Patrick Kindlon might have figured life out better than anyone else ever has. When he’s not on stage performing with Self Defense Family (formerly End Of A Year), he’s writing comics. Good ones, too, including one with Ghostface Killah. That’s as close to living the dream as we can imagine really. Self Defense Family are releasing a split 7″ with Goodtime Boys on Palm Reader Records on November 11th, so we spoke to Patrick, mainly about comics because we’re dorks like that.
How the devil did you come to write the Twelve Reasons To Die for Ghostface Killah? How involved was he?
It was important to everyone in Ghost’s camp that he’d be represented accurately, even if it’s a fictional version of him in the book. ‘Nothing corny,’ was the basic guideline. They reached out to my partner and I because we’re involved in music and don’t like corny shit. Their team, RZA in particular, had a lot of oversight at the start because those dudes are understandably protective of their brand. After we earned their trust, we got total freedom to get weird.
Menu is fucking great – do you have a wishlist of artists? How does it work – how did the awesome Rick Veitch get involved?
Thanks. My partner and I have a definite wishlist of collaborators. But we also work with younger talent that could use some visibility. Many of the artists have gotten solid gigs off their Menu pages, which is satisfying for us. Rick Veitch is a pioneer in creator-owned work, and he’s from the era where anthology books were often how artists got the public’s attention. So he understood Menu right away. It was a genuine thrill working with the dude. And we owe him a lot, because once other artists saw his name on the title, they became very open to working with us. Check it out… »