THE 666 ALL RED CARTOONISTS GO TO HELL SPECIAL COOP INTERVIEW EDITION OF ARF LOVERS!
Coop is, you'll excuse the expression, a hot artist. I dig his art the most, to say the least. Coop designs everything from Hot Wheels to Hotties and I'm excited to present on 6-6-6 the following interview... Around the same time, MAD had begun reprinting the old MAD comics as inserts in the magazine, and another piece of the puzzle fell into place, as I discovered EC. The EC guys, particularly Wally Wood, Jack Davis, and Jack Kamen are also big influences on how I try to do stuff. I love those Wally Wood girls!
Love & Rockets got me back into comics after a brief detour into rock & roll and girls. Los Bros Hernandez made me see comics in a different context, as something cool and punk rock, and Xaime's early work on band flyers and punk 45s encouraged me to try the same thing with local Oklahoma bands like future legends The Flaming Lips.
Last but certainly not least, Robt. Williams' efforts to place cartooning and lowbrow culture in a high art context were hugely influential and truly groundbreaking, and his success certainly paved the way for me, as well as a bunch of other like-minded art hooligans.
3) That's a long time ago! So, what were you up to in Japan?
I did a custom two-car set for Hot Wheels, as a Japan collectors' exclusive. I was the guest of honor at the collectors' convention where the set was introduced. You can see the car set, and lots of Japan photos, on my blog, Positive Ape Index.