Steven Weissman will be here in conversation with Tom Oldham on Monday, 23rd October, from 7.30-9.00pm!
We first fell in love with Steven Weissman’s comics back in the days when he went by the pseudonym Ribs for his brilliant Peanuts-meets-Universal Monsters strip Yikes. Initially published by Alternative Comics, the strips were collected and then extended into a series of books published by Fantagraphics. Along the way he also created the adventures of a pint-sized hero named Kid Firechief, done in his signature style.
But then in 2009, Weissman began a weekly strip about the surreal, fictional adventures of Barack Hussein Obama and his family and colleagues. It’s a skewed take on modern America, a satirical journey that begins as a series of four-panel strips, but develops into an absurdist narrative that, among other such flights, sees the president reborn from a parakeet egg.
Collected into a hardcover edition, Barack Hussein Obama, this was then followed up earlier this year with Looking For America’s Dog, the story of Sasha & Malia Obama’s quest to find their dog Bo after Joe Biden leaves the Whitehouse gate open, allowing the pooch to escape. As you might expect, it’s a unconventional affair, taking in global terrorism, Kim Jong Un, witches, monsters, Dennis Rodman, and the prophetic fetus of Chelsea Clinton.
Need an explanation? Now’s your chance! Steven will be here talking with Tom Oldham (of Breakdown Press and these fair Gosh shores) about his working process, career, and what’s next. There will also be a chance for a Q&A, and an opportunity to get your books signed!