I just finished a batch of bugs and other animals of the San Francisco Bay Area for the This Land is your Land summer science camps for kids.
I put some of the pencil art for this job in my last post. The art director had me “cute-up” some of the roughs. The bee, for example, got the point removed from it’s tail for a more rounded, friendly look.
I thought it would be cool to put up some roughs on a job I really had fun with.
Dog Boy is the seminal alternative comics series that I published in the 1980s. I produced seven issues under my own Cat-Head Comics imprint before going on to produce another ten issues with Fantagraphics. The entire run of Dog Boy is being serialized at CO2.
These are free-wheeling, high octane graphic narratives. I was in my mid 20s, ecstatic to be slinging ink and publishing in the nascent alternative comics market. I produced lush comics pages, with vigorous blue pencil layouts & finished in a classic brush and ink style, improvising as I worked.
I’m proud to announce that I’m making 12 pages of original Dog Boy art available to collectors. All pages are from Dog Boy #7 from 1987. These 11″ x 17″ works are being put on auction for the first time on Ebay. I’m placing one page per week up per auction at a starting bid of $250. The first page is reproduced here. I’ll post a link to each auction at this site on a weekly basis.
This month (December 2012) I did a nifty cover for a collection of fiction by Chicago writer Ben Tanzer.
Give something amazing this Holiday Season!
Here’s my selection of singular graphic novels and T-Shirts that will delight your friends and family for years to come.
There is even a NEW BENB SHIRT in this catalog post!
This year I published my complete Bughouse comics under the title Menage a Bughouse with CO2. This large format graphic novel has over 400 pages of spectacular narrative. $24.99.
“I’m going to recommend a graphic novel that is great because it is good, solid and delivers in spades what I most enjoy in a comic book; a comfortable mastery of the form, fun, surprises, a story I can get into and a light touch.” – Jim Woodring
Next up is the Bughouse Tour T-Shirt, featuring a Boppin’ Jimmy Watts in full color on a ringer. A steal at $18.49
My 2010 graphic novel El Vocho: Love at the Twilight of Oil, features a flying VW Bug! $12.00
There there is the El Vocho T-Shirt, a slick look at $22.99.
Don’t forget 40 Hour Man by writer Stephen Beaupre (and drawn by me). One of the funniest graphic novels ever!
“Lafler wields a most appealing, cartoony style, half The Simpsons, half Peter Bagge’s Bradleys, and Beaupre is the lower-middle-class working-stiff spokesman par excellence. An awful lotta guys will identify.”
- Ray Olson, Booklist
Be sure to visit my T-Shirt Shop at Cafe Press, for additional T Shirt styles including FrankenJerry and Rockabilly Wolfman! Not to mention the El Vocho women’s scoop neck T. Oh, and don’t rule out the BENB in a ’63 Chevy being stalked by a Giant Wolfman organic T-SHIRT!
Original Art – Bughouse, El Vocho & Dog Boy
Thanks for considering my books and T-Shirts for your holiday gifts for 2012! Any questions, zip me an email.