Submit your Lit: The Not So Weekly Article
I love 420 friendly artists and in the not so recurring article of Submit Your Lit I present to you Eli Schwab, artist and podcaster of Ween Zine and Cosmic Lion Productions.
WN: What inspires you to be an artist?
Eli: I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing. Initially, I think it was just pure creativity bubbling in my young mind and I had to find a way to get it out. I made my first comic in 3rd grand with my buddy Levi, it was about Star Trek. I always read comics and watched cartoons and was always writing stories. Life, I guess is the answer, life made me to be an artist.
WN: What’s your favorite medium?
Eli: Dude, I’m psyched with a ballpoint pen and a piece or register tape. Recently I’ve been getting better about using nice paper and nice Micron pens and Copic markers. I’m a real pen and ink type of guy.
WN: Your art reminds me of Zines I use to read in Philly in the early 90’s, who’s your influence?
Eli: I love the underground black & white comic boom of the 80’s. Comico comics was huge in that. Guys like Matt Wagner (Mage, Grendel), Bernie Mireault (The Jam), and Eastman & Laird really laid the groundwork for the creator-owned and published comic. I love Jack Kirby’s creative mind and Jean “Moebius” Giraud’s immense vision and creativity. Guys who create universes really astound me. Mike Allred (Madman, Red Rocket 7) and Jim Mahfood (Grrl Scouts, Kick Drum Comics) are also two amazing creators that have their love of music infused into their comic work, like I try to do.
WN: What projects are you actively working on?
Eli: Right now I am balls deep in “Monklion Do What’cha Like part 3,” the ending of the trilogy I have been working on for the last few years. Monkelion is my intergalactic Afro-Funk band on tour through the galaxy. Also “Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My Fanzine)” or “the Ween Zine,” as it’s affectionately known, is an ongoing project I do with a large number of arty Ween fans. I’m always working on my podcasts as well! “Cosmic Lion Radio” and “Can I Thwipp It?” The first is an interview show about comics and music where I talk to comic artists and musicians then we build a mixtape. “Can I Thwipp it?” is about comics and features hip-hop tunes by my co-host Manus.
WN: Are you a medical patient in California?
Eli: I am. It’s the kind of thing you look forward to moving from the east coast. I’ve smoked for a long time and it’s the kind of thing you dreamt about then. You know then, you are meeting kids behind dumpsters and in dingy basements getting shwag. You dream about going in a store and having a “bud-tender” helping you to find the perfect strain for you. It’s all just great.
WN: Have you noticed a difference in prices or quality from medical to recreational?
Eli: I see more of a difference from dispensary to dispensary than anything. That’s the beauty of it all. Though that 30% tax is pretty hefty. It’s still better to have your rec.
WN: Favorite means of consumption?
Eli: I love a good sativa flower in my “Hickory” chillum from Burlington Vt. A nice portable vape is always good too.
WN: Favorite strain to art on?
Eli: Any sativa will get me good and arty. A nice Green Crack and a Zappa concert will get me right into the zone!
Thanks for your time Eli, we wish you the best of luck. Be sure to check out Eli’s past and future works, starting with the links below and if you know someone or are interested in being highlighted in an article, send the info to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line My Lit.
Check out “Don’t Get 2 Close (2 My fanzine) here; https://theweenzine.com/
Cosmic Lion Radio, a podcast featuring musicians and comic book artists talking about music and comics and making an educational: http://cosmiclionradio.libsyn.com/
Can I Thwipp It podcast: http://canithwippit.libsyn.com/
Cosmic Lion Productions Site; https://cosmiclionproductions.com/
Just T-Shirts: https://www.teepublic.com/user/cosmiclion