Vincent Stall of 2D Cloud answered the following interview questions!
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
The first zine I made was titled “fodder” some time around 1997. The pamphlet was inspired by a book of Henny Youngman jokes that I was lost in one move or another.
At the time I was working with Paul Tobin, Phil Hester, and Colleen Coover on a book called “Attitude Lad”. They are all very talented and seeing my work in the same comic as their’s made me realize that I need to figure my craft out.
“fodder” was the first of many attempts at figuring out how to write, draw, and pull it all together into something that didn’t suck. They where fun to make and great to give away and trade with others.
Describe your most recent zine.
The most recent completed zine is titled “Fuck and Doom”. It is a collection of short stories that is more a less a 36 page rant on the transformative nature of new technology. By no means am I a luddite but as I turn into a old geezer there are certainly moments of late where I just know the world is moving along without me at its’ center.
From a creative perspective it pulled together old influences and references, it was the first time in years that I did something silly, that wasn’t precious.
Of all the things you’ve ever made, zine-related or otherwise, what’s your one favorite?
Things You Carry was a difficult and very personal book. In retrospect it was the only way I was going to be able to come to accept the loss of my father. I got lost in the panels and my head and found a way out.
I had no real plans to publish the completed book thinking no one other than myself would have any interest in something so obtuse.
Much to my surprise the book was published by 2D Cloud, thanks guys.
Name three of your influences and how they affected your work.
• Gary Panter’s “Jimbo” the big cardboard version was the first comic I read that wasn’t a superhero book. It was so different, it felt dangerious, everything about was foreign. I have clear memories of feeling my brain tingle as I turned the pages. It forever changed what I imagined a book could be.
• David Stone Martin, who is best know among Jazz record collectors for his covers, had one of the most amazingly energetic lines I have ever seen. He was the master of economy in color getting more than you could possibly imagine out of two colors. He is rarely cited and that is a dame shame.
• Munoz and Sampayo book “Joes Bar” much like Gary Panter’s Jimbo is a book so raw in power. I read it annually, much like “Jimbo” “Joes Bar” is a book that defied the rules.
What do you do when you’re not creating and how does it help or harm what you do artistically?
I’m sure it is the same problem everyone else is faced with, I work. It helps pay the bills and keep a roof over my head. The harm, there 40 hours every week that could be spent in other pursuits.
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