SO BUTTONS: SO FOLDED

By Guest Contributor

So… I’m married to the lovely, talented, brilliant comedian, Ophira Eisenberg.  In addition to her stand-up, she is associated with the storytelling organization, The Moth, hosting StorySlams and telling stories across the country.  One of those stories, is about how she was suckered into this whole marriage thing. It’s great, and you’ll have to hear it from her mouth. This comic is sort of a reverse shot, but with a much wider scope.

A fellow comics colleague, Adam Pasion, is an expat American living in Japan who wanted to do something to give back after the Tsunami hit last year.  He gathered a number of comics folk to create an anthology as a “global response to the tsunami and earthquake in Japan”.  It included such talented people like Jeffrey Brown, Ben Snakepit, and Noah Van Sciver (in addition to myself with this story.)

I brought my origami skills to my local library growing up, teaching classes in how to fold flapping cranes and decorating their Christmas tree with origami ornaments like the Japanese Airlines tree in The City. To me, there is a certain kind of mathematic precision to this art and this exactitude comforts me.  As a kind of ADHD kid, it was surprising for my parents to see me work for two hours straight on a difficult origami model.  To this day, when I visit bookstores, I flip through origami books hoping there will be some tough model to fold that I haven’t seen before.

In my first panel, I’m referencing animator Marv Newland’s classic “Godzilla Meets Bambi”. One of my first gigs was as a go-fer for an animation production company, and I got to meet Marv in person.  He called me his illegitimate son. Loved that.

-Jonathan Baylis


Before Jonathan Baylis wrote auto-bio comics, he interned at Marvel Comics, Valiant/Acclaim Comics, and was an Associate Editor at Topps Comics. His comics have been published locally in New York City in Free Comics NYC, The Comical Magazine, & The Comedians Magazine. “So… Only Nixon Could’ve Gone to China” was the first comic story to be published in The Florida Review. His first fiction story with David Beyer was published by Arcana Press in Dark Horrors 2. Jonathan & T.J. have two-pagers that were published in the Random House/Three Rivers press collection edited by Julia Wertz, “I Saw You… Missed Connections”, as well as Poseur Ink’s “Side B: The Music Lover’s Comic Anthology”.

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This story and more can be found in So Buttons #4 and can be ordered at http://sobuttons.com/ordering.html