Ever since he arrived on the comics scene after drawing the first Clerks comic one-shot, artist Jim Mahfood has continued to be an artist worth watching. Whether it's his gonzo-graffiti art style or his radically unique takes on popular culture like Spider-Man, Miami Vice, Tank Girl, or a new issue of Grrl Scouts, whenever new Mahfood hits the racks, it's a banner Wednesday.
Over the years, Mahfood's wild style has evolved, as has his writing and visual storytelling. His first creator-owned comic, Girl Scouts began as a series of ashcan comics in 1995 and Cosmic Toast #1 in 1996. It wasn’t until two years later that the newly named Grrl Scouts would reach a wider audience under Oni Press, introducing us to Gwen, Daphne and Rita, a girl gang who are up to illegal activity one moment and saving the world in the next.
The Grrls would have to go legit in the second mini-series, Grrl Scouts: Work Sucks as the ladies of Freak City moved to Image Comics in 2003 as they tried to find real jobs. Both stories were fun, mindless, psychedelic stories that didn't take themselves too seriously.
Now, 14 years later, Mahfood revisits his creator-owned comic with its third volume, Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks, having honed his art to new heights to incorporate all kinds of media and writing a story that shows consequence, raw emotion and a heavier weight. Always evolving, always fresh. This six-issue mini-series has been a trip.
We recently caught up with Mahfood as he talked about the unlimited budget and imagination that comes with working in the comics medium. He reflects on the humble beginnings of his creator-owned series, how it's evolved and re-imagining it as a TV pilot on YouTube. Check out our interview below and let us know what you think and be sure to stay tuned for a Mahfood sketch video coming soon.
Additional content by Ernie Estrella