One of my favorite artists, Ryan Heshka, creates paintings, prints, and limited-edition comics which channel a strong vibe of classic pulps, sci-fi, and comic books. He has a new "Batman vs. the Bog Mummy" print available that Spy Vibers might enjoy. See here. Main store site here. Heshka stopped by the Spy Vibe lair some years back to chat about his imagery and about some of his favorite characters and influences. Here is our interview.
Welcome, Ryan! Your work seems to channel a kind of surreal interpretation of classic cover illustrations from the Pulps and early Sci-Fi paperbacks. What do you love about this kind of imagery?
I’m really looking forward to seeing the new Mean Girls Club comic. Without giving too much away, what can viewers expect to see in the work?
I noticed the book was dedicated to Mike Vraney (founder of Something Weird Video). Was his work a big influence on you?
I met Mike several years back, and had the good fortune to hang out and see his collection. He and Something Weird were influences since the 1990’s, long before I met Mike. Amazing how paths can finally cross in life.
You’ve published some really interesting picture books in the past. Tell us about Welcome to MonsterTown, Welcome to Robot Town, and ABC Spookshow. If the Fleischer brothers made a Halloween cartoon, I think it would resemble the vibe of those “ghost writers” in Monster Town. It must have been fun to plan all those horror-inspired images.