Set in an "insect noir" Manhattan of the early '50s, BugHouse is built on an ensemble of characters, who are essentially human beings with bug-like features. Tenor saxophone maestro, Jimmy Watts, leads his talented band of bugs from the swing era into the uncharted world of Bop.
I love Bughouse. I'm fond of the little bug-creatures that inhabit it. With his masterful storytelling, Steve Lafler has created an alternate universe. His insect characters are not particularly cute (sell, some are), but one can easily empathize with their meaty human struggles with addiction, ambition, love, power, greed and lust. Check it out!
Steve's cartoon career got rolling with a seventeen issue run of his high octane, psychedelic/occult Dog Boy series in the 80's. He served as co-publisher and contributing artist for a twenty issue run of the Buzzard comics anthology in the '90s, while simultaneously dabbling with a strip about musically inclined insect men, entitled BugHouse. Steve has published three BugHouse novels with Top Shelf Productions. Mr. Lafler resides in Portland Oregon with his wife Serena, their two kids, and his own worst self.