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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.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with JM Bertoyas


March 23rd, 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 JM Bertoyas from Lyon, France.

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What are your main publishing projects?
Anthologies: L’Horreur est Humaine, Hopital Brut, Rock Strip n°2; Ducon (published by l’Association), and so many things…. Pfff, I’m not a youngster and bad at archiving my production… Tons of gig posters…

What are some of your artistic influences?
Early comics are so good, like the Kin-der-Kids and Wee Winkie’s World of Feininger, Segar’s Popeye, King Jack Kirby, all the 1980 graffzines and international silly sex and meat comics…It’s the same thing as music, at first there are tons of madmen, who then turn into nice boys and girls when they start being weak and commercially viable… May they all die!

Musical influences?
Memphis Slim, and popular music from Cajun to Chicago house sound, ha ha! Noise, psychedelic and local scene…

How would you describe your style of drawing?
An overweight Gary Panter… Gary Pantoufle, Gary Burger…

What other punk projects are you involved with?
When I see a punk in the streets, we kiss and make out! Ha ha! Sometimes I book modest gigs, like Dinosaur With Horns, or the great Ralph White.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
Euh….

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



Monday Photo Blog: Zangree Garcia


March 23rd, 2015 by

For this Monday Photo Blog, Zangree Garcia from Mexico City sent over some photos of a couple recent shows in — where else? Mexico City! Live the chaos from your computer terminal. Don’t forget to check out the site zangree.wordpress.com  when you’re done ducking from the bosses, or coppers.

Fz-10 at Total Deskontrol in Mexico City on February 21, 2015 (photo by Zangree Garcia)

Fz-10 at Total Deskontrol in Mexico City on February 21, 2015 (photo by Zangree Garcia)

Zotz at Gato Calavera in Mexico City on January 29, 2015 (photo by Zangree Garcia)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: photoblog {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com. Include your name, a link to your website (or flickr, Facebook, or whatever), and the band (or subject), date and location of each photo. Just send your best photos — edit tightly. Three to seven photos is plenty, and it’s best to send pictures of different bands. Please do not send watermarked photos. Please make your photos 72 dpi and about 600–800 pixels at the longest side. Not everything sent in will be posted, and a response is not guaranteed, but we do appreciate all of your contributions. Feel free to submit more than once. Thanks!



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Lisa Czech


March 23rd, 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 Lisa Czech — the artist who created the back cover artwork for the Comics & Art Issue (also available as a limited edition poster with this issue).

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Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Lisa Czech and I’m from Montreal but I am living and barely surviving in Mexico City right now.

What are your main publishing projects?
I’ve being doing gig posters for awhile, mostly for shows in Montreal and Ottawa, and done some covers for records of groups like the Nymphets, Secret Police, Devil Eyes, Dead Wife. There’re a couple of zines of my drawings called A Bitter Pill and Shadow People.

What are some of your artistic influences?
Dirty Plotte and Love & Rockets are my favorite comics series.

Musical influences?
Rezillos, Circle Jerks, Sudor, the Slits, La Souris Déglinguée, Contropotere, LiLiPUT, and Indochine are perennial favorites.

How would you describe your style of drawing?
Characters kind of like Archie’s if they were grimier and angry. My work used to be pretty much exclusively high-contrast black and white jello arm people, but I recently learned how to draw and that really changed everything.

What other punk projects are you involved with?
I sing in the band Malokio and play guitar in Dead Wife.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
The near future is bringing a release with Ediciones ¡Joc Doc! and more comics and drawings, and I won’t stop doing gig posters as long as people don’t stop asking. Malokio has a bunch of songs that we wanna make a LP of and go on tour. Right now I am focusing on getting things done without cutting my hands off or walking into any holes.

Check out more from Lisa at lisaevelynczech.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.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Héctor Sudor


March 22nd, 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 Héctor Sudor from Madrid, Spain.

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What are your main publishing projects?
The main things I’ve published are Amigo Blas zine and the Sudor record covers.

What are some of your artistic influences?
My main influence is Jaume Perich (aka El Perich), a satiric Spanish cartoonist from the ’70s. When I was eight years old, I read his books and I started to draw. He drew really badly but all of his pictures had a great message.

Musical influences?
Eskorbuto.

How would you describe your style of drawing?
Along the years (I think) my style has changed, especially following some of my influences. In the last few years I have been focused on Spanish comics of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s—that little man with a big nose. I have tried to do something similar but I cannot do it because I don’t know how to draw well.

For me, comics and punk music are the same way. My style is really limited but both told me, “Hey, Héctor, if you don’t know how to draw, if you don’t know how to play—but you have something to say—don’t give a shit and do it!” I’d like to think that my comix are a weird blend between the first years of Francisco Ibañez and Philippe Vuillemin’s humor.

What other punk projects are you involved with?
I play in Sudor, Nueva Autoridad Democrática, Portadores del Tinga Tinga, Aparatos Reproductores and La Fe. Sometimes I organize shows in Madrid and I was doing a punk radio show with my friend Jorge from the record label Sólo Para Punks, but we finished with it. We were thinking of starting it again but…we are a lazy sod.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
Future? I am sorry but my English is very bad.

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