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MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Juarma López

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MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Julien Dupont

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MRR Presents: Friday Fuckin’ Funnies! #71


March 27th, 2015 by

LIFE IS POSERS!

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Loads more at lifeisposers.com

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NOWHERE CITY by Vickie Smalls!

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More great comix by Vic at nowherecitycomix.tumblr.com

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Lots more cool comix and illustrations by Michael Adam Kindred at michaeladamkindred.com

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LIL FRIENDS by J$N $#!T#E@D

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See more cool art and comics by Jsn at jsnmidas.tumblr.com

Every Friday we have a selection of comic strips from punx like you… You make funnies? Send em to funnies {at} maximumrocknroll(.)com and maybe you’ll see yer comic here next Friday!



MRR Comics & Art Issue Artist Q&A with Rudy Leowe


March 27th, 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 Rudy Leowe.

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What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
I just finished a commissioned project about the queer black writer Claude McKay, but other than that my work seems to fall into two categories: work that’s autobiographical and quite often about mental health; and then black history comics. At the moment I am creating a series of black history comics that look at the history of black people in the UK. Although at some point I would be interested in working with communities in other places to make more.

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
Many of my influences come from outside of art. I’m really interested in history. I love Cristy Road’s artwork; I could look at it all day. Ellen Forney created a great book about mental health called Marbles. I would say being part of a QTIPOC community that I love mainly influences me. A friend and very talented artist is Jacob V Joyce, I would highly recommend checking out his stuff. I love finding artists on Tumblr, I feel like there are so many amazing artists on there.

Music influences?
At the moment I’ve been finding lots of afrofuturist playlists. There’s one I really like, you can find it online if you search “My Body Full of Stars.” I like quite a lot of different music, but I would say that the main thread is being interested in what black people are doing in music. Some people whom I’ve been listening to at the minute are FKA Twigs, Death Grips, Ata Kak and this K Boo Legalize It playlist on Soundcloud.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
All my work is hand drawn, which I think comes from drawing being an emotive process for me. Especially when making work that feels close to my heart, sitting down and drawing intensely with ink feels really good. I think that my work is fairly simple in style; the main thing for me is black people being central characters, rather than vehicles for white characters’ narratives.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
I’ve just joined a care collective that are looking to support disabled people who need PAs but don’t want to have to work with people who reinforce oppressive thinking. It’s only in the beginning stages, but I’m glad to be involved. I also work with young people at a local library, facilitating weekly sessions getting them involved in arts activities. It was great during black history month, I got them to make black history zines and they all wanted a copy of this photo of Malcolm X saying BLACK POWER in big letters to use in their zines; that made me super happy.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
I’m just going to keep drawing, apply for funding to do rad projects. It took me quite a long time to realise that I could make the kinds of work I wanted to make and that there are communities of people who are interested in the same things I am. So that’s what I try to keep in mind when making new work. Also, hopefully working with more QTIPOC artists on awesome projects.

Check out more from Rudy Leowe at rudyloewe.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 Ruben Dahlstrand


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 Ruben Dahlstrand from Malmö, Sweden.

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What are the main things you’ve published, including comics, record covers, band shirts, anthologies, etc.?
For people outside of Sweden, a couple of my comics can be found in the comics anthology From The Shadow Of The Northern Lights Vol. 1 & 2 (Galago / Top Shelf). I’ve done some record covers in the past for bands like Svart Städhjälp (my own band), Bäddat För Trubbel and Headed For Disaster. Also did the cover for the MRR Halloween issue in 2013!

Who are some of your influences as far as art and comics?
I’ve always loved the North American and European alternative comics scenes. Artists who like to use really black ink on really white paper. Some big influences that everyone should check out are Julie Doucet, Max Andersson, Max Bardin and Mike Diana. Of course there are a ton of others worth mentioning both past and present, but these are a few artists who have stuck with me and always inspired me throughout my own drawing “career.”

Music influences?
Two bands that have truly influenced me in completely different ways, both in my drawing and life in general, are Hårda Tider (from Malmö) and Thin Lizzy. Otherwise, I will listen to anything as long as it “rocks”—for lack of a better word.

How would you describe your style of drawings?
Ink-heavy.

What other punk projects are you involved with (bands, venues, record labels, etc.)?
I currently play drums in Svart Städhjälp and Urban Savage. That’s about it really. I try to go to a lot of shows and support the scene here in town in any way I can.

What’s in the future for you as a cartoonist/artist?
2015 I’m just going to draw as much as possible and get my stuff out there. Not the easiest thing to do while working a full time job, but just give me a lot of insanely black coffee and some ZZ Top records (preferably ’80s era) and I’ll be fine.

Check out more from Ruben at www.rubendv.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.



New Blood! OTHERIZED, SIEVEHEAD, CONVICT and SUPER-X


March 26th, 2015 by

Formerly a section in MRR magazine, “New Blood” is now a regular feature here on maximumrocknroll.com spotlighting new bands from around the world! See below for info on how to submit. Now, get to discovering some killer new bands…

Otherized

Band name:
OTHERIZED

Date & location formed:
October 2014, Santa Ana, CA.

Reason for forming:
Heaven and Stephanie talked for a long time about starting a band, but that was as far as the concept went. Stephanie and I started practicing on our own and wrote a song Called “Struggle of Your Life,” but she didn’t feel confident about her singing abilities. She had the idea to finally see if Heaven would be willing to join us and sing it, and after a few brief practices, we all decided to write songs together and see if we could make something happen collectively. Unbeknownst to our friends, we practiced on the down low for an entire year before coming out in October to our friends and releasing a demo we had secretly recorded. The name “Otherized” comes from critical theory, where “the Other” signifies something marginalized and foreign to the self; when the familiar becomes the unfamiliar, it becomes Otherized and consequently becomes terrifying to the normal/static.

What are your lyrics about?
Our lyrics are based on relatable themes, we keep the content pretty simple and straightforward. Our songs talk about punk elitism, marginalization, rumors and negativity in the scene, feminism, questioning social norms, etc.

How would you describe your sound?
It’s a weird mix of d-beat, hardcore, with melodic fast tendencies like the Germs.

What’s in the future for this band?
We’re writing more songs and increasing our catalog. In the midst of this, we’re just aiming to play more shows and have a good time doing it.

Links and contact info:
otherized.bandcamp.com
otherized {at} gmail(.)com

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SIEVEHEAD

Band name:
SIEVEHEAD

Date & location formed:
Spring 2014 in Sheffield, UK.

Reason for forming:
We’re three old friends who all ended up living in Sheffield. We’ve all got roots in the DIY Community here and we all share an open minded view on punk and rock and roll, so we decided to start sievehead with no real agenda or specific sound we wanted to create.

What are your lyrics about?
Personal politics, surroundings, dreams, nightmares and imagination.

How would you describe your sound?
People have compared our sound to Northwest American bands like the Estranged/Wipers or 80’s UK stuff like Killing Joke/Joy Division. But like I said, we never aimed to sound like anything in particular, it just came out that way!

What’s in the future for this band?
Our first 7” just came out through the DIY space we’re involved in’s own label (Kids of the Lughole) Which you can order from the Bandcamp link. We’ve just started recording for an 8 track 12” which should be out in the summer through Milk Run Records and Evil Hoodoo Records. We’ll be playing gigs all over the shops throughout the year.

Links and contact info:
kidsofthelughole.bandcamp.com
sieveheadband {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
CONVICT

Date & location formed:
October 2014 in El Monte, California.

Reason for forming:
we all stopped playing in our old bands Disapproval & New Brigade a few months prior to forming.We wanted to play hardcore punk the way we werent able to with our old bands so we got together and whipped up a demo in a month or two.

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What are your lyrics about?
The impending police state and constant police brutality that surrounds us. Isolation and being an outsider to the world around us. the mentality and feelings of growing up in a dog eat dog working class wasteland.

How would you describe your sound?
Hardcore Punk influenced by Oi, early NYHC ala the abused and agnostic front and LA punk ala X, The Gun Club.

What’s in the future for this band?
we just released a demo tape in December, which is being released on 7″ by Six Feet Under Records soon. We want to play as much as possible and hopefully do a couple weeks this year and record/release a proper 7″ by the end of the year.

Links and contact info:
convicthc.bandcamp.com
convictpunx {at} gmail(.)com

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Band name:
SUPER-X

Date & location formed:
On and off since 2013, Melbourne, Australia.

Reason for forming:
Channeling the former ghosts of teen angst.

What are your lyrics about?
So many highs, so many lows!

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How would you describe your sound?
Elements of proto-punk/rock and roll/garage/punk.

What’s in the future for this band?
Recording recording recording, and lots of shows on the horizon!

Links and contact info:
super-x-1.tumblr.com

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Do you have or know of an awesome new band? It’s easy to submit to be in MRR’s New Blood feature. Use our new online submission form or just email us the following info, and keep keeping’ it real…

1) Band name:
2) Date & location formed:
3) Reason for forming:
4) What are your lyrics about?
5) How would you describe your sound?
6) What’s in the future for this band?
7) Links and contact info:

Along with the answers please send a band photo at least 600px on the longest side (with photo credits), and a logo if you have one, to: mrrnewblood {at} gmail(.)com



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.