Paul Pope was one of the promising young comic artists to emerge in the 1990s. Born in Bowling Grun, Ohio, Pope got his interest in European comics through Heavy Metal magazine. He began his own label, Horse Press, in the early 1990s and self-published his first graphic novel under the pseudonym Ira Rubin, 'Sin Titulo'. This was followed by 'The Ballad of Doctor Richardson' in 1993.
Gangser Strip Dragway (P City Parade)
His surrealist/science fiction series, 'THB', has been a favorite of his fans since its debut in 1994. Pope launched magazines like Buzz Buzz and P City Parade and contributed to alternative publications like Café Armaggedon and Getalt, as well as the anthology Negative Burn.
Heavy Liquid (1999)
Living in New York City, Paul is probably the only American cartoonist to be working for a major Japanese manga publisher since he made the series 'Supertrouble' for Kodansha. Since 1997, he has also been working for DC Comics, where his credits include 'Hellblazer', 'The Batman Chronicles' and stories for 'Solo'. His science fiction series 'Heavy Liquid' also appeared in 1999, from DC/Vertigo. His book, the circus romance 'Escapo', was released from Horse Press in 1999. In 2000, he began working on 'THB' again.
P City Parade, cover by Paul Pope