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Collaborative Nonsense in Jellyfist
New Work by Vasquez and Goldberg in July

– 4/25/07

SLG announced the impending July 2007 release of Jellyfist, a new work of collaborative nonsense by Jhonen Vasquez (Johnny the Homicidal Maniac) and J.R. Goldberg, a comic that is quite possibly like nothing that heretofore has been seen in the universe. Produced in a climate of tension, aggression, meandering conversations and ego-clashing arguments, Jellyfist is the work of two artists who battle with interpretation and pull down the curtain between audience and creators, revealing artistic collaboration in all its alarming nudity.

Jellyfist is a 48-page, full-color book of strange, disconnected stories written by Vasquez and drawn by Goldberg, a newcomer to comics. Begun as a simple, spontaneous collaboration when Vasquez wrote "a tiny, incredibly vague surreal script" and gave it to Goldberg to draw, Jellyfist soon grew into a side-show-freak embodiment of the issues that arise when one artist tries to draw what another has envisioned. After the initial story, Goldberg began to take more time and care to draw the scripts Vasquez gave to her. "So I started getting a lot more bossy in my writing direction," Vasquez said, "and then the battles begin."

"So far, it has been a very bizarre, and crazy-making-hair-pully-outy-type experience," Goldberg said of working with Vasquez.

Jellyfist, the work resulting from these battles, is a series of short comics featuring elements that the two artists could agree on, which Goldberg described as "anything shaped like a wiener, or characters with dim-witted expressions and nub arms." These comics are, if you will allow another metaphor, the Wienermobile-like vehicle for an examination of the frustrating, ridiculous and sometimes fulfilling collaborative process. Conversations between Vasquez and Goldberg run at the edge of each of the comics, reproducing interactions that usually remain behind the panels.

"Our arguments with each other were just as bizarre as the comics themselves ended up being," said Vasquez. "Each time she submitted a comic, the topic always turned into an argument/discussion on the subjects of interpretation of the surreal and visual storytelling in general."

Goldberg elaborated on their discussions. "We are both terribly opinionated, which makes for a fair amount of clashing," she said. "A lot of the arguments would end with him telling me that I'm not funny and me kicking him in the shins. However, there are those occasional moments of glory where he'd really dig something, and I would heave a huge sigh of relief, knowing that I wasn't going to have to redraw stuff."

Added Vasquez, "RARRGH!"

Jellyfist will be in a special 48-page, 7.5 x 6" format, perfect bound and printed in full color, with production values that would cause its wiener-shaped, nub-armed characters to drop their jaws in dim-witted awe. It will be published in July 2007 and retail for $5.95. It is available now for preorder from Diamond Comics, and will soon also be available at SLG Publishing's website www.slgcomic.com and Amazon.com.
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( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
Jesus, they sound like me and Shari XD though we didn't want to tell anyone about that stuff, so shhhh! This comic sounds amazing. Must grab a copy when it's out ^^
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
No longer must comics collaborators hide that they often want to do physical violence to each other! Jellyfist is the work that will burst the dam of that shame.

wow. another metaphor.
Apr. 25th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
This is the best press release you guys have ever done. The phrase "alarming nudity" should be a part of every conversation.
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you!

I think I find most nudity alarming.

Apr. 25th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Jenny, I was wondering when this would be announced.
Apr. 25th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm really looking forward to seeing how this turned out.
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Apr. 26th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)

They should teach this this press release in college PR classes.
Apr. 26th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)

Probably they should just teach writing and the press releases will take care of themselves.
Apr. 26th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
"So far, it has been a very bizarre, and crazy-making-hair-pully-outy-type experience," Goldberg said of working with Vasquez.

I remember when I was coloring I Feel Sick and he made me sleep under a pile of dead babies for "warmth." It was 102 degrees in that room. Celsius.
Apr. 26th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
I've never even met the guy and he makes me do horrible stuff. Somehow, hidden in two episodes of invader zim there are messages using strange back-masking techniques that were meant only for me. I can't say directly what he made me do, but Mormon's now attack me on sight. And they're normally such a cheery lot.
Apr. 26th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
w00t. Finally gives me a reason to go to the comic shop.
Jun. 13th, 2007 11:39 am (UTC)
im really anxious to see how this turns out. it sounds pretty amazing, it sounds like they poured their hearts into this.
Jul. 10th, 2007 07:16 am (UTC)
uyaaay! Jonen! I will be there to buy it on release day.
Hey how do I get an RSS feed of this blog!
Jul. 10th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool!
how do I get an RSS feed of this blog!

You see the RSS icon in the URL field of your browser? Click on that. You can also scroll to the bottom of the right-hand bar on the page and click on the RSS feed button under the "Syndicate" heading.

Jul. 27th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
Does anyone know what day its coming out?
Aug. 4th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
i am so very excited
but he seemed to dissapprove of z printing of the book. is it really that bad? and when will there be more?? ohhhh how i love abstract nonsense. They should go to colleges and speak. they should go to MICA, that would be super.
Oct. 18th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
all hail jhonen master of all things humorous and beautifully obscene!
May. 5th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
"WOOOOSHAAA!!" Huh? Wuzzat?
Oh mine Gods, a year later and a comment I leave? Dreadul. No matter! I gots me that Jellyfist just
rast week, and I must say, Jenny like'a 'da penis, very much. Har. Gross.
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