Dash Shaw is a cartoonist and animator whose debut film as writer-director, My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea (starring the voice talents of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph and Susan Sarandon) recently played at film festivals around the world and is being released theatrically in the U.S. by GKIDS from April 14. Shaw’s latest graphic novel, Cosplayers, arrived September 2016 from Fantagraphics Books; his other recent books include Doctors, New School, BodyWorld and Bottomless Belly Button. His animated works include Wheel of Fortune, Blind Date 4, the Sigur Ros video and Sundance selection Seraph (co-written with John Cameron Mitchell), and the 2009 IFC webseries The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD. He was a 2010 Sundance Labs fellow, a 2014-2015 Cullman Center fellow, and a 2016 MacDowell Colony fellow. Learn more at his official site.
While drawing My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea, I did a series of pamphlet comics titled Cosplayers. The character Verti appears in both stories, partly inspired by how Osamu Tezuka would use the same character designs across different comics. The Cosplayers stories are little allegories about how people relate to and use popular culture. This short story is about being excited to see a blockbuster movie, being disappointed by it, but still holding out hope that the next blockbuster will be good– something we all can relate to! My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea is my dream blockbuster movie: an explosive, disaster art film. A collection of Cosplayers short stories appear in the book Cosplayers: Perfect Collection (Fantagraphics), the “perfect collection” a reference to anime box sets. Thanks for reading, and thanks, Talkhouse, for hosting this online.