Steve Mancione

Workingman's Art

I am a Chicago based artist who has always been drawn to what many traditional art critics might call "low-brow art".  Graphitti, comic books, and cartoons have always interested me most, I think because they are the most relatable to the public at large.  Making art for the .5% of the population that actually goes to "white cube" galleries doesn't seem practical to me.  Those people are all artists, art critics, or art teachers.  They already come to the work with predisposed notions of whatever theory they are currently regurgetating.  In my mind, it takes more balls to do artwork that everyone, from every class has access to.  A tag on a brick wall will be seen by more people than a framed work in a gallery.  But it's not exposure I'm after, it's opening up the vacuum sealed bubble of the art world to everyone, not just the people in the "art club".  I want people who would never walk into a gallery to be able to see my work.  Regular people without trust funds and people who have no idea what "post-modern" means.  My family, colleagues and friends are hard working individuals who will most likely never know a -shall we say - "priviledged" life. So that's who I make art for because I can actually relate to them and hopefully they can relate to me.  I guess I'll sum this up in a quote from one of my favorite childhood movies. 

"I make car parts for the American working man, because that's what I am. And that's who I care about."

                                                                    -Ray Zalinsky (Dan Akroyd)

New books and the REALLY REAL RELEASE DATE FOR CAREER SUICIDE

Hey folks. So obviously we haven't made our previously anticipated release date for the first full issue of Career Suicide.  But I promise you, it will be completed this month and printed, ready for purchase in DECEMBER 2013 (next month).  I am working on setting up a storefront under the "BUY COMICS" section of this website so you can buy the comics right here from us.  I have also been hired on for two new projects.  "A Devil in God's Country" written by Zack Rupp for which you can see artwork under the  "A Devil in God's Country" tab.  Also I have been hired by Natalie Thannum and Drake Newnum to do the artwork for their awesome book "Jack and Biff".  I have posted character profiles under "Jack and Biff" to wet your whistle.