sausages, mustaches, and intestinal worms – oh my!

Aaron Renier is one of my bestest of buddies. He’s a Wisconsin homeboy raised on brautwurst and fried cheese curds just like me. (Now he eats tofurkey brautwurst). He’s also one talented, brushtastic cartoonist with a great book — Spiralbound. The French edition was released this January on Delcourt’s Shampooing imprint (rodeoed by the brilliant Lewis Trondheim); and Aaron and I flew to Angoulême (Europe’s premier comics festival) to celebrate. I documented some of it in my sketchbook, but then Aaron and my trip drifted separate directions and the diary sort of disintegrated. Oh well, here’s a glimpse of it anyway.


And just for proof, here’s a photo of Aaron’s ‘stache when we first hopped a train from Paris in our grubby jetlagged splendour. The second photo is in Paris along with Alban Rautenstrauch and Alex Holden. The third photo is me getting horrifically ill at Charles Berberian’s place. Charles is one of the most charming human beings in the comics industry and a true inspiration, but I defiled his bathroom in a number of ways with my food poisoning. I couldn’t eat for four days, lost ten pounds, missed my plane back to the states, and was diagnosed upon returning as host to three varieties of parasites! Merci to Myléne for looking after me.



Also, just so Aaron isn’t embarrassed by this advertisement of his ol’ soup-strainer, here’s me rockin’ four of my own.


PS – please, excuse the obsessive “links”.

28 thoughts on “sausages, mustaches, and intestinal worms – oh my!

  1. 1: Wrestlemania
    2: I want to be a porn star
    3: I am, in fact, a porn star.
    4: Hi, I’m Charlie Chaplin’s grandchild, wanna screw?

    What’s really odd in these pictures is, all your muscles look in proportion escept for your trapezius, which is crazy insane huge for your size and build. Is that from all the pulling motions while surfing? I swear, it’s like someone glued Arnold Schwarzenegger’s trapezius to your neck.

  2. Craig!! It’s so great to see some updates. This blog has pretty much made my week. Hopefully my Blankets tattoo will be finished before Habibi comes out, haha. It’s taking a long while, though! I’ll be sure to send you a photo of it when it’s done, especially because I couldn’t really show you when I told you about it at your reading at Diesel Boooks last year. Take care!

    p.s. you and Aaron should join the mustachathon:

  3. YESYESYESYES! If you’re looking for feedback on what this blog should become, then let it be heard: I want art and crazy mustache photos!

  4. The sketchbook is beautiful, man. Great stuff.

    But I just have to say, as horrible and cliched as this has become in recent days, when I saw that first ‘stache picture, all I could think was: “THIS…IS…SPARTA!”

  5. I have a new all time favorite blog…actually, it’s the only one I read besides my brother’s. 😉 thank you. the Borat moustache is “VERY NiiiCE!”

  6. You seem like one of the village people on these pictures,thank for make me laugh,one more time.
    And angoulême,it was so nice,my bag still remember you…

  7. if you get parasitic worms when you’re a child you have a lesser chance of developing allergies as an adult. i guess that doesn’t help you though. 🙂 do you ever come to massachusetts?

  8. With this explosive diarrhea related information coming to light, I guess I am glad we went our separate ways for dinner that night….

    I like the dark Aaron jacket through the Orangina bottle.

  9. Your sense of humor and dashing ‘staches have cinched it, sir: For the first time in my life, I have an actual crush on a someone I have never met. I was going to say ‘stranger,’ but since I have read everything you’ve done, I feel like I am acquainted with you–but that just makes me feel a little creepy since you don’t know me. So… Hi. I’m Lauren.

  10. Dear Craig and Aaron,

    I am an art teacher, an illustrator, and a fan of you both. You can see some of my work at my website (above) but I’m really writing you about one of my hobbies, the Portrait Party.

    It started as something fun that my family and friends did but, a few months ago, I turned the idea into a website.

    Last night, I stumbled upon your, Aaron’s, interview on the Cross Hatch Dispatch in which you said that Stucky the dog was a portrait of Craig and the submarine was Blankets. I loved Stucky and was so surprised that he was based on a real person that I went back and read Spiral Bound immediately. Having read it again, I have to say that Stucky as Craig working on Blankets is probably my favorite portrait that I have seen.

    Of course, I’ve also seen your, Craig’s, drawing of Aaron on your blog.

    With both of your permission, I was hoping to post your portraits of each other on the Portrait Party with a little paragraph about your friendship and links to your sites.

    Here are the files I would use:

    Would that be okay?

    I hope so but, if it isn’t, feel very free to say so.

    All the best,

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