Milk & Cheese

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Milk and Cheese.jpg
Cover to Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad by Evan Dorkin
Publication information
Publisher Slave Labor Graphics
Dark Horse Comics
First appearance Greed Magazine #6 (1989)
First comic appearance Milk & Cheese #1 (Slave Labor Graphics, 1991)
Created by Evan Dorkin
In-story information
Species Dairy products
Place of origin Earth
Abilities Cause mayhem

Milk & Cheese are a pair of comic book characters created by Evan Dorkin and published largely by Slave Labor Graphics. Their comics follow an anthropomorphic, misanthropic carton of milk and a wedge of cheese. The eponymous "dairy products gone bad" tend to drink copious quantities of gin and become embroiled in gratuitously violent situations.

Publication history[edit]

Cheese began as an in-joke involving two friends of Dorkin who were sometimes called the "cheesy" Garcia sisters.[citation needed] He continued drawing little cheeses that would eventually become "Cheese" on cocktail napkins at clubs during the mid to late 1980s. One night, at a restaurant, Dorkin scribbled a little Milk character next to the cheese drawing, with the pair hitchhiking and holding beers in their hands.

Dorkin continued to sketch the two characters at conventions until Kurt Sayenga of the now defunct Greed Magazine saw them at a San Diego comic book convention and offered Dorkin a spot for a Milk & Cheese strip in the magazine. The strip ran in the final issue of Greed, published in 1989. Several more strips were printed in various comic books and magazines before Slave Labor Graphics collected them and published Milk & Cheese #1. Since that time the company has published six more comic books featuring the characters. Several issues of the title were numbered as number one issues, making fun of the practice of buying comic books as an investment instead of as entertainment.

In 2011, Dark Horse Comics released a hardcover collection containing nearly every strip featuring the characters from 1989 to 2010.[1]

Ancillary products[edit]

Dorkin has turned down several offers to turn Milk & Cheese into an animated series or a movie, feeling that the characters would not translate well to the small or large screen. Merchandise such as magnets, Zippo lighters and lunchboxes have been produced though, and vinyl action figures of the pair have also been produced.

Titles[edit]

Fun with Milk & Cheese comics[edit]

  • Milk & Cheese #1 (Slave Labor Graphics, 1991)
  • Milk & Cheese's Other Number One #1 (Slave Labor Graphics, 1992)
  • Milk & Cheese's Third Number One #1 (Slave Labor Graphics, 1992)
  • Milk & Cheese's Fourth Number One #1 (Slave Labor Graphics, 1993)
  • Fun With Milk & Cheese (Slave Labor Graphics, 1994) — trade paperback reprinting the first four comic books
  • Milk & Cheese's First Second Issue #1 (Slave Labor Graphics, 1994)
  • Milk & Cheese SixSixSix #1 (Slave Labor Graphics, 1995)
  • Milk & Cheese #7 a.k.a. Milk & Cheese's Latest Thing (Slave Labor Graphics, 1997)
  • Milk & Cheese: The Special Edition (Slave Labor Graphics, 1997)
  • Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad (Dark Horse Books, 2007) — hardcover collection
  • Milk & Cheese: House of Fun (Dark Horse Comics, 2012)

Other appearances[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Now --The Secret Can Be Told!". livejournal.com.