TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview.6 with funny and whimsical Joe Rocco
Indulgence: What is your favorite indulgence? Do you cook? What is your specialty meal? What is your favorite restaurant in LA where you indulge yourself?
I LOVE to cook! I can cook almost anything Italian or Greek, but I would love to cook other types of cuisines if I can ever find the time. I love baking around the holidays as a stress reliever. Making cannolis for Christmas is something I usually do once every year. Recently, I have an obsession with that series of commercials for “Dump Meals” that air late at night. The red-haired lady in the commercials puts me in touch with my inner white trash side and I love it. https://youtu.be/gMz5xDZkWY8
My favorite restaurant in LA is Tam O’Shanter Inn in Atwater Village. That place has been around since the roads were dirt and cars were still a new thing. I’m also a fan of diners and coffee shops and LA has that in spades.
Special: Who or what holds a special place in your heart? How does this factor into your creative process?
My partner Max has my heart for sure. We’ve been together for almost 10 years now and he’s been there through thick and thin. Being partnered with someone who supports your dreams is the most wonderful thing and what it’s all about. Plus, we make each other laugh non-stop, so I’m grateful that this Louisiana man is my soulmate. Max is a landscape designer and we work in the same space together every day pretty much. That means there’s always jambalaya on the stove.
Time: What is your all-time favorite piece of writing/art/music you’ve created?
Lately, it’s for a children’s book that I’m developing about growing up Italian American in New York called “Badda Bing! Badda Boom!” It’s mostly a tribute to the Italian swagger that is my dad. And I love working on my comic strip “Fluffer and Nutter” every chance I get.
Tomorrow, the entire Acrostic Interview will be published, meanwhile enjoy this Fluffer and Nutter video by Joe Rocco:
New links where you can read, laugh and enjoy the satire cartoonist Joe Rocco:
ART TODAY 08.27.2017: The Jewish Origins of Superman – “Joe Rocco, a hard working illustrator/cartoonist who has taken his illustration style to a new level of tight design that works on textiles, products and more” – Chris Bonno