Saturday, November 22, 2014

MC Lars: Rapper, Cartoonist, Genius and Nice Guy

I got the chance to take my wife on a rare date last night. We went to see MC Chris, MC Lars and Spose at The Metro Gallery in Baltimore. What a great show!! I would have paid the ticket price to see any one of these guys solo, so I used this bargain to treat myself to a bunch of merch.

Biggest surprise of the night was finding this little gem right here!

Not only can MC Lars rap but he can make some pretty funny comics.  I've plowed through half the book this morning over coffee had some really good laughs. The style is pretty raw and looks like he drew it using a mouse and Microsoft Paint, but sometimes that actually helps carry the joke. It's a collection of his college strip 27th Street from his time at Stanford, so don't expect pro-level comics but do expect some fun surprises. I've enjoyed the book so much that I couldn't wait to finish reading it to post about it.

Starting with the intro, this book had me hooked. Lars' experience as a college cartoonist was so similar to my own that I could have written the intro myself. His style is smart, bizarre, absurd and at times just leaves you saying WTF? My kind of comic strip! I think anyone who enjoys MC Lars or comics should check out this strip... in the very least, check out the man behind it. Lars is crazy smart and his raps are some of the best around. Above all, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. I'm so glad we got to meet him and see him perform live. The night was so much fun.

Getting back to business....I should have some panels of The Last Resort this week. Stay tuned! And if you're new to the site, please check out the archives tab of The Last Resort!  Thanks for visiting.