Punk Comics

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Cathy G Johnson has been nominated for this year's Ignatz Award in “Promising New Talent” for damn good reason. Visit her and vote next month at SPX 2014. Here’s her seriously good (and unfortunately timely) comic from As You Were #3. Visit this Tumblr next week for our interview with Cathy and more arts!

As You Were is a punk-comix anthology series featuring new stories by our favorite independent artists from punk communities around the world. The theme for issue #3 is “Big, Big Changes”, available for [purchase here from Silver Sprocket].

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Hi. Here’s a new comic. I took a slightly intentional/slightly unintentional break from making comics for the past six months, and this comic sort of talks about why. 

But now that I’ve dialed back my urgency a lot, I’m stoked to draw more comics just for fun - with no big end goal in mind, and I’ll be posting them here most likely. It took some brain work to get back to a place where I’m not ruled by self-determined deadlines, which is basically what killed the fun of comics for me. I think I came out of the gate swinging in my mid-twenties as a way to prove that I had some direction, post-college/move/breakup, and while that was a really important process for me and something I learned a lot from, after drawing two books I think I experienced a sort of burn out and I needed to scale back. Being a workhorse is cool but at the end of the day, work is work (even if it’s cool personal work like making comics) and it isn’t what I want to rule my life. Maybe it comes with turning 30 next week, but I feel more relaxed and self-assured than ever and I think I can make comics not feel like work again and I’m stoked. 

There’s a certain gritty, self-deprecating vibe to the characters in Lauren Monger’s comics; her main character is Clementine, a punk rock opossum, and the rest of the ensemble includes characters that are equally angst-y and heartwarming, all at once, with bonus points for animal faces. In addition to themes of class, mental illness, and finding your way through the shitstorm that is life, these comics sort of smack you in the face in the best kind of way with their raw presentation and straightforward and vulnerable subject matter, while still managing to be funny and surreally weird slash strangely uplifting.

Read on to find out what inspires L. Mo, how she started making comics, and what other kinds of art she dabbles in.

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Have you heard?

RAIN is an independent short film about Ororo Munroe (the “punk” incarnation).

Many fans have been waiting for a Storm stand-alone film featuring Ororo as a complex character with her own story.
Created by and starring Maya G. @mayastormx - we finally have a superhero story told from the heart and POV of a woman of color.

Dark and emotional, but ultimately uplifting and bad-ass, RAIN is an electrifying treat not just for comic book fans but for anyone who can appreciate a powerful story of personal transformation and resurrection.

**MATURE CONTENT**

Watch it now: https://youtu.be/D_W-PBfO57o

**Stay til after the credits!**

Directed by Zane Rutledge and Jeff Stolhand
Produced by Matt Joyce
Score by Luqman Brown
Vfx by ZaneFX

ahem……. 

so I went ahead and did a kickstarter for year one? help me out? reblog like crazy?

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/433544158/year-one


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/433544158/year-one


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/433544158/year-one

I guess I should describe the project, for re-blog purposes. Whoops. As some of you might know, I’ve been working on my first novel-length comic book for the duration of the past year. My book is called Year One, and through weekly vignettes, illustrates my entire first year living in Philadelphia, after a significant move from Chicago. In some pages, my weekly activities are illustrated. In others, just a pertinent conversation. Year One was drawn in real time, finishing 2-3 pages as every week went by. I’ve spent hundreds of hours working on this project over the last year and am very excited to get it out into the world in the form of my very first book! Prior to this project, the longest comic i had ever drawn was 6 pages long. Year One is 136 pages and will be offset printed and perfect bound at 8x10 inches. It is 100% complete from front cover to back cover (and scanned, cleaned up, edited, edited again, and sized for printing. I literally just need to hit send and fork over a deposit to the printer).

Year One uses a variety of storytelling formats to give an overall glimpse into a year in the life of a late twenty-something year old, trying to figure out her place as a young artist outside of the post-college years. It is lighthearted, somber, lonely, funny, and quiet. It shows the number of people who come and go throughout a year, new love, old romance, loss and grief, and more generally, the search for a sense of self.

You can read it for free online at http://www.everydaypants.com/yearone but it would be way more fun for you to read it in print. 

Thanks!

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No offense to the other As You Were contributors, but Cathy’s comic is the one that, more than any other in #3, hit me right in the emotional fruit stand. Reading more and more of her comics I just kept thinking: “oh no, I’m about to have feelings”—and that is great and should be feared and respected. Way to go emperor deep comics. FYI, I’m not the only one who feels this way. Case in point: Cathy has been nominated for the Ignatz Award in Promising New Talent, which will be voted on and presented in September at SPX 2014

Read on for Cathy’s thoughtful interview and wonderful artwork.

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