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So Buttons #13 (Film School)

Jonathan Baylis (words), Art by Karl Christian Krumpholz, Tony Wolf, Joe Zabel, Gary Dumm, Bernie Mireault, Whit Taylor, Brian Bram, Maria & Peter Hoey, Kate Lacour, Rick Parker, Miguel Echemendia, Michael T. Gilbert, T.J. Kirsch, & Ed Piskor

SPX Table W74


Published by So Buttons Comix

Adults Only

Category: Autobiographical

I've been making fun, true comix for a long time. One comic a year. Every year. For 13 years. So Buttons is an anthology of fun, heartwarming, true stories. One life (mine!) interpreted by many amazing artists. My life is a life surrounded by comix, celebrity and coincidence and So Buttons collects it all in one lovely package. I love working with so many great artists and I love PAYING them. Nothing is for exposure here, except my soul. This issue is subtitled: Film School with Pekar’s Pals and Mine If you don't know, Harvey Pekar was a guy who wrote auto-bio comics and hired different artists to interpret his stories. I follow that model. So... the inspiration for that "Film School" subtitle is this. Last year, I met Joe Zabel, a longtime collaborator of Harvey Pekar’s. I showed him my work and he agreed to do a story with me. And then he introduced me to Gary Dumm, and even longer collabber with Pekar. HE agreed to do a story. And then he introduced me to other co-conspirators Michael T. Gilbert and Brian Bram (not seen since American Splendor #2, 1977)! So this issue is a split between Harvey’s pals and my pals, and probably because of all the staying inside at home I did during the pandemic, it is a HEAVILY film-referenced issue. Before I wanted to call this series “So…”, I wanted to call it “Film School” and this is the closest this book has been executed to that initial idea. My Collaborators include: · Karl Christian Krumpholz on the cover · Tony Wolf doing some Swampy magic · Joe Zabel on a Sundance premiere · Bernie Mireault on 28 Days Later · Whit Taylor (nominated for an Ignatz this year!) – on parenting. We’re both parents to young kids. · More Pekar folks Gary & Laura Dumm – on Inglourious Basterds (about filmmaker/actor Eli Roth, who I went to film school with!) · And Brian Bram – not seen since American Splendor #2 in 1977, spends some time in Strawberry Fields · Maria and Peter Hoey work on my eye surgery · Kate Lacour reflects on vision · Rick Parker nails the Sound Effects of Ennio Morricone score to Once Upon a Time in the West · Miguel “ECH” Echemendia outdoes himself on the best Jack Elam movie you’ve never seen · Michael T. Gilbert on Tallulah Bankhead (Hitchcock's Lifeboat) · Karl Christian Krumpholz again as we get pickled talking about The Lives of Eddie Coyle · And so does baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan by my ride-or-die T. J. Kirsch · With Ed Piskor doing a little So Buttons headshot love. Come along for this cinematic ride through comix! It's So Buttons: Film School!!! FULL COLOR, 32 pages Digest sized 5.5" x 8.5" 100# cover stock with special spot gloss, 80# satin stock interiors

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