Kaz (comic artist)

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Kaz (* 1959 , the son of Lithuanian refugees in Hoboken , New Jersey , whose real name Kazimieras G. Prapuolenis ) is an American Underground - cartoonist . He lives and works on Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City .


Kaz was first published in The New York Rocker magazine in the second year of his studies at the New York School of Visual Arts (where he attended Art Spiegelman's and Harvey Kurtzman's courses in comic drawing) , and then in RAW in 1980 .

Elzie Segar's early works on Popeye , George Herriman's Krazy Kat , Chester Gould's Dick Tracy , Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy and Robert Crumb's work had a major influence on Kaz's own art .

From 1987 to 1989 Kaz hosted the radio show The Nightmare Lounge with Chris T on the free-form radio station WFMU , in which well-known artists such as Peter Bagge , Rob Williams , Gary Panter , Mark Newgarden , Joe Coleman and the Friedman Brothers were interviewed.

In 1991 Kaz began work on his comic strip Underworld , which has been published weekly since 1992. Four Underworld anthologies have now been published by Fantagraphics Books . In the early nineties Kaz also brought out his own anthology , Snake Eyes , which was discontinued after only three issues were published due to organizational difficulties.

He's also worked on Nickelodeon's Spongebob SquarePants and for Nickelodeon's kids magazine , designed the cover for Mark Leyner's novel My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist , worked on trading card sets for Topps Trading Cards , for Pee-Wee Hennan Designs with Gary Panter, and is still on one Involved in many other projects, such as the production of his own cartoon series.

His comic strips have appeared in the East Village Eye , New York Press , Weirdo , Eclipse , Bad News , Details , The New Yorker , Swank , Screw , Bridal Guide , National Lampoon and Zero Zero , among others .


In Germany, Kaz 'works have only been partially published in the STRAPAZIN magazine . The following list is limited to the essential US comic publications. They were published exclusively by Fantagraphics.

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