Milk & Cheese
Cover to Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad by Evan Dorkin
|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|
|Place of origin||Earth|
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.
Cheese began as an in-joke involving two friends of Dorkin who were sometimes called the "cheesy" Garcia sisters. 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.
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.
Fun with Milk & Cheese comics
- 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)
- Greed Magazine #6 (Bleak House, 1989)
- Cerebus #20 (Aardvark-Vanaheim, 1989)
- Pirate Corp$/Hectic Planet Vol. 2 #2-6 (Slave Labor, 1989-1993)
- Born To Be Wild (Eclipse Comics, 1991)
- Munden's Bar Annual #2 (First Comics, 1991)
- Deadline USA Vol. 1, #2, #3; Vol. 2, #2, #5, #6, #8 (Dark Horse, 1991–1992)
- San Diego Comic Con Comics #1 (Dark Horse Comics, 1992)
- Slave Labor Stories #2 (Slave Labor Graphics, 1992)
- Dork #1-3 (Slave Labor, 1993-1995)
- Dark Horse Presents #100 (Dark Horse, 1995)
- Shi/Cyblade: The Battle For Independents (Image Comics, 1995)
- Very Vicky Junior Hepcat Funbook (Meet Danny Ocean, 1996)
- Scary Godmother Holiday Spooktacular (Sirius Entertainment, 1998)
- Slave Labor Stories: Free Comic Book Day Edition (Slave Labor, 2003)
- Negative Burn vol. 2, #2 (Image, 2006)
- Hack/Slash #12 (Devil's Due Publishing, 2008)
- Liberty Comics 2010 (Image, 2010)
- War of the Independents #1-4 (Red Anvil Comics, 2010-2011)
- "Bill and Ted Paid My Rent: An Interview with Evan Dorkin". cardhouse.com.
- "Now --The Secret Can Be Told!". livejournal.com.