Here’s my three pager from the recent BLACK EYE 2 collection of black humor featuring comics, art and writing; edited by Ryan Standfest with contributions from contemporary American cartoonists I hold in much esteem like Julia Gfrorer and Max Clotfelter, with writing by Bob Levin, Paul Krassner and Michael O’Donoghue, an insert tribute to the influential 19th century Mexican cartoonist, Posada (whom I became aware of only a couple of years back researching a project on Orozco), and “Four Pictures” by filmmaker/artist David Lynch, with text, that act as a type of cartooning. But really there’s too much good stuff to take time to point out all of its charms…a solid collection, regardless of my contribution (note: I paid cash money for my copy of the first edition of BLACK EYE which did not have my art in it, so it ain’t just navel-gazing hype on my part for what Standfest puts down), with a distinct international flavor, like some serious (but not self-serious) visual arts journal from another era, but utterly contemporary. But don’t take my word for it, go check out BLACK EYE 2 at Rotland Press HERE.
Riffing on the tropes of romance genre comics placed in the early stages of a Fukushima inspired mass extinction event, I wanted to achieve a cacophony of narcissistic wails of love-life misdirected morbid self-attention even in the End Times. I collaborated with editor Standfest to get the next-to-last panel of the third page to hit the notes that he thought it should hit, a process I enjoyed, as I rarely engage in much editorial back-and-forth. So here, just as a bit of a process meditation, I’ve included the first two takes on the panel that led to the third variation which you see on the complete third page. And, also, the opening text/logo appears in print without the cross hatching and supplemental text, just the bare “Fukushima Love” logo, which was another editorial decision. I was happy for the editorial back-and-forth; on its own level, made me think fondly of the Kurtzman/Wood/Elder collaborations. Wish I had more of that process when it comes to making comics, in general. But you can see the process here, and I encourage everybody to seek out the the print version as a final version, which on the paper stock and the printing process, has its own character apart from these raw scans.
So in the spirit of giving to get with this “dvd special feature” version of my piece, it is now your burden, dear reader, to go purchase the real “theatrical version” in print, along with all the other dark/funny/not funny material in BLACK EYE 2! It’s available for purchase on the internets and in yer finer comics shops/book stores. Ask for BLACK EYE by name, and hope you don’t get punched (unless you’re, like, into that).