Containing simplified cartoon re-tellings of many religious stories and beliefs, a great deal of research must go into every issue. Do you have a particular favourite story or fact you’ve learnt whilst writing the series?
I started doing HOS in a comics class that I took at the School of Visual Arts in New York with instructor Tom Hart in 2007. It started as a strip comic in the vein of Peanuts. Originally, I would just depict actual Buddhist koans, but it has since morphed into its own world that I’m not sure actually exists. When I was coming up with the original concept for Everything Dies I was also being courted by The Times of India who had found some of those old strips online and wanted to run them. That, of course, didn’t work out but it got me to revisit those old strips and I thought they’d be a perfect fit. Though, I think they’re the most confusing at times too. Especially since they really don’t follow true Buddhism but a weird mix of Buddhist philosophy and my own. Further, they don’t exist in a legitimate time period or setting, I just make stuff up. But, look out for Issue 5 in winter 2011 it’s a full issue of a 32 page "Heart of Stonework" story.
The second issue is FUCKING BAD-ASS! (can I say that?). Benjamin Marra, the featured artist is a superstar. This video is proof. Also there are some awesome international artists involved as well, Simon Gärdenfors (120 Days of Simon) and Luke Pearson (cover artist for Solipsistic Pop II) and others. It’s basically half Philly artists and half other artists. These anthology newspapers have come into fashion lately and I love ‘em. I hope they continue to grow. It would be awesome to have these types of papers in comic shops everywhere.
We hear that you’re exhibiting at the Philly Alt Comic Con. What will you be offering at the event?
A thank you of religious proportions go to Box for taking part in this interview with us. Everything Dies #3 is available now for $5 online, along with all previous issues. We defy anyone to not want a comic that features bigfoot, Mormon underwear and a existential analogy involving Super Mario. In fact, you should use that as the pitch when you go and bully your local comic shop into buying some wholesale.
Oh, and Mr Springsteen, if you're reading this, buy one for heaven's sake.