Archer Prewitt

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Archer Prewitt
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Archer Prewitt at Primavera Sound 2013
Background information
Born1963
Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Genres Indie rock, post rock
Years active1988–present
Labels Thrill Jockey

Archer Prewitt (born 1963 in Frankfort, Kentucky) is an American musician and cartoonist associated with the independent music scene in Chicago, Illinois.

Contents

Biography

Music

Prewitt enrolled in the Kansas City Art Institute and began drumming in the band Tunnel Dogs and then Mudhead. [1] Archer also played bass in Kansas City local favorites the Bangtails. [2] A song by the Bangtails appears on the 2020 compilation Strum & Thrum: The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987. [3] He then co-founded The Coctails, who moved from Kansas City to Chicago after their first album (1989) and went on to release six albums in all by the time they played their last show on New Year's Eve 1995/96. [4] [5] By then Prewitt had also been involved with a new project, The Sea and Cake, who have released several critically acclaimed albums. [6] Concomitant with his work in The Sea and Cake, Prewitt produced several solo releases. [7] [8] [9] [10]

Comics and illustration

In addition to his music, Prewitt is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist, and comic book colorist. [11] His first professional illustrations were for the Kansas City Star while he still lived there. [12] In 1992, he started drawing and self-publishing his Sof' Boy mini-comic, while also working as a colorist for Marvel Comics. [13] Sof' Boy has subsequently been published by Kitchen Sink Press and Fantagraphics Books. Another Prewitt character is Funny Bunny, who has made several appearances in diverse publications, including Mome. Prewitt's work has appeared in Zero Zero , Drawn & Quarterly , Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern , and BLAB! .

Prewitt was nominated for a 1998 Eisner Award for Best Colorist for the 1997 publication of Sof' Boy and Friends #1, published by Drawn & Quarterly. [14]

Discography

Bibliography

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