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1956: Sweet Sweet Little Ramona, a New Graphic Novel

Notorious alt/indy comix legend Steve Lafler (BugHouse, Dog Boy, Buzzard) returns with a new graphic novela, 1956 Book One: Sweet Sweet Little Ramona. on the Cat-Head Comics imprint.

The book is avaiable at Amazon in print or ebook format.

This is the story of Jack, Susie, and of course Ramona. We travel to Manhattan of 1956 to meet our players, who haunt the wholesale Garment District by day, and the legendary jazz clubs of 52nd Street by night.

The above panel features John Coltrane, who makes a cameo appearance on the bandstand in the 1956 book.

Here’s the cover art from 1956: Sweet Sweet Little Ramona…

Here are a few pages from the book:

Along with 1956, I have many great backlist graphic novels for sale. Score my 2019 title Lucha Bruja at Amazon, and at my Lulu Artist Page You can order BugHouse, Dog Boy and Cat Suit, along with other titles.

Here are a few fellow artists who have weighed in on my work:

“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. In short its the kind of book you can flop down on the couch with of an afternoon, lie back and enjoy.”
-Jim Woodring, Frank  (Commenting on BugHouse at Boing Boing)

“I love BugHouse. I’m fond of the little bug-creatures that inhabit it. With his masterful storytelling, Steve Lafler has created an alternate universe. His characters are not particularly cute (well, some of them are), but one can easily emphasize with their meaty human struggles with addiction, love, power, greed, and lust. Check it out!”  -Phoebe Gloeckner, A Child’s Life

“Stop! Stop! My sides are aching! You’re driving me to Buggyland with this stuff!” -Lux Interior, The Cramps

Thanks for your support — it is hugely appreciated!

Steve Lafler

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Steve’s Secret History of Indie/Alt Comix

In the spring of 2019, I created a video series about my brilliant “career” in comics, called Cats Dogs & Bugs.

What I like about these video bits, you get a sense of the “WHY?”. Who is this Steve? What is he doing here? Where is he going?

Take a dive in! And, I’m also recommending you check out my new book 1956: Sweet Sweet Little Ramona. The link takes you to the Kickstarter for the book. Push that green button there and lock in your copy (and thanks!)

Cats Dogs & Bugs / Steve Lafler’s Indie Comix

1. https://youtu.be/pZXvMwWHA6s

2. https://youtu.be/hZ78RW0qt6k

3. https://youtu.be/b9TQ5Q9a6rI

4. https://youtu.be/QPsMZkBCURU

5. https://youtu.be/jNCZ__MoDKs

6. https://youtu.be/hXBUsIdi-DU

7. https://youtu.be/T44MgFGE4Ds

8. https://youtu.be/h07zmSvT8TE

9. https://youtu.be/zIU72LmbwlM

10. https://youtu.be/G8DWcZfF5YM

11. https://youtu.be/yBsSfyUlbps

12. https://youtu.be/iu5whHSV4Nw

13. https://youtu.be/tkY3gnPWPhA

14. https://youtu.be/6UMzsk3nNCA

15. https://youtu.be/S3HfFRAFCdE

16. https://youtu.be/BFNRRE9ihU8

17. https://youtu.be/ocQQp5Q1g-s

18. https://youtu.be/GOWeUpwtYNA

19. https://youtu.be/x-qwHcn-qpo

1956 Book One: Sweet Sweet Little Ramona… FUNDED on DAY ONE!

Hi! I put up my new book at Kickstarter, and it funded on Day One! Go ahead and order your copy HERE AT THE KICKSTARTER! Please join me and lend your support to this project.

This is the story of Jack, Susie, and of course Ramona. We travel to Manhattan of 1956 to meet our players, who haunt the wholesale Garment District by day, and the legendary jazz clubs of 52nd Street by night.

Jack and Susie, junior buyers for the McCurdy’s chain of department stores, are ambitious kids trying to make their mark as they vie for the position of Chief Buyer. And hey, maybe they happen to fall in love on the side? We’ll see!

Ramona hails from Texas, a young trans woman looking to be herself in the atmosphere of 1950s New York City. It ain’t easy! She descends into working the streets to support herself while she dreams of becoming a fashion model.

Against this backdrop, our cast of players congregate in the jazz clubs at night and begin to scheme. Are they competing with each other? Or do they work together to realize their dreams?

1956 Book One was inspired by the early career of my dad, Don Lafler, who passed away last year in 2019. This book is dedicated to him.

Thanks for your support!

Steve

BugHouse: It was 20 Years Ago Today

Time flies when you’re having fun (aka drawing comics!) It’s twenty years since my first BugHouse graphic novel from Top Shelf Productions hit the stores. While that edition is out of print, you can still score my classic indigo-noir story of Bebop jazz and insect addiction. Here is the Cat-Head Comics edition of BugHouse at my Lulu store.


BugHouse traces the rise of tenor sax genius Jimmy Watts and his piano cohort Slim Watkins to the pinnacle of the jazz world. Will they fall to the depths of addiction and depravity?

Here’s what some of my peers have to say about BugHouse:

“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. In short its the kind of book you can flop down on the couch with of an afternoon, lie back and enjoy.” – Jim Woodring, commenting on BugHouse for Boing Boing

I love BugHouse. I’m fond of the little bug-creatures that inhabit it. With his masterful storytelling, Steve Lafler has created an alternate universe. His characters are not particularly cute (well, some of them are), but one can easily emphasize with their meaty human struggles with addiction, love, power, greed, and lust. Check it out! -Phoebe Gloeckner, A Child’s Life

“Steve Lafler’s comics will have you keeling over backwards with laughter.” – Peter Bagge, Hate

“Stop! Stop! My sides are aching! You’re driving me to Buggyland with this stuff!” –Lux Interior, the late, great lead singer for legendary Psychobilly punk band, The Cramps

Well, I guess Lux was more of a rock & roll Demi-God than my peer, but you get the idea…

Best,
Steve

PS – Drop me an email anytime.

My Next Graphic Novel

Hello! I am working away on my next graphic novel. The working title is Housewares and Ladies Dresses. The story is set in the 1950s in Manhattan, in the garment district by day, and the jazz clubs in and around 52nd St. by night.

I’ll be serializing it in periodical segments over the next stretch, then it will be collected as a graphic novel. I’ll have the first “book” out in September 2020 – keep an eye out for it!

Meanwhile, you can get your copy of my 2019 graphic novel Lucha Bruja at Amazon.

Join expats Rex and Gertie on their wild ride to the remote highland jewel of Oaxaca, Mexico. There they find Eduardo, a crafty 2000-year old Zapotec vampire, El Rey Pelón (the skinny, pot-bellied fungus who drives a taxi), and of course Death, who plays a mean harmonica. Pour a shot of craft mezcal and cozy up with Lucha Bruja!

You can also pick up a copy of my BugHouse graphic novel at my Lulu store. BugHouse traces the rise of tenor sax genius Jimmy Watts and his piano cohort Slim Watkins to the pinnacle of the jazz world. Will they fall to the depths of addiction and depravity? The 192-page gem is Indigo-tinged “insect noir” at it’s best. Published as the first graphic novel in my 3-part trilogy with Top Shelf in 2000, this edition sneaks under the radar with my Cat-Head imprint.

Questions or comments? Click my name below to send me an email.

Cheers,

Steve

Steve Lafler Graphic Novels

Hello! You can order my latest graphic novel Lucha Bruja at Amazon.

Here’s the rap:

Auteur graphic novelist Steve Lafler invites you to join expats Rex and Gertie on their wild ride to the remote highland jewel of Oaxaca, Mexico. There they find Eduardo, a crafty 2000-year old Zapotec vampire, El Rey Pelón (the skinny, pot-bellied fungus who drives a taxi), and of course Death, who plays a mean harmonica. Pour a shot of craft mezcal and cozy up with Lucha Bruja!

Many of my graphic novels are available at my Lulu.com Steve Lafler page – please visit and shop! Here are some of the covers of these titles:

                           

You can still catch up with my Steve Lafler T-Shirt shop at Redbubble.

Cheers!

Steve

(You can send me an email by clicking my name).

Was Elmer Fudd a Zapatista?

Serena (my wife) found an abandoned religious poster and brought it home. We decided I might as well treat it as “found art” and work with it. The results include Elmer Fudd in full Emiliano Zapata regalia, as well as Bugs Bunny in drag… enjoy!

Ink & brush on “found print”, about 30″x36″. Like it? It’s yours for a mere $1250! Shipped insured.

Email Steve

A New Painting – Flying Saucers & Hockney?

My latest painting Capri & Saucer 36″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas

As a cartoonist, I usually paint “small”, 11″ x 14″ being a favorite size. This three-foot square canvas is a whole different animal to tame!

Serena (my wife) commented that this painting reminded her of the work of David Hockney. I’ll take that as a compliment!

Interested parties can email Steve.

Offered at $895 (includes shipping/insurance).

Critters, Plants & Bugs: Kids Love Nature Science

Drawing is an excellent way to spark children’s interest in natural science. I’m creating seminars in nature drawing for children, combining the joy of drawing with their deeply rooted love of nature.

For starters, we’ll create animal and insect drawings using basic shapes like circles, ovals and triangles. Everyone can get a feeling of accomplishment from executing a decent likeness of a mantis, ladybug, bee or beetle from basic shapes!

From there, the workshop moves on to an exploration of the building blocks of accurate drawing from nature, gesture, contour line, and shading.

The idea is, everyone can learn to draw favorite plants and animals in a 60 – 90 minute workshop, and learn techniques and the work ethic that helps improve drawing skills over time.

I’m starting a process of scheduling seminars at libraries, museums and schools. I’ll be updating this post and website with info as it becomes available. Se habla español.

Once I get rolling with the Nature Science drawing seminars for kids, I’ll look to add a Graphic Novel Workshop for ages 12 & up.

Please email me with questions, comments and queries about teaching.

Steve Lafler

Recent Painted Works

Clarinet with Margarita 9″ x 12″ acrylic on canvas. $275

This clarinet painting is almost a self portrait of my wife Serena and I as jazz bugs!

I’ve been slinging a bit of paint around, here are a few of the latest items. Interested parties can send a query via email or call me at (707) 849-7836. Prices include shipping via FedEx 3rd day or Priority Mail. Shipped insured.

Adam & Eve wine bottles. Acrylic and varnish on glass. $395 for the pair.

 

Frankentiger, 11″ x 14″, acrylic on canvas. $350

 

Ralph the Drummer, acrylic on wooden nightstand. $495

Note, this nightstand item will cost $150 to ship alone, thus the price.

 

Robespierre snubs Trump at the Gates of Hell, 11″ x 14″, acrylic on canvas. $395

I’m primarily a graphic novelist and cartoonist, but I’ve painted on and off my whole life. I actually took an art degree at UMass Amherst in December 1979 with a concentration in painting.

Feel free to drop me a line with comments and questions!

Cheers,

Steve Lafler