Batton Lash

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Batton Lash
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Batton Lash
BornVito Marangi
(1953-10-29)October 29, 1953
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedJanuary 12, 2019(2019-01-12) (aged 65)
San Diego, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Cartoonist

Batton Lash (October 29, 1953 – January 12, 2019) was an American comics creator who came to prominence as part of the 1990s self-publishing boom.[1] He is best known for the series Wolff and Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre (aka Supernatural Law), a comedic series about law partners specializing in cases dealing with archetypes from the horror genre, which ran as a strip in The National Law Journal, and as a stand-alone series of comic books and graphic novels. He received several awards for his work, including an Inkpot Award, an Independent Book Publishers Association's Benjamin Franklin Award, an Eisner Award, and nominations for two Harvey Awards.

Early Life[edit]

Career[edit]

Batton Lash was born Vito Marangi[2] in Brooklyn, New York, and studied cartooning and graphic arts at Manhattan's School of Visual Arts.[3][4]

In 1979, he began writing and drawing Wolff and Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre, as a weekly newspaper strip which appeared in The Brooklyn Paper until 1996 and The National Law Journal from 1983 to 1997.[5][3] In 1994, he and his wife Jackie Estrada founded Exhibit A Press to publish the series as a full-length comic book stories, renaming it Supernatural Law.[1] It later became available as a webcomic and as digital books.[6]

In 1994 he wrote Archie Meets the Punisher, a well-received crossover between the teen characters of Archie Comics and Marvel Comics' grim antihero the Punisher.[4] He wrote eight issues of Radioactive Man for Bongo Comics, which received an Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication in 2002.[citation needed]

In 2009 he began working with writer James Hudnall on "Obama Nation", a conservative political comic strip on Andrew Breitbart's website BigGovernment.com.[3] The series drew national attention in 2011, when MSNBC commentator Lawrence O'Donnell criticized one of the strips as racist, accusing it of caricaturing Barack and Michelle Obama using stereotypes of African Americans.[7][8][9][10][11]

Death[edit]

He died at his home on January 12, 2019, from brain cancer at the age of 65.[12][13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Comics[edit]

Collections[edit]

  • Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre—"The Red Book" (comic strips from the mid-80s)
  • Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre: Supernatural Law (comic strips)
  • Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre: Case Files Volumes I-IV (#1-16)
  • Tales of Supernatural Law (#1-8)
  • The Soddyssey, And Other Tales of Supernatural Law (#9-16)
  • Sonovawitch! and Other Tales of Supernatural Law (#17-22, Mavis #1)
  • The Vampire Brat, And Other Tales of Supernatural Law (#23-29, Mavis #2)
  • Mister Negativity, And Other Tales of Supernatural Law (#31-36, Mavis #3)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Supernatural Law Creator, Batton Lash, Passes Away". CBR. 2019-01-13. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  2. ^ Batton Lash — RIP, by D. D. Degg, at Daily Cartoonist; published January 12, 2019; retrieved January 29, 2019
  3. ^ a b c "Batton Lash". lambiek.net. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "RIP local comic book creator Batton Lash (Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre)". www.sandiegoreader.com. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  5. ^ Provine, Jeff (November 13, 2014). "Graphic Novel Review: 'The Werewolf of New York' by Batton Lash". BlogCritis.org. Archived from the original on October 10, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "Batton Lash's "Supernatural Law" Now Available for Digital Download" (Press release). Exhibit A Press via ComicBookResources.com. December 13, 2011. Archived from the original on January 3, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  7. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (February 16, 2011). "MSNBC's O'Donnell takes on Hudnall/Lash over Michelle Obama cartoon". ComicsBeat.com. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014.
  8. ^ "Comic Riffs - 'OBAMA NATION' artist decries MSNBC rant about 'racist obscenity' cartoon". voices.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  9. ^ "Hudnall, Lash under fire for political cartoon | CBR". www.cbr.com. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  10. ^ "Varying views of Obama". ComicsBeat.com. March 30, 2010. Archived from the original on August 28, 2012.
  11. ^ "Comic Riffs - 'OBAMA NATION' artist decries MSNBC rant about 'racist obscenity' cartoon". voices.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  12. ^ Evanier, Mark (January 12, 2019). "Batton Lash R.I.P." NewsFromMe.com.
  13. ^ "Batton Lash, Creator of Supernatural Law, Dies". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  14. ^ a b "GCD :: Creator :: Batton Lash". www.comics.org. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  15. ^ "Inkpot Award". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  16. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Award Winners and Finalists 2009". Independent Book Publishers Association. Archived from the original on June 12, 2009.