Far from the "Watchmen" Owl-ship and Comic-Con’s other multimedia extravaganzas, we just might have found sequential art’s answer to "Superbad." San Francisco-based writer/artist Matt Furie has crafted an homage to every great gross-out and stoner comedy you’ve ever seen with "Boy’s Club," his humor comic book series starring four monstrous miscreants and their junk-food-scarfing, booze-chugging and occasionally hallucinating antics.
Publisher Buenaventura Press released issue #2 of the series at the show (and available in comics shops in about one month), giving CBR News the perfect opportunity to speak with Furie about his sublimely stupid sense of humor.
Matt, tell us about the four main characters of “Boy’s Club?"
|Art from "Boys’ Club"|
It’s about these four characters Brett, Pepe, Landwolf, and Andy. They all kind of just hang out in one room together and fart on each other and crack jokes. One of them is the party animal and he’s always throwing up and getting a little too wasted. They watch a lot of TV and eat a lot of junk food. A lot of it is rooted in some of my earlier escapades as a younger adult. It’s something fun, because I tend to over-think things – with this, it’s fun to just be raw and draw a bunch of goofy characters hanging out and getting wasted.
“Boys Club” is reminiscent of comedies like "Revenge of the Nerds” or "Animal House" – movies that were gross-out funny but also a bit subversive and ridiculous. Is that an influence?
Yeah, totally. "Revenge of the Nerds," totally, and "Porky’s," and I was a big fan of Garbage Pail Kids growing up – a lot of that weird, borderline subversive kinda humor where on the surface it’s just kind of dumb, but there’s something a little disturbing somewhere in there. [Laughs]
You mentioned earlier that some of these strips are based on your real-life adventures. Is there really an element of autobiography to a comic about four monsters?
|Matt Furie at Comic-Con International 2008|
Yeah, yeah, there is, actually. As with any comic artist, there’s probably a little bit of autobiography in there, even if you’re doing a superhero comic. I mean, Spider-Man is still a pretty human guy. So the funniest stuff actually happened, you know? For example, I had this roommate in college – I was on the computer typing up a report, and he says "Hey Matt, what’s up?" So I look up, and he had his bare ass in my face and he just farted right in my face. That was my freshman year in college, and I thought it was pretty funny. [Laughs]
You also have a career as a fine artist. Is it difficult to transition between creating a single, strong image and telling jokes in a gag comic?
No, it’s actually a nice transition. With my art, it’s pretty much just colored pencil drawings, and it’s just me chilling in my room, and I need all my supplies and everything. With this comic, I can go out to a coffee shop or lie on a couch and do it in a more relaxed state. With my fine art stuff I tend to get more detailed, and with this it’s simpler and just more fun.
One memorable element of the book is that you take the comedy cliche of catchphrases and crank it into overdrive. Your characters basically recite every lame catchphrase ever invented, from "As if!" to Joey Lawrence’s trademark "whoa!" What made you think of doing that?
It’s just all the garbage that’s in my head, and in everybody’s head just from living in this culture. There’s so much! Like "Got milk?" or any of that crap. It gets stuck in my head, and it’s fun to get it out there every once in a while, because it’s in me forever! [Laughs]
Well, that about covers everything, but if there’s anything else you wanted to add, the floor is yours…
Well, for all the kids out there, just say no! [Laughs]
Now discuss this story in CBR’s Indie Comics forum.