AMBER LOVE 07-MAY-2012 This weekâ€™s hour of VODKA Oâ€™CLOCK features KARL SLOMINSKI, comic book artist of GOLGOTHA and ASHES with some other projects in the works. Karl is a graduate of The Joe Kubert School. He lives a bit like a hermit and shies away from comic conventions but you can certainly find him on Twitter at @KidReverie. This episode is rather explicit in particular we discuss the controversy of SAGA being pulled down from the Apple Store. He has never considered himself a fan of mainstream comics and instead veered into pulps like THE ROCKETEER.
â€œI was like an earlier Day Goth before the Marilyn Manson hoopla.â€ ~KS
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GOLGOTHA touches upon on the world of H.P. Lovecraft but not into those wild surreal worlds. Itâ€™s a very grounded story about a group of drug addicts trying to solve the mystery of who stole Lovecraftâ€™s skull from his final resting place.
â€œI donâ€™t know if itâ€™s [being Goth] so much of a subculture as it was the kids who got picked last in gym banding together.â€ ~KS
We chatted about the environment of indie comics and the awards recognition process. As a creator voting for your favorite things in the industry, you canâ€™t be afraid to use write-in slots. Itâ€™s the only way to get some great projects on the radar of mainstream-minded judges.
Naturally, I bring the conversation into porn issues and the popularity of comic book parodies.
â€œTwitter is turning conversation into a Weight Watchers program – counting those characters.â€ ~KS
Talking about Karlâ€™s project with Mario Candelaria lead to the reveal that the New York City Fire Department has the copyright for â€œFDNYâ€ which makes it difficult for comic creators to figure out how to work around a story set there.
Karl describes himself as only attractive because heâ€™s so non-threatening and not that tall. Heâ€™s not hip with the latest technology nor pop culture beyond the 90s. He is addicted to menâ€™s fashion and always wears three-piece suits and ties with retro glasses.
Karl slams me down for the way I berate my own physical appearance. He says he both hates and loves himself equally. He despises when women get down on themselves for their size.
â€œItâ€™s always been populated with pretty people with perfect figures and all that and itâ€™s nonsense. Man, I would totally draw the shit outta a book that had a chunky Catwoman. That would be great!â€