In the 1990s, “Joe Hale” (artist Joey Haley) drew and self-published two volumes of comics while living in Montreal. Some of these appeared in Vice Magazine and regularly in Fish Piss (edited by Louis Rastelli), where he picked up a small but devoted following. Disturbing in nature, these works often satirize the autobiographical position taken by many cartoonists of the day. But there was more to it than that: these short stories transcend their small “DIY” format, reading like classic morality tales gone wrong. Hale now works primarily as a drawer and painter, exhibiting internationally, and these stories show the roots of his dark humour and remain as intense and sublime as when they were first created.
Joey Haley is an artist from New Brunswick working primarily in paint. He has showed internationally in France, Tokyo and the United States.
Marc Bell is a legendary Canadian comic artist who has been published by Drawn & Quarterly and is a tireless proponent of the alternative comics scene, most recently editing and compiling the mini-comics of Mark Connery. His influential anthology Nog A Dod was published by Conundrum Press in 2006.