything unless it's absolutely necessary with assurances like "it's loose but it's not going to fall off right away" or "if you hear a noise like a baseball card stuck in the spokes of a bicycle wheel then you better bring the car in."
For those of you who are fans of Harvey Pekar you will appreciate Lois's remembrance of the last time she spoke with Harvey a year before he passed away and boyfriend Tony LaVorgna's account of the time Harvey revealed to him how he decided to start writing comic books. Ms. Gilbert's look at the frustrations of dealing with foreign built products and how quickly they break down becomes a dark comedy that we can all associate with.
Lois #2 like Lois #1, is 36 black and white pages long with full color covers and black and white inside covers.