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Creator Joe Deagnon

1) On what project are you currently working?

I create a comic series with co-writer Kirby Stasyna called "Chicken Outfit." It’s the story of Rusty McDoodle who gets work at a porn company through his pal Stan Munson. Stan has inadvertently opened the doorway to an alternate dimension with his work on an A.I. experiment. It’s a satirical horror, sci-fi tale about daily life and how technology has transformed us over the last 20 years. We’re currently in our third issue which was partially funded through a Kickstarter campaign.

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

We have a bit of an aversion to superhero comics and our personal influences are more in line with the Skywald horror comics of the 1970s like “Nightmare," “Scream,” “Psycho” and the like. As well there are a great number of alternative artists I admire. Robert Crumb, Robt. Williams, Ralph Steadman and Moebius are at the top of the list. I also love contemporary 1990s underground artists like Peter Bagge, Chester Brown and Daniel Clowes. I stopped reading Batman and Spiderman around 10 and graduated to satire and parody like Marvel’s "Spoof," DC’s "Plop," "Mad Magazine," "National Lampoon" and "Heavy Metal." Back in high school, I was all over Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali and George Grosz.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

I’ve been drawing cartoons and autobiographical comics, with the occasional mimicry of KISS and Star Wars, since I can remember. I went to Sheridan College here in Canada for their animation program, then moved into video editing to make money. After bouncing around at various commercial and post production houses, I thought I’d take a stab at a comic. My first series was called “Paranoid Tales of Neurosis.” I also contributed to ‘zines and pro-zines since the 1990s including "Exclaim," "Film Threat," "Weng’s Chop" and "Strange Kids Club." Eventually, I met Kirby and we started "Chicken Outfit."

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

I think this might be a superhero question, so let me try and imagine. One of the titles I admire most from the old Marvel days (never been a DC fan) would have been "Howard the Duck," which I understand has been resurrected along with every other thing ever created these days. Ironic, considering the nightmare Steve Gerber went through trying to keep his vision alive. Other than that and getting my work in "Heavy Metal," I prefer to create my own comics as, with so few things, I have complete control over it and its destiny.

5) On what project will you be working next?

Issue four of "Chicken Outfit" will conclude volume one of our story and it’ll be a doozey. We’re getting great press and have met a lot of interesting and supportive people. We don’t plan on retiring "Chicken Outfit" for some time, as we’ve got major arcs in the works. We have plans to put the first completed volume into a deluxe graphic novel. As a sideline I have a graphic design business (Chicken Outfit Media), try to find time to write and currently I'm developing 2D online games.

For more of Joe Deagnon's work, go here, here, here, and here.

(posted March 29, 2016)