December 28, 2008
I have a lot of books now, friends.I need to buy another book shelf now. And, I’m one of those guys who reads a book and keeps it. Y’know? Just in case I need to read a part again, or something. I keep buying/acquiring more. It’s sick. I don’t know what to do about this need I have. It must be because when I’m not at work or drawing I’m with Robin at a bookstore with a coffee in our little book greedy hands. I guess I could blame Robin for this. She is the same way. We both love to own books. But, her love for books is perverted. She likes to smell books, and sometimes when we are reading in bed I’ll catch her smelling the insides. Like some kind of weird little animal.
I have a big graphic novel collection now. Only the best comic artist’s books are allowed in my room. Except for some pretty bad mini-comics that I get in the mail occasionally. Those are pretty fun to read though. The strange xeroxed etchings of some weirdo I’ve never heard of or met. God bless them all! One of the best collections of today’s most talented cartoonists is a book put out quarterly by Fantagraphics called MOME. For the past 6 months I’ve been looking at these books in my local bookshops feeling like I was burning inside. I felt like such an loser outsider staring at these pages of today’s elite young cartoon superstars and feeling anger that I was not included (If you haven’t noticed from reading this blog before, I take personal offense when I’m not thought of as an “Exciting new artist”. Even though, I’m a nobody.I still think of other cartoonists around my age who have fame as my contemporaries.) in this book of Hip Cartoonists. I made it a mission to be included in MOME. I pestered them. I got a gig at the COMICS JOURNAL, and I’ve been working my butt off to be visible. I’ve sent the editor every new story I’ve drawn as I’ve drawn them. I will continue that too. It’s been a monthly thing to send Eric Reynolds a package and wait for his reply.
Guess what? Jules Fieffer was right when he said this past summer that you just have to keep at it, until the editors feel bad for you and grow weary of rejecting you. I’ll be in the next issue of MOME. I’m very excited. I did it. And now, I have to keep it up. Which is easy. I’ll just keep drawing.
Someday the people will gather in big numbers to see me.
At least, that’s what the ghost of my friend told me in my dream a couple of years ago. But, If I tell you that story, you’ll think I’m crazy!
Anyway, I went on the radio with John Porcellino, remember? Here is a link so you can listen to how it went.
|December 19th (Noah Van Sciver + John Porcellino)|
|December 19th – Local Shakedown (1st Hour)
Also! Jobing.com has posted their video featuring me. It’s kind of embarrassing for me to watch, but I don’t know. Maybe you want to watch it? Here is a quick untruth in that video.
1. I never went to art school. I took some painting classes at a community college by my old place in lakewood. I chalk that up to me being incredibly nervous during this interview.
Tune in next time for more video untruths!
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December 22, 2008
Well, The event with John Porcellino at Kilgore is now history. It went well. If you send money to the below address I’ll give you more details. Noah Van Sciver P.O. Box 18888 Denver, CO 80218
My biggest problem with trying to be a famous artist is very obvious: I’m an idiot. It’s sadly true. I am sooo stupid. So, when people interview me or ask me questions (like at this event) I just go blank for a second. Then when I try to get my brain together, it just completely scatters everywhere and I end up saying really stupid stuff. I have trouble thinking. In face to face questioning, I feel like I’m slipping around on ice. But, trust me, I have reasons for doing the things I do in my cartoon work, but if you ask me about it I won’t be able to tell you anything.
I did one interview with Tom Murphy for Cairn magazine about comics over the phone one night that I thought went okay. I mean, as I remember it, I didn’t screw it up and get all shy about my opinions. This interview has never been completed by Tom Murphy though, which leads me to believe that in listening back on the tapes he realized what an imbecile I am and does not want to publish it on their website. It’s an insecurity that keeps me up at night. I keep thinking how he probably doesn’t have the heart to tell me that the interview sucks, And that he can’t bare to transcribe it because my constant stuttering would make him want to quit writing altogether. And so, the only escape from such a life draining transcribing process is to drop it completely! And, just to walk the other way when seeing me walk down the street and hope to god that I’ll let this thing fade away in both our minds.
The trouble is, this isn’t the first interview starring me that has been conducted but never seen again. In September a film crew from Jobing.com dropped by my apartment for a little Q&A sesh (That’s session for those of you who aren’t down with the “urban Lingo”) and after arriving realized that I wasn’t Dr. Seuss, but more of a Dr. Moreau.
Those people won’t even return my e-mails! If anybody feels like it, They should bother These people here about posting this interview on Jobing.com email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Tell them, you want to see the Noah Van Sciver video!
Some day soon, friends, I will have one of my interviews posted somewhere! Which,time will tell, could be a good thing for me or a bad thing. I will either get exposed as being a great cartoonist/entertainer living and breathing today’s air or a child living in a man’s (HA!) body who somehow got a microphone put to his face. And last but not least, as the sun shines behind my gravestone a shadow shall be cast in the engraved words that say: Noah Van Sciver’s interviews were best in paraphrase.
December 20, 2008
Yesterday I went to work and it was hell. It’s what I expect though. After work I went with John Porcellino to Time Warp comics to sell them some copies of Blammo. The man who owns the store was like “Van Sciver? Do you know Ethan Van Sciver?” I said “Yeah. He’s my older brother.” He became very excited about that and started flipping through my comics while I became uncomfortable. I know that anybody who is a big fan of Ethan wouldn’t necessarily be into my style of tortured scrawling. And that’s actually a good thing. I want to think that we will cover two different parts of the comic industry. “A Van Sciver for every taste.” Now all we need is a Van Sciver that draws Manga comics.
After that little adventure we had to go into radio 1190 to do a little talk about our show together (Which I have to actually do today, in a few hours!) It turned out really well, and I’ll post a link to it in a few days.
Here is some pottery that I made a week ago in Robin’s dad’s pottery studio!
December 18, 2008
Another page from the famous spider man story from Blammo 4
December 17, 2008
I am in the paper every week. I would think that when one would name Denver cartoonists my name would be in there. I produce a lot of work! More than most cartoonists. What’s funny is that a lot of my comics are about alienation and feeling left out from most social sects. And here I am being being left out of The colorado comic art show.
Here I am in two newspapers today for my show on saturday!
December 9, 2008
It’s snowing outside!
It’s coming up! It’s coming up! If you live in Denver, you must go to this!
Organizing this event still. Trying to get some more press for it. If you can help out, tell me please.
December 5, 2008
I’ve been really busy lately.
I’m trying to gather all of my stories together for Blammo 4, and more pages for Euclid as well as trying to convince other papers in different states to print 4 Questions. Unfortunately, the newspaper budget isn’t what it once was.
I’ve also been working on getting the next release show together for Blammo 3. This event will be at 6:00 pm on Dec. 20th at (the Mighty) Kilgore books of course. Only this time around I’m teaming up with John Porcellino for a double release/live interview/ discussion. John will be releasing King Cat # 69. That is a lot of issues!
I found this review for Blammo 2 that made me smile.
That’s it for now, I have to get to work!