This is the Internet repository for work done by K. Thor Jensen. I am still entering old work into the site, so please bear with me. This front page will present work that I think is of the most interest, but please feel free to dig into the categories above for much more.
Cloud Stories is my upcoming graphic novel, which was funded on Kickstarter in 2013. It will contain short stories arranged around the theme of clouds. The book is currently in progress, at a rate of approximately a half page a day. It will be released in 2014 and distributed by Alternative Comics.
I’m fascinated with the process of becoming a product. The advent of recorded sound turned song – which was previously performed by families in their living rooms – into a product to be consumed. And 21st century celebrity culture has managed to render individuals into cultural products of their own.
But sometimes an individual comes along who is queerly resistant to the process of commodification, even as they willfully consent to it. Farrah Abraham, consciously or otherwise, is one such person. MORE »
I drew the cover for issue #51 of Roctober, the best music magazine in the world. It was the special Comedy & Novelty Records issue, a subject after my own heart, and it’s the first cover I’ve done for the magazine in something like 15 years of working with them. I’m super happy with how it turned out and it looks even better in print.
In the days after September 11th, with the ruins of his job, relationship, and city crumbling around him, cartoonist and roustabout K. Thor Jensen (24 Hour Comics, Top Shelf, and many more) packed a backpack, bought a bus pass and took to the open road. His 60-day, 10,000-mile journey is chronicled in this ragtag romance.
From riding the back of a burning couch in Birmingham, Alabama to aiding stray dogs in Butte, Montana, building a giant papier-mache vagina in Columbus, Ohio to smuggling drugs across the border in El Paso, Texas, Jensen searches for the last remnants of a meaningful life as he rides the Greyhound bus. Stopping over in eighteen cities, he interacts with a diverse cast of supporting characters, and they each recount a story of their own to him, cobbling together a modern Canterbury Tales for the slacker generation. Red Eye, Black Eye is a fractured portrait of life in 21st century America, as the protagonist and his compatriots drink, fight, stumble and fall their way through their travels. It’s also riotously funny, charmingly crude and beautifully drawn.
“What’s black and red and genius all over? This book!”
– Perez Hilton
“One of the first important graphic novels of 2007.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
“Red Eye, Black Eye should be regarded as highly as Tricked or Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson or Blankets by Craig Thompson.”
– Silver Bullet Comics
I played bass in this band for about a year. Other members were Jason Paul on guitar, Wendy Chin on vocals, Cil Song on drums, Evelyn Lee on synth. We played a few shows (including a memorably awful one two days before my wedding) and recorded a pretty good album, which you can listen to on Spotify here or Rdio below.