I’m so Goth! was the brainchild of two people back in 2002. Andrew “Sp00n” Herron and Jeremy “Crisis!” Treece. The idea came from an evening at a local nightclub. Watching the dance floor became one of our favorite parts of the night. Amongst the sea of bad dancers, the people that we wondered how they ended up at this club at all, we not happened to notice something great. Everyone was just dancing. Together. At the time there was no sign of prejudice because you were dressed different, or if you had come from some other social circle. The goths danced with the ravers, the ravers danced with the hip hoppers, the hip hoppers danced with the creepy old lady, it was amazing to see. That inspired a conversation about a comic strip about a goth girl meeting a raver boy with social stigmas of their peers and how secretly they kinda dug each other.
This comic started out as a conversation with what we witnessed that night. Then a funny thing happened. The characters just started doing things on their own. Falling further away from the intended purpose. They became their own people, and like real people they began to write their own stories leading into the future.
At this point Sp00n had left the comic after the initial first run. I decided then to go in it alone and make it a weekly thing. Then after a few episodes another took interest in the project. Jim “Kep” Keplinger writer and letterer extraordinaire. We took the characters back to square one. Back to the intended purpose. A social view on how everyone wants to be so different, but everyone wants to be the same. I’m not sure if Jim felt this way or not, but I sure did. The process back then for the comics were kind of strange. It was like the old Marvel way of doing comics. I would draw out the comic and send it off to Jim and plead with him to make sense of it and letter it pretty.
The story then took another turn when artist J.D. Bram took over for a short period when we were going to start printing the series. Personal obligations on the artists side seemed to hinder the 1st issue from ever coming out. Since then ISG! was put on an indefinite hiatus. That is until now.
I don’t have any of the old finished comics online anywhere. I wish I would have saved them. I would upload them to show the vast differences of what was and what is.