More to come!
My pal and incredible cartoonist, Hunter Jin Clark asked me a few questions a while back about the importance of having an internet presence to build/promote a career in comics. While I’m a professional floor mopper slash glory hole attendant I thought I’d take a stab at his questions anyway. Here’s the interview in full, dig it, suckers.
1. What is your primary format for comics? I.e. Mainstream, Small Press, Creator Owned, Webcomics, etc.?
I would consider what I do as creator owned, sure, but mostly I would say is I do a ‘funny animal’ comic.
Best Movies: Killing Them Softly: What a crying shame this movie went over with a thud. From the jarring opening sequence to the hilarious last line. This movie was like heroin to me; totally awesome. Marley: Look, I’m not really a Bob Marley fan, but one cannot deny he lived quite an interesting life. Just think of how good he woulda been if it weren’t for the Jah bullshit.
Best TV Shows: Boardwalk Empire: Proof that TV is better than movies. Comedy Bang Bang: Proof that TV is better than podcasts.
Best Books (non-fiction): The Dark Side Of Disney by Leonard Kinsey. Kinsey gives us all of the tips, tricks, scams, and stories that’d have Walt rolling in his cryogenic grave. I love a good scam, especially at a beloved theme park. Life After Deathby Damien Echols SPOILER ALERT Damien talks about how he killed those kids and got away with it too, dude. Just kidding.
Several months ago, Erik Carlson reviewed Josh Latta’s comic Rashy Rabbit and had this to say…
Rashy Rabbit is a weed smokin’, rump humpin’, raunchy rabbit who proves how a work can showcase its influences without getting mired in mimicry. Latta creates a book which, upon first inspection, looks like an old Scholastic reader: The anthropomorphic character on the cover, the high-gloss cardboard stock, and the color scheme all seem like a comic I read in the fourth grade…except written by John Waters or R. Crumb. The interior panels showcase the same integrity and detail as Sergio Aragones’ Groo and the content is laugh out loud funny. Both stories in this volume have a sense of charm that make it easy to forgive Rashy for causing so much crap.
Give it a listen, won’t you?
L to R: Brad McGinty & Josh Latta
Holy shit! it’s Dan Clowes!
L To R: Josh Latta, Shawn Daughhetee, Adam Daughhetee, Rob Ullman and Rich Tommaso.
So, what’d you do this weekend? Hey, that’s super.
Me? Funny you should ask. I went to my new hometown’s very own comic convention, The Baltimore Comic Con.
Greetings pals, comic nerds or people just googling Heroes Con hoping to find their name. Welcome to my annual Heroes Con wrap-up extravaganza. Ugh. I hate the word ‘annual.’ It always reminds me of non-cannon comics filled with shitty art that costs more. It’s not everyday I can make a reference like that, in fact, it’s only 3 days a year when I can, and it’s at Heroes Con, America’s favorite comic book convention.
“Rashy Rabbit” by Josh Latta is currently my favorite comic … he’s like a gentler “Felix the Cat” or a naughty “Donald Duck.” The artwork is full of motion and energy. Great, fun stuff.“ -ManLizard Kong Minter
Join the Rashy army. Send pics of you with Rashy to lattaland(at)gmail.com
Don’t forget to swing by table AA-548 to see Rashy Rabbit, Erin and me, Josh Latta (not pictured) next weekend at Heroes Con!
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This summer, WAP unleashes a wave of webcomics!
Fun is contagious. Come enjoy our sickness with a host of fantastically infectious webcomics from Pat Lewis (Muscles Diablo), Josh Latta (Rashy Rabbit), Ben Towle (Oyster War), Jason Horn (Ninjasaur) and Rob Ullman (That’s Just Super!). We can’t contain the viral outbreak at wideawakepress.com, so stay aware and lookout for the new webcomics we’ll be adding all summer long.
Not necessary because anyone demanded it, but still.
‘Rashy Rabbit in A Rabbit In King Arthur’s Food Court In Color’ will be available soon for free download at wideawakepress.com.
I’m thinking next month.
“Years of retail experience have taught me that there are two types of customers. Shoppers and buyers. Shoppers are just there for the experience. They might buy something. Buyers are there to buy and the only thing standing in the way of them giving you their money is you. You have to have something that fits into their idea of what they want to buy.” -Shannon Smith
Shannon Smith wrote about SPX so I don’t have to.
Read about it HERE.
Ever wonder what R. Crumb’s take on AIDS was? Me either, but it’s pretty darn interesting.
This is one of the best interviews of Crumb I ever read, and it’s from the sadly-defunct Stop Smiling Magazine. I never heard of it, but I have been pouring through Erin’s collection lately. What fun we have! Thanks, Erin. xoxo