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 #2, Bill Stetcher, aka “Bill Blak”
Photo #3, Tony Raab aka “Juan Adobe”
Drawing, Bill Stair as a calavera, by myself.
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This past weekend I started drawing the pages for the final installment of my Death in Oaxaca graphic novel. I’ll be posting the Oaxaca pencil art as I draw it at my Patreon site.You can see the rest of the graphic novel unfold week by week as I stick the pages up at Patreon/Steve Lafler, with the caveat that you gotta sign up for (at least) a $1.00 per month dig on your credit card. Well worth it, as I’m also posting political cartoons and new music, quick a bang for your buck.
I’ve published 3 issues of Death in Oaxaca with Alternative Comics. So once I get this next batch of pages done, I’ll put out the entire work as a graphic novel.
I’m trying to figure out how to promote the graphic novel once it appears. I’m frankly fed up with traditional disribution avenues. I’ve moved my share of books over time, around 75,000 units, but never really saw more than a trickle of funds from it, with the odd (modest) windfall here and there. Thus it’s time to roll into a new model. When you got nothing, you’ve got nothing to lose!
Right now, I favor the idea of driving a mini-van full of books all the fuck over the place. I’ll bring my guitar, and said books and van to your town, I’ll busk with a pile of books at my side. Set-up a rechargable pig nose amp and let ‘er rip! Yup, I’ll throw my heart and guts right out on the sidewalk and see if anyone bites! I could spend a year doing that just to see how it goes. I think I’d have one hell of a lot of fun.
What a beautiful life!
As I turn 60, that’s my thought regarding my tenure as “Steve Lafler” on this planet.
This may sound goofy as hell, given the political/cultural moment we are in. But I am in the moment, as always, regarding the totality of existence. I have a beautiful wife and beloved two children and brilliant friends. I draw, write, run and play music.
And, given the moment, I resist hatred and racism. And heavy handed neo-fascist politicos!
I’m thankful, indeed grateful, just a happy six-foot bug running the green hills of the planet, I savor the joyful moments and soldier through the tough ones.
The art above is my revamping of the classic board game LIFE, just posted at my Patreon feed of weekly comics. In pursuit of garnering el dinero for the aforementioned unit known as “Steve Lafler”, I’m now putting up a steady stream of new comics work at the Patreon site. In the interest of continuing to eat, I’m asking for your help with this initiative.
Please consider joining me at Patreon as a subscriber. You can opt in for as low as $1 per month for regular posts of my new work. As I plow into geezerhood, I’m hoping to build this into a central outlet for my comix, including work from my graphic novel in progress, Death in Oaxaca, as well as my political screeds. Cheers!
And it even has a smouldering Love-in-a-cabaña-at-the-beach scene!
AT the buy page, there are also links to the first two issues, so you can get the whole set. The price goes down to $2.99 each if you get all 3!
Here’s the cover of the new one, in case you haven’t seen it yet. It’s an acrylic painting.
If there’s any art collector types out there, I’m offering the cover art framed at $275. This includes shipping/insurance. It’s a 10″ x 12″ piece. Please note, the painted cover art does not include the logo!
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