Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
House of Secrets in Burbank, one of my favorite local shops, is participating in Indy Comic Book Week with a casual book signing for a few indy creators and artists. I'll be spending part of this Wednesday at House of Secrets hanging out, signing books, doing sketches and selling my prints and stuff. Please come by and say "hi."
What is Indy Comic Book Week? Well... Diamond Distribution has decided to not ship any comics to comic book shops this week because they don't feel like it (I know it's probably more complicated than that, but whatever...). Unfortunately, most comic book shops around the country only get their comics from Diamond. Therefore, these stores are screwed this week. This doesn't really affect me because I don't use Diamond for distribution because I don't like monopolistic companies that wield this kind of power. But some good folks have been organizing Indy Comic Book Week in an effort to fill the affected comic book shops with independently produced comic books and graphic novels. SO, it's a good time to support artists, independent comic book companies and indy-friendly comic book shops by spending some of that x-mas money you just got.
I have a list of stores that usually carry my books on the sidebar--->
of this blog and have just added a coupe of new ones. You can also check the Indy Comic Book Week blog for events in your area. Please go out and support your local comic book shop this week. It's been a rough year for small businesses, and it doesn't help when Diamond pulls crap like this on them. And here's hoping this makes some of those shops wake up and start ordering books directly from indy publishers and creators and promoting indy books on a regular basis instead of rolling over and letting Diamond continue to screw them.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The paintings from my Horror Comics Covers show at Grass Hut Gallery in Portland, have returned home.
If you would like to purchase them directly from me, please e-mail me at tom(at)iwilldestroyyou(dot)com
These are 11 x 14 inches
watercolor and ink on paper
Matted and framed (17 x 21 black wood frames- see picture above)
$300 each + shipping
(shipping TBD at time of purchase. Express shipping available for the holidays at additional cost)
first come first serve!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
"Like all the best poetry, what a reader gets out of comics-as-poetry is entirely dependent on how willing they are to truly engage the material and articulate the feelings it evokes."
The new and improved The Comics Journal Online has been redesigned, has a slew of new writers and bloggers, and is quickly filling up with a lot of great articles about comics.
And whaddaya know- the writer/critic Rob Clough has written a very good 3 part article on "comics-as-poetry" and he focuses on 2 of my favorite books: Asthma by John Hankiewicz and The Blot by lil' ol' ME!
I can't say enough good things about Hankiewicz's art and comics. He's probably in my top 5 contemporary artists and Asthma is always one of my all time favorite books. I'm flattered to see my work examined next to his.
I also think that Clough's examination of The Blot is one of the most thoughtful interpretations I've read so far. And I really enjoy what Clough has to say about the emergence of "comics-as-poetry" as well as his call for a new way of making, reading and looking at comics.
If you haven't read Asthma- get it now!
Monday, December 07, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This piece, along with 4 others, will be part of an art show called The 100 Euros Show in Stuttgart, Germany, opening this Friday.
I think this is the first time my art has been shown outside of the U.S.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
If anyone is near Pittsburgh, could you PLEASE go take some pictures for me?
Monday, November 09, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Over at Robot 6, Sean T. Collins writes about 6 of his favorite horrific alt-cartoonists who creep him out... among greats like Renee French, Al Columbia and Josh Simmons he included lil ol' me:
"...Sometimes Lovecraftian in scope, other times feeling more like the best heavy-metal album art never drawn, Neely's monsters--wolfmen, ravens and dogs, killers, and particularly the title, uh, thing from his self-published graphic novel The Blot--are all clearly rooted in the mental state of artist..."
Go read the full article here.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Tom Neely - Self Indulgent Werewolf (self-released)
So this is a case where this super limited record (only 130 copies) is not even available anymore, but I bought a copy from the creator at APE in San Francisco. APE is the indie comics convention, and Mr. Tom Neely is best known as an illustrator who overlaps into the music world, as in his comic "Your Disease Spread Quick" based on the Melvins lyrics. Having struck up a brief conversation with Mr. Neely about Corrupted, I purchased this (there are gold and silver covers-I got gold) which was a soundtrack for Neely's 2007 art installation at LA's Black Maria Gallery. With little expectation or context other than the sick cover art, it starts off with a repeating banjo line that starts to glitch and morph, seemingly influenced by Steve Reich and the Books. The rest of the first side involves a really spaced out tonal guitar dirge, really Thrones-inspired. Though he calls himself an amateur, it's an assured entry into the recorded sphere when too many would-be jack-of-all-trades have failed. It's too bad this is such a limited release, but you could still get a copy if you dig around. (gc)
A slight correction to that review- it is still available. I have about 100 (of the 130) copies sitting on a shelf in my studio. You can buy them from my store or they might still have them at the Hydra Head store. Sorry, it's vinyl only- why are you still listening to c.d.s? Haven't you heard records are back!
And if anyone's interested, I might be recording some new music soon.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I'll be at the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco this weekend.
I'll have the usual assortment of wares that I usually bring, but since this show is closer to home, I'll probably have even more stuff with me- original art and whatever else I can fit in the car.
I'll be sharing a table with my friend Willow Dawson under the Sparkplug Comic Books umbrella of tables : #360, 361, 362
Please come by and say "hi!"
Here's a little movie of A.P.E. that I made last year:
Sunday, October 11, 2009
WOW- that was successful... and FAST! Thank you very much to those that bought, those that linked, and everyone else who looked!
This has inspired me to go digging in my flatfiles for more art to sell.
So, stay tuned and I will post more art for sale in the coming weeks.
The Skinwalker Reject painting (2nd item below) is still up for grabs.
Also- there are some other pieces for sale here.
FOR SALE: $500 - SOLD!
This is the first painting I ever made using this character and the ink-blot. Later, this series of paintings lead me to writing my first graphic novel, The Blot. (Note: this is not the cover of The Blot, I repainted this piece for the cover of my book) I've been holding onto this piece for personal reasons, but now I'm offering it for sale. Own a little bit of the history of my book, and a very personal piece of my development.
Waterolor on paper. 11 x 14 inches. Framed.
contact me at tom (at) iwilldestroyyou (dot) com if you are interested in purchasing this piece.
UPDATE- The Blot painting is SOLD! thanks!
FOR SALE: $250 (or best offer)
This was the original idea for my Skinwalker piece in the BEASTS! BOOK 2, published by Fantagraphics. After discussing it with the editor, I decided to go a different direction with this piece
(no giant cock).
Watercolor and Ink on paper. 20 x 14 inches (or trim to 14 x 14 for framing). Not Framed.
contact me at tom (at) iwilldestroyyou (dot) com if you are interested in purchasing this.
click on pictures to view them on Flickr.
ART FOR SALE: UPDATE: SOLD! Thank you very much!
This is 4 pages of original comic art published in Graphic Classics: O. Henry.
Like the first Blot painting above, this strip was very important to me, too. It was the beginning of my more newspaper-inspired strip style that developed the way I wanted to draw my first book, The Blot. I was studying a lot of early comic strip art from the 20s thru 40s, and I wanted to make my adaptation of O. Henry's comic tale in the same style as a large formate Sunday Comic Page. I drew this really big. So big that each page of the 2 page strip, was drawn on two sheets of 18 x 24 watercolor paper.
I'm selling these as a set- all 4 pages are 18 x 24 inches. Ink on Paper.
UPDATE: SOLD! Thank you!
Contact me at tom (at) iwilldestroyyou (dot) com in you are interested in purchasing these.