Crass Sophisticate Alright, I know what your thinking to yourself. 'Bacon grease and piss' isn't a nice phrase to use to describe a comic book. But I never come up with this expression myself.  Honest to God. It was my mate, Josh, whilst he was talking about his amazing underground on-line publication that he created with his cousin, Justin. Here, check out what else he told me in this conversation we had only the other day, whilst pissing on a pig in the Sahara desert.

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1) What are your own origins, Josh? And what did you do prior to becoming ‘a creator’?   First and foremost, it’s because of grandpa, Bob Tigerman, that I got into drawing comics to begin with. I’d look at his comics as a kid and think, “Goddamn! Those are good! I wanna be as good as him someday", and I still to this day don’t think im as good as him. He’s the greatest unknown underground comic strip illustrator. He coulda been somethin more in comics, but he chose to own a print shop instead and draw comics as a lark for jokes. Drawing people’s portraits and pissing them off if they didn’t have a sense of humor.

As a teen I was taught by a guy named Ron Wagner who worked for marvel comics drawing the comic book 'Morbius'. The best advice Ron gave me was never shy away from drawing hands -- always have the character’s hands in the panels. Great advice. But I became disgruntled with all the rules and regulations when it came to Marvel Comics with the way the panels should be laid out and the measurements and using rulers and t -- squares and shit.

Crass SophisticateThen, when I got to college, I tried and failed to be a filmmaker. I had no crew and the stories I wanted to tell were too fantastical for a budget size of zero. So, comics provided the cinematic part of my storytelling craving.

2) What inspired you to create Crass Sophisticate?   Let’s get something straight here -- there is nothing else! The comic is all that I have, all I ever wanted to have, the hell with women! I’m done with them! The hell with the corporate ladder! I’m done being a lap dog for empty suits! The comic is all there is. The comic is my light and everytime I finish a book I think, that’s it. The dream’s over, the dream’s dead. There’s nothing more to tell, but then I get drunk with my cousin and we shoot the sh*t and he does most of the talking and I listen and I start to get filled again and inspired and think, “yeah, there’s a story there in my mind. Let’s get the goddamn thing down on paper!

3) In your own words how would you describe this publication? Plus what formats does it come in?   Fantastical stories of urban squalor available online and in print.

4) Who would you cast in a ‘CS’ movie?   Casting 'Crass Sophisticate: The Movie'? Maybe Steve Carell as Justin and John C. Reilly as Josh. (If your readers find a better one for Justin, let me know)

5) What song would you say best represents your comic and why?   The song is "Hoist That Rag" by Tom Waits. It’s crass like us.

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6) If you could assign a smell to ‘CS’, what odour would it be and again, why?   Bacon grease and piss. It’s manly, like us.

7) To me, the style on your book comes across a bit like ‘Beavis and Butthead’ meets Robert Crumb? How would you define your wares? Plus have you had any acknowledgment in the media?   Crumb certainly has an outsider’s appeal, and Beavis and Butthead have their moments. I like to think we’re original. I don’t think anyone out there is doing what we’re doing -- our stories started somewhat autobiographical, but our lives weren’t fantastical enough, so we made it more fantastical to be funnier.

Most recently we were asked to moderate a panel discussion on Vulgarity in Comic Books at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo

8) How do you feel about mainstream comic books? And do follow any of the current wares?   I’m not really interested in mainstream comics because they don’t go for broke. I’m interested in comics that go for broke (going for broke is riding that razor’s edge between the sane and insane -- it also applies to good and bad taste -- the delicate balance)

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9) During your time in this creative field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   The most important thing when it comes to the comic is the bond of friendship and making each other laugh, first and foremost. If there’s no laughter, than there’s no comic. Plain and simple (and also it can’t be boring. If it’s ever boring, it’s going in the goddamn trash. I’ve been bored the majority of my life by lame people with no sense of humor -- so f*ck them and the sh*t art they put out. I’ll never be like them, I’d rather die!). Having a sense of humor is the best attribute to mankind. Laughter is the best medicine. People who don’t have a sense of humor are the saddest / lamest people in the world and are missing out on the greatest joys of the world -- to take a joke and laugh is the point! Everything else is mental masturbation.

Wow! Hard-hitting stuff. Right dear readers? So what are you waiting for? Go check out Josh's website, crassophisticate.com, and do the tweet-tweet / face-face thing today. You know that you want to, you little minx.

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