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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!


Steve Lafler


Steve Lafler Graphic Novel Catalog

Welcome to the Steve Lafler / Cat-Head Comics Catalog! Here’s a great selection of my strange and wonderful graphic novels, available at my Lulu store (high-quality print-on-demand!) After the book listings, you’ll find some unique original art pieces on offer. Cheers!

I’ve reissued the Complete Dog Boy ($29.95, 488 pages) and the Complete BugHouse ($25.95, 406 pages) on my Cat-Head Comics label. Click through the links to place your order.

My pioneering Alt/UG title Dog Boy streaked across the 80s landscape leaving a trail of strong coffee and blotter acid in its wake. This freewheeling indie classic features almost 500 pages of improvised ink-slinging, executed with bravado!

Join Jimmy Watts and his band of musical bugs with BugHouse as they take jazz from the swing era into the uncharted maelstrom of Bebop. Cartoonist Steve Lafler brings it with his stylish brushwork; his depiction of the mid-twentieth century jazz world is seductive eye-candy.


Lucha Bruja ($12.50, 144 pages)

You are invited to join expats Rex and Gertie on a wild ride to the remote highland jewel of Oaxaca, Mexico. There they find Eduardo, a crafty 2000-year old Zapotec vampire who prefers chicken blood, and El Rey Pelón (the skinny, pot-bellied fungus who drives a taxi). I lived in Oaxaca from 2007 to 2016, Lucha Bruja is my takeaway fictional report on the whole experience!


Cat Suit ($5.95, 48 pages)

What kind of whack job would put on a mask and a skin-tight suit and head out into the city after midnight? I mean, what is this guy really up to? What pathology, what proclivity are we dealing with here? Is he fighting crime? Hell no, he’s just going clubbing—and he’s frankly perplexed when the barflies & drunks want to pick a fight with him.


El Vocho ($12.00, 104 pages)

Rosa the Latina hottie inventor and Eddie the geek artist meet in a fender bender. Tempers flare but sparks fly and they fall in love. Working together, they create the perfect clean energy motor while being tracked by goons working for big oil.



YES INDEED! I’m setting up a spacious new studio and I’m A-PAINTIN’ that furniture.

Above is the Ralph tabletop closeup. Below you can see the whole table, with the underpainting stage complete. This piece is on offer for $195, shipped insured. Send me an email if you see this in your space-age pad, and we’ll work out payment/shipping deets.


11″x14″ acrylic on canvas, $295. Shipped insured via fedex. Please email me if interested and we’ll set it up.

Thanks again for checking out my graphic novels and Fine Aht!

Steve Lafler Painted Comix Furniture

I’ve started messing around with painted furniture, here’s an old school wooden table with underpainting in progress.

And here is the finished painted tabletop, depicting Ralph the drummer from my graphic novel BugHouse. This piece is available at $250 which includes packing and shipping. Gotta have it? Email me and we can work out the details!

I scored this sturdy wooden toddler rocking chair at Goodwill and painted a kitty on the back support and a happy bug on the side (in acrylic)! It’s on offer at $275. Price includes shipping/packaging. Again, simply zip an email my way and we can set up payment.

Thanks for checking out the painted furniture! More to come…

Steve Lafler

P.S. Check out the Cat-Head Comics catalog featuring my graphic novels Lucha Bruja, The Complete BugHouse, The Complete Dog Boy, and Cat Suit.

FrankenTiger shreds at the Crypt

Hey there, I’ve got a great new painting (aka “reward”) on offer at my Cat-Head Comics Reboot Kickstarter!

It is an 11″x14″ acrylic painting on canvas, FrankenTiger. The work depicts the classic Frankenstein monster from the Aurora monster model packaging of the early 1960s.

The monster is playing Tiger, Jerry Garcia’s custom guitar designed by master luthier Doug Irwin. Here it is:

If classic movie monsters playing iconic guitars is your type of think, this is the painting for you!



Robespierre Snubs Trump at Gates of Hell

Just finished this 11″ x 14″ acrylic on canvas piece. Robespierre Snubs Trump at the Gates of Hell.

Interestingly, finished on the day Nancy Pelosi greenlighted the impeachment proceedings on Trump.

This one goes for $500. Interested? Please email Steve Lafler.

Shipped insured via Fedex.

New Painting “Paul is Dead”

Here’s a new painting with the working title “Paul is Dead”. Yeah, it is a tongue in cheek title. Here’s Dracula playing a left-handed Hofner bass, a clue to the title of the work for sure! 11″ x 14″ acrylic painting.

I’d offered this piece here for sale, and BOOM! SOLD (in one day).

More paintings are on the way.

Meanwhile, I’m offering a Paul is Dead T-Shirt from my Redbubble store, just click this link.

Steve Lafler

Steve Lafler Catalog Update Fall 2019

Hey there, welcome! You are invited to sample my graphic novels, art and T-Shirts. Let’s get started with a few of my favorites…

My latest graphic novel is Lucha Bruja, inspired by my decade-long stint of living in the magical city of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Steve Lafler is different. He’s not content to flip the same burger over and over with different toppings. His worldview is wide open and that everything-goes approach is alive and well in his wonderful new project/object, Lucha Bruja.”

– Stephen Beaupre, editor of Buzzard Comics anthology

You can order your copy of Lucha Bruja direct from Amazon for $14.99.


BugHouse is my best known graphic novel, an insect noir narrative of be-boppin’ bugs, set in a fictional Manhattan of the early 1950s. Inspired by the music of Miles Davis and the cryptic yet lively writings of William S. Burroughs, BugHouse offers a ride like no other graphic novel.

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

BugHouse is available at my LULU store for $14.99.
Note: Click through to show you are old enough for this “mature” book.


Benb T-Shirt. Benb is the “happy guy”. He is a complete bumbler, yet he lives a charmed life! Like a cat, he always lands on his feet.

Order your Benb T from my Redbubble shop.

Original Art! I have several key pieces of cover art on offer. You can email or call me if interested. Shipped insured.

Steve Lafler

(707) 849-7836

BugHouse graphic novel cover, brush & ink on bristol board. $500.

Let’s Paint

I’m gonna bust the paints out soon. Here’s a fun BugHouse painting from 2016.

This one was part of my Oaxaca Painting Book which you can still get at my Lulu store.


Original Cover Art Sale – Two Sold, 5 Pieces Still on Offer

Greetings. I’m offering seven pieces of original comic book cover art for sale! Here’s an unusual opportunity for collectors to own one of these brush & ink on bristol board beauties from my archives.
I just returned from a visit to my old digs in Oaxaca, Mexico where most of my comic art is stored, and brought a few gems back with me. Here they are:


1. Doog Boog. Cover, Dog Boy #7, Fantagraphics Books, August 1987.
11″ x 17″ brush & ink on 2-ply Strathmore bristol. $295/ SOLD!


2. Dog Girl. Cover, Dog Boy #8, Fantagraphics Books, October 1987.
12″ x 19″ brush & ink on Strathmore 2-ply bristol. $295


3. BugHouse Graphic Novel, cover. Top Shelf Productions, June 2000.
17″ x 20″, brush & ink on Strathmore 2-ply bristol. $500


4. Prometheus Gift, cover. Cat-Head Comics, August 1991.
11″ x 17″, brush & india ink on Strathmore 2-ply bristol. $395


5. Dancin Cats / Lux & Jerry. An edited version became the cover of Buzzard #3, Cat-Head Comics, February 1991.
12″ x 19″ ish, brush & ink on Strathmore bristol. $500


6. Cover, Centrifugal Bumble Puppy, Fantagraphics Books (Joe Sacco, editor), Spring 1987.
11″ x 14″ brush & ink on Strathmore 2-ply bristol / collage. $295


7. Dog of the Year. Cover, Dog Boy #4, Cat-Head Comics, April 1984.
12″ x 19″ brush & ink on Strathmore 2-ply bristol. $395 SOLD!

All items are shipped fully insured via priority mail in double-thick cardboard art tube. For UPS or Fedex ground add $15, for next day, add $30. Payable via check, paypal or google pay.
Questions? Call me at (707) 849-7836 or email

I’m delighted to offer these pieces of my comic art. They are potent works that can really brighten up a room!

I’m hoping to underwrite frequent travel to see my Dad this year, he just passed away August 20th after a long illness.

Pick your favorite(s) and contact me, we’ll iron out the details.
Thanks for your support and patronage!

All the best,

Steve Lafler

Lucha Bruja Graphic Novel & Beyond

I’ve started work on a new piece, it’s sort of a graphic novel but with many twists. In truth, the less I say about it for now, the better!

I’ve drawn nine pages so far, and have a script in hand with enough material for a good 60 – 70 pages so far. As always I look to keep spontaneity in the work, actively looking for the moments where I can jump off script into cool ideas that crop up.

I’m messing with format, marketing and publishing concepts. Suffice to say, the publishing industry is in flux! So I’m messing with it.

Meanwhile I ask for your support for my cartooning habit! I recommend ordering a copy of my latest graphic novel Lucha Bruja. You can also visit my Lulu Steve Lafler Catalog page to pick up select items from my back catalog.

Here’s the cover spreads for some of the books:

Here’s what my old friend and co-conspirator Stephen Beaupre (Buzzard Comix anthology editor) writes about Lucha Bruja:

“Lafler kicks off his latest genre-defying opus by introducing us to Rex, Gertie, and Myles, a close-knit family making a new home in Oaxaca, Mexico. Lafler renders this table-setting plotline (think timeline) in warm comedic hues, set to the relatable rhythm of wayfinding in a colorful unfamiliar world. Once that backing track is locked in — everything is a manifestation of music in Lafler’s world — curious new melodies start to emerge in the form of a blues harp playing spirit guide, creeping vampirism (metaphorical and quite real), and one truly kickass superhero alter ego. And that’s just the start, all propelled by Lafler’s masterful art and storytelling chops.”

Here’s some praise for my BugHouse graphic novels by a couple of famous guys:

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

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.

These are smart guys!!! So this means you must buy these comics right away, like for real man!

And I’m tellin’ ya, the ladies like BugHouse too, for what it’s worth… I gotta dig up quotes from Mary Fleener and Phoebe Gloeckner on BugHouse… currently buried in the non-digital archives in Oaxaca, Mexico in my bodega/storage room!