A Brief History Of True Chubbo

Posted by Ray Sohn on September 30

True Chubbo is a comic strip that my wife and I started many years ago when we were first dating, and has miraculously evolved into a something. I’m not sure what that something is or what it represents, but it’s grown right along with us. To put it simply, True Chubbo is a collaborative semi-fictionalized version of our life in comic strip format.

True Chubbo matured stylistically over the course of several years in a very linear fashion. Here are a few of the earliest incarnations and sketchy ramblings.

After a while we made a conscious decision to really try and figure out a “look” for the strip. We experimented with pens and various paper sizes and eventually decided on this particular brand of sketchbook and this specific pen. We use these tools because they are extremely comfortable, and the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen gives us that really distinct, fat and consistent line that we like.

As the years went by we eventually got married, moved into our own place, and added color to our comics. Below I have chosen one strip from each period of True Chubbo.

Early Period (2007-08)

Vice Period (2009-10)

Picturebox Period (2010-present)

But the truth is that we probably would have stopped a long time ago if it weren’t for our friends. They are the ones who kept the strip alive and motivated us to keep drawing. So, I want to thank all of our fans and especially Nick Gazin at Vice Magazine and Dan Nadel at Picturebox, Inc. for championing our strip and giving us a chance.

You can catch True Chubbo every Sunday at the link below.


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  1. ryan says:

    love love TRRUE CHUBBO! I was stoked when I heard about it via VICE and have been following it closely ever since. Keep up the good work d00ds!

  2. Ray Sohn says:


  3. I am glad that I got the credit I richly deserve. I was steamed when I read your MTV interview and saw no mention of me, your patron.

  4. Ray Sohn says:

    Better late than never!

    Thanks very much though, as always. The strip would have def disappeared if you didn’t drag our sorry butts out of the primordial ooze.

This is a shared production blog for the forthcoming animated feature, "The Ruined Cast," written and directed by Dash Shaw. Produced by John Cameron Mitchell, Howard Gertler, and Biljana Labovic. Contributing artists are Jane Samborski, Frank Santoro, Lily Benson and Ray Sohn. Music by James Lucido.