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The Graphic Novelist

Sat down on Wednesday and drew 3 pages of comics:

They are from the final chapter, the conclusion to my next graphic novel, Death in Oaxaca. The narrative is set in the city of Oaxaca in the remote highlands of southern Mexico. You have your middle-class migrants from the U.S. in their vainglorious folly. You have normal Oaxacans, as well as a 2,000 year old indigenous vampire who drinks chicken blood.

This vampire, Eduardo, is too polite to drink human blood. But he’s thinking of making an exception for Caroline, a bored housewife from Seattle. She thinks it would be fun to have an affair with Eduardo. She knows he has the hots for her, but does not know he’d like to drink her blood too.

The Cartoonist Dilemma

So, it’s fun to spend the entire day writing and drawing graphic novels. Why not do it every day??? Well, there is food. There is coffee. There is red wine. Shoes, children, gas and stuff like that. I guess for every one auteur cartoonist who makes a living wage, there are probably about 476 like me. Nominal professionals who do not make a living wage.

The difference is, well I’ll let you in on a  little secret! It turns out, I’m actually, pretty much the best graphic novelist in the world! I’m not the best cartoonist, penciller, letterer, inker, writer or designer. It’s just that when you figure in the whole bundle of skills that it takes to make a whole, bit fat cartoon book — I’m one of the best.

There’s something else too. A wee little something extra, my competitive edge! I’ve actually been elected, drafted as it were, by a coterie of disembodied spirits to be their cartoon avatar on the planet. They can’t draw because they don’t have hands. Or eyes, arms or bodies.

This scheming bunch have conceived some sort of baroque master plan: They feed it to me in little bit pieces at a time. As their faithful cartoon consript, I translate their arcane hoo-haa, their mumbo-jumbo into comic book form and present it to you, the general genial public!

I’m outa gas for now. The coterie of bossy muses has left the building, so there’s just a guy typing this with a glass of red wine under the belt. So I’ll cut to the chase!

You can help me and my scheming overbearing muses in producing a high volume of comics. All you need do is visit my Patreon page and subscribe to my weekly comics updates. You can get in on the action for as little as $1.00 per month, although if you want to pad it out a bit it’s OK by me.

Thank you, and goodnight!

Steve Lafler

The Elvis Zombie T-Shirt is Here

I did this classic punk rock zombie art for the cover of Buzzard #1 comics anthology in 1990. It makes a great black T-Shirt! I have a few in stock – zip me an email for details if interested.

Be B-A-A-A-A-D in black!

Cheers

Steve

Lafler Graphic Novel Script

I write the script for the Death in Oaxaca graphic novel in a notebook. Sometimes I draw stuff out too. Here’s a good example. I’m on page 108 today. It might be a bit under 200 pages.

I’d like to ask for your support as I create this graphic novel. Would you consider subscribing to my weekly posts at Patreon for as little as $1.00 per month? Thanks much!

Steve

Trump is Already a Lame Duck

What a week for Trump. The Comey firing, then spilling key intelligence to the Russian foreign minister and also the revelation that he asked Comey to shut down the Flynn/Russia investigation. It all adds up to a Special Counsel being appointed to look into the Russia mess. Trump is his own worse enemy.

To see all my latest work, subscribe to my Patreon/Steve Lafler page. You can join for as little as $1 per month for all my political cartoons and the latest pages of my graphic novel Death in Oaxaca. Thank you!

Summer of Love 50th Anniversary T-Shirt

I’ve created a T-Shirt celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Here’s the design:

Since 1994, I’ve been printing T-Shirts for Haight Ashbury T-Shirts, a retail store sitting on the legendary corner of Haight and Ashbury Streets in San Francisco.

Most of the stuff I print for the store is designed by the talented artist David Boyer. But for the occasion of this landmark anniversary, I came up with my own original design.

You can order yours from my online Steve Lafler shirt shop at Redbubble for a very reasonable $24.09. Enjoy!

I wanted a peace sign in the design, and of course it is constructed from roses. And what symbolizes the free-wheeling 60s better than a VW van??? Well, maybe the shaggy dude driving it…

Steve Lafler

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There’s a Rat in the Woodpile

FBI director Comey’s firing is crazy! Trump is inciting a constitutional crisis. Here are my cartoon and song on the subject at this link. Please give a listen!

Lyrics:

There’s a rat in the Woodpile

Gotta Flush him out

There’s a skunk in the outhouse

Gonna make him pout

Douse the wood with kerosine

& Light a Match

Flush the rat in the open

Put him in the trash

His Achilles is his ego

point of attack

gotta pound him where it hurts

& don’t look back

It’s a Constitutional crisis

Happy Mothra’s Day

In our house, Mothers Day transmorgified into Mothra’s Day some years back.  This was when we lived in Portland, Oregon in the 00’s. My pal cartoonist J.R. Williams was discussing B-A-A-A-D Japanese Sci-Fi classics with my wife Serena and I. The next thing you knew, Mothra’s Day was born!

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Ghosts of Web-Comics Past

Stumbled on some interesting art from my old, discontinued web comics. Kinda cool! This was fun stuff, just messing around in the fall of 2007 when I was first in Oaxaca.

The Bodega Boys

Magic Under the Moon & Stars in San Pablo Etla

Who are the Bodega Boys, and why do I romanticize them? And of course, as you can see in the drawing above, I include references to the Bodega Boys in my current graphic novel in progress, Death in Oaxaca. In the comix work, I change the name of the jam group to “Los Mezcaleros”.

From 2008 to about 2015, I attended regular jam sessions in San Pablo Etla, a small village in Oaxaca, Mexico. Of a Thursday night, an affable crew of amateur musicians would show up and jam on bluegrass, country, rock and pop. OK, maybe even jazz in our more coherent moments.

The Bodega Boys were never a band, always a jam. But, fueled by fresh-from-the-still craft Oaxacan Mezcal, we never failed to have a good time. The audience would range from 0 – 50 people, but we always put our best foot forward. Indeed, a roving band of (at first) about 10 musicians forged a camaraderie and eventually played pretty darn well.

Over time, there was a revolving door and the core group grew and splintered, but the basic ethos continued and we always had fun. For me, it was a baptism of fire. I was the odd man out, having never played seriously until the unlikely age of 51 (minus Junior High band), I cut my musical teeth there under the moon in San Pablo Etla, and I never had so much goddamn fun in my life.

Here’re a few photos by Jeff Charles, snapped at these magic evenings under the Oaxaca moon.

Photo #1, Bill Stair and Todd Spiehler, 2009.

Photo #2, Bill Stetcher, aka “Bill Blak”

Photo #3, Tony Raab aka “Juan Adobe”

Drawing, Bill Stair as a calavera, by myself.

-Steve Lafler

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Steve’s Two Minute Bio-Pic

I’ve created a new video to brazenly promote my Patreon page, in my drive to actually make a living as a cartoonist. Enjoy!

Here’s the link:

Here’s the backup version:

Steve Lafler: Cats, Red Wine and Comics

Which one is better? Who knows. Tell me which you like.

Please check out my Patreon page here. I’m posting comics weekly, comprised of ongoing pages from my next graphic novel (Death in Oaxaca), and political commentary. I’m inviting you to subscribe to my weekly posts for as little as $1 per month.

In short, I’m pounding out great comics on a schedule and I’m asking for support in this endeavor. The content at the Patreon is exclusively for subscribers, except for small partial tidbits thrown out to excite interest.

Here’s an example.

Would you like to hear about the limited-edition (screen printed cover, signed & numbered) Death in Oaxaca graphic novel when it comes out? Please send me your email and I’ll keep you informed.

The limited edition version will be available prior to the bookstore edition.