The one-shots feature mixed-media, with collage, real-life photo, and computer enhancements applied to to some effect. Actually, the overall effect is kind of weird. This isn’t my favorite subset, but there’s no denying that it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before in a Spider-Man card set.

The bands that spoke to me were the bands that were always doing something special. These were the instigators and innovators that continuously knocked me on my ass and reminded me what it meant to truly be alive. These bands were breaking down barriers and paving a new road for artists. And I had to document what was happening.

When I walked into the Wild Card Boxing Club for the first time in June 2001, I rediscovered my spark. As soon as I entered that door off of Vine Street, I was steeped in the gym’s international, worldly feeling. Boxers from all over the world come to Wild Card to train. Ola Afolabi, an up-and-coming cruiserweight fighter who has a near perfect record, is of Nigerian descent, from the U.K. Kahren Harutyunyan, the North American Boxing Organization Bantamweight Champion, is an immigrant from Armenia.

Cover photography for SNUFF, by author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club). Random House UK Publishing. Cassie Wright, porn princess, intends to cap her legendary career by breaking the world record for serial fornication. On camera. With six hundred men. Snuff unfolds from the perspectives of Mr 72, Mr 137 and Mr 600, who await their turn on camera in a very crowded green room…

Album art for Danzig’s 777: I Luciferi by Carlos Batts. Description: When Danzig, the band, grew out of the Misfits/Samhain lineage in 1987, Glenn Danzig went into the new project with even grander ambitions and a long-term design. His vision included a seven-album arc, each one meant to, in Glenn’s own words, “stand the test of time.” There is no doubt that Danzig, the man and the band, have done just that.

7 inch Record, Mastodon – Slick Leg, off Reptilian Records. Description: 7″ Picture Disc. Recorded in 2000 by Matt Washburn at Ledbelly Sound. All artwork by Carlos Batts.

Crazy Sexy Hollywood

Publisher: Edition Reuss Photography: Carlos Batts

Boulevard of Bizarre Dreams

“I’m always amazed to see how young American women in Hollywood can do so many
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A 4-issue Vertigo miniseries explores modern romance, written and drawn by some of the finest talent in comics. In “The Princess and the Frog” (written and illustrated by Brian Bolland), a beautiful princess kisses an ugly frog, with unexpected results; “Diagnosis” (written by Steven T. Seagle and illustrated by Tim Sale) teaches what happens when the little voice in your head starts whispering fatal plans about your wedding day; and in “Genes and a T-Shirt” (written by Robert Rodi, with art by Phil Jimenez), a young man tries to genetically rewrite the rules of attraction, and learns that there’s more to love than libido.

American Gothic

Publisher: Scapegoat Publishing Artwork: Carlos Batts

Madness and genius collide in American Gothic, photographer-filmmaker-artist Carlos Batts’ answer to Grant Wood’s famous 1930 portrait of the same
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The Worst Of WYWS. Author: Roger Gastman Description: This is a 496-page compilation of The Worst of While You Were Sleeping magazine. With over 900 images of the graffiti crazed, boozed-up partiers, and scantily clad ladies that were WYWS, this magazine content pushed the envelop of morality, sanity, and maturity.


Publisher: Edition Reuss Photography: Carlos Batts

Presently living in Los Angeles Batts’ admixture of cubist geometry, ’70s exploitation themes, bizarre lighting techniques, a variety of textured
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Artwork by Carlos Batts.