What have been your personal publishing/comics highlights of 2012?
I made a book called 'Mr. Ray's Grave Thoughts' and it took me a while to make it, but then after I finished it, it was done. If you wanna buy it, it's in stores around.. the place, but also here.
That's the first all me comic I've ever put out, so it was a pretty big deal emotionally. there was a lot of listening to pop songs and making finalising statements while sighing like "Well... *sigh* There you go." or "*sigh* Yeah, I guess I DID do it."
Who are some of the comics creators that you've discovered and enjoyed for the first time in 2012?
Okay, so yeah, like everyone else there's that Simon Hansalami guy he's a-grade. he's like a slap in the butt when it's good. Then Michael Deforge is pretty great, and I just read these comics by Jesse Moynihan that were amazing and dreamy, and then there's Melissa mendes, she did this comic called Freddy Stories, and it's really great and it made me feel real emotions that I still feel today, even though I didn't read it today, it's like it travels with me, like a backpack or a rucksack, and I like it. There's Chuck Forsman, he's doing this comic called the end of the fucking world, and it's a real nice comic to read, and it's getting a Fantagraphics release next year, and I would highly recommend it, and then he also runs Oily Comics, which i would also recommend people check out.
There's a guy called Walker Mettling from Rhode Island, and he's doing these comics with kids under the name PROVIDENCE COMICS CONSORTIUM, and if you don't like it, you're not exciting or interesting, and no one likes you, and the smell of rotten meat is starting to get to everybody else here, and they're starting to say things like "It's a little much, don't you think?". He runs these classes with these kids, and he makes them do all these drawing exercises and stuff, and then at the end they've made their own comics and he prints them up into books so the kids can have them, but even if you aren't a kid, you can have them too! I have them, and I'm not a kid. I'm a man.
Mickey Z, does a comic called RAV thats really great. I got that collection of Kevin Huizenga comics called CURSES and thats like... the perfect comic book.
If you're looking for the perfect comic book, look no further, than CURSES... by Kevin Huizenga.
My friend ELLIOT LAMB, just made a book called SWEAT #1 and it's real hot and slow like what I imagine a sting album is like.
What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2012?
I read this Lynda Barry book called CRUDDY, because Melissa Mendes said it was good, and I, like everyone else should, trust her implicitly (-and it was real special). I went and saw Hannibal Buress do standup and that changed the way I talk a little sometimes because it was so funny, Lashna's moving back into my house, I've been talking to Alyx again and she's thinking about moving to Melbourne in April next year, which might be weird, but above that I just think it'll kind of be cool. Our relationship has always kind of been in the shadow of how far away she always is, so this is kind of like a new beginning, you know? like I'll get to regularly spend time with her.. which should be cool. I don't know if that makes sense, but you don't need to get it, you're an email message.
So, I've enjoyed those conversations, and I gueesss, I've been seeing Elliot Lamb heaps and he's been pretty great. I read this Oliver Sacks book about hallucinations, and there's a whole bunch of stuff about SLEEP PARALYSIS that was pretty interesting, and I was in Massachusetts, and I'd just read a whole bunch of stuff about it, and then it happened to me for the first time ever! and there were auditory hallucinations and everything! I was sleeping in this room, and I couldn't move at all, and could hear this woman moaning behind me, but it wasn't a sexy moan, it was kind of a husky moan... that was like.. maybe a struggly moan? i don't really remember now.. but yeah, i tried to move my arm, but i couldn't! and so iI tried again and again, and then on the third or fourth try, I was able to lift my arm fully up, but it wasn't my actual flesh and blood arm, it was like a ghost arm, with the opacity turned down... or something.. and so that lifted up, and then sank back down into my real arm again, and then I fell asleep. Isn't that weird? Man. so yeah, I enjoyed that.
I saw The Master, but I don't really know if I enjoyed it... ummm... oh, every John Swartzwelder book makes me feel better when I feel bad. He was a writer and a consultant for the Simpsons... ummm.. there's this one Marx Brothers movie that didn't make me feel good, it made me feel terrible, and I'll mention it here because if you've read this far, you'll obviously read anything. It's called THE MARX BROTHERS spend A NIGHT IN CASABLANCA, and it made me feel really bad. usually I watch Marx Brothers films to make me feel better cause sometimes I feel bad, but this one made me feel worse. It made me feel terrible.
Have you implemented any significant changes to your working methods this year?
What are you looking forward to in 2013?
The new Dash Shaw book, Sam Wallman's Australian history comic anthology, the continued adventures of Megg, Mogg and Owl, getting a bike and becoming a nightrider, Katie Parrish comics, whatever Hamishi is doing, the parking lot experiments album... ummmm... theres a new Jim Woodring book coming out? called Fran, I think, which is about Frank's girlfriend. that should be cool. reading the end of THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD by Chuck Forsman... and I think thats it... I wanna see more rusty brown, hopefully some angsty teenage Rusty Brown... errr... Arsene Shrauwen 2 by Olivier Shrauwen.. that'd be interesting... ummm...