New interview for the blog The Black Tongue where I talk about Social Skills, my graphic novel KOBK, hip hop, filmmaking and more. It was a great experience talking with Stephen Kearse and he did the most thorough interview I’ve had so far. Here’s an excerpt:
“My typical strategy for writing about interviews is to take key quotes and use them to compose an essay. For the most part, I think it works, especially if an interview is long or if it fits into an essay idea that is particularly timely. But sometimes a conversation is so pregnant with rich moments that to compose an essay is to exclude those moments, especially if they can only be fairly represented by the dialogue that took place during the interview.
Because I really enjoyed the conversation that C.J. and I had, I’ve decided to provide the full interview transcript. I had an essay in mind and it was about 80% finished, but revisiting the transcript a few days ago really made me rethink how I would present this interview. Accordingly, the full interview – all 6,000+ words – are provided below. That’s a lot to read, but if The Paris Review can do it, why can’t I?”
Click here for the full interview.
C.J. Johnson - SocialSkillsNYC
Caught up with C.J. two weeks ago at The Strand, conversations with him are always full of relation, perspective and growth. This was actually my second attempt at sharing him with you all and i’m happy to share a gem. C.J. is the kind of artist that does it not just for the love of it, but for the need. Photokofa sees it necessary to share these kinds of artists. If you appreciate satirical material and take interest in social studies, Social Skills NYC, as well as other projects by C.J., is for you.
I hope you everyone’s enjoyed Volume 2 of Social Skills. I’m taking a long hiatus from creating new work for this webcomic and won’t return with Volume 3 until January 1st, 2014.
In the meantime, I’ll still be updating with information about my graphic novel KOBK, interviews, answering questions, etc. However, the best way to stay in touch with what I’m doing is through my personal website, CJVisuals with my photography, films, essays, etc. Also, my twitter and instagram accounts. For those of you on Instagram, every Wednesday night I’ll be commenting on found objects/media with the #SocialSkillsComics hashtag, so make sure to follow me. Thanks for the support!
~ C.J. Johnson
When Volume 3 premiere’s, it’s gonna be ten times better than the first two volumes combined, which is why I’m taking so much time off. Can’t wait for everyone to see it.
Just a sample of the love that C.J. Johnson and I have been getting from KOBK. And it’s all appreciated greatly. I’m glad people are loving it. It give me hope in life. If you haven’t by now, go cop the comic yourself and give us some feedback as well.
Maybe I don’t have to embark on that MMA career after all.