Mike uitgebreid aan het woord over zijn leven in de underground film- en comic scene. Eind jaren negentig bezocht ik hem thuis in San Francisco en trok hij vol trots zijn favoriete Nederlands stripboek uit de kast, Eric Schreurs’ Joop Klepzeiker.
“[…] There were two art schools in New York: Music and Art, which was like a fine arts school, and Industrial Art. They said, “Go to the commercial art school, because fine artists, in the beginning, always starve.” And you know, they got a point there.”
“[…] Doing this type of work, I know it has to be a certain kind of thing. It has to be geared for the sexy magazines. Yet at the same time, I try to make them good drawings.[…]”
“[…] Camp, the feeling of camp. What is it? Somebody came up with camp. You know, to me, camp is like you set up your tent on an established recreation center. You set your tent up on it and then it’s part of the recreation; you have fun with it.”
- Mike Kuchar, Dino, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.