When it comes to teenage angst, some guys take lonely refuge watching sports, or listening to music, or listening to music about sports -- preach on, Jock Jams, preach on! Using his refuge in comics to art up your lonely pad, Patt Kelley
From a Southie-based illustrator and self-professed 'comic book nerd' outta MCA, PK draws a diverse line of clever/funny/gory prints, comic strips, and books whose inspiration is expansive and eclectic, ranging from aliens, robots, and sea animals to limb deficiencies and little people, like that Snorks episode where they meet the Smurfs, then cut their arms off. Portfolio highlights include Mixtape: Song Lyrics Reinterpreted which portrays a headphone clad guy in the desert listening to a giant Maxell tape amidst a cadre of fez-capped flying monkeys; a weeble-wobble crown-wearing girl sitting alone in an empty room staring into a mirror entitled Holeishly, I'm Miss World Somebody Kill Me; and a pic of a rainy sky full of smiling, toothy fish/marine life pouring down on umbrella-toting pedestrians called Falling Seafood Prices, which fishermen will still inevitably blame on Red Tide. There're other fresh 'strations like Tod Browning's Freaks, a faux movie poster for the 1932 circus-themed flick that asks the question, "Can a full grown woman truly love a midget?", and a gory film-adapted scene entitled The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in which a man's shot in the head while attempting to straighten a now blood-splattered picture over the fireplace, so it's basically just free advertising for a frame leveler.
PK also rocks the bookstores, contributing to anthologies like Banal Pig and Fat Chunk Volume 1: Robot, along with drawing his own comic book series called Parasitic Twin that delves into the "behind the scenes" lives of circus freaks and the tragedies that befall them -- sad incidents that would no doubt abate if those freaks just Pumped Up the Jams.