I feel like this strip pretty much encapsulates what I adore about American Elf. The innocence combined with the raw honesty, and in that - the beauty - of life.
It had been a little while since I really read much of James Kochalka’s American Elf but I decided to pick up the tome that is book 4 a couple of days ago and have been devouring at every opportunity I can find. In reading this, I’m reminded just how much of an influence James Kochalka had on my comics at the beginning of my career making comics. I even did an entire issue of Boredom Pays (number three) in Kochalka’s diary comic format.
I’ve been working away on a book of the best Boredom Pays comics I’ve done over the past five years. Initially, I had left the entire Kochalka inspired issue out of the collection. Now, with this fresh on my mind, I’m heavily reconsidering that decision.
A daring combination of autobiography and science fiction. Kochalka’s proto-american-elf alter-ego wanders drunkenly through a hallucinogenic nightmare world of Cancer Robots, softball showdowns, dance parties, barbecues, public time machines, testicular injury, and cake-baking kung-fu cuties! Long out-of-print, but we still have a secret stash!
Published by Highwater Books/Alternative Comics.
8″ x 8″, 176 pages. $15 Full-color cover with b&w interior
I was so pleased to see my comic strip hanging next to the counter in the restaurant. A huge wave of happiness hit me. Followed by a instant crushing sadness, mourning the end of my strip all over again.