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MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Grimoire


March 20th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Grimoire from Napier, New Zealand.

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What are your main publishing projects?
This year I published my first zine. Aside from that I have taken part in a bunch of group exhibitions and a solo show. I have done a few T-shirt and flyer designs this year, including a couple for Poison City Records in Melbourne (a great label!)

What are some of your artistic influences?
I have only recently been reading more comics and graphic novels but I really like Daniel Clowes, the Preacher series and Charles Burns.

Musical influences?
Morrissey, Killing Joke, Sisters of Mercy, the Smith Street Band, doom/sludge bands, D-beat and post-punk.

How would you describe your style of drawing?
Lowbrow, uneducated and sometimes grubby.

What other punk projects are you involved with?
I used to play in bands in Wellington and went to a lot of hardcore shows in my early twenties. I smashed my head open seeing Terror, Evil Priest and Tried For Treason one time. Now I’m too old and would rather stand at the back of the bar in relative safety.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
More comics and more band work. I love working with bands I like who are on the same wavelength; it makes it much more fulfilling and easy to come out with something half-decent. I also want to eventually put together a children’s book.

Check out more from Grimoire at grimoire666.tumblr.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Emma Maatman


March 20th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Emma Maatman from Los Angeles.

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What are your main publishing projects?
Catholic Spit – A Pact With the Devil LP and the Generacion Suicida split 7”, Deadbeat – Demo 2014, pretty much everything in the Kent State catalog. I did a shirt for Toxic Holocaust a while back, and a logo for Joel Grind’s record label, Acid Rat. I’ve done logos for other small labels like Paranoid Futures, Bad Touch Records, and Casino Trash Records. And I do illustrations for LA Record fairly often.

What are some of your artistic influences?
Charles Burns and Shintaro Kago (obviously), Daniel Clowes, Mike Diana, Jim Woodring, Chris Ware, Michael Deforge, Suehiro Maruo, etc.

Musical influences?
As far as the drawing I did for this issue, I was pretty much listening to The Gun Club the whole time.

How would you describe your style of drawing?
Pulpy. Dark. Too many lines.

What other punk projects are you involved with?
Synth for Catholic Spit (though we are currently on hiatus) and I play organ/sing in a new doom band called Taarkus.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
Dying alone.

Check out more from Emma at www.emmamaatman.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Craoman


March 19th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Craoman from Marseille, France.

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What are your main publishing projects?
I publish books with le Dernier Cri, the last one is called Ears Crisis. It’s a comic about two tours I went on with bands across Eastern Europe.

What are some of your artistic influences?
All the weird things around the world: Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Mike Diana, T. Nemoto, N. Maruo, T. Ott.

Musical influences?
I stopped going to hardcore shows when my friends from Youssouf Today stopped playing. I’m now more into punk noise like Bastard, Cop Shoot Cop, A.H. Kraken, Arab on Radar, and Doomsday Students.

How would you describe your style of drawing?
The reality with the eyes closed.

What other punk projects are you involved with?
I’m making covers for Ape’s Unit in Italy and Besoin Dead in Paris.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
I’m finishing an 80-page comic about three teenagers involved in a Neo-Nazi skinhead gang. It’s called Breizh Skins.

Check out more from Craoman at craoman.tumblr.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Annie Mok


March 19th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Annie Mok from Philadelphia, PA.

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What are your main publishing projects?
I publish Swim Thru Fire drawn by Sophia Foster-Dimino on Hazlitt, and I make things for Rookie Magazine. I also self-publish comic books and zines.

What are some of your artistic influences?
I love expressionistic cartoonists like Maré Odomo, Cathy G. Johnson and Sam Alden.

Musical influences?
Post-punk, the Smiths, Kanye, Drake, TSwift.

How would you describe your style of drawing?
Back and forth, hand to computer, as above / so below. Ratty and leaky.

What other punk projects are you involved with?
I sing in the pop band See-Through Girls.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
Comic boooookssss, long ones, a.k.a. “graphic novels,” by me solo, and by me as a collaborator/writer with other co-writers/artists.

Check out more from Annie at heyanniemok.tumblr.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Anna Vo


March 18th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Anna Vo.

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What are your main publishing projects?
My two zines that have been going for about three years, Fix My Head (punk, politix, QPOC, interview/theme-based), The Swan The Vulture (personal zine about power dynamics, race, gender, inclusive practices, activism, gentrification, not being a dickhead) and my newly resurrected comic, Distortion, which is up to issue #3. I also am in compilation thingies when people invite me, such as MRR, and a couple of Portland, OR-based comic publications coming up.

What are some of your artistic influences?
My dreams, environment, horror movies, comic artists like Malcy Duff, Edie Fake, John Pham and Richard Hahn. I like abstract comix. I don’t know much about fine art but my favorite painters are Turner, Freud, Schiele, James Gleeson and Peter Booth.

Musical influences?
I have had a DIY doom, black metal and noise label for 8–9 years, An Out Recordings, and have been listening to that music, and hardcore, and Delta Blues and ’60s 12-string folk since I was a teenager. All of the above?

How would you describe your style of drawing?
Still forming.

What other punk projects are you involved with?
Besides the theoretical punk bands that get proposed every weekend? My solo folk project. In a doom band, Hreinn, which will start playing shows soon, and trying to drum in something if I can find people to play with in Portland. Just moved here, still making frenz. Other punk projects would be some circle-A groups I’m involved in — Jailbreak PDX, PMA (Portland Mutual Aid) — and my sweet punk haus. My job at a public school is also pretty punk.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
My illustration work gets commissioned for labels/band art, but as for making comix, I am just starting and still learning E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. I’m having a good time, and I’ll keep doing it until I’m not having a good time any more.

Check out more from Anna at littlestink.wordpress.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.