Posts Tagged ‘El Vocho’

Stray Dog in San Francisco!

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Steve Lafler brought his show on the road again this year with an all-out Rock & Roll Dog Book Party in the city by the bay, San Francisco! What can we say? Steve is one happy puppy and couldn’t wait to celebrate the publication of Doggie Style: The Complete Dog Boy, his newest book from CO2 Comics featuring his oldest and most beloved character.

Steve Lafler at The Mercury Cafe

The party, held at the Mercury Cafe on July 25th, had Dog Boy’s fleas jumping all night with tail wagging sets from Steve’s very own country/punk band The Dick Nixon Experience that he heads up with his old pal Scotty Hoover.

Between sets there was plenty of food and libations to go around and of course lots of book signing because Steve was toting around stacks of paperback and hardback editions of his huge 488 page omnibus Doggie Style: The Complete Dog Boy, thanks to his wildly successful Kickstarter campaign where he was able to nearly double his intended goal!

Steve knows how to put together a road trip, reminding us how he hit the ground running last year to promote his first  CO2 Comics graphic album, Ménage à Bughouse a 408 page compilation of his Bughouse trilogy.

Bug House cover

We’re happy that Steve is happy! He has earned his doggie treats. He began publishing Dog Boy back in 1982 and was one of the early indy publishing pioneers of the Direct Market. We first met and were inspired by him when we were young publishers with Comico. Since the early days with his Cat Head imprint, Steve has brought Dog Boy and his other creations to readers through various publishers like Fantagraphics and Top Shelf. We are thrilled that our relationship with Steve has come full-circle and we can now boast having published Steve’s work here at CO2 Comics!

Steve has given us the wonderful opportunity to serialize three of his greatest comics, El Vocho, Bughouse and Dog Boy as web comics on our CO2 Comics site where they can be perused for free at any time. Check ‘em out and see how quickly you get sucked in to Steve’s eclectic and energetic art and stories!

Steve’s work is so voluminous that we couldn’t wait to collect them in print. Steve had already beat us to the punch with El Vocho, but hey, we like big chunky books so we jumped on collecting the Bughouse trilogy and the massive collection of Dog Boy comics. The results are two tremendous graphic album collections, Ménage à Bughouse and   Doggie Style: The Complete Dog Boy available in hardback and paperback editions directly to you Print On Demand from our Lulu storefront! with all of our other great creator owned product.

So if you are in San Francisco keep an eye out for stray dogs because the party may be over but Steve is out there somewhere struttin’ his stuff in style. Doggie Style, that is!

Making Comics Because We Want to,

Gerry Giovinco



The Power of Three: 3 Decades, 3 years, 3 New Books In Print!

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Some say that the Power of Three has a mystical quality. We just need to look at the great pyramids and it is clear that even the ancient Egyptians knew that there is something powerful about the number three. It is used very productively in writing, design and architecture. Now the Power of Three has embraced us here at CO2 Comics. Believe it or not, something special is happening!

Coincidence or not, good things (and bad) always seem to happen in threes. I’ve always been a little preoccupied with the metaphysical so when I began to see the Power of Three manifest itself in relation to CO2 Comics I got excited and felt the need to share my observations.

Three Decades!

Can you believe it? It has been thirty years since Bill Cucinotta and I first teamed up as co-partners in a little publishing venture called Comico The Comic Company. One of our priorities when we began publishing as CO2 Comics was to remind people of our accomplishments as co-publishers of Comico.

Comico is too often forgotten about when discussion is focused on independent publishers. Maybe it is because Comico appeared most successful when it was pioneering major licensing agreements as an alternative publisher. But Comico was, at its core, a creator owned company. We began Comico with the intent to self-publish our own comics, some of which are present right here on CO2 Comics. We have always believed that creators should own the rights to their creations, be involved in the decision making process regarding their properties and be generously rewarded by the successes of their creations. We firmly believe, uphold, and defend the proclamations set forth in the Comic Creator’s Bill of Rights.

Three Years!

That’s right! It has been three years since CO2 Comics was initially launched, intentionally coinciding with Independence Day, reflecting our support of independent publishers everywhere and our commitment to the entrepreneurial spirit that drives them. We fully appreciate the competition in the comics industry and are well aware of the two elephants in the room. We believe that the future success of the comics industry lies in the hands of the independent publishers who are the true innovators in the field. Annually we celebrate our own independence as comics publishers on the 4th of July referring to it as “Independents Day!”

Three New Books in Print!

And now for the BIG news! CO2 Comics has been primarily a publisher of web comics for the last three years with our only print publication so far being the huge first volume of David Anthony Kraft’s COMICS INTERVIEW the Complete Collection, an incredible 680 page collection of the greatest interviews in comic book history.

We have been bursting at the seems waiting to produce our first print collections derived from the dozens of comics that populate the CO2 Comics web site. Somehow one graphic tome just wasn’t enough so we put together (what else) THREE! These three black-and-white books are beautifully bound with full-color covers in both paperback and hardback editions. Keeping with the tradition of our former Comico publications, these graphic albums are all 8.5″ x 11″ so readers can fully enjoy the larger scale images of the fantastic sequential art inside! And, thanks to modern technology,  we are proud to announce that our first three comic publications are all available for purchase IMMEDIATELY!

Introducing CO2 Comics‘ first three graphic albums, NOW IN PRINT!

HEAVEN And DEAD CITY Now Available!

Heaven and the Dead City by Raine Szramski – This gothic fantasy is a tale of two cities, one beautiful and flourishing… the other, not quite as dead as it would seem. Raine Szramski lavishly hand-paints each panel in her unique style that brings both cities to life with a Victorianesque, Deco quality that will absorb readers into this world of magic, mystery, and adventure! 64 pages.

CAPTAIN OBESE Now Available!

The Heavy Adventures of Captain Obese! by Don Lomax - Finally collected in one handsome volume the adventures of Don Lomax’s favorite fat boy, originally published by WARP Graphics in the 1980′s, chronicles the amazing story of the world’s fattest super hero. Don Lomax is a long time veteran of adult comics, celebrated creator of Vietnam Journal and author of Marvel Comics’ The Nam. 108 pages.

Ménage à BUGHOUSE Now Available!

Ménage à Bughouse by Steve Lafler – The highly acclaimed Bughouse trilogy of graphic novels, formerly published by Top Shelf Productions, comes together in one giant package! Bughouse, Baja, and Scalawag combine to paint a full picture of life as an improvisational jazz musician set in an obviously fictional world where all of the characters are insects living in early fifties era Manhattan. On their road to success, the members of the band are tempted by the music, sex, money and the ever addictive “bug juice.” Ménage à Bughouse is an authentic look at the lifestyle of musicians and the challenges they face in an effort to satisfy their desire to create incredible music. 408 pages.

So, yes, we are celebrating our independence as comic publishers in a big way this year and to top it off, there is also a good old-fashioned road trip by that maniacal comic creator, Steve Lafler, himself!  Steve who is also the creator of Dog boy and El Vocho, both features here at CO2 Comics, is so excited about getting the word out about his project Ménage à Bughouse that he has hit the streets in his trusty 2002 Toyota RAV4 and is traveling cross-country from his home in Mexico.

Steve Lafler Tour

Look for Steve at any of these fine locations as he blows is own horn as only a buggy cartoonist/musician can!

July 11, Ada Books, Providence, RI

July 12, MoCCA, New York City

July 14, Locust Moon Comics, Philadelphia, PA

July 17, Boxcar Books, Bloomington IN

July 18, Daydream Comics, Iowa City, IA

July 20, Time Warp Comics, Boulder, CO

July 25, Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

July 28, Cosmic Monkey Comics, Portland, OR

Yours truly is especially excited to have been invited by Steve to sit in on his panel at MoCCA in New York City on July 12!

The Power of Three is alive and well here at CO2 Comics!

Three decades since our first comic book publication as Comico.

Three years as web comic publishers on the internet as CO2 Comics.

Three books, in print, Heaven and the Dead City, The Heavy

Adventures of Captain Obese! and Ménage à Bughouse.

The Power of Three…wow.

Happy Independence Day, America!

Happy “Independents” Day to all our friends who love comics!

Celebrating Thirty Years of Comics History!

Gerry Giovinco

Pass the Bug Juice!

Monday, May 14th, 2012

If you are a fan of CO2 Comics or Steve Lafler you know that we have a relationship that goes way back to the early days of independent comics which I described in my earlier blog post, CO2 Comics and Steve Lafler Together at Last that introduced two of Steve’s great projects, DOGBOY and EL VOCHO, to our line-up of comics.

We are now extremely proud to announce that BUGHOUSE will be the next project of Steve’s to grace the CO2 Comics site! We will be presenting, weekly, the entire BUGHOUSE trilogy which will include all three graphic novels, BUGHOUSE, BAHA, and SCALAWAG.

The BUGHOUSE series takes us inside the lively experiences of an improvisational jazz band set in an obviously fictional world where all of the characters are insects living in early fifties era Manhattan. On their road to success, the members of the band are tempted by the music, sex, money and the ever addictive “bug juice.” BUGHOUSE is an authentic look at the lifestyle of musicians and the challenges they face in an effort to satisfy their desire to create incredible music.

Steve’s decision to render the characters as bugs is questioned by some critics making comparisons to Art Spielgleman’s use of mice as Jews  and cats as Nazis in his Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel MAUS. Steve is no stranger to anthropoid-al use of characters as we know from his work on DOGBOY and has proven his ability and willingness to portray human characters as we’ve seen in EL VOCHO. His brilliant use of bugs as the vehicle for his characterization of the musicians and their subculture inside the pages of BUGHOUSE makes a more defined statement than if he had used humans or any other critter.

Musicians, like any other artist, often find themselves “alienated” from traditional society for their unique perspective of the world. Wether less or more than human, they gravitate toward like-minded individuals and “colonize” in a type of sub or counter culture. Steve’s use of insects epitomizes these behaviors while making his characters free of racial stereotyping, subtly making a statement that the improvisational jazz of that era, likewise, was void of racial boundaries. The “bug juice” presents an “insecticide” that, through its intoxicatingly addictive qualities, threatens to exterminate the dreams and lives of the characters within.

Steve Lafler, an artist and musician himself, brings his characters to life in the most real and human way possible while depicting them as insects, allowing the reader to penetrate the defensive exoskeletons of the ensemble and experience their inner vulnerability.

So, put away the RAID, pick up those ant traps, and hang up your fly swatter. Step into the musical world of BUGHOUSE and keep your antennae out of that damned “bug juice!”

Celebrating Thirty Years of Comics History!

Gerry Giovinco


Watch JACK BLACK by RADIO INSECTO

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Check out the New cartoon Music Video for the Song JACK BLACK written by DOG BOY and EL VOCHO creator STEVE LAFLER and his band RADIO INSECTO. Recording and engineering by BILL STAIR.

Radio Insecto is a cowpunk band based in Oaxaca, Mexico, founded by Steve Lafler and Bill Stair.

Monday Weekly Update | El Vocho

Monday, October 31st, 2011

New page of EL VOCHO by Steve Lafler now available.

EL VOCHO Update

Click here to read this comic NOW!

Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW

posted on The Comics Journal

NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the

EL VOCHO graphic novel,

Now On Sale

At LULU Here.

Monday Weekly Update | El Vocho

Monday, October 24th, 2011

New page of EL VOCHO by Steve Lafler now available.

EL VOCHO Update

Click here to read this comic NOW!

Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal

NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the

EL VOCHO graphic novel,

Now On Sale

At LULU Here.

Monday Weekly Update | El Vocho

Monday, October 17th, 2011

New page of EL VOCHO by Steve Lafler now available.

EL VOCHO Update

Click here to read this comic NOW!

Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal

NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the

EL VOCHO graphic novel,

Now On Sale

At LULU Here.

Monday Weekly Update | El Vocho

Monday, October 10th, 2011

New page of EL VOCHO by Steve Lafler now available.

EL VOCHO Update

Click here to read this comic NOW!

Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal

NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the

EL VOCHO graphic novel,

Now On Sale

At LULU Here.

Monday Weekly Update | El Vocho

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

New page of EL VOCHO by Steve Lafler now available.

EL VOCHO Update

Click here to read this comic NOW!

Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal

NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the

EL VOCHO graphic novel,

Now On Sale

At LULU Here.

Monday Weekly Update | El Vocho

Monday, September 26th, 2011

New page of EL VOCHO by Steve Lafler now available.

EL VOCHO Update

Click here to read this comic NOW!

Read the 3 Part STEVE LAFLER INTERVIEW
posted on The Comics Journal

NOW AVAILABLE,

Purchase a copy of the

EL VOCHO graphic novel,

Now On Sale

At LULU Here.


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