Posts Tagged ‘Matt Furie’

Boy’s Club 3

Published December 29, 2009 by Molly


We introduced you all to Matt Furie a couple of months ago with a micro-questionnaire that covered the basics of his creative psyche: the childhood urge to retreat into imaginary worlds, the taxonomy (or lack thereof) of his creatures, favorite kid’s books, and so forth. When we got hold of Boys Club 3, the newest installment in his comic series published by Buenaventura Press, we thought an update on the Furie situation would be a prudent undertaking.

So what does numero 3 bring us? Teenage monsters, naturally. This time the cast is engaged in a tale of friendship and scatology that reaches viewers via forty pages of clean comic beauty. Title notwithstanding, Boys Club isn’t strictly for dudes, although it probably helps to have a refined yet gutter-level sense of humor for the purest enjoyment of the comics. In short, Boys Club is for everyone. Except, maybe, for parents. We hear that space between the mattress and the box spring makes an exceptionally good hiding place.

Giant Robot SF: Future Colors of America

Published September 14, 2009 by Graham


Woah, it’s a total dream team of stupendously talented and darkly funny illustrators! Matt Furie (check out our interview with Furie), Aiyana Udesen, and Albert Reyes have come together for a show at Giant Robot’s San Francisco gallery, and their new work looks beyond the boundaries of rad. This triad of titillating artists have covered the walls of GRSF with hot dogs, wombats, babes, and B-list celebrities. What more could you ask for? Maybe a picture of a Wild Thing leering at Denise Richards? Your wish is Aiyana Udesen’s command. Check it out before the show closes on September 16th!

Photos via Fecal Face.


Micro-Questionnaire: Matt Furie

Published August 12, 2009 by Graham


Matt Furie has fathered a legion of beguiling beasts in his rainbow-hued drawings, expanding his own personal zoology each time he confronts the infinite emptiness of a blank page. Even while they approach the mind-boggling biodiversity of those interminable Pok√©mon, Furie’s characters manage to convey an emotional depth that approaches Jim Henson levels. Depicting moments of sensuality, rage, despair and intense lethargy, the artist approaches his work with a deadpan sense of humor that often comes wrapped in a burrito of delicious sincerity. Here are his thoughts on children’s literature.

Did you have any favorite picture books as a child?

Where’s Waldo series, The Far Side Galleries, Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever, The first book I could ever remember reading was about a yellow bear-like animal that had colored spots. This animal felt bad because he didn’t fit in at the zoo. He could use his spots like frisbees and make them bigger, smaller, etc. It seemed like a Dr. Seuss book but different. I also remember really liking this book called This is Weird about some kids on a boat that end up on an abandoned and haunted island full of weird trapdoors and tunnels and old houses and paths and ladders.

What are your childhood recollections of Maurice Sendak’s work? Are you influenced by his visual language?

I liked the Wild Things book when I was little but it wasn’t until I started researching children’s books in college that I came to appreciate it. I like that book a lot but I’m a bit unfamiliar with his other stuff. I read the book The Art of Maurice Sendak and remember him saying that the monsters in the book were based on his relatives and his experience with them being too scary and all in his face at family dinners when he was a kid. I also remember him saying that a lot of his ideas involve eating/the fear of being eaten. As for his visual language, I thinks its a perfect balance of skill, childishness, flatness, and light.

Do you think you’ll ever make a children’s book of your own? What would it be about?

That would make my mom really happy. I’m not sure what it would be about but I know it would be a fantasy. It would start off in the real world of a kid (like Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Neverending Story, Princess Bride, Where the Wild Things Are, Harry Potter, Labyrinth, and pretty much every good children’s fantasy plot). There would definitely be lots of wacky and magical creatures.


Were you prone to retreating into imaginary worlds, growing up? If so, please describe!

I used toys, video games, t.v., movies, and drawing to retreat into imaginary worlds. I remember being in the backseat of the car and looking out of the window and pretending that I was a creature running and hopping along the trees. I think every kid is prone to retreat into imaginary worlds.

Like Sendak’s Wild Things, the creatures in your work often defy biological classification. Is it a challenge to come up with such alien forms?

Nothing I could ever come up with could ever be stranger or more fascinating than what’s out there.


Matt Furie

Published April 25, 2009 by Graham

Matt Furie is more than a little bit amazing. Really, he’s all the way amazing. So it’s makes us happy when there’s brand spanking new work posted on his website– like right now. Go check it out!