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Worst Of 2013 List for Forces Of Geek

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Josh Latta
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Worst Movies: Man Of Steel. Remember when superhero movies used to be in color? After a few hours of this downer I wished I was the one with the snapped neck.
Worst TV Shows: Orange Is The New BlackOITNB is just the updated ‘Facts Of Life.’ It sucked then and it sucks now. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it has lesbian sex in it, but so does porn.
Worst Books (non-fiction): An Autobiography by Morrissey. I was saddened to read about Moz’s longtime companion, Jake. I thought what we had was special.
Worst Video Game: Don’t get me started on video games.
Worst Songs: It’s Hard Out Here by Lilly Allen. It may be hard out here for a bitch, but it’s REALLY hard out here for those of us without celebrity parents and a million dollar video criticizing the rap culture of excess.
Worst Albums: Yeesus by Kanye West. I can’t wait for it to be okay for us white people to stop pretending like we like this record.
Worst Comic Books / Graphic Novels: March: Book One by John Lewis. What? we got congressmen writing comics now, too? Jeez. Is there any gimmick TOO low for this industry?

Best of 2013: Part One

Best of 2013: Part Two

Best of 2013: Part Three

Best of 2013: Part Four

Best of 2013: Part Five


Josh Latta: Social Media Queen

5a59f8106e1411e2b20722000a1f97fa_7My 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.

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The Devil in Mr.Latta: An Interview

Hello, fiends! Welcome back to the most unhallowed place on the web, Lattaland! While you’re here in the hoary netherworld of my website, won’t you listen to this diabolical, and quite frankly satanic interview with me on 9sense?  It’s a pretty great  and scandalous conversation, if I do say so myself.  Forward to the 50 minute mark, to get to the interview, like,  if you are in a hurry to get to a fire or something.

Happy listening, cloven foot one!

LISTEN TO JOSH LATTA INTERVIEW ON 9SENSE’S CREATURE FEATURE


Lattaland’s Best Of 2012: Forces Of Geek

Josh Latta
@joshlatta | http://lattaland.com/

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.

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Erin On 9sense

 

Infernal greetings, boils and ghouls! Join the satanic baroness of my heart as she talks with Adam P. Campbell about the devil in blues.  I’m certainly excited about the notion of this being a regular feature on 9sense. Give it a listen, if you aren’t one of those easily offended religious types.

Erin’s segment starts at 36:43 if you are in a hurry to get your robes back from the laundry mat.

Oh, and if you see your mother this weekend be sure to tell her SATAN SATAN SATAN!

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Josh Latta Improv Monster Interview 4/2/2011

Here’s a short clip of me being interviewed by Bret Love of Improv Monster talking about my influences and despair at the lovely Relapse Comedy Theater.

More clips to come, including the hilarious sketches based on my so-called career.


The Brian Jonestown Massacre in Bad Trip Magazine

Anton, did you sell your soul? A: Well, I tried to but the line was so long I said, ‘Fuck it!’

Like, if you already seen ‘Dig’ you pretty much know the gist of this story on The Brian Jonestown Massacre  from Bad Trip No. 11 October 1997.  Still, though, it’s kinda neat to go back and read about the halcyon days as they were happening n’ junk.

I wonder how many other people out there read a story or two like this on The Brian Jonestown Massacre, or an interview with Anton, then ran out and bought all their records? Oh, how I miss the days when you would buy an album without hearing a note.  The internet ruined all that for everyone. Eh, what am I saying? I love the internet.  In fact,  this little story is a gift to you, internet.  Read quietly, children. Then rock out loud.


Rare John Kricfalusi interview in Ren & Stimpy Exposed Magazine

Where where you in 92? If you were anything like me, you were sitting around thinking about Kurt Cobain’s farts and watching quite possibly the best cartoon ever made for television, Ren & Stimpy.  Of course I was already freshman in  high school by the time this show came around, but it still had a profound influence on me, my sense of humor and my quote unquote art.

I gotta admit, this interview isn’t really all that in depth,  informative, or even rare, but it does have a few nuggets.  John K does discuss his disdain from working from a script, his understanding of classic cartoons and his insistence on keeping all the drawing, voice acting  sound effects and music in house.  Obviously, this is what made this show tighter than John K’s face lift.  Read nicely, children.


Josh Latta Exposed

My man Shannon Smith just posted an interview with yours truly over on his File Under Other blog and It’d sure be cool if you’d go read it.

Who knows? You might learn something.


Wide Awake Press Interview on Indie Spinner Rack

Oh boy, Heroes Con what a lotta fun!

I’m still sittin’ around thinkin’ about it two months later, aren’t you?

We sat down with Indie Spinner Rack for a fast paced interview. Check out the zaniness with J Chris Campbell, Duane Ballenger, my main man, Brad McGinty and me, Josh Latta on-line at www.indiespinnerrack.blogspot.com it’s about 58 minutes into episode #137 for those that are impatient.


INTERVIEW WITH JOSH LATTA FOR THE ATLANTA CREATIVES PROJECT


INTERVIEW WITH JOSH LATTA FOR THE ATLANTA CREATIVES PROJECT

Though it isn’t obvious from his demeanor and dialect, Josh Latta was born in Nashville and grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain. And while he makes a living creating Flash animation for kids games and conservative clients, he is most proud of his confessional comic books starring a down-on-his-luck rabbit in search of something more meaningful in his life than bong hits and strip clubs.

While working on the fourth issue of his Rashy Rabbit series, he took some time to talk about Rashy Rabbit, the local comics scene and what led him to cartooning.

For those who haven’t seen it, what’s your comic book about?

It’s about a character named Rashy Rabbit and they’re semiautobiographical stories about me and other people I knew growing up. They’re usually about sex and drugs and other various debaucheries. It stars a rabbit, who’s basically my stand-in.

Is it an online comic or in print?

I would like to probably put more online. I have them on places like MySpace and Blogger, but not a specific Web site where you can just read the comics. A lot of people like to read comics online, but I just could never get into it. I think comics are always going to be a printed medium. That’s how I enjoy reading them and I assume a lot of other people do to. Then again, what do I know? There’s a lot of online comics that seem to be real popular nowadays.

Magazines and newspapers are moving towards that, too. But to me comic books and magazines are things I want to read when I’m not in front of a computer.

Yeah, exactly. I like to lay down when I read, or sit in a comfortable chair. Sitting in front of a computer just feels like work to me and I can’t really relax in front of a computer. I guess that’s also because a lot of the art I do nowadays is going to be done on a computer some way or another. It’s going to be in Vector or Flash animation or Photoshop. Everyone wants files, not raw art. I don’t really have original art anymore since I piece together so much of it on my computer.

At what point did you realize art was something you wanted to pursue?

According to my mom, I’ve been drawing since I was 2. I’ve always wanted to do exactly what I’m doing, which is cartoons. For whatever reason, that particular medium just spoke to me, there’s something really special and magical about it and I always wanted to do it. Animation always just felt so far away from me, though, because growing up in the pre-Internet days there wasn’t really that much information on how animation was done. I just didn’t know how people did it. That’s one thing about Flash animation is it puts the tool in anybody’s hands.

Did you go to art school or are you self-taught?

I’m self-taught. In some ways I wish I went to art school, probably more for the social aspect of it. It might have sped up the process a lot more. But when I got out of high school you couldn’t have convinced me that college was the thing to do after being in school for that long.

Who are some of your favorite cartoonists that have influenced your style?

My earliest influence would be Disney. I was a big Disney fan and that stuff always stood out. Looney Tunes cartoons, Cheap Hanna-Barbera cartoons – I loved that stuff and still do. I read Disney comics growing up and a lot of Mad magazine and humor books. I didn’t get as much into the superheros. Further on in my life I guess more quintessential influences would be Robert Crumb, Dave Cooper, Pete Bagge – a lot of the alternative guys. But Robert Crumb in particular opened my eyes and showed me that you can tell personal, unflattering, un-politically correct stories through the medium of comics. And I love that, I love when people are honest in art and I think most people aren’t, people are afraid to show their dark side.

Take us through your creative process.

It still always starts off the same way, which is pencil and paper. I still sketch everything out and try and get it right in the pencil stages. With comics I still do it by hand and with the computer I scan in everything and ink it in Illustrator and Flash. It still starts off the old fashioned way with pencil and paper. I think nothing can beat that.

Where did you get the idea to do Lattaland.com?

That came from my father, actually. He would jokingly refer to our house as Lattaland and he put that in the cement in our driveway. I always thought that was funny and obviously there’s the Disney influence. I thought about getting a new Web site because I don’t know if it’s too hard to find me with Lattaland instead of Josh Latta. But I like the sound of it.

Do you ever do gallery shows or just the comics and online stuff?

I’ve done a few art shows, but I always end up feeling misplaced in something like that because my art really doesn’t look that great when you see it because I do piece together things in Photoshop like putting word balloons in and whiting out stuff. A lot of my stuff is drawn on tracing paper, so it looks kind of rough when you see it up close. Like I said, I think comics are a printed medium and that’s how I like my work to be presented.

How do you feel about Atlanta’s art scene?

There are a lot of good artists here. To me the comics scene is something entirely different and what I do is even an offshoot from what most people in Atlanta do. I self publish and put out mini-comics that are personal stories and humor based. I don’t think a lot of people are doing that.

It’s hard to get a comic book in people’s hands. It’s hard to get people to read just about anything, so it’s an uphill battle. I don’t do well at Atlanta comics shows, I seem to do better in other cities. There’s a good small press expo in Baltimore and in Charlotte I do really well. And I usually get a better response from people who aren’t already into comic books than comic book fans.

I do have a lot of good friends who are cartoonists. One good thing about being in Atlanta is we have Turner, so there’s a lot of opportunity for cartoonists. I have a good friend who’s also my mentor in cartooning named Stephanie Gladden and she’s been a lot of help. Another good friend who was actually the best man at my wedding is Brad McGinty, who’s a self-publisher, and he’s amazing. He puts out so many books, he’s a machine.

Who are some of your favorite local artists?

I like Stephanie Gladden, of course. And I like Bethany Marchman as far as fine art goes. Brad McGinty’s not only a good friend of mine, but he’s also a great artist and I’m a big fan of his work.

How would you say Southern culture has influenced your work?

Oh, it definitely has. When I draw my comics I draw a lot of real things from the South. The one I’m working on now, Rashy Rabbit No. 4, there’s a scene inside the Pink Pony and I didn’t even call it some goofy name. It’s just the Pink Pony, so I’ll call it the Pink Pony. Rashy Rabbit’s world is pretty much an animal version of Atlanta. It’s kind of like Song of the South with animals that are clearly meant to be of different races. I don’t shy away from stuff like that because I think it’s honest and sincere and it’s coming from a place where I’m like, “Hey, we are different and this is the South and this is what I personally deal with.”

Why are you Rashy Rabbit and how do you decide which animal characteristics are going to apply to certain characters?

I don’t know exactly. Rabbits are kind of a quintessential cartoon animal. Rabbits are at the bottom of the food chain, everybody will eat them and they really don’t have much purpose except to be food and fodder for other animals. And since a lot of my comics revolve around sex, I thought the rabbit’s sex drive would be apt, too. I use other animals, too, but pretty much everybody’s a rabbit or a weird dog kind of creature.

Where can people find your comics?

You can find them online at Cutegirldemographics.com. If you’re here in Atlanta I’d recommend looking at Criminal Records and on my Web site and at comics shows.

INTERVIEW BY JONATHAN WILLIAMS

PHOTOGRAPHS BY NEDA ABGHARI

Thanks ATLANTA CREATIVES PROJECT!



Brad McGinty and Josh Latta on Dollar Bin

Wanna hear the sweet nasally drone coming out of our pie-holes? We talk about things and stuff!

http://www.thedollarbin.net/

Do I really sound like that?

*update*
Uh-oh. This interview was too saucy for the internet. It had to be taken down. You snooze you lose!