The Cleveland artist on faves ranging from the Dube to NBT
Cleveland-based illustrator and comics artist John G is readying for the release of “Sandwich Anarchy,” a hardbound, 208-page collection of concert flyer-like posters he created over the course of a decade to promote Ohio-based Melt Bar & Grilled. John G will be at the Short North location of the eatery signing copies of the book from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Here are a few things he loves.
New Bomb Turks' Destroy-Oh-Boy!
This album came out right around the time I was getting into punk music ('93). I was always intrigued by the track "Born Toulouse-Lautrec." While the song isn't *quite* about Toulouse-Lautrec, he's definitely one of my favorite artists for a multitude of reasons: A) Toulouse-Lautrec was a painter and illustrator that led a bonkers life in late 19th-century Paris, where he made gig posters (of the time) for places like the Moulin Rouge, B) He also had a disability from an accident in his youth, and C) He loved redheads. Anyway, this record is really good.
A Columbus institution for me. The quintessential punk-rock greasy spoon. I always end up visiting Blue Danube when I'm in Columbus, especially since they serve food so late. Something surreal always happens at this joint. The last time I was there I was coincidentally approached by a writer who I worked with 15 years prior (I drew the cover to his first zine in the early 2000s).
Noah Van Sciver
One of my favorite cartoonists working today. I'm just getting into his work, but I think Noah's comics are brilliant. He's really prolific. His book Disquiet was one of my favorites from 2016, with a vast range of stories which were all fantastic.He also has a new book about Johnny Appleseed with Paul Buhle that just came out. Plus, Noah draws a comic strip in Alive every week!
Akira Kurosawa's 1961 samurai masterpiece is an incredible piece of cinema. In fact, if you're up for a day trip to Cleveland, I'll be presenting this movie at The Capitol Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 8, with a short documentary about my work called Draw Hard. I recommend coming early to pay pinball at Superelectric next door and grabbing dinner at one of the great restaurants in the Gordon Square neighborhood!
OK, I know this is a little self-serving because I help to run it, but the Sunday after Thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year! Genghis Con is the small press and independent comics convention in Cleveland, and it gets bigger and better every go-round. Artists, writers, print-makers and zinesters from all over the rust belt (and beyond) come to hang out and share their work. It's truly inspiring and humbling to fill a giant room in an old factory building with so much artwork and genuine human enthusiasm. It takes place Nov. 26 this year, if you are interested. Everyone from student artists to Derf Backderf (“My Friend Dahmer”) will be there.