The Forsley Brothers were born in Massachusetts, raised in Arizona, and are living in San Francisco. Cameron Forsley, besides his custom tattoos and underground comics, has done hundreds of commissioned illustrations for albums, books, and posters. You can follow him on instagram, friend him on Facebook, get his drawings on your skin at Belmont Tattoo, and email him at CameronForsleyArt@gmail.com. Christopher Forsley, when he’s not putting together comic book scripts for his brother to bring to life or taking on ghostwriting assignments for a quick buck, writes film criticism, book reviews, and the occasional humorous essay. You can checkout his clips here and email him at ChristopherForsley@gmail.com
In addition to their collaborations on Bums of the Bay, 16th & Mission Comix, and A Joe Story — which are distributed by Last Gasp and can be ordered below — The Forsley Brothers create the Dirty Klown comic strip for PORK and have had their work published in everything from Phoenix New Times, SF Weekly, Houston Press, and London News Review to The Rumpus, PANK, Film Monthly, and PopMatters and on to VICE, The Daily Caller, Le Gun, and Color Magazine.
A JOE STORY
Told with sequential pictures and words, it’s a surreal satiric fantasy about Joe. It takes place in JoeVille. Everyone in JoeVille is named Joe, and they all drink cups of Joe, drive JoeMobiles, and work at The Joe Corporation. The Joe in which the story focuses on doesn’t stay a Joe. He changes. A Joe Story chronicles this change.
BUMS OF THE BAY
An eighty page, heavily illustrated, satiric farce of bullshitted biographies attacking contemporary America, Bums of the Bay will both enlighten and offend.
“One brother’s Wicked eye and the other’s compassionate and thoughtful ear are transformed through the work of their hands into an exhilarating tour of the bottom rung. Entertaining throughout and compelling in such a way that it is now difficult to pass someone begging on the street and not ask questions.” ~ Charlie Getter
Forsley Feuilleton: Book Two
Forsley Feuilleton: Book One
Published between 2010 and 2011 in magazines such as The Rumpus, Poor Mojo’s Almanac, and PANK – where they appeared as an irregular column by the same name — these Christopher Forsley essays, each paired with a Cameron Forsley illustration, will keep you reading and re-reading. With 50 pages of wayward reviews, satiric send-ups, radical ravings, and raunchy rantings, Book One is a textual concoction of literary mayhem. Buy it. Read it. Love it.
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TAT RAT #2
TAT RAT #1
16th & Mission Comix #1
The founder of 16th and Mission Comix, Cameron Forsley , met Robert Crumb, the king of underground comix, on 31 October 2009. Crumb was at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco talking about and promoting The Book Of Genesis. Security was tight, but my Cameron managed to jump on stage and do some kind of football maneuver to get pass the guards and to Crumb. He gave the old cartoonist a copy of 16th & Mission Comix, and before the guards could kick him out he heard Crumb, who was looking intently through issue one, say the following: ”Amazing!”~Robert Crumb
16th & Mission Comix #2
“Picking up where the first issue left off, the second volume of 16th and Mission Comix is a treat for the eyes and a shock to the system with its stunning visuals and drug-addled, often off-color sense of humor”
16th & Mission Comix #3
In this issue, according to SlingShot!, Christopher Forsley “tackle the issue of writer’s block with Cameron Forsley’s heavily shaded, underground comics-influenced illustrations adding a frantic absurdity to that universal feeling of dread that only a deadline can bring,” and couch surfing professional, David Chacon, takes Wank Wank, which SlingShot! says “is a rip-roaringly entertaining mess of gross-out humor and freneticism” on more adventures.
16th & Mission Comix #4
“Admittedly, 16th and Mission Comix is probably not for everyone. The gritty, sometimes disturbing realism of even the more lighthearted stories may prove too much for those who prefer the glossy productions generally released by major comic companies. Likewise, the more adult nature of many of the themes and the graphic nature in which they are portrayed…may distract more sensitive readers from the beautiful artwork, emotional truth and many other delights that the comic has to offer. However, those with the stomach and an appreciation for visually striking underground comics will not be disappointed by 16th and Mission Comix.”