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Lucha Bruja is Live at Amazon

I’m pleased to announce my new graphic novel Lucha Bruja, my takeaway project from a decade of living in Oaxaca, Mexico. I’ve revived my Cat-Head Comics imprint with this project. Both print and Kindle versions of Lucha Bruja can be purchased at Amazon.

Here’s a quick synopsis:

“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 who prefers chicken, and El Rey Pelón (the skinny, pot-bellied fungus who drives a taxi).

Gertie lives out her fantasy, surreptitiously transforming into a nocturnal Lucha Libre wrestler, while Rex grapples with the specter of mortality as he turns fifty. Picking up his steel string Epiphone guitar, he finds himself accompanied in song by Death himself (who plays a mean harmonica).

Pour a shot of craft mezcal and cozy up with Lucha Bruja!”

My time in Oaxaca included visits to the mountain towns of Huatla de Jiminez and San Jose del Pacifico where Psilocybin mushroom rituals have been led by curanderas for thousands of years.

My own such experience dates back to the late 70s. As an undergraduate at UMass, I had a spectacular (and terrifying) initiation experience behind mushrooms, leaving me with a vision of singularity, demoting my Catholic indoctrination to a modest corner of my psyche.

What did I learn? The singularity is not imminent, it’s here. The trick is to recognize it, and let this knowledge inform your actions.

It always has been and always will be, the present. Everything, anything is possible.

Hint 1: Love is the answer.

Hint 2: All action is simultaneous.

Hint 3: Man is time.



P.S. If you like Lucha Bruja, please consider writing a reader review of it at Amazon… and THANKS!

Drop me a line!


New (Old) Book & Imprint

Hey there! I am getting some exciting stuff ready to go for 2019.

I’ve reworked my limited edition GN Death Plays a Mean Harmonica from 2017 (my Oaxaca graphic novel). I’ll be releasing an expanded version of the work under a new title.

AND… I’m reviving my Cat-Head Comics imprint. I published under this time-honored imprint throughout the 80s and 90s, and going forward I intend to put my whole back-catalog into circulation under the Head of the Cat, with a freshly minted publishing/promotion strategy that throws the baby out with the bath water, in short an entirely new model. Not another word about this at present.

Anyhow, this post is just a teaser. Give me a few weeks, then look for some news. Cheers!



Baja – Lafler’s Classic BugHouse GN (2002) Available as Ebook

Baja is part two of my trilogy of BugHouse graphic novels published by Top Shelf at the beginning of the century. It continues the story of an all-insect bebop jazz band, with a twist. That being, Bones the bass player has been framed by crooked cops and drug dealers. He goes on the lam to Mexico, only to find himself drafted into a local R&B band!

I’m very excited about this one. Baja was created after my first long trip to Mexico in the late 90s and it references both Oaxaca and that amazing cultural nugget of gold, the amazing baroque grandeur of the city of Guanajuato. In truth, the narrative contrives an excuse for Bones to get away to Mexico, as I was motivated to set a story there. Some fans of BugHouse opine that this is the best bit of the entire saga… you can score this eBook at the links below. Enjoy!


Here’s the Comixology link:

Or you can click right here to get it for Kindle

Or click here to get the book at Google Play

The price is $1.99

Thanks to Marc Arsenault at Alternative for getting the eBook out!

Steve Lafler Illustration for 2018

Here’s a few recent images showing the range of my work.

Road Agents. T-Shirt design for Bluegrass band.


Street Food, Oaxaca Mexico. Commissioned acrylic painting.


Death Plays a Mean Harmonica. Limited edition graphic novel cover.

I’m actively looking to add new clients for my visual work. Email me or call (707) 849-7836.

I’ve done jobs for clients big and small, from Sony Music and Apple to Sarah’s Science camp for kids.

Cheers, Steve Lafler

See You at the L.A. Zine Fest

Hey, I’ll be at the L.A. Zine Fest at the Pasadena Convention Center on May 27th. I’ll have copies of my Oaxaca graphic novel Death Plays a Mean Harmonica, and also my 2002 title The $99.00 Drag Makeover. Hope to see you there!

I’ll be sharing a table with my good friend Carrie McNinch.

The Tree of Life

A great dream recently. Running through the forest just before dawn. Where? Northern California? Oregon? Upstate New York? Not sure.

I’m inexorably drawn to a giant tree as a deep, undulating beat asserts itself. An enourmous low hanging branch forms a swaying arch and a black bear almost materializes above it. Fear? NO! I run right towards it.

Oaxaca Painting Redux

I’m still compelled to make paintings depicting life in Oaxaca, Mexico where I lived for close to ten years. This is a scene from the Panteón de Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca, painted from a photo I took on October 31, 2015. I’m posting a few stages this piece went through as I worked on it.

I thought the background got too dark here…

This is (almost!) the final version:

Here’s the photo I worked from:

These women run a puesto (food stand) outside the cemetary during the festive all-night long Dia de Muertos celebration. We’re talking the world’s best tacos dorados (chicken or cheese), not to mention crazy delicious green tomatillo salsa! With my family and friends in tow, we discovered the transcendent and sublime in the small moments of life in Oaxaca, just sitting down and eating street food.

Oh, I should mention, this painting is really fun to produce! It’s kind of a happy mess.

Hey, if you like it, I could paint a Oaxaca scene for you too! Zip me an email.



Lafler T-Shirts for Both Punks & Hippies

Just posted my new San Francisco tourist design up at ebay at this link. Twenty bucks and a bit for shipping and it’s yours. I took my Death Plays a Mean Harmonica image and put him in the tourist business!

For those who prefer BLACK, we got you covered too. Here’s the updated Zombie Punk T from my shop at Redbubble.

I’ve updated this one from last year, giving the print a smoother feel. This one can be ordered in womens or mens styles.



T-Shirt Time

Greetings, just added a couple new T-Shirt designs to my store at Redbubble.

I took my sugar skull cover for my latest graphic novel Death Plays a Mean Harmonica and created one design to go with the book, and another for the San Francisco/Haight Ashbury tourist market (the store Haight Ashbury T-Shirts carries my designs).

Here’s the designs. Here’s the link to my online shirt shop. Have fun!

copyright 2018 Steve Lafler, all rights reserved

Steve’s “Death Plays a Mean Harmonica” Graphic Novel is Here

My limited edition graphic novel Death Plays a Mean Harmonica arrived today! One hundred copies of a limited edition book with a screen printed cover. I’ll be signing and numbering these and shipping out the presold copies.

There will be a bookstore/trade book edition of this title available later. For now, I wanted to create this “art object” edition.

I’m so happy with this project. Looking the book over, it’s a lively report on my ten years of living in the magical city of Oaxaca, Mexico. It shows who I was when I got there (a 50-year old cartoonist, a bit itchy and scratchy about his mortality). It tracks Oaxaca’s sublime culture, and illuminates my transformation under it’s sway. Aw hell, the book is my love note to Oaxaca.

Listen, I’ve got a very few more copies to sell. They go for $28 a pop. You can logon to paypal and email me funds for your copy to


Steve Lafler