Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
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Watch this interview with Sherman Alexie on the Colbert Report a few weeks ago. Besides being a really entertaining interview, Sherman Alexie talks about why he's against the digitizing of books.
Friday, December 25, 2009
I've been taking all the original artwork from The Super Crazy Cat Dance and expanding it to fit a new format. I'm having to splice in the original artwork into a new sheet of bristol and then drawing to the new size. The drawing above is actually a bit wider than it will really be when printed. I'll have to crop it. I'm doing all of this for a new printing of the book in full color. It isn't a definite deal yet but it looks like I have a publisher for it. I'll post more later.
While the world of self-published comics seems to grow bigger with each new year, I feel like the traditional prose-type zine has become strangled by this new love for comics storytelling. So this is why I'm letting you know that there are some great non-comics zines out there being made today. My two favorite zines this year are Somnambulist 15 by Martha Grover and the newly revamped I Was Born But 2 by Emily Nilsson. Both are excellent.
Somnambulist 15 is my favorite issue so far and deals with the Grover Family meetings where each member of the family airs their grievances, frustrations, and family responsibilities. The dialogue is so honest and true. By the end of the issue we come to know this family better than we could have if it were told any other way. Probably the funniest thing I've read in a while.
I was Born But 2 tells several weird true and almost forgotten stories about mental illness and strange people. From detailed biographies of Opal Whiteley, The Papin sisters, The Gibbons Twins and movie reviews such as the obscure Crispin Glover film What is It?
Monday, December 14, 2009
I know people don't really buy physical music anymore but you should because people like Theo Ellsworth are making some pretty amazing artwork. Coming off the heels of the grammy nominated Menomena artwork by Craig Thompson, Brent Knopf of Menomana this time recruited Theo to do his new solo album.
I had no idea Theo was working on this and then today, in front of Music Millennium in Portland, I saw one of those bus stop billboards with Theo's artwork and I was like, "What?!."
Good work Theo!
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Since I've been in graduate school there has been very little time for me to think about my books let alone draw. I have been searching for my next project and I think I've finally found it. These drawings here are old. This is artwork I made back in 2005 when I was working on a book called ISTANBUL. This project was far too epic for my inexperience to handle so I put it on the back burner. Now that I know what I'm doing...I'm going to go back to my original story and make it better and really script it out before I start drawing this time. I will not use any of my old artwork but I thought it was interesting- all my old labor intensive hatch-marks.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Big Plans 4 is now up for purchase from the good folks at
Buyolympia.com. This book collects the story "The Intruder," which I serialized on the Top Shelf 2.0 website this past Spring and Summer. Also there's an additional side story with my Wolf-man character.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Not quite in time for SPX or APE but Big Plans 4 is finally done. This is probably my favorite of the series so far. The printing is super-fantastic and it's on a much heavier paper stock this time around. Ordering information will be coming soon. If you're in Portland I should have it to most of the shops within the next week or so.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
The Super Crazy Cat Dance has been featured in an advertisement for Powell's Books in this months Ms. Magazine. The image is quite appropriate I think, to go with the feminist articles. The Super Crazy Cat Dance is also the Powell's Facebook profile photo.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Come see me and Theo Ellsworth read from our new books at Powell's in Portland on Monday, August 31st at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Theo Ellsworth and I collaborated on this poster which I feel turned out pretty awesome. Theo's new book is a 32 page comic called "Sleeper Car" published by Secret Acres. I can't wait to read it myself.
Friday, August 7, 2009
For the month of August I'm having a solo show at Ristretto Roasters. over in the Beaumont neighborhood in NE Portland to promote my new book (3520 NE 42nd Ave @Fremont, Portland, Oregon 97213 hours: 6:00 to 6:00)
I have about twenty pages of original artwork from NEPTUNE on display but not for sale. Plenty of copies of Neptune are, however, available for sale at the store.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Neptune will be back from the printers most likely tomorrow just in time to debut at the San Diego Comic Con this week and the Portland Zine Symposium. Look for Neptune at the Sparkplug table at the San Diego Comic Con but alas I won't be there. I will be in Portland for the Zine Symposium signing books in-between my publishers Tugboat Press and Sparkplug Comic books. I will be doing a reading on Monday, August 31 at the downtown Portland Powell's books along with the amazing Theo Ellsworth who will be debuting a new issue of Capacity published by Secret Acres. Exciting news. Do me a favor and BUY NEPTUNE OR PREVIEW HERE NOW from Sparkplug Comic books. This is pretty much the best book ever and it's just a coincidence that I happened to make it. Two years out of my life for you!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
While I at first was reluctant to work on my collage assignment for my Teaching the Arts in Elementary school class I eventually ended up with a piece that I really like. I spend so much time focusing on my line work and working with pen and ink that I rarely get a chance to expand my focus. Now I know why those old Julie Doucet collage covers were so great. Collage doesn't just have to be filling every blank space up with random cut out crap.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This new documentary about the largest community garden in the U.S. is kind of like this year's "Who Killed The Electric Car." While you might walk away from this film with a feeling of devastation, you should see this film because it will make you want to do something good. The film is filled with amazing and beautiful real people and their fight to save their community. See it.
Friday, June 12, 2009
If you're in Portland this Summer sign up to take my Summer term comics class at Portland Community College's continuing education program. Use the information above to fill out the registration. Class starts July 2 and ends on August 20. This class is for anybody of any skill level, two hours a week with regular assignments. You'll love it. Plus, it's super cheap. SIGN UP HERE.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I saw this film last week in my African American Cinema class. It has got to be the best film about southern black life in the sixties that I've seen so far... Especially relative to the kinds of films that were being made at the time. I highly recommend this film.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Sorry I haven't made any new posts in a while. I'm busy getting NEPTUNE ready to give to the printers this Monday, and I'm working on the next installment to my topshelf 2.0 story, I'm finishing up my undergrad and getting ready to go straight into graduate school in a few weeks. Oy Vey! And that ain't the half of it.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Today's movie is Akira Kurosawa's No Regrets For Our Youth from 1946. Kurosawa first film after the war and his only film to have a female protagonist. The film starts out before the war with a group of anti-fascist students at Kyoto University. We follow Setsuko Hara and Susumu Fujita's characters as they grow older and as the latter becomes more involved in the anti-war movement. The best sequence in this film was with Setsuko Hara preparing the soil/muck for rice planting. The film's worth it alone for this. Kurosawa was very much at the top of his game so early on. The film is out on criterion with a different cover image.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Another film I saw last night was "No Way Out" from 1950 starring Sidney Poitier. Aside from some minor flaws this was an impressive and beautifully crafted film that was quite unique for Hollywood in 1950. I am taking a class devoted entirely to the career of Sidney Poitier and this was one of his first films. His performance in it is quite fantastic.
I'm starting a new posting where whenever I watch a movie that I like a lot I put up my recommendation. Today's movie is STRAIGHT TIME from 1978. It's not the best movie in the world, but it's on a par with Marathon Man. Dustin Hoffman stars as an ex-con trying to make it in the outside world. It's a great cast, including Harry Dean Stanton, Gary Busey, M. Emmet Walsh, Theresa Russell and Kathy Bates.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I had a great time at Stumptown this year and thanks again to everybody who made it worthwhile. There were so many people this year that made it a great event. I think this was my favorite convention I've ever tabled at. I probably talked more than I usually do and somehow managed to keep my voice all weekend. The big news is that my 152-page all ages comic book, "Neptune", is going to be published by The combined forces of Tugboat Press(papercutter) and Sparkplug Comic Books(Reich/Bookhunter etc.) We should have the book ready to premiere in time for this years San Diego Comic Con and Portland Zine Symposium. Above is a possible new front cover for the book.