Read on for his thoughts on such varied individuals as Sarah Jessica Parker, Jim Rugg, a Juggalo and Honest Abe himself. Also, he commits to buying your new indie floppy. No, that wasn't a euphemism.
Thanks a lot! The main character, Anthony, is based on the kinds of people that I would meet when I was a teenager growing up in Arizona. I realized at some point that these characters, weren't ever represented in comics, even though they exist everywhere in America. So, the thought of having this person as sort of an anti-hero was really appealing to me. I based him on a dish washer named Garret that I worked with a few years ago at a deli. He was always listening to ICP while washing dishes.
Which do you think is more cost effective? Cartooning or therapy?
I think Blammo is a bit like therapy. And now that I don't have to self-publish it anymore, it's the cheapest therapy I can hope for! Thank you, Kilgore books!
I didn't want to be another interviewer mentioning your brother, but “As I Remember It.” was written by him, so there. Autobiographical, it concludes on a funny note with your younger self assuring him that you “draw other stuff” than him. Is this the secret origin story of Noah Van Sciver, alternative cartoonist?
Yes, it is! My brother is a fan of Blammo. Especially the autobiographical stuff in there, and he guest wrote that comic to show what things were like from his perspective.
Being published in pamphlet form, Blammo is a warm gooey reminder of 1990s indie comics, a time where a lot of people were discovering how good comics could really be. What led to your decision to produce Blammo in this format?
All of those great comic books from the 80's and 90's are gone. I want to look forward to new issues of comics like Eightball, Schizo or Optic Nerve. But, I don't think it's gonna happen anymore. When I came around, all of that stuff was pretty much done. I was reading comics that had come out years before, and I was really, really struck by them, and inspired to make my own comic books.
Of course, nowadays most indie publishers won’t touch the format with a shitty stick. Do you think that there’s still a place for ‘alternative’ floppies in 2010?
I really like Joseph Remnant, Ed Piskor, Hawk Krall, Jim Rugg, Dustin Harbin... Too many to name right now. Far, far too many awesome comic artists. I just bought a couple of issues of Tales to Thrizzle, and I think it's pretty good.
In your interview with AV Club, you said rather than drawing comics for comic fans, you draw them “for regular people to read”. Does it frustrate you that, generally speaking, the vast majority of people don’t read comics due to the medium’s wide-spread association with a single genre?
What I meant by that was that I draw comics concerning more regular people things than Superhero things. It is frustrating, definitely. But, I think that regular people are starting to read Graphic Novels thanks to big bookstores. Maybe some stroke of incredible luck will lead them to find Blammo. I can only hope.
We are incredibly excited about your upcoming graphic novel The Hypo, and we demand that you tell us everything about it.
Well, the timeline for The Hypo are the years 1837-1842. The book's main character is Abraham Lincoln. I'm trying to write a story that focuses on his life in those few years while moving the politics in the background, when I can help it, so that it's more about his depression, his sorry excuse for a love life, dueling politicians,The Illinois panic of 1837, Mary Todd's migraines, Lord Byron's poetry and prostitutes.
You've revealed that Jonathan Cilley and William Grave's duel at Blandensburg Dueling Grounds will be re-told differently several times throughout. Is this a comment on historical inaccuracy or part of your humanisation of the characters?
Actually, it's both! I wanted to have a little side story, and I liked this particular duel a lot.
Finally, how true-to-life is Blammo #6's “Convention”?
It's mostly true. All of the people in that comic are real. It's all about paying your dues!
If there's one thing we like thanking people for more than interviews, it's artwork, so a positively colossal message of appreciation goes out to Noah for giving us his time for both here. Blammo #6 is a funny-as-hell and absolutely necessary reminder that alternative comics are still able to stand side by side with the monthlies and don't have to always sulk away on a bookshelf to be taken seriously. We'll be giving it a full review in a couple of weeks time, but already we'll tell you that we can't recommend it enough. Available now on the creator's official website (linked below), a it can be bought for a very worthy $3.95. Go!