October 20, 2008
So, On the 18th I had my release show at Wax Trax records and Kilgore books.
I woke up that morning with an odd feeling. All of the thought I had put into an actual speech went away. I couldn’t remember anything I had actually planned on saying for this. And also, I became afraid that nobody would show up! That I was going to completely waste the bands time playing for nobody!!That the nice stores that had allowed me to use their space for this would be really pissed off at me. I’m a nobody cartoonist in the world, who am I kidding to think anybody would show up???
Who do I think I am? I can barely draw!!
Kilgore asked me to do this. They had convinced me that I was famous enough around Denver to draw people to an event. I have my doubts still. But, In my career I will have to do a lot of talks and q&a sessions about my comics, so I agreed. You have to die to go to heaven, right? So, Give me my embarrassment. I am ready to suffer for my art.
The show started at 5:00 o clock.
People actually came too! Despite the fact that there were a million other things going on that night!I got a chance to talk to a lot of people who read my comics during the concert part of the night as people drifted in and out. I noticed that I really don’t have a specific audience and that just as many older people read my comics as younger people do. a few took pictures with me and I thought the bands did a great job! Some of my friends who I really wanted to be there didn’t show up. The scumbags!
Afterwards, whoever was left at the end of the night came over to Kilgore to ask me questions and listen to me talk to the floor. I was very afraid but I made it!
I will post pictures once I get them!
October 15, 2008
October 14, 2008
October 5, 2008
By now the most cliche’ thing to write in a blog is this:
“I haven’t written in here for a long time”.
So, I think I’ll dodge that. Everyone knows that the word “Blog” means Belated Life in an Organized Grandeur. Or something similar. So, If mine is a little belated as well, I should not feel the need to apologize. So………. Screw You. No. I’m only kidding.
I’ve been very busy lately! Robin and I have been organizing a release party for Blammo #2 at a local bookstore. I’ve been learning that getting any press for an underground comic book release is very difficult. We wrote a press release and everything! It’s going to happen on the 18th of October with 3 bands playing and then I’ll talk a little about myself and my comics. Which will be “fun” for me.
Also, the newest issue The Comics Journal will feature the first of my comic interviews with comic artists. I believe it’s issue #294. So all you people can go on down to your local comic book store or Barnes&Noble or whatever and pick one up.
Last night was a release party for the newest issue of Illiterate magazine and I stopped by there for about 20 minutes. It was a loud crowded scene and I had to escape. That kind of thing stresses me out. The newest issue of Illiterate included a comic I drew a year ago about my first date in it. What an embarrassing dude I was as a teenager (and kid).
Also, they invited me to hang some paintings up for this party. Here is a picture of me last night in front of my paintings:
I recently read a big collection of Hate comics called Buddy does seattle. Ethan knows what I’m talking about. It changed me. That book was the most entertaining thing I’d ever read! It was so funny and it made me wish that I was living in Seattle in the early 90′s.It was one of those things that makes you depressed when you get towards the end. I always disliked the 80′s and 90′s until recently. I’ve just started getting into whatever independent music was going on around those times. Anyway, So I finshed Buddy does Seattle and I went and found Buddy does Jersey which is the next collection, but it didn’t seem as good. I was disappointed by those comics. Especially the fact that the Hate creator Peter Bagge hired another artist to help him. It looses something without Peter’s inking touch. All the strange little cross-hatching lines that he gave to his earlier comics. It was all so great! But I guess that’s what happens. Hate became so popular that the demand for new issues to come out quicker was too much for him alone to take on. So, i feel like the stories were hacked out a bit. Also, Robin’s dad was talking about how one of the biggest mistakes that televisions shows make is that they start out great and as soon as the show becomes really popular the writers start to take it too seriously and they over-develop the characters. They give some characters drug problems and then the other one gets pregnant and then she dies and so on and so on…. and then the show looses it’s charm. It’s not as light as it was. I think that applies with Hate comics as well. It got too stupid and by the end I didn’t care about Buddy anymore and I didn’t like Lisa at all!
So that’s my review of Hate comics!