Interviews

Punk Rock Satirist Brian Walsby, Still Kicking Ass After All These Years (Part One)

Growing up in California on a steady diet of Charles Schultz, Goofus and Gallant, and Mad Magazine, Brain Walsby recognized very early on that he had a unique satirical illustrative knack. Already a fan of heavy metal bands like Motorhead and Judas Priest, when the late '70s and early '80s ushered in the hardcore punk rock movement, he became energized, pouring his energy into countless works ranging from panel-based standard comic fare to the mixed-media cover art for 7 Seconds' Walk Together, Rock Together.

In 1986, his pen pal relationship with Corrosion of Conformity drummer Reed Mullin convinced him to leave California and move to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he still lives. Through fanzines and correspondences with various notables along the subculture's network, he carved out an artistic niche for himself, both in graphic arts and as a drummer in bands including Scared Straight, Wwax (with Superchunk's Mac McCaughan), Snake Nation (with COC members Mike Dean and Woody Weatherman) Polvo, Patty Duke Syndrome (with Ryan Adams), and Double Negative. His illustrative work can be found everywhere, from the pages of Maximumrocknroll and Flipside to some illustrated erotic stories he did for a magazine his Melvins friend Buzz Osborne's wife worked for.

Now 47 years old, he spends much of his time caring for Willow, his two-and-a-half year old daughter, and keeping the artistic ball rolling, putting together five more collections of work under the unified title of Manchild since I met him at the Culture Room in Lauderdale during the Melvins' 2006 show.

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Jesse Scheckner
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