Saturday, October 01, 2005

Steve Lafler

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A few days ago, I got a comment from cartoonist Steve Lafler. Steve's work since the 1970s has been a big influence on my own work. His comic strip "Aluminum Foil" and the comic strip collection "Benb and Gerald", along with his comic book , "Mean Cat featuring Crazy Eddie", really opened my eyes to the unlimited possibilities of cartoon ideas. The only limitations you have are the ones you place on yourself. Above is a cover of the Fantagraphics Books edition of Steve's "Dog Boy #5". I wish I still had my issue of Mean Cat. It had a hand silksceened cover. It was lost many years ago, but I still have the t-shirt!It's threadbare and falling apart,so it's a Zencomix museum piece now...


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I wish I still had my copy of "Benb and Gerald", but I gave it to my brother for safekeeping while I was living out of my truck a few years ago...here's a page out of Dog Boy #5. Enjoy...


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4 comments:

watermolecule said...

I have Benb and Gerald.

Anonymous said...

I have Benb and Gerald.

I also have a foil head.

It keeps me safe at night.

The NSA cannot read my thoughts.

Anonymous said...

I dressed as Gerald for Halloween 1979. Wish I still had my foil head.

When I left UMass my roomate stole our copy of Benb and Gerald. My favorite strip? "Gerald is betrayed by EarthFoods"!

William said...

I knew Steve from Sudbury, MA through a mutual friend and we had more than a few puffs of Foss Tighes' mom's produce and would listen to Jeff Beck on his nice new Nikko stereo and draw a few "obtuse" cartoons. Steve then was an incredibly talented cartoonist and his story lines were far better than mine, prompting me to end my cartooning career at a very early age. After attending UMASS and meeting him once again I collected every weeks's Collegian featuring "Aluminum Foil" and made myself into Benb one halloween with a paper mache mask. "It's pie for sure!"