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MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Payton Lower

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MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Nathan Ward

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MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Mar Estrama

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Record of the Week: DAVIDIANS Night Terrors/Gimme All Yo Dope 45

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MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Łukasz Kowalczuk

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MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Payton Lower


March 26th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Payton Lower from Austin, TX.

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What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
Tapes and shirts for my own bands and a wide variety of fine (and not so fine) art projects.

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
Alphonse Mucha, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Albrecht Durer, Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch to name a few… and of course Pettibon is a given for anyone who works with ink in the hardcore scene.

Music influences?
For this piece in particular the Dead Kennedys. Tragedy, pg.99, Condominium, GY!BE, the Ventures… It always changes but those are some mainstays.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
Realistic yet stylized. If a Northern European engraver and art nouveau poster artist had a Japanese love child.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
I do vocals for Back Legs (ATX).

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
About to start a large mural commission and hopefully art for more bands that I respect.

Check out more from Payton at www.paytonlower.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Nathan Ward


March 25th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Nathan Ward from Cleveland, Ohio.

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What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
I’ve contributed comix and ads to MRR many times in the past, I’ve done a few things for Night Birds and Zero Boys when they did that tour together, I’ve done countless flyers for punk shows around Cleveland, including the last Horriblefest, and most recently I had a comic published in Leah Wishnia’s amazing anthology, Happiness #4. I also self-published my first full comic, Fun-O-Planet, in the fall of 2014. Get online somewhere!

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
My biggest influence in comics are obviously the late ’60s/early ’70s underground comix like Crumb, Shelton, and Robert Williams. I’m also really into Basil Wolverton stuff, early MAD magazine, EC comics stuff, and later alt comics shit like HATE by Peter Bagge, Eightball by Dan Clowes, and Dirty Plotte by Julie Doucet.

Music influences?
My favorite kind of music is like ’70s/early ’80s punk. I think the Ramones are the greatest, along with Devo, and I’m really into early Cleveland/Akron punk, like the Pagans, Electric Eels, Rocket from the Tombs, Dead Boys, Bizarros, etc. “Killed by Death” punk is my favorite, I guess. I really feel like that kind of music directly inspires my comix work, even if it’s just how I feel when I listen to it when I draw. I really like a lot of stuff Crypt Records puts out, and a lot of early Lookout! Records stuff. I love early Descendents more than most things, too. I don’t know… I listen to a lot of punk that comes out now, too, because I tour kind of a lot. I think Watery Love and Good Throb released the best records of last year.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
Overly detailed, gross, weird, dumb, cool.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
I play in a ton of bands around Cleveland, probably the most active ones right now are Cruelster and Perverts Again. Cruelster is constantly releasing shit and we tour when we can, and Perverts Again have a LP coming out in a few months. I do door at Now That’s Class sometimes and I book shows there occasionally. My friends (who all play in my bands) and I have a label called Turbine Piss Records where we release all our own shit. I just put out a Cleveland-based music/comic zine called PUS that has some Electric Eels/X___X interviews in it. That’s available to buy on the internet somewhere.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
The next issue of PUS comes out in sync with “Not” Horrible Fest in May, and the next issue of Fun-O-Planet will be out in the fall. I’m gonna keep making comics and releasing them myself until, hopefully, a publishing company that I feel has a similar ethos to mine, wants to release ’em for me. I have a multiple-story anthology-type comic coming out late summer that I think I’ll continue doing for a long ass time. I like actual comic books so I don’t know that I’ll ever do a graphic novel, but we’ll see. I’ll work on comix and a flyer/record cover here and there in between tours, releasing records, and work probably forever.

Check out more from Nathan at nwardcomics.net.
For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Mar Estrama


March 24th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Mar Estrama from Barcelona.

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What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
I’ve mostly published covers for my bands (Crosta’s LP, Las Otras’ LP and EP, and Res’ tape). I’ve also released a couple of small zines with illustrations (Parets de Paper, Forats) and screen prints, and I made the covers for the Spanish edition of Mierda fanzine #11, that comes with an Absurdo flexi. I make drawings for show posters too.

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
Like everyone, I have a lot of influences and some of them are super mainstream! Alison Bechdel, Phoebe Gloeckner, Marjane Satrapi, Nazario, Cesc, El Roto, Raymond Pettibon… I don’t think it’s that noticeable in my work but I also love the aesthetics of Spanish underground and radical press from the ’70s.

Music influences?
I find it very difficult to write band names in this kind of questions, but I’d say that even though I come from punk, all the music I listen to is not necessarily punk. These days I’m more into some more melodic, folk, accoustic or electronic stuff as long as it’s somehow raw or dark.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
I think my drawings are both disturbing and naive at the same time. At first sight they can even look cute, but there’s sharpness, inaccuracy and aggressiveness in them. They are normally inspired by daily situations but there’s always something out of place that helps create a tension. I focus on feelings and experiences that reflect my reality and that of the people who surround me. I try to address gender, identity or sexuality issues without being too pamphleteer or too obvious. I also want to reflect the life in this bricked up city that’s becoming more and more oppressive.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
Right now I play bass in Las Otras and Res, a new project where I also sing. We’ve recently released a tape on Discos Enfermos. I’m also part of a collective called Sota Terra that puts on DIY shows and benefit activities.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
I’d like to keep working and maybe be able to make more artwork for bands and this kind of thing. I’ve never drawn comics but I have some ideas in my mind that I’d like to bring to life in a comic format eventually. Who knows! Thanks a lot for including me. Love from Barcelona!

Check out more from Mar at marestrama.com and marestrama.tictail.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.



Record of the Week: DAVIDIANS Night Terrors/Gimme All Yo Dope 45


March 24th, 2015 by

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These are some freaky-ass tracks right here. From the label that brought you WHATEVER BRAINS and BRAIN FLANNEL (and a host of other outta this galaxy shit) comes the DAVIDIANS single. When the needle dropped and those groovy, angular bass licks kicked in I was mesmerized. Straight up, a sound that would make GANG OF FOUR blush (then curse for not doin’ it in ’79). The vocalist is the epitome of the snotty frontman. Dude is all nasal. Sounds like he hasn’t blown his nose in a month. And while this dude is screamin’, the guitar is pretty much doin’ its own thing. At points they meet up and play together but really, I feel like both stringed instruments are reading off entirely different music sheets. I feel like these folks get some of their cues from the more angular post punk acts like PIL or the freakier WIRE tracks, but with way more of a focus on speed and obnoxious delivery. I had to listen to this record a couple of times to get some sort of hold on it, and I’m not sure I even got it. I just know this record is great. Very stoked to listen and re-listen. Buy buy buy! For fans of: Staring directly into the sun, adventures in abandoned mine shafts, and skipping prom.
(Sorry State)

— Max Wickham



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Łukasz Kowalczuk


March 24th, 2015 by

This month’s MRR magazine is the Comics & Art Issue! Throughout March we are highlighting some of the participating artists right here on MRR.com. Today we hear from Łukasz Kowalczuk from Rumia, Poland.

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What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
Since June 2011 I have been self-publishing my comics (earlier I did a few shorts and two 24hr comics). So far—five issues of Nienawidzę Ludzi zine (I Hate People), Harkonnen Fucking Fat Flying Bastard zine, Szlamu Król zine (King of the Slime), Same (this one was released by Hard to Forget tattoo shop) and four issues of Vreckless Vrestlers. 100% DIY, without crowd-funding or sponsors. I wrote a mediocre book about American comics in Poland and did guest appearances in Polish zines.

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
Kirby and Crumb, Polish artists like Janusz Christa and Tadeusz Baranowski. Love obscure American mini-series from the ’80s/’90s: The Hammer, Outcasts, Slash Maraud. TMNT, their cousins and bastards from publishers like Blackthorne, 2000 AD stuff, comics based on cartoons or toys… John Ryan’s Prison Pit, Jeffrey Brown’s Incredible Change-Bots, Tom Scioli. Many titles from smaller publishers (which are big anyway), like Image, IDW, Boom, Top Shelf… OK, I’ll stop, I can write about it for hours :)

Hate Marvel/DC overdone superhero soap operas. If you think that “something will never be the same again,” you know that, actually, it will be the same boring shit as always.

Music influences?
I grew up on “traditional” punk (I mean ’77 stuff, Oi! music, etc.), old school hardcore and ska. Blitz’s Voice of Generation is the best album ever, period. It still has a big impact on everything I do, but more and more I like various stuff. John Carpenter and video games soundtracks, some metal genres (which aren’t so far away from punk), jazz… Specifically, the fact of listening to jazz is horrifying for me, but it’s good for focus. Also, I like to understand the lyrics. So, for example, I don’t like grind because I don’t understand a thing, and I hate RAC because I understand the “message.”

How would you describe your style of drawings?
I am not an artist, I am a punk rock craftsman.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
I used to sing in two bands: Bilety Do Kontroli and Collina. Both are dead but we made our point. You can watch Collina’s last gig here.

I did a lot of poster, T-shirt and album cover designs. I am not happy about the quality of, at least, half of this stuff :) Ucho club, No One Likes Us booking, Castet band, Bad Look Records, to name a few friends I did something for. I was involved in Summer Riot Open Air — we managed to organise the Cock Sparrer show in Poland without any victims or seriously injured.

Not too much into the punk scene nowadays, because I am bored, irritated and cozy. I made a lot of mistakes and it’s really annoying when you see that people are doing the same stupid shit again and again.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
I am finishing the last issue of Vreckless Vrestlers. The trade paper back will be out in Poland and France next year, so I will probably help publishers to promote it. There is also a chance for an American trade paperback edition.

My last self-published comic will be ready in January: Violent Skate Bulldogs and a flip book with my story and Maciek Misiewicz’s art. I love self-publishing but it takes a lot of time and I would like to focus on writing and drawing. Szlamu Król is a demo of a project I will work on in 2015.

Konkweror will be a thrash-metal comic book opera set in a post-apocalyptic world. Tester Gier will do the music (covers of thrash classics with lyrics from the comic book), and I’ll do the rest. Probably I will do the same mistake, as always — I’ll try to do too much and there won’t be time for everything. So, the future looks nice.

Check out more from Łukasz at lukaszkowalczuk.tumblr.com.

For links and more info about this artist and all of the artists in our Comics & Art Issue, check out the artist bios page.