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|Friday, June 19th, 2009|
|Thursday, June 11th, 2009|
|New York report
from Gangsta rap Posse, by Benjamin Marra
so I just got back from New York. I had a good time at Mocca, sold lots of comics and met cool people, and saw allot of cool comics. all and all had a good time, as I always do every time I come to New York. this year the show was held at the 69th Regiment Armory, the same location of the famous armory show of 1913 where modern art was first introduced to Americans. so almost 100 years later the both actual and cultural wars are continuing to be fought at Lexington ave and 25th street. so that felt kind of cool. what wasn't cool was the temperature of the show, very hot very sweaty. it left you feeling exhausted and in need of a bath and an Advil but who ever said comics were for the weak?
physical discomfort isn't always a bad thing, there were weird army guys in the balcony menacingly watching over us. late on Sunday when everyone was wilting and tired they should have had one of them dress up like Sgt.Slaughter and march around and call people weak maggots and force people to do push ups. also the Mens room was kind of like descending into the Minotaur's lair, that's a compliment by the way. I attended the Tom Kaczynski and the Gary Panter/Frank Santoro panels, they were both illuminating and thought provoking. I wish I had made it to the Fletcher Hanks panel. Had a great time meeting people and going to fun parties. I feel really recharged and excited to make comics which is always a good thing. I hope to come back next year.
Thanks to my Good and true Pal Ann Marie for letting me sleep at her apartment, we ate tons of awesome food and drank much beer.
in non comic based New York Updates for the first time saw the Cloisters. I also saw allot of really amazing stuff at the MoMa and the New Museum, including this amazing painting by Jakub Julian Ziolkowski, definitely a artist I will be paying attention to.
|Wednesday, May 13th, 2009|
Behold! The Intrepideers in comic book form!
Ballad of the Intrepideers Drawn by me and Written by me and Kelly Krantz!
The Intrepideers and the brothers of blood By Tim Sievert, you may have read it online but now it exists in paper form!
so Tim and me and Tom K just got back from Toronto. after 2 long 18 hour drives, I really wish that place was closer. not only was it my first time at TCAF but my first time in Canada. We Yanks have a lot to learn from Canada about 24 hour availability of Donuts. Toronto felt to me like the perfect combination of medium sized city and big city. it seemed like what we Minneapolitans would like our city to be. retaining the unique traits and laid back character of a medium sized city but having lots and lots of people able to support lots of things and businesses like big cities can.
we stayed at the Hyatt regency hotel and when we showed up haggard and half dead to check in we felt very out of place for such a swanky modern designed hotel. TS and I both commented that it was the kind of place our freind Mary O'Regan would have loved. I had a fantastic time at TCAF and a fantastic time in Toronto. TCAF was held inside of the large 4 story gugenheimian Toronto reference library. it was free to the public and I think the other Indy type comic conventions should follow this model, as it brought in a shit load of people. not only that but the staff was amazing,I was worried about making change and how many trips to the ATM I might need to make, but the convention staff went to the length of walking around breaking change for people, and offering to watch your table if you needed to leave for a minute. unheard of at an American convention. also thanks to Chris Butcher and Peter Birkmoe of the Beguiling, Toronto's finest comic book store for doing such a good job setting up this show and for providing free food at the super fun after party. While Tim was at the Top Shelf table Tom, myself and Mike Dawson set up our own table, we got to meet lots of super excellent people sold comic books and had a very good time.
TCAF was one of the best conventions I've been to and I hope to go back next time.
anyways as you all know I never ever take photos on any of my travels, but this time we had Tom K along, and he did take photos, so for once you may see what I saw, or what Tom's camera saw. prepare to see photos of Comic book people who you may or may not know, and the throngs of Toronto's comic book enthusiasts.http://www.flickr.com/photos/robot26/sets/72157617981875907/
|Wednesday, March 25th, 2009|
|Saturday, October 4th, 2008|
|Blood of the Imbeciles
Scream and Scream some more! the comic book that no one asked for is here Blood of the Imbeciles stands before you. Dare you venture further? 24 pages of pulse palpitating pap sandwiched between a 2 color silk screen cover, all delivered in the valiant verbomaniacal Von Schlosser verism.
written,drawn,misprinted,staples and folded my yours truly. available,at big brain comics,and as usual, wherever I am available.
|Thursday, June 5th, 2008|
|Friday, March 14th, 2008|
The Hodag of Rhinelander Wisconsin.
|Tuesday, February 12th, 2008|
|Tuesday, December 11th, 2007|
|Thursday, November 15th, 2007|
|Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007|
|Monday, September 24th, 2007|
|Wednesday, August 29th, 2007|
|they see me rollin, they hatin
so we all know about my bike, the most lovable affable bike of them all the Boneshaker.
or Boneshaker classic edition as I like to call it. once a mere Bridgestone mountain bike turned mutant cycle by yours true.
well please allow me to introduce to you, the latest edition to the family, the one the only
Boneshaker vol 3: season of the witch! *
this majestic single speed creature I have cobbled and stitched together like Frankenstein from the parts of other bikes. and learned I allot along the way about bottom brackets. she's a fine and tall piece of machinery.
the creature thus be born
behold and tremble.
*this is the third Boneshaker, Boneshaker 2: son of Boneshaker is a fine cycle but fraught with calamity and as of now unavailable for photo ops, rest assured Boneshaker 2 will rise from the grave and ride again one day.
|Tuesday, June 26th, 2007|
Last weekend sure was Mocca. it was tons of fun, I saw some awesome comics, meet some really awesome new people, and got to say hello again to all the people there who I all ready know. Our table was Across from Drawn and Quarterly, Next to Buenaventura press and right near Fantagraphics, so we were in great company, and me Max Anna and Britt sold plenty of comics, more than we had anticipated we would.
and I got drunk on Top Shelf comic's dime at the Top Shelf after Party. so over all the first year at Mocca was a all around success.
so without further ado,( here is the Mocca PicturesCollapse )
|Wednesday, June 6th, 2007|
lately I have much enjoyed watching television's American Gladiators, shown in rerun form at 12 am central time on ESPN classics. it's a really great show for you to watch. depicted here is a phenomenal contestant, and apparently a demolition derby driver in his civilian identity. but known to us only as the enigmatic Purple Roundy. as a kid I used to watch American Gladiators with the assumption and expectation that as an adult, sometime I would have to be on American Gladiators, i expected it to happen. this wasn't a dream or ambition, I just assumed it was something that every adult who was awesome would one day called upon by the gladiators to truly prove their mettle. one day it would just happen and I'd have to be prepared. Malibu,Nitro,and Gemini, I am ready for you, are you ready for me?
|Tuesday, June 5th, 2007|
|Sunday, June 3rd, 2007|
do you like your comics not funny, or really not funny?