A dark, mind-bending existential trip in the surreal, intense Paperhead comic

Cover art for Paperhead by Jonathan Kociuba


Multi-talented illustrator Jonathan Kociuba is primarily known for his collaborations with the Urban Ninja Squadron of street artists, his “Space Pirate” character, and album cover and poster work. He’s also the lead singer for indie rock band Summer and Youth; and he’s recently released a new comic, Paperhead. I met Kociuba a few years ago while I was out reviewing Bug at Super Wonder Gallery (he designed their poster); and I saw him again this past Fall at a Killer B Cinema event at The Imperial Pub. He sent me a copy of Paperhead, along with the teaser book and as a copy of All of This (co-created with writer Suzanne Alyssa Andrew, released in May 2018) in an envelope he illustrated with a zombie.

Zombie envelope illustration by Jonathan Kociuba

In the surreal, meta Paperhead, artist Steve Barker works through his break-up demons as he creates a rom-comic that highlights the positive moments of his relationship with Lily—and inadvertently opens a portal between the real world and the world of his comic book creations in the process. The lines between his real life and the comics blur as the worlds collide and merge, forcing him to confront his characters, and face some brutally honest truths. Searching for answers and closure, and diving deep into the panels of his own work, will he ever resurface?

A dark, mind-bending existential trip—featuring sharply rendered illustrations, dark humour and introspection—Paperhead is an eerily dramatic and intense ride with a Twilight Zone edge.

Check out and purchase Kociuba’s comics and artwork, and connect with him via his website.

Toronto Fringe: Possession! Sharks! Ukulele! Spooktacular fun with Mullet’s Ghost Story

mullet_scared-printEveryone’s favourite vegan zombie clown Jean-Paul Mullét (aka Mullet) is back at it again at Toronto Fringe, this time in the spooktacular Mullet’s Ghost Story. Written by Ron Fromstein, Allan Turner, Bruce Hunter and Hilary Jane Hart, and directed by Bruce Hunter, the show is currently running upstairs at Harbord House.

This tale finds Mullet as a struggling actor/waiter with a mean boss and ineffectual agent, toiling away upstairs at Harbord House and late for his shift. And as if that’s not scary enough, Mullet takes some time away from his serving duties and sharing personal anecdotes to produce a thick, dusty old book containing some very special ghost stories. Adding to the fun: the ghost stories get personal with the appearance of a lovely someone from Mullet’s past (Hilary June Hart).

Possession! Sharks! Ghost stories! Plus a charming and entertaining host with loads of LOLs and scary good fun up his sleeve in Mullet’s Ghost Story.

Mullet’s Ghost Story continues at Harbord House until July 10. For ticket info and advance tickets/passes, check out the Fringe website.