Here’s a flyer I made. Drawn by me, waterblackandwhites by Nation of Amanda, rounded out by a color scheme I stole from some other poster I found online.
I went back in time to 1997 and showed this to High School Me and it blew his mind so thoroughly that he never wound up living up to his full potential as an artist and eventually found a silly highlight early in his 31st year on this planet getting to draw a poster for a couple bands he’s still quite fond of in spite of one of them being fronted by a known douche. So it goes…
FUN FACTS: Each character is wearing buttons of the best bands I’ve ever seen open for each of the bands the characters represent. The weasel’s is STYMIE, a great pop punk band from Denton, TX, and the Queers cat’s are THE MR. T EXPERIENCE, THE PARASITES (both of whom opened for the Queers the first time I saw them back in high school - the third show I ever saw! - at the time and to this day I couldn’t understand why MTX wasn’t the headliner), and THE LEFTOVERS (who are the only punk band I’ve ever heard of being from Maine).
FUN FACTS PART TWO: As these bands are being flown in specifically for this show and have no other Texas dates around this show, I was asked to try and make the drawing somehow Texas-centric. I racked my brain for ideas, ultimately coming up with absolutely nothing that wasn’t super trite and artless (longhorn cattle? the alamo? david koresh?), and I ultimately scrapped the Texas theme in favor of just drawing what I’d wanted to in the first place. Upon sending the pencils to the guy who booked the show to get Ben Weasel’s approval of the art concept, the beer cans were not yet filled in with brands, and the booker asked if I could make them Lone Star Beer cans (“That’s Texas to me!” he says). I gladly obliged. However, I’d initially planned on making the Queers cat’s can a Bud (as in “hey you mother fuckers I only drink…”) and the weasel’s an Old Style (which, as I understand it, people in Chicago always brag about).
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Got to draw a Dillinger Four poster and it came out preeeeeeetty silly
Here’s a poster I got to draw for one of my favorite currently-active bands. So stoked these peeps are coming to San Antonio, I can’t wait to see them live. The drawing at the top sort of inadvertently came out looking a bit like the Welcome to Night Vale logo, so Amanda picked out a nice creepy blue color instead of the purple I’d planned on using.
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New flyer I drew for Nardwuar the Human Serviette!
(P.S. FREE VANCOUVER SHOW!)
A flyer I did for the Evaporators a while back just showed up on the last episode of Supernatural! (Thanks to Frau Brittanica for alerting me and taking the screencaps)
For those of you keeping score at home, this is, if I'm remembering correctly, the third time my art has appeared on an hour-long sci-fi serial. The first was an extra sporting a NN2S "It Has Begun" shirt on the Ghost Whisperer, and the second was another Evaporators poster gracing a wall on Alcatraz.
Now if there were only some way to parlay this into a money-making venture...
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Little piece of history here, folks. Some of you who have read the, like, two interviews I’ve ever done may recall hearing that Nothing Nice to Say was actually inspired by a flyer I did for a house show I booked once a million years ago. That I’d drawn these two random characters making a stupid joke, and something in my brain clicked, A HA!, and the idea to do an ongoing series of gag strips about punk rock came to me, and I used the characters from the flyer as the main characters.
WELL. I wrote a My Stupid Life comic about this very subject for the upcoming new punk comix anthology zine I’m putting together called AS YOU WERE on this very subject, so I asked my friend Pat (who saves shit and who I knew would probably still have a copy somewhere) if he had it, and he did, and he scanned it and send it to me.
AND HERE IT IS! The very first drawing of Blake and Fletcher EVER. Blake’s shirt, by the way, in this drawing, is a work shirt with a name patch that says “Moe” in reference to the song “Hipster Boyfriend” by Sicko (“He has a gas station jacket that says his name is Moe and he hangs out at all the punk punk punk punk punk rock shows”). I think the patch appears in a couple very early NN2S strips, but was dropped quickly.
As for AS YOU WERE, I’m actually just waiting to hear back from a couple printers with some rates and then we’re ready to get it printed up and shipped out to that disgusting hovel you call a home!
But, just to tease it a little in advance, the series is going to be an anthology of never-before-seen comics written by cartoonists with a foot in the punk scene, each issue focusing on a centralized theme. The first issue is all about house shows. It’s fucking incredible, I’ve read it!
Besides myself there’s new comics in it by Andra Passen, Anthony Sorge (Crust Dog), Ashley Rowe Palafox (Barefoot and in the Kitchen), Ben Snakepit (Snakepit), Bill Pinkel (Frowning Bill), Brad Dwyer (Record Heat), Brian Connolly (Nothing Mattress), Emilja Frances (Ship of Fools), Josh PM Frees, Kim Funk (Shady Hawkins, The Homewreckers), Liz Prince (Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed, Alone Forever), Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart, Hey Suburbia!), Ramsey Everydaypants (Year One, Everyday Pants), Rick V, plus GORGEOUS cover art by Steve Larder.
We’re about to take over the whole goddamn world! More info to come, but expect this by the end of the year!
I came home one day and Amanda had been messing around with some ink wash randomness on watercolor paper, and she’d painted this big awesome ghost. And she said she wanted to do more to it, and I said hell no, it’s perfect, that’s a flyer. Then, in the flap of an angel’s majestic wing, my friend Dave booked a Toys That Kill show here in San Antonio at the Ten Eleven. Done! I lettered it, Amanda painted in the letters, and now all that’s left is to sit around and wait for the awesome show! TEAMWORK!
Here’s a flyer I drew for my friend. There’s a punk/indie karaoke in Austin that I’ve gone to a couple times and it was a lot of fun. I totally killed on “Confessions of a Futon Revolutionist” the second time I went and the high you get from that is more palpable than any drug you can ever take. Except for most of the drugs you can ever take. Actually what am I even talking about…