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Monday Photo Blog: Graham Meldrum


May 11th, 2015 by

Graham Meldrum sent us some photos for the Monday Photo Blog. Here are a couple. These were taken at the 13th Note, which I believe I  was at back in the year of 2000, at the recommendation of MRR staffer and roving Canadian Allan MacNaughton. From what I remember the place is a resturant as well as music venue. Glad to see it is still around. If you go, be sure to get the vegan bangers and mash.

Harda Tider (Sweden) at the 13th Note, Glagow, Scotland (photo by Graham Meldrum)

Damaged Head (Sweden) at the 13th Note, Glagow, Scotland (photo by Graham Meldrum)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: . 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 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.



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Heather Benjamin


March 21st, 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 Heather Benjamin from Providence, Rhode Island.

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What are your main publishing projects?
I’ve mostly put out my own zines, but have also made some shirts and prints of my own work as well as done a lot of flyer/poster and record/tape/t-shirt artwork for different bands. I guess the two main things I’ve had published are the Sad Sex book, put out by Desert Island in 2012, which is a paperback collection of the ten issues of my zine Sad Sex which I self-published for several years before the book came out, and Exorcise Book, a collection of about 70 of my drawings published by A Bolha, which is an imprint out of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Both those books are sold out now, but I think we might be printing a second edition of Exorcise Book this year.

What are some of your artistic influences?
I love the underground comix of the ’70s, things like Zap, Young Lust, and especially Wimmen’s Comix, pretty much anything put out by Last Gasp. Lately I’ve been really obsessed with the old sappy romance comics from the ’50s/’60s. I am totally obsessed with the artists Virgil Finlay and Leonor Fini. But, of course, probably some of the biggest influences on me in the last few years have been Japanese artists like Suehiro Maruo, Junji Ito, King Terry…I didn’t grow up looking at these artists, I’d never heard of them until just a few years ago, but discovering them after already having started to learn towards some sort of similar content/a similar aesthetic and getting to look into them more has been huge.

Musical influences?
I love old psychedelic Bollywood music, I think that’s been the majority of what I’ve been listening to lately…Soul music forever, X, Merle Haggard, Vom, the Catch A Wave comp…I can’t stop buying Mississippi Records tapes and I just got really heavy into Sheer Mag…

How would you describe your style of drawing?
That’s a tough one, I don’t know. I think they’re pretty self-explanatory. Personal, line-heavy, drippy…

What other punk projects are you involved with?
I’m not in any bands, but the house I live at in Providence now has shows in our basement, so I guess I’ve been sort of involved in that, and have made a couple flyers for the house and other shows in Providence since I’ve moved here…I recently did a shirt for Impalers, from Austin, collaborated with Alex Heir on the record design for Stoic Violence’s Chained release, and drew the tour poster for the Raw Distractions (Tokyo) east coast tour in April, as well as the artwork for the most recent cassette tape release by Virusse, a friend’s solo project here in Providence. But recently, I’ve been just focusing on working more on my own stuff, rather than picking up commission work for other people.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
Right now I’m just working (really slowly) on a few different zine and book projects, as well as on images for a portfolio of color prints that’s being put out for me. I’m making work for shows, but that feels less important right now than trying to teach myself some new tricks and maybe move into different territory, so there hasn’t been a lot of instant gratification lately, but that’s okay. I also just learned how to animate last year and have only made one animation so far but totally love doing it, so I’m hoping to get some more of that done this year and think about ways of releasing that, maybe a VHS release or something.

Check out more from Heather at heather-benjamin.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 Abraham Díaz


March 9th, 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 the creator of this issue’s cover artwork, Mexico City’s Abraham Díaz!

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What are your main publishing projects?
I publish a comic book called Zona Marginal, and I put out a few months ago another zine, published in France by Alex Ratcharge called Inborn Medicority—a definitive anthology of my previously published art and comics, containing art and comics published in anthologies and publications of that sort. Have done artwork for Pura Manía, Fracaso, Treatment, MøRbø, No Patience Records, and some flyers for Pizza Punks in California, Criaturas and Gas Rag gigs in Mexico City.

What are some of your artistic influences?
Robert Crumb and cartoonists from the US from all times… from Boody Rogers to Daniel Clowes, Fletcher Hanks to Jack Davis or Wally Wood to Tim Hensley. Political cartoons from all times, of all sorts, I love those cartoons and “cartooning” as a serious occupation.

Musical influences?
I like Spanish punk bands the most, I can say Sudor is my favorite band ever (Hector is also a great cartoonist). I also like spooky music in general, like Jacula when I want to draw something “dark.” I also play a lot of Contropotere, Blood Axis, Coil, Red Temple Spirits when drawing… Lately I’ve been obsessed with Último Gobierno’s drums…

How would you describe your style of drawing?
I would describe my drawing style as “stupid.”

What other punk projects are you involved with?
I can play the drums a little, but no one wants to start a band with me, so all I can do is draw and help my friends of Cintas Pepe with the layout of their records.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
My future as a cartoonist here is to starve to death.

Check out more from Abraham at awfulgraphics.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.



Monday Photo Blog: Frank Ramírez


February 16th, 2015 by

Frank Ramírez, from Lima, joins us at the  Monday Photo Blog with some local action, and one of a touring band from Portland, or PDX, if you think in shorthand. UK’82, Riot City studs and spikes is a world wide thing that just keeps on going and going and going. If you want to see more from Frank, ask a punk, or get on a plane and go to Lima. Let us know how it goes if you do.

Local punks at a gig in a football field somewhere in Lima, Peru. (photo Frank Ramírez)

DHK vocals at a football field in Lima, Peru, 2014. (photo Frank Ramírez)

Terokal (Portland) at El Local Miraflores. (photo Frank Ramírez)

Ratas Rabiosas at San Juan de Lurigancho, 2014. (photo Frank Ramírez)

Send your tour photos, bands that have come through your town, the best of your local bands, etc. to: . 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!