As one of the very first cartoonists we reviewed on the blog, we are excited to publish the following interview with Chicago-based comic creator Jeffrey Brown. With his new collection of previously published and unpublished material alike, Undeleted Scenes, on the horizon from Top Shelf, we invited him to talk about such eclectic subjects as the book itself, his thoughts on autobiographical comics, his recent work with Marvel, his future projects and big burly men fighting. Read onwards for all this and excerpts from the book, including a detailed guide on how to get totally wasted watching David Lynch's Dune.
Undeleted Scenes collects a lot of your previously published shorter material like Be a Man, Feeble Attempts and Minisulk. Please tell us about the decisions behind releasing this collection.
You've expressed that you've said most of what you have to say with the autobiographical form. Is Undeleted Scenes part of a cathartic purge to get the format out of your system?
In a couple of interviews, you've referenced your hope that all of your different autobiographical books merge together to create a more complete picture of you. Literally the merging of several stories, do you think that Undeleted Scenes gives the most objective view of yourself in a single book?
Let's not forget that you've also appeared in a DC comic, via a "cameo" in Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth. Are you planning on repaying the favour?
With drawing for Marvel officially in the bag, what's next on your "to-do" list? What can you tell us about the highly-anticipated (especially by us) upcoming "Over the Top" story in Sulk?
A big undeleted thank you goes to Jeffrey for taking the time to take part in this interview with us. For those of you that might be new to his work, Undeleted Scenes is a great place to start getting to know his subtle brand of autobiographical romance and heartbreak and not so subtle affectionate pop-culture parody. For all you prexisting Brown fans out there, the book is an essential collection of many of his shorter works, including several previously unpublished gems. 352 pages long, it's the perfect way to keep your filthy Jeffrey Brown addiction at bay until the much-awaited Incredible Change-Bots 2 and Sulk #4. One of the friendliest men in comics today, shame on you if you don't go preorder it immediately.