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Indy Hunter 5 Ohhh!: The House of 12

Written by Royal Nonesuch on Friday, August 19 2011 and posted in Columns

Super-sized interview and a Royal with Cheese exclusive!

Head of the House, Cheese Hasselberger serves up a Super-sized interview with The Indy Hunter and special guest man on the scene Royal Nonesuch! It’s been years in the making, but Indy Hunter finally interviews the main man of one of New York’s independent publishers and lord of the drink and draw, comics jam! Not only has Cheese stooped by to answer my questions, but we actually had The Outhouse’s very own Royal Nonesuch interview Cheese up close and personal at the House of Twelve N.Y. Comic Jam! Check out his interview and play by play of the 10th anniversary of this momentous occasional drink and draw. Once a month like a period!

If we spend a lot of time on our own, it’s natural to want to reach out and find some like-minded individuals. That’s basically the premise behind the House of Twelve Comic Jams, a monthly gathering of New York-based independent comic book artists and cartoonists. Gathering the first Thursday of every month in the lower lever of Jack Demsey’s, an Irish pub located one block away from New York’s Herald Square (and on the same block as Jim Hanley’s Comic Universe, one of the major comic book retail spaces in Manhattan), the so-called “drink and draws” are comprised of a lively group of cartoonists who drink, hang out, and have themselves a good time in each other’s company.

The House of Twelve Comic Jam, which shares its name with an anthology comic published by the group, is the brainchild of cartoonist Cheese Hasselberger, an affable man whose passion for comics and creativity is immediately evident, and apparently has been present for a long time. “My brother started getting the Walt Simonson Thors, from issue #337, the famous first issue of Walt Simonson’s Thor. So I went down to the local 7-11, and I got my own copy of that and GI JOE #2, and Spider-Man #252, the first black costume, and a couple of Alpha Flights, and that’s how I got into comics. Shortly thereafter, when I was really into comics is when the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came out, the original black and white small press books, and that really hooked me into alternative comics. After that, anything I could get my hands onto. I still like some superhero stuff, but the stranger the better. The more out there the better. That led me down the road to finding things like Weirdo, those R. Crumb anthologies, and Peter Bagge…ZAP Comics, when I got a little more money in my pocket I was able to buy those old underground comics. Those are outstanding. Blew my fuckin’ mind! I was into indy comics ever since. A couple of mainstream books here and there, but indy comics is where it’s at. They really push the boundaries of storytelling and stories. They expand the world of comics beyond guys in tights, which are fun, but is that it? Is that all that comics can be? I think comics can be much more than guys in tights."


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About the Author - Royal Nonesuch

As Senior Media Correspondent (which may be a made-up title), Royal Nonesuch tends to spearhead a lot of film and television content on The Outhouse. He's still a very active participant in the comic book section of the site, though. Nonesuch writes reviews of film, television, and comics, and conducts interviews for the site as well.  You can reach out to him on Twitter or with Email.


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