Prescott, Arizona hardcore horrorpunk outfit Hour of the Wolf is playing perhaps their final Arizona show, and Florida writer-artist Philip Weiss wants to make a comic book about it. Call it the perfect blend of punk, comics and gonzo journalism.
Hailing from Gainesville, Florida, Weiss has been reading comics for over 20 years, going to punk shows for nearly as many, and making personal, intimate comics about his life since 2012.
Weiss elaborates: “I grew up reading Marvel comics, which I still love, but as I’ve gotten older my tastes have drifted more towards artists like Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine, Evan Dorkin, and Los Bros Hernandez. I’ve been taking evening classes at the Sequential Artists Workshop, a small non-profit school for alternative comics creators, that just happened to open up right in my backyard a couple months after I split up with my wife.”
Weiss turned his heartbreak into a comic titled Give Thanks which he explains is “a small slice of life dealing with the aftermath of that divorce.”
He intends his next comic to chronicle the experience of attending perhaps the final Hour of the Wolf show when they play Tucson, Arizona on September 26th, 2014.
Taking their name from the title of Ingmar Bergman’s 1968 surrealist horror-drama, Hour of the Wolf plays energetic, horror-influenced hardcore punk that draws comparisons with Misfits, Black Flag, Motorhead and Hot Snakes. Think Fast Records has released a number of the band’s E.Ps and compilations.
Weiss says that “Hour Of The Wolf is not incredibly well known, but they have one of the most amazing live shows I’ve ever seen, and I have gotten to be friends with them. Their singer is also a terrific painter and illustrator, and he has been a great source of encouragement for my art.”
Weiss has taken to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to find backers and support for his project, with rewards starting at just $3.
You can catch Philip Weiss at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland on September 13 and 14 where he’ll be selling copies of Give Thanks.
Hour of the Wolf will be playing at 191 Toole (191 E Toole Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85701) on Friday, September 26th, 2014, with Lewd Acts, Run with the Hunted, Griever and Territory.
Weiss adds: “I write and draw autobiographical comic books. They are based on my experiences. Send me to this show, so I can make a comic about it.”
If you have any interest in punk, hardcore, DIY, horror, Hour of the Wolf, or alternative comics, be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign, which runs until Friday, September 5th, 2014. Philip Weiss’s Hour of the Wolf comic is just $6 through that link, IF he reaches his goal, so check it out!
Ryan Stockstad is a Los Angeles filmmaker with a passion for horror, documentary and experimental cinema. He has written articles for HC Magazine, Mostly Harmless Magazine and various blogs and websites. He has lectured on topics as diverse as low budget filmmaking, short story structure, and the influence of the Spanish Civil War on surrealist cinema. He hosts new episodes of Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in October.