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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

ISIS show tonight with my poster

The posters I did for ISIS arrived today. They look great! They almost killed Andy from Broken Press. The show is tonight at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. The posters will be for sale at the merch table. After tonight, they will be available for sale online and at my booth at San Diego Comic Con next month.


Saturday, June 20, 2009

2 Years Old!

My first born is two years old today.
Happy Birthday Blot!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Triumph of Death over Los Angeles

This is my design for the ISIS tour poster series:

(click for larger view)

The series is being printed by Broken Press in Seattle. The silkscreen prints will be available at the ISIS show on June 24th at the Henry Fonda Theater in L.A. They will soon be available through Broken Press, and directly from me through my store or at upcoming conventions. My poster for Wolves in the Throne Room is also available from Broken Press, and direct from me soon.

I'm very proud to do some artwork for ISIS and to be a part of this series alongside some really great artists.

This is probably the most "METAL" thing I've ever drawn, but it's roots go way, way, way back. My piece is directly inspired by two of my favorite paintings by Pieter Bruegel:

"The Triumph of Death"

And "Fall of the Rebel Angels"

"The Triumph of Death" or "Dance of Death" was a common theme throughout Art history. Here's a few others.

Alfred Rethel:

Geoffrey Tory:

Italian fresco attributed to Buonamico Buffalmalco or Francesco Traini:

Not sure who did this one:


Thursday, June 11, 2009


MoCCA was really great! Really, really great!* For me, this was actually the most successful indie comics festival I've ever attended.

I love going to New York because I get to go to The Met and lots of great vegan restaurants around town. Hanging out with all my cartoonist pals is always wonderful. I saw a lot of great art, saw a couple of great bands (pictured above: Hinges), met some new people, and got a lot of good new comics.

(I got this picture from this blog. Behind us, somewhat appropriately, was a mural of the Civil War.)

I was also a part of a panel called "Making Good Comics in a New Era." The panel went well and the audience was packed. It's hard to remember everything I said in that panel (I know I'm embarrassed by at least two stupid things I said). Unfortunately, I feel like I came off as more pessimistic than I intended. My mind has been swirling all week as I've been thinking a lot about what I wanted to say, but was unable to articulate properly. Meanwhile, I guess some people thought i should be congratulated. I'm thinking about writing a blog essay to clarify my ideas soon.

Huge thanks to my table-pals Willow Dawson and Jesse Reklaw. Thanks to everyone that stopped by our table. I'll post more soon.

Also: Flickr pics from the trip here.

* Okay... it wasn't ALL great. Everyone's complaining about the heat all over the internet. I wasn't as hot as I was allergic to the cave-like atmosphere of the Armory. But my main complaint is about MoCCA raising the table fee for next year's festival. Looking around the festival floor, I saw a lot of unused space. For example: I was on the back row of tables and there was about 30 ft of unused space behind me. My two cents to the MoCCA festival organizers: Instead of raising the price of a table, which excludes a lot of small publishers and individual artists who are the heart of these festivals, the price should be lowered and more tables should be added to fill out the space.


Tuesday, June 02, 2009

MoCCA and Giant Robot show in NYC this weekend (plus something next week)

I'll be at the MoCCA Comic Arts Festival this weekend! Plus I'm in a group show at Giant Robot NY.

Saturday and Sunday I'll be at MoCCA.
I'm sharing a table with my friends Jesse Reklaw and Willow Dawson. I think we're table #813 (which appears to be along the back wall) and we're listed under Sparkplug Comic Books in the program.

I'll have The Blot, Your Disease Spread Quick and Brilliantly Ham-fisted for sale. And if I can fit them in my suitcase, I should have some prints and other stuff for sale as well.

Also, on Saturday at 2pm, I'll be part of a panel called "Making Comics in a New Era" with Brett Warnock (Top Shelf), Alvin Buenaventura (Buenaventura Press), Dylan Williams (Sparkplug), Mats Johnson, and Julia Wertz. It's moderated by Heidi McDonald (The Beat). I have no idea what I'll be talking about. It should be interesting.

Check the MoCCA website for address, schedule and other info.

Saturday Night there is an art opening and book signing party at Giant Robot NY:

I should have 4 of my comic strip poem originals in this Panelists show. This is the first time I've shown at a gallery in NYC! And there are lots of other great artists in this show, too. Also, this is a "Future Shock" book signing party for several new comics from Sparkplug Comic Books, Secret Acres and more. Two parties in one! Check the Giant Robot NY website for more info.

And one last thing, since I won't be able to blog about it while I'm away...

There's an auction benefit happening in Los Angeles on June 10th. I've donated two of my prints to be auctioned off. The proceeds go to help support anti-gang, youth-oriented parks programs and is hosted by Eric Garcettti. Check out the flyer for more info: