Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Meet a Local Punk Cartoonist: A Quick Chat with Reid Muoio

My daughter shaving my hair old school punk style  

by Mike Rhode

A few weeks ago I got a text saying that a local cartoonist was doing a punk rock comic that he was giving away. I sent a note to the email, and entered into an amusing exchange with Reid Muoio, arguing over who was going to do the work in typing answers to my standard interview questions. As you can see, we both won. Or lost. Without further explanation, here's his answers.

What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?

Through friends I found a graphic designer and self-published “a d.c. punk” during the pandemic.   Going through the boxes now with a view towards getting out another one or two.  Think the next will be called “stag.”

How do you do it? Traditional pen and ink, computer or a combination?

I have been writing and drawing comics my whole life.  Throwing them in a box. Simple remembrances. 

Why are you in Washington now?  What neighborhood or area do you live in?

My parents moved their young family to DC in the wake of the race riots because housing was cheap.  I live in that house now. Pretty close to Comet Pizza. Neighbors are old as balls. One hobbled over the other day and waved his cane at me while I jammed outside with a friend. He’s a nice guy. We were drunk.  

Front cover, page, and back cover from "a d.c. punk."

What is your training and/or education in cartooning?

No formal training.  Can’t imagine life without art.

The DC Conspiracy is a group of part-time local cartoonists, one of whom, Evan Keeling, does comics about the punk scene. 

I am heartened to know there is a D.C. comic community. Maybe I’ll get to know some of you. Does anyone sing? Band could use a singer. And its not punk.  Just about everything else.      

Do you have a website or blog?
Don’t have a website. Don’t understand the commerce of comix. Does not appear to be any money in it. Draw what you love.    

How does one get a copy of "a d.c. punk" then?

Right now I’m giving “a d.c. punk” away to anyone who emails me at  

a page from Stag


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