Jason Sacher was born on the north shore of Long Island, New York in 1974. Throughout his childhood the family moved frequently. His grade school years were spent in Northern California, and his high school years in Connecticut. “I like birch trees just as much as eucalyptus, and burritos just as much as Dunkin’ Donuts,” says Jay.
Living close to New York City, Jay grew up knee-deep in the thriving hardcore music scene of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Jay drew a comic for his high school newspaper that “I was secretly very proud of, but I was too much of a wuss to believe I could make a go of it in any real way. I had half-baked writerly aspirations and some sort of adolescent anti-social image to maintain–I couldn’t be too devoted to anything. I did have a strong affection for Charles Addams, Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes. After high school, I went to college and promptly put away dreams of drawing and comic books.”
Jay attended Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and then found himself waiting tables at Angelica Kitchen in New York City not long after. Here Jay met Farel Dalrymple who was also working shifts at the restaurant. “We bonded over Bottle Rocket quotes and he invited me to be part of the first issue of Meathaus, for which I’m forever grateful,” remembers Jay.
Jay has contributed to every issue of Meathaus to date. Additionally, “a few years back, I drew a 40 page mini-comic called And My Also that can now be found in a box in my closet. After a long spell of inactivity as I restarted my career out west, I’ve started an online comic called Golden Circle Story Time.”
Jay described to us how the themes and structure of his Golden Circle Story Time comics appeal to his core and keep him creating for the love of the comics:
“For me, The Golden Circle is a great because it’s both an easy forum to tell the sorts of stories I like to tell as well as an exercise in learning potentially better ways to tell them. I think there’s probably like five people who read it regularly, and depending on my real-life workload, it can be difficult to keep at it, but it’s still fun for me. I’d say the themes I’m exploring are twofold: 1. One way or another, everything in life tends to start and end in the same place, and 2, You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t. They’re kind of two sides of the same coin.
The fictional city of Los Besos is basically San Francisco, which I don’t like as much as New York, but is not without its dusty charms. The donut shop itself I’ve set in a version of SF’s Outer Sunset District, which is a very lonely, depressing neighborhood out by the ocean with wide streets and low buildings and no trees whatsoever and it’s almost always under a curtain of fog. I don’t live there, thankfully, but I’m sort of fascinated by it. I’ve always been perplexed by the number of donut shops in California. It’s such a health conscious state, and yet it’s way easier to find a donut there then anywhere else I’ve lived.
As I’m an east coaster at heart, I think I’ll eventually branch the stories elsewhere, but for now, I’m content to get to know SF better through exploring Los Besos.”
Jason Sacher online: Golden Circle Story Time
Interview by Chris McD, January 2009.