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STP Interview with Victor Giannini - Skater, Artist, Author and Creator of the Comic Book, Skeightfast Dyephun

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Not long ago I found an image online that stopped me in my tracks (and it wasn't porn). I followed it to a website and ten minutes later I was placing an order for Skeightfast DyePhun, created by Victor Giannini. When it arrived, I delved into the story of Boardlord and Spitface - two skaters who defend their local scene against jocks, cops and ninjas. The next day I sent an e-mail to the author telling him how kick-ass it was.

If you don't see a little bit of yourself in these characters, go check your ride... You might actually be rollerblading.

I have 3,000 "friends" on MySpace. That number dwindles to two for those I have met face to face. The following interview was done via e-mail due to distance, but I'd much rather have had the opportunity to hang with Victor over a drink or five... but then I wouldn't remember a damn thing.

There's a lot more to Victor Giannini than just his kick-ass comic book. He's also a prolific writer, artist and complete madman who has his shit together and his creativity lodged in over-drive. Check out his Doomage web site containing an impressive portfolio of his work.

Now, get off the baby-sitter and read about the dangers of mixing skateboarding with creativity...

1- Only a dedicated skater could concoct the storyline of Skeightfast Dyephun. Tell us a bit about your skateboarding background. How long have you been skating, etc...? Victor Giannini art

I'm 24 now, started skating when I was 17. But since I was a little shit, I've always been aware of skateboarding. The bright neon colors, the putrescence, the raw balls and youth of it. When I was in 6th grade I asked my parents for a board. I got a huge, old school, Toxic. Orange grip tape. I had to wear full pads, and roll down a gravel road with my dad holding my hand. It sucked. A few years later I became a town rat, and skateboards were the ultimate. My friends showed me Welcome to Hell and Jump Off A Building, gave me a plank with some griptape and hell...it was barely a skateboard. I tried to learn how to ollie while everyone around me was kickflipping over milk crates. No one could teach me the basics. I got disillusioned, and turned to martial arts instead.

The day I was leaving for my first year of college at SUNY Purchase, my dad found that old Toxic board and suggested I ride it from class to class. When I got to school I went looking for this guy Cory that I knew from my hometown, who was a rad skater (all of my close friends by coincidence are rad skaters, but I wasn't yet). I went down the wrong hallway, carrying the Toxic. This red head freak literally grabs me (this is seriously the first 15 minutes I was ever at college) and yelled "DO YOU SKATE?" and I said no. He asked if I wanted to learn, and I said yes. Right then we went into the parking lot and he taught me how to boneless. That dude is Erik Romanyschyn, and is now a life long friend, art collaborator, and skate mentor.

What followed was the best time of my life. Over those four years of college I forged the best friendships I've ever had, and strengthened my old ones, all through skateboarding. It became a unifying force that literally defined every moment for me. I was hooked. Irredeemably. Every adventure, every night, every day inside the dorm rooms, we skated. I've never had so much fun, had something so positive and socially centered to be a part of. When we all graduated, we had made our own skate video called Thrash Compactor to celebrate our time together, since we always filmed our bullshit for posterity.

A week after graduation, everyone came out to my house for a party. We went to an all concrete park in Montauk, NY with a pool. We were shredding. At the end of the session, I was barely rolling, hit a crack, pitched forward over a ten foot bank and broke my arm. Things got very bad for a long time. Now I'm skating again. On one hand, I suck. I'll never even be AM, and I don't give a fuck. Rolling around in a parking lot at night, trying tricks, finding spots, hitting minis, is still the greatest thing ever. Everyone I skate with is light years better than me, and that helps. I'm always inspired, and always comfortable with what I can do, because what I do is have shitfuckball tons of fun.

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I don't skate as much as I used to. About once a week as compared to ALL DAY a few years ago. I broke my arm twice, and both my ankles twice each, so I'm slowly feeling the age slow me down a little. Last summer one of my best buds bought a fiberglass ramp or something, we called it Butter because it's slippery as hell and yellow. It was my first chance to skate a mini whenever I wanted, and I learned all the tricks I can currently do on tranny just this last summer. It was fucking exhilarating. This shit will change, but it's never going away.

I think of my college skate life as losing my virginity, you know that funny pink cloud, when you just fuck ALL THE TIME and then at some point years later you realize you love sex and you'll be doing it forever and you do, just not ALL day like you used to. That's skateboarding for me. And as far as art goes, skateboarding remains an incredible force that wakes me up everyday.

2- Skeightfast Dyephun is obviously a labor of love. How did you decide to create it as a comic book? Had you always wanted to do a comic?

I've been reading and making comics since I could pick up a pencil. I literally own a comic library, (but little else). I stopped drawing for a few years, and when I was 18, I decided I wanted to dive back into art. I wanted to make this epic story, and I was always doing Sci-Fi Dragon Ball Z shit, but at this point I was deep in skate culture and it was perfect. I am a writer, so creating stories is obsessively natural for me. The story just blew up in my mind while I was laying around in parking garages in the dead of winter, covered in sweat and listening to my friends cracking hardflips and falling down. The comic seemed like the greatest tribute to this new life I'd found. The band I mention in it, Angels With Filthy Souls, (who make a big appearance in Vol. 2) is real. I skate with the band members all the time.

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Now I'd like to go on record and be an ass here. I have been OBSESSED with ninjas and zombies for my whole life. I don't know how much you know about Indy and Mainstream comic scenes, but ninjas, zombies, and robots have really come into vogue. I wouldn't blame readers to be fucking SICK of these things now. I started my comic before this trend really hit its stride. So I'd like to take the opportunity here to officially tell everyone in the world to stop biting my shit.

I'm highly obscure, so I doubt the hate mail will be pouring in. Shit, as long as I'm hating, a big fuck you to some jackass at Punk Planet that gave my comic it's first horrid review. It was clear that he/she didn't even read it. Anyway, my zombies laws and logic of zombiedom have a really good twist that I can't give away yet, because of aforementioned biters. Suffice to say, it's unique enough to pardon my intrusion into overcrowded field. I'M NOT A RUN SNAKING GROM. I'm sorry, the spirits are taking hold. Apologies. Apocalypse. Ruin. I'm just too slow.

3- Are the two main characters, Boardlord and Spitface, based on people you knew or are they a composite of their creator? How about the bullies? Victor Giannini art

I was sitting in the dining hall with Tom Benevento, AKA Benny Business (he's got the tribute page in the back of Vol. 1, and for good reason). I told him I wanted to make a comic again, and that it would based on how I found skateboarding and martial arts to be extremely similar, at least for me. I had this name, Mikey Spitface. Then he suggested a guy named William Boardlord, after the band, the Boardlords. Visually, they are a composite of our skate crew, and they have all of our best and worst qualities mixed about. Spitface's devil lock came from Doyle of The Fad (who I have a wonderfully horrible relationship with). I ended up having a few devil locks of my own. Boardlords glasses are actually supposed to be his eyes, in a sense. He sees in stars, whatever the fuck that means. Like how once you start skating, you'll never drive down a street and look at the architecture the same way again. Shit is somehow better, has possibilities, even in the worst places.

Spitface is like the youthful fire, the anger, the awesome ambition and explosiveness. Boardlord is the chill one, so stoked and zen from the time he spends on the Board, taking everything as it comes. Spitface is how you feel in the middle of a session when you just can't land that fucking trick, Boardlord is how you feel afterwards in the car on the way home and everyone smells horrible and nobody gives a shit and you realize you still have a party to go to.

As for the bullies... I've known some skinheads. Some are total shit. One headbutt me the first time he spoke to me. Some are ok and just have fallen into a subculture that has hard edges. Patterson Bathtub isn't really modeled on anyone in real life, just the idea of the big guy left out who doesn't know how to fit in. I usually ended up becoming friends with my bullies in middle school, and beating their asses in high school, so I don't have such a harsh stance on them. That's why even though Patterson and his Oi Boys fuck things up, they eventually get a chance to redeem themselves. As you know, Spitface and Boardlord weren't exactly nice to poor Patterson in the early days. Ah, the cycle of violence...


4- I love all the subtle details you include - both in the background artwork as well as the text. What are some of the influences that bring out these great barbs to the skate industry and it's stereotypes? Victor Giannini art

Erik, my skate mentor, has only taught me the pure love of skating. He's shown me all the pivotal videos, taken me to the spots, introduced me to people, and given me a thorough history of skateboarding. But he took pains to keep my education underground, away from the bullshit.

That said, I've never been one to just follow shit because it's there. I'm very disconnected from mainstream culture in general, and that includes mainstream skate culture. I really don't know all that much about it, just glimpses here and there and meeting younger kids at the park who can skate WAY better than me.

My writing is often satirical, so it was only natural for me to poke fun at all the bullshit and hypocrisy and self-righteousness and capitalist broohaha I've seen in the skate culture. At the same time, I think the comic itself serves as the ultimate love note to that very same culture. There's greatness and shit in everything, and if you take it so seriously that you can't laugh at it, you're missing the point. Mad respect to the whole skate world, but that doesn't mean I fit in or agree with all of it. We all get carried away.

The truth is, all that shit you see in the backgrounds, the real life versions bring me a lot of comfort. I'd be really fucking sad if they weren't around to poke fun at in the first place.

I've also noticed that shitloads of skaters feel exactly the same way, which is really comforting. When enough people are passionate enough about something, parts tend to go silly or sour despite their good intentions. Kind of like religion. Or politics. But anyway, fuck Nike and their limitless funds and tech. I mean, some things... if it walks like a duck, and it talks like a duck... however, no disrespect to Nike's riders. I don't even know who they are, but if I had their opportunity, I wouldn't turn it down. My 9 to 5 sucks.

And I miss Big Brother. That shit was the illest thing I'd ever seen when I was 13.

5- Henry, the skate shop owner in Skeightfast Dyephun, seemed very familiar to me. As it turns out, the character is loosely based on a shop owner we both knew in New York - crazy coincidence. Tell us about the scene at Henry's Sports Boutique. Victor Giannini art

Henry was like the Animal Chin that was happy to be found. I only knew him for a brief time, but I came in with the right crowd and he treated me with generosity and respect. He was the perfect skateshop owner. He fostered the scene. When he got forced out by a Laundromat, we all aged a little bit in the wrong way. He's a part of 2nd Nature now, and thank gods for that. He's the kind of guy that kept all the rad shirts from the 80's and gave em away for 3 bucks when he was shutting down. He'd grip a board and let you ride away and trust you'd pay for it tomorrow. As far as I knew, he was quiet and humble, but I hear he was a ripper back in the day. Anyway you cut it, he GOT IT, and no fucking Laundromat will ever take that away from him.


6- We were both part of that local scene but didn't know each other at the time. Years later, I wrote you about Skeightfast Dyephun, wondering if "Henry" was the same Henry I knew. Coincidences like that make me wonder about a lot of things. What's your stance on the flapping of a butterfly's wings in Africa helping to dissipate a fart in Cleveland?

Well I believe in paths of fate, where if you conduct yourself correctly, you end up flowing down the right line toward the end you want. Your finding of the comic was definitely weird, and then the fact that we'd both been somewhere and shared something, different and the same, is another example of that. When I was younger I only believed in science, pragmatism, and logic, but that shit makes the world boring. Now I believe in anything that's fun, and recently became a minister in the Universal Life Church to symbolize that. So yeah, Cleveland fart's are raw, but a butterfly in Africa is definitely wafting that shit away. And even if it isn't, life's a lot more interesting if you even pretend to believe it's true.

7- I stopped in Henry's shop on my wedding day and asked him to sign one of my boards. Instead he whipped out this vintage deck (mint condition), signed it and wished me well. He was the coolest guy. Got any Henry tales to share? Victor Giannini art

Nothing classic like that. I heard so many from the guys who actually grew up there, like Benny Biz, Matty Ice, Martin. All I know is he barely knew me and let me just take a board one day when I didn't have the cash, and trusted that I'd come back and pay him (which I did). The only "skateshop" in my hometown, is owned by an opportunistic asshole who looks like Henry but would never do something like that. Henry basically showed me what the right attitude to skating was, just by sitting behind his counter and laughing and watching us skate outside.


8- Concrete Wave Magazine recently reviewed Skeightfast Dyephun. I dig that mag, especially the Fine Print - Is Michael Brooke as cool as I hope he is?

I don't know Michael Brooke, but I'm going to go out there and say that he's pretty awesome. They gave me a little space and some words, and that's all I could ask. It's surprisingly hard to come by. It was great to see my stuff in there, even if just a little bit. Shit like that keeps me going.

9- I've always wanted to know how to make a ninja mask, but can I really trade my sister's panties for Skeightfast Dyephun Volume 2?

Absolutely.

10- I'm confident that Skeightfast Dyephun will have a second volume. It would seem the series could continue indefinitely. What's the future of Boardlord and Spitface? Volume three? A guest appearance on SpongeBob? Victor Giannini art

The series has always been conceived as one, complete story. Volume 2 will finish it. I have countless ideas for future stories, some with mutants, some with robots, some with more ninjas. There's this one idea for a volume 3 where the city is still recovering from what happens in Volume 2, and Spitface and Boardlord are like these vigilante skate ninjas, prowling the streets and beating ass. But right now, I'm concentrating on finishing Volume 2. It's taking so long, because now real life is annoying.

When I made Volume 1 over three years, I was in college. I would convince all my teachers that I had ADD, but didn't take medication for it. I told them the best way for me to concentrate was to draw, so I could focus on listening to them. So every single class for three years, I was in the front row, with my drawing supplies and comic and notebook spread in front of me, working on it. Man, when you multi-task like that, you get shit DONE. Now it's slower, but no less fun. It's taking a lot longer than I'd like for Volume 2 to come out, but once it stops being fun it's dead for the readers and for me.

I'm a lowly self trained artist, so the longer it takes to come out, the better I'll get at drawing. I mean seriously, look at the first page of Vol. 1, and then the last page. It's fucking embarrassing in the best way.

I can tell you that I'm mostly done with the first "issue" of Volume 2, and it's got more action in the first ten pages than most of Volume 1. Everything you loved and hated about Volume 1 gets ratcheted up to the nth degree in this one. No worm burners here.

11- What celebrity would you most like to see them beat the shit out of?

Only one? Cheney, Bill O'Reilly... possibly Bam Margera. I'm not sure if that last one's out of jealously or not. Now that Jason Lee is a scientologist I'm afraid of him, but I don't know if he deserves an ass kicking. I'd say Carrot Top, but he's ripped and would probably beat both their asses.

Oh shit, you asked for just one. Fine... it will officially be... underground hip hop artist Alec Reinstein, AKA Despot.

Victor Giannini art 12- If reading an interview in a mainstream skate mag, what pro skater would you most like to see give a shout-out to Skeightfast Dyephun?

I'm a little out of touch, but I can say with total conviction that seeing a little love from Colin Fiske or Richie Jackson would be the bee's knees.

13- What's the craziest Marketing ploy you've used to garner attention for Skeightfast Dyephun? Victor Giannini art

Nothing yet. At MoCCA a couple years ago I jumped on the mike for an Indy comic podcast and dared to say my comic was like Bill and Ted on crack. In High School I was known as the craziest fucking fish in the smallest pond, and I've been a big disappointment by those standards. I'm concentrating on getting the whole thing done before I go crazy, because then I can devote all my manic depressive energy solely to the marketing. I've applied for grants to use the money for a promotional tour but... no dice. I even got to speak to one of my great heroes, Peter Laird of TMNT about it. He seemed really stoked on the idea, but the board members of his Xeric Grant never let my submission pack get to his desk. In the future, I promise fire works in fake turtle asses, pool sessions, and some big events in conjunction with Daydream Silkscreen to get the word out.

Oh, and I just wrote a poem to Lakai on a scroll of parchment, and slipped it in with a copy of the Volume 1 to send out to them and whatever fate it finds. Does that count? Oh god... I have to step up.


14- And what ploy would your REALLY like to use? Rep it naked on Howard Stern? Hire a porn star to wear a sandwich-board advertisement?

I would love to throw a jam at KCDC or something like that, with porn stars fucking on the deck while pros dressed like Spitface and Boardlord shred the mini.

15- Being recently divorced, I ponder the merits of buying a Real Doll. What's your take? Do you keep a pocket-pussy in your skate bag or are you chasing after the real thing?

I would fuck a Real Doll in a bathroom at a party. However, I recently watched a documentary on the damn things and everyone in it was really creepy and pathetic. Keep it under your bed, but don't dress it up for pictures and go on dates with it. Hey, how about a promotion where if you buy Volume 1 and 2 you get 7 in Heaven with a Real Doll of your choice behind the skateshop?

16- Who would you most like to see write your biography?

Hunter S. Thompson. Whoops, too late. Philip K. Dick? Too late again... Shit... Maybe Scott Meyers.

17- You've done some skate deck graphics for a few companies. How'd that come about - did they come to you with ideas or let you loose to do your thing? Victor Giannini art

I just went through a huge online database of companies and asked to work for them, linked them to my online gallery. 99% denied me, but a surprising number actually responded to do the denial. I'm still trying to build a name for myself, working with smaller companies that will give me a chance. I feel like my heyday is over. I missed the whole putrid neon videogame ultraviolence style from the 80's. But things are cyclical. They'll come back again.

The first board I designed was bought by a private collector. It was a one of a kind hand painted piece. It's on my website, Doomage.com. It's a slimy skull with a knife in its head. I was at this skate/music/art show and I thought, damn the only way I'm selling anything is if a crazy rich skater walks in and likes it. Well, it happened.

The first board I designed for a company is my All Love Olives deck, for Allove Skateboards. The guy who runs it, is having a hard time coming up with the funds to get it into production. I've allowed him to license the design without paying me for many months now while he gets things together. I know how shit is. Just anxious to see my bros shredding my graphics. You hear that Chase? Get on it, man!

Currently, I just got done designing something I'm really proud of for Unity Skateboards. The guys over there are rippers, and their art guru, Tyler, worked pretty closely with me in getting it to fit their vision. I don't know if they're gonna use it for a deck or what. It was designed as a deck, but they're telling me it's gonna be used in some manner. That one is top secret, it's not on my website, but my other three boards are. I'm stoked to get a chance to work with a team like Unity.

Just today actually, I got an offer to do a bitching design for a new company that's being started. Don't know how much I can say or not, but it should be Legendary.

I've also had tenuous drunken late night online conversations with Toilettown of Consolidated fame. Consolidated fucking rules. Accurate. Fact. He's using of my drawings in his upcoming Wizard Skull zine.

I was born to make skateboards. I can think of nothing more perfect. The shape is a little awkward, but... I mean there's that part in Skeightfast Dyephun where they liken the destruction of the precious graphics to Buddhist monks washing a sand Mandela away in the river... whatever.

So in total I've done about 5, but none of them are on the streets yet, and 2 never will be.

18- Tell us about some of the commercial graphic design you've done. Victor Giannini art

I've done a shitload of shirts, mostly for Daydream Silkscreen, run and owned by the aforementioned Erik Romanyschyn, AKA Erik the Red. I've done shirts for AWFS, for the NYPD Scuba (Scuba saves lives, they can't arrest anyone, let's not get on it). A lot of my artwork has appeared in Other Magazine. I think I've been in their last three issues. They are a great read. I think it's mainly a GLBTU associated magazine about "other" things. Each issue has a theme, and it's always worth a read on the shitter.

I've also done some tattoos. Specifically, I tattooed myself with India ink and a safety pin, and my friend's thigh with the same. But I've draw some mermaids and some skateboard designs that have been and will be used as tattoos. That's the highest fucking honor I can think of. An incredibly rad skater and master tattoo artist that I only know as Justin did my tattoos, and only because we had a mutual friend. Justin, I don't know if you'll ever read this, but you are the best person in the universe and will achieve enlightenment moments after your death.

I'm illustrating one of my father's stories right now. It's not definite, but if my work is accepted, it will be in a very prestigious international surf rag. My dad was in Nam, and he writes stories about surfing and Nam, so I'm doing some watercolors about thrashing tasty waves while trying to hold on to his humanity and not get his balls sniped by Charlie.

19- When working on non-skate projects, do you try to sneak in some elements of skateboarding?

Always. All the time. But what is an element of skateboarding? For me, some hot pink and neon greens, some blood, some distorted perspective or sense of motion... I mean, I consider bats, bombs, spiders, lightning bolts, lizards, explosions, concrete... all those things invoke skating to me. City skylines invoke skating. I feel like an asshole, but I've only really been an active participant in the culture for about 6 or 7 years now, and I'm just stunned by how appealing and fucking right it is. Even when it's wrong, I'll take it over most other shit.

Really, I'm an artist that was meant to be born in the 80's and should just do skateboards and shirts, and I try to get into magazines and comics because I love art in general. It's all one and the same for me. Can't separate them.

Victor Giannini art 20- I dig Mike Vallely Have you checked out any of his music?

I have not, but I will. Is there any chance it's anything remotely like Canninus or Hatebeak? I also dig Mike V., both for his fighting ability, the scary aura he brings to the scene, and his fucking fantastic bonelesses.

21- I'm a big fan of self-checkout systems in grocery stores. Have you ever keyed-in a code for a cucumber and left with a rib roast? (We're seeking creativity, not moral fortitude here).

I've screamed at one enough that no employees came over to help and I left with two jars of peanut butter, fresh cloves of garlic, frozen pizzas, hummus, orange juice, coffee, and three packs of bacon for the price of one bushel of bananas.

22- Would you rather be backstage at a Slayer concert with a beer or backstage at a Britney Spears concert with a hard-on?

SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYER. I wouldn't fuck Britney Spears with Retsudo's dick.

23- Who sounds smarter - someone reviewing skateboard products or anyone with a British accent?

Ever seen James Bond bombing a hill, wielding dual PP7's and nothing but headshots all the way down to a twenty foot kicker over a pit of robot sharks? That's smarts.

24- The inherent danger of posting your resume online is that someone might read it... Sounds like there may be some confidentiality stuff on this one, but what can you tell us about the board game you developed? I fucking love board games - it's nice to see they are not forgotten in the age of video games and attention deficit. Victor Giannini art

Fuck it, I made the damn thing, but I don't know if it's ever going into production. It was a really cool psychological whodunit based on Criminal Minds, which I'm assured was, at one time, a hit TV show...

I watched a lot of it for research and dug it, but I don't watch TV in general. Was it a hit?

Shit was twisted, I can't imagine a family sitting around trying to figure out which white trash suspect kidnapped and raped the girl scout, but hey, that's what they wanted. If you ever run into it on a store shelf let me know.


25- Looks like you've done a lot of work with kids. That's very cool - always nice to be able to give something back. How'd you get into that?

Turns out many of my closest friends in college, and core of the skatecrew, actually worked at an on-campus Pre-School. I got the job through Benny Biz and Matty Ice. We were these horrible, booze fueled, nasty irresponsible party monsters, and then we'd all crawl into work and nurture and protect these 3-5 year olds. Somehow it was a perfect fit. We three dudes were most beloved at that preschool. I guess I saw something in playing with the kids that was as pure as anything I got from a good session or mastering the mysteries of karate.

After college I worked with disabled kids for a bit, but by then I found the work was taking some kind of toll on my life that I wasn't prepared for. I don't work with kids anymore, unless I'm teaching them comic or circus classes, but that stint got me prepared to be a dad. Someday...

Victor Giannini art 26- One last resume question - you were a Circus Camp Counselor? I can see that as either the best or worst job to have. Which was it and how close was this experience to the movie "Shakes The Clown"?

Older kids are bastards, but when they see you juggling on a tight rope they have to shut up and show enough respect to get through the day. Not sure what "Shakes the Clown" is, but I'm gonna guess it was exactly the same. It's currently not the worst job I've ever had, but far from the best. Making the board game was very lucrative and not so intensive...

27- Communication seems like a fading skill among people today. Tell us about your forays into the art of writing. You've been published in quite a few places.

I just make it look like I've been published a lot. It's never enough. I am possessed to write. I hate it. I write a lot of speculative fiction, which is to say, pretentious sci-fi. Most of my main characters get killed because they don't "get" reality, or they commit suicide. I'm currently working on a novel that's tonally a cross between Hunter S. Thompson and Wes Anderson. It's rad, but I'm quickly becoming the asshole that's been working on his "great" novel for 3 fucking years. I'm sorry, I can't talk about writing anymore. It is ultimate pleasure and pain. Morphine acid bath.

Oh wait, look at this, I CAN talk about writing more. I've been in a pretty rad anthology called Silverthought: Ignition, published by Silverthought Press. I post stories on their website from time to time (silverthought.com), including an on-line serial called Word of the Psychic Bug about futuristic spies who rape each other with insects. I'm going to be in another anthology through them later this year called "Thank You Death Robot", named for my story of the same name. And "The Shark Engine Enigma" is gonna be published in Satirica at some point. I'm stupidly ambitious, and shit is going slow. I mean, what the fuck, I picked comics and writing as my career. Only thing worse could have been music. I am destined for poverty and anger.

28- What's the strangest site you've encountered when Googling your name? Victor Giannini art

The first few that come up are actually me. There's something about a great Italian swimmer. I am a surfer but I am a poor swimmer. Also, there's this weird web page where a realtor is just posting a list of all his friends, and one is named Victor Giannini. He seems to be in love with this guy. At the very top of the page is this un-attributed quote that I recognize from some profound drunken night: "No man is a failure who has friends."


29- I believe that alcohol can enhance creativity as long as one stays sober enough to collect the royalties down the road. What's your liquid enhancer of choice?

RUM. Whiskey. There's little I don't like. I love the spirits. I imbibe. Life is hard, you don't have to suffer all the time. I drink wine like water. I love Blue Moon, Sierra Nevada, Corona, New Castle, and when I was in Ireland, there was NOTHING better than true Irish Guiness. Love hot whiskeys. Love... alcohol. ABSINTHE! But you know, if you really want to get nasty, get down on the Green Chartreuse...

30- Any closing thoughts or shout-outs?

Yes, many. Don't think you're getting off that easy.

First off: Skateboarding is the raddest thing in the world. It is the coolest, most hardcore thing ever, and that's just going fact for fact.

Second: My life is stupid and weird and I'm trying to love every second of it. I often risk sounding arrogant because I'm basically an optimist who's trying to hide from the hideous realities that lurk in all our own shadows. To all who read this, if it seems I'm having too much fun, just remember, I'm broke as shit , I don't have a job right now, and I live with my parents... And my girlfriend. Nyah nyah suckers.

Third: Thank you, Pete, for being my biggest fan and making the thousands of hours I put into Skeightfast Dyephun completely worth it. I always knew my audience would be small and remote, but knowing I'm making people like you happy makes it all worthwhile.

Now for the shout outs:
Erin Scooboo, Scoot Meyers, Erik the Red, Benny Business, Gorey Carver, Matty Ice, Martin, Mikey Die, Steev, Jeff, Jesse, Not So Little Jesse, Big Bro, Geo, Jigsaw JC, The Butter Crew, The Thrash Compacters, b2m, Disposable, Dysfunctional, AWFS, cats in general, Big Snza Justin Sanz, Louis Petersen, Boba Fett, Aiden Arnone, Pauly Walnuts, Carlford, Matt Motta, Morgan Strangler, Joe, Henry, 2nd Nature, the student center, Rodney Mullen KING OF ROCK (?), Katie Skatey Mc Toyface, greentea, Dez, E-steff, and Annika, Calvin, Hobbes... shit uh... you always forget someone and feel like shit later. Well, if you feel bad that I left you out, then you probably deserved to be on this list. Maybe if you buy my fucking comic I'll remember you next time, shithead.




We'd like to thank Victor Giannini for telling us more about his comic Skeightfast DyePhun and the life he leads that enables Boardlord and Spitface to exist among his other pursuits.

At 180 pages containing the complete first six issues, it's $10 well spent. Stop by Victor's Doomage website and I highly suggest you buy a copy from ComiXpress or Indy Planet.

When your copy arrives, drop everything you are doing and strap on your reading glasses. Then ask yourself this question, "Why doesn't my local skate shop or book store carry Skeightfast Dyephun?" Now go out and do something about that!

Check out our Skeightfast Dyephun review.

Skeightfast Dyephun Promo

* The artwork displayed in this article comes from the Skeightfast DyePhun comic as well as Mr. Giannini's professional portfolio. All images are used with his permission.


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