“I started drawing comics as a way to make sense of things, but now my favorite creative moments are the times when I surprise myself.”
Joel Orff drew a 32-page comic book every month for most of his childhood, using cast-off newsprint that his father brought home from the local small-town newspaper. After his first year of college he threw them all out; a decision that he’s still not sure if he regrets. Inspired by the zine catalog Fact Sheet Five, he began self-publishing minicomics in the early 90s. More recently, Alternative Comics has published three books by him, two of which have been reprinted in French translations by Editions çã et lã in Paris. His book Thunderhead Underground Falls was selected as one of Booklist’s Top Ten Graphic Novels for 2008. Since August of 2005 his weekly comic strip Great Moments in Rock ‘n’ Roll has run in various free weeklies, currently appearing every Friday in The Pacific Sun in Marin, California.