Cartoonist Steve Lafler pokes his head into San Francisco’s Mercury Cafe on July 23, launching his new comic book Death in Oaxaca #2. Lafler, who lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, concocts a story with favorite themes: Voluptuous masked luchadoras, and a celebration of the small moments of Oaxacan life.
Our protagonist Rex discovers Tejate, the refreshing bevereage of ancient Zapotec kings, made from cacao and maize. Sure, it looks like dirty dishwater at first glance, but trust us, it’s sublime. There’s also a 2,000 year old indigenous Vampire who prefers chicken, kicking the story into left field, where cartoonist Lafler generally points when he’s at bat.
Best known for his long-running Bughouse and Dog Boy comics series, Lafler is currently releasing Death in Oaxaca on the Alternative Comics imprint as individual comic books, building towards an eventual graphic novel.
Steve also brings his country-punk outfit The Dick Nixon Experience to the event, with Bay Area scene veterans Scott Hoover on Bass, Sputnik Juelich on drums, and Dave Cherry on tenor sax, along with soloists Doyle Stewart (guitar, mandolin) and Jay Eck (ukelele) of The Grups. “We gonna kick out the jams”, Lafler offers, along with his original compositions Ripe Pineapple Drunk, Beans and Jack Black Song. Rounding out the evenings entertainment is The Minor Batman Villains, an East Bay band fronted by Richard Von Busack.
This event takes place at The Mercury Cafe, 201 Octavia St., July 23 at 7pm.
Here is the Spanish Language ebook Los Muertos de Oaxaca – Death in Oaxaca #1 in Spanish
Welcome to my world! I want to make sure that everyone can access my 30 years of highly unusual art comics, with just a click or two, including my coffee table sized BugHouse and Dog Boy collections.
That’s right, I’ve been here the entire history of the Alternative Comics movement, shaking things up and knockin’ out comix. My current series, Death in Oaxaca, can be got from Alternative Comics.
Then there’s my legacy collections, available from CO2. We’re talking 900 pages of singular, visionary nut-job comics by me! You can buy the 400-page BugHouse collection or the 500-page Complete Dog Boy, and your coffee table will be proud of you.
With both volumes, I guarantee the ride of your life. Fasten your seat belts, pull up your favorite beverage, and hold on tight! No kiddin’.
Questions or comments, drop me an email.
The thinking person’s alt comics critic Rob Clough reviewed Death in Oaxaca #1 at the Comics Journal online.
MEANWHILE, I finally finished the Spanish translation of this first issue, with help from Paco X González Muñoz. Actually, it was more than help, Paco did the actual translation, I just did the graphic part. Thanks Paco!
I had to graphically marry the words to the pictures on the existing pages. Let’s just say there was, and still is, a learning curve to the whole process. But, it’s also really great to have my new work in Spanish!
EBOOK en espanol to come soon from Alternative.
Come on in, check out these favorite Lafler art pieces at ridiculous deals for the Holidays! Paintings and original comics pages & covers.
You’ll know which one you just have to buy, it’ll call your name. Ordering details/instructions below.
Below are 3 original Dog Boy pages from Dog Boy #7 (Fantagraphics, July 1987). India ink on bristol board, 11″ x 17″. I’m putting these amazing pieces up at only $100 each! A steal, they are. Wuxtry Special Offer: these 3 Dog Boy pieces for $250!
Purchase two pieces and get a 15% discount.
I’ll send an order confirmation and paypal invoice.
Have a fine holiday season!
All pieces come with a signed copy of Death in Oaxaca #1, my new comic mag from Alternative Comics. Items ship in the December 26 – 28 window. I’m in the U.S. at that time. Prices include postage, shipped insured. Original comic pages ship in a sturdy tube. Paintings are wrapped with care as if they were the baby Jesus himself!
Cover sketch for issue #2
My new comic book Death in Oaxaca from Alternative comics shipped to comic book stores last month (August, 2014.) Now it’s available as an ebook from Comixology at this link for 99 cents. A great deal for 34 pages of comics!
Meanwhile, as this terrifying picture shows, I am hard at work on Death in Oaxaca #2.