Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Please Be Brave Zine

I finished my zine. It's B&W, xeroxed, 20 60lb pages, 6.5"x8.5" with a 80 lb card stock cover. The drawings were done between Wednesday the 10th of June, through Friday the 26th of June in Oakland, and were xeroxed Friday the 26th of June in San Francisco.

They're $8. You can get them on my webstore or through etsy.

Please Be Brave Cover 1 Front
BTW, I started drawing from the cover on. So when I was making my zine the first two pages I finished were page 1 and page 20, and so the last drawing I made is the center spread. It kind of pulls the zine together cause I used two pens, and at first I was just using a thicker pen (pilot v5). Near the end I ran out of stuff to draw, so I just drew stuff as I went, and I started using thinner pen (hi-tec c 0.4). Uh, I know, I know, no one cares.
Please Be Brave Page 1
Please Be Brave Pages 2 & 3
Please Be Brave Pages 4 & 5
There probably isn't a page where there isn't either a knife, a stone, a skull, or a cat is on.
Please Be Brave Pages 6 & 7
Please Be Brave Pages 8 & 9
The wreath idea comes from a Moomin drawing.
Please Be Brave Pages 10 & 11
Please Be Brave Pages 12 & 13
Please Be Brave Pages 13 DetailThe alphabet is the last thing I drew. I didn't really mean to draw out the whole alphabet, I just drew two letters, but I ran out of stuff to draw so I just kept on drawing letters up the page. I kind of like how they're out of order.
Please Be Brave Pages 14 & 15
Please Be Brave Pages 16 & 17
I'm really into Triumphant Arches.
Please Be Brave Pages 18 & 19
Please Be Brave Pages 20
Originally I was going to have a few poems in the zine, but I couldn't find enough that I liked that were short enough to fit. I have this one and another that's put into a small drawing.
Please Be Brave R Back Cover

Yes, yes. I feel like I've written about this zine a lot, but I've been thinking and working on this for so long that there's so much to say about it. It is kind of weird going through drawings of your thoughts for a whole month, even though I didn't really do much in June.

Drawing Dracula

Ever since seeing the Edward Gorey Dracula show at the Cartoon Museum of Art last year, I've been really into drawing Dracula related stuff. I think it kind of helps having an ex-goth for a girlfriend, and hanging out with a friend who looks like Dracula's kid brother when he's clean shaven (now he kind of looks like the Wolfman's cousin cause he has a beard). Marci also has Bram Stoker's Dracula on my itunes, and when it's on random it sometimes comes up.

In the picture above (which is the first page of my new zine) are the things I know to draw about Dracula- bats, owls, fog, the Carpathian Mountains, caskets, stakes, garlic, candles, and fountain pens. I like drawing renfield, but I forgot on this one. I should have saved the theme for a spread instead of the first page of my zine.

I've been into the idea of illustrating a Dracula novel. It's public domain so you could actually get the words down and illustrate a book. I thought it'd be sweet if Marci did, but then I saw a remake of the 1st Edition of Dracula.

1st Edition:


The illustrations are alright in the remake. I don't remember the illustrator, but you can find the book on Amazon for about $20. I would, but it seems kind of dumb buying a book twice just cause it looks cool. The first edition that's pictured above, I found online, and it went for 14 grand.

Monday, June 29, 2009



I got the cover for their 15th Anniversary Issue.
Will be in the GR Biennial at the Japanese American National Museum in LA in like, October.

Yes, yes.

Camping at Butano State Park

We went camping at Butano State Park which is south of Half Moon Bay and north of Santa Cruz, so about an hour away from home. The closest town in Pescadero, which is known for it's artichoke soup and the best tacos that come from the town gas station. The town is pretty small. When we went out into the woods, Game 5 of the NBA finals was going on, but I had no internet, and I thought if when we'd go into town I'd buy a paper. But they had no major paper, so I got the local one, but there was no sports news other than high school stuff. I tried asking strangers but no one knew. It was like I was 12 again, and before the internet, where you had to wait till the news to find out if your team won, or the next day in the morning paper. Or you had to listen to shitty sports radio.

Uh, I just went on a total tangent. My bad. Camping was alright.

Here are some photos:

Michelle taking a picture of a banana slug.

There were hella trees like this one where you can walk in and hang out like that one kid in "My Side of the MTN".

Uh, yeah.

Drift Wood Palace

Marci and Jason built a hut. It was really cold at the beach.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Finishing My Zine

I haven't uploaded the images yet. I'm still working out some stuff.

Yesterday I woke up around 9 and made my way into the city. I used legal size for my zine so I ran into some small minor problems. For you non-Americans, there are only 3 sizes you can photocopy in, and legal size is the least used size. There’s letter (8.5"x11"), there's legal (8.5"x14"), and then there's tabloid or ledger (11"x17"), which is twice the size of letter. Letter is about the size of A4 (8.3"x11.7"), Tabloid/Ledger is slightly larger than A3 (11.7"x16.3"), and I don't think there's a comparable size for legal.

The photocopy place near our studio has 3c copies, but legal copies it's 6c (which isn't that bad, cause they gave me a 1c discount, which is still cheaper than Kinko’s and anywhere else). Sometimes I think of buying a copier machine, but I seriously only make a zine once a year. Another problem with having a machine like that is that first you need a place for it, and second you all of a sudden become the best friend of everyone who would want to use your machine. Another thing is, that I'm not a zinester; I'm just some dude who wants to make something. And if I wanted to make larger quantities I could easily just find a book publisher and self publish something like 2000 at like 75c or something. But then I have to somehow get rid of 2000 units of something. Which is really hard, and sometimes it's weird selling something you're kind of over but you still have up for sale cause you just have a bunch of it. But yeah. I really do just like the act of drawing, xeroxing, collating, stapling, and yeah.

I'm sorry I get on tangents a lot. 5c a copy wasn't my problem. My problem was that there's no such thing as legal size cardstock. And they didn't have it there. And they didn't have 11"x17" in cardstock either. So I ran 100 copies of a cover in legal, and went back to the studio to collate and staple. After I made one, I realised I would really like to find a cardstock of some sort to use as a cover cause just plain paper at 60 lb, just wasn't cutting it. Michelle told me of Kelly's Paper down on 10th and Howard, so I got back on the T and made my way there. They didn't have legal in cardstock but I found it in 11"x17". I'm already sizing down my zine, so an extra trim isn't that big of a deal.

My zine is 6.5"x8.5", which is just legal with an inch trimmed off. I kind of just wanted to make a zine that didn't really fit into the standard sizes you see, like 4.25'x5.5' which is just letter in fours, 8.5"x5.5', which is letter in half, or 7.5"x8.5" which is legal in half and is a bit too square-ish. I know this probably doesn't bother anyone else but yeah. I kind of like it when people make that extra trim.

I haven't gotten around to uploading images and putting it on my web store. I have to first figure out how I'm going to ship them and sell them. Of if I want to contact people to sell them or just sell them on my own. When I did my book I kind of wished I took my time in figuring out how I wanted to sell and distribute them. Like I just put them up online, and then I didn't have the right envelopes to ship them, and I needed poly bags for them, and then I made a sticker to go with them but I didn't put the order in until a month after their release so some people didn't get stickers.

Another thing is that I didn't know if I should sign them for people buying from my website. I don't know. I don't know if that's what people want, or if I'm just defiling a book. I don't know. I seriously just try not to assume what people want or don't want.

Then I had problems with shipping my books cause my shipping prices were based on cost instead of weight. I could ship domestically a book for about $3, but through media mail, but if someone bought something else, it's illegal to ship something media mail that's not, even a letter, or a print, which is what I was usually shipping with them. But my main problem was international orders, which to ship that book which sells for $20, was like about $11 to Europe and $13 to Australia. But to ship a print which is like $30-$50 it's like $5 or $6 dollars to ship, so I took small hits on shipping. I mean, it really didn't matter cause I was stoked on people buying my book, but I like it when things run on order, and I like having a balanced sheet. I had 250 books to get rid of, and that's why I was into giving Tiny Showcase my last 100 for their release.

I've been thinking about whether or not to republish the book, which we might right before the holiday season, but yeah. It feels like it's a finished project. That and it's really hard dealing with bookstores. Pretty much everyone I dealt with was pretty awesome. I did some on consignment and they're slowing coming in, and I sold some books wholesale and there were some awesome folks to deal with, Like the New Museum and Here in Bristol. Then there were places like, Nucleus in LA, which hasn't paid me yet, despite me sending them an invoice and e-mailing them politely once every two weeks. I mean it's like only $80 so yeah. Alhambra sucks, and those guys are assholes.

But yeah. Today I ordered 7"x9" stay flat mailers from ULine. I got a box of 100 for $50.40 after shipping. I even went with the fancy self-sealing tabs, even though those still make me antsy and I feel like putting packaging tape on them anyway. On Uline you can also make your own custom packaging tape. I've been kind of tempted to make an order.

I'm contemplating getting a poly bag for them, but yeah. If you're wonder where to get those, it's clearbags.com.

Oh, yeah. I'm sure this is all totally interesting, and it's funny blogging about a zine without putting pictures up.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Dark Mirror Zine

Dark Mirror Zine

Yep, yep, so the zine that I have been working on for-ev-er is finally finished! It's 48 pages of awesome black and white images and creepy faint pencil text. I made it to go with my show last April and it includes that work along with some of the work that came before it all strung together into one strange kinda partial narrative. Yes, it's creepy. But it's also AWESOME! You can get it here.

Printed Matter (LA)

Printed Matter VII

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Printed Matter 6 art show opening

Group show at GR2

July 11 - July 8, 2009
Reception: Saturday, July 11, 6:30 -10:00

2062 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 445-9276

Giant Robot is proud to present Printed Matter 6 at GR2.

The latest installment of the popular Printed Matter series of art shows will feature nearly 50 artists with a wide variety of aesthetic styles and printmaking techniques. Limited-edition prints are one of the best ways for budget-minded and new collectors to acquire artwork and support independent artists, and we are committed to providing this venue on a recurring basis.

Participating artists include the following:
Apak!, Sasha Barr, Christopher Bettig, Bigfoot, Blinky, Sean Boyles, Ryan Bubnis, Buff Monster, Rob Corradetti, Eleanor Davis, Liam Devowski, Dutch Door Press, Matt Furie, Susie Ghahremani, Katherine Guillen, Michael Hsiung, Martin Hsu, Yellena James, Andy Jenkins, Jeremiah Ketner, Ben King, Heisuke Kitazawa (PCP), Olaf LaDousse, Le Merde, Little Friends of Printmaking, Alex Lukas, Mats!?, Bill McRight, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, Tom Neely, Saelee Oh, Martin Ontiveros, Sidney Pink, Albert Reyes, Brian Rush, Jay Ryan, Emilio Santoyo, Caleb Sheridan, Bwana Spoons, Deth P. Sun, Daria Tessler, Aiyana Udesen, Edwin Ushiro, Marci Washington, Steven Weissman, Chadwick Whitehead, Chelsea Wong, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Madeleine Zygarewicz

A reception featuring many of the artists will take place from 6:30 - 10:00 on Saturday, July 11. For more information about the opening, the artists, GR2, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Finished My Drawings

Zine Drawings

It took me about 4 weeks. It's 20 pages with a cover. Tomorrow, hopefully I'll get to photocopy it. I've been pretty much been putting everything else on the back burner trying to finish this thing.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


I'm working on drawings for a zine right now. I've been working on this for the past three weeks and now all I have to do is ink in the lines. I'm using Bristol Vellum instead of Rives BFK, which I'm kind of regretting. The Bristol comes in a pad, is cheaper, and there's less cutting, but the Rives is more forgiving, it takes my ink better, and there really isn't a problem with dirt getting on it and smudging.

It takes a day to draw out a page and about half a day to ink it in. I was going to try inking stuff while were camping but couldn't cause I couldn't find a clean place to draw. I was trying to stow myself away in a car to draw but no one was really having it. Why would I want to hang out in the car when there's a beach right there? Well, uh, cause sadly, I like drawing more.

My hand hurts when I use smaller tip pens. Cause it's a lot of detail and I have to hold on to the pen so hard. Marci tells me to run my hand under hot water, but I think that it's some sort of hint to do some dishes. It's not. I'm just kidding. But I can't waste water so I do do the dishes.

Uh, my hand is fucked up, but my thumbs aren't, so maybe I'll play video games instead. At least until the pain goes away.

Marci finished her zine. It's pretty sweet. I was contemplating having my zine be in pencil but then I started inking it in. I kind of wished I kept it in pencil.

We use the 3 cent copy place near our studio. You have to make a certain amount to get to the 3 cent pricing. so if you make 999 instead of 1000 you pay $43.76 instead of $32.85. I remember when I made my zines in high school going to the copy center near San Diego State and they had 2 cent copies and going in hoping I could reach that 2 cent threshold cause I only had so much money. I don't think I always made it, but the people working there were like college students, and my friends and I were obviously high school kids making some weird zine, so I think they let us slide a little.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

If you're in New York you should stop off here.

Jack Long
June 27 - July 15, 2009
Reception: Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Giant Robot Gallery
437 East 9th Street Between 1st Ave. & Ave. A, in the East Village
New York, New York 10009

(212) 674-GRNY (4769) | grny.net

Giant Robot is proud to host Singing Her To Sleep, an art show featuring the work of Jack Long.

Jack Long grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002, and currently resides in Los Angeles. Painting in oils on wood, his work explores human relationships in a narrative setting and draws heavily upon the tradition of storytelling, often utilizing motifs and imagery found in mythology and fairytales.

For the show, Long is preparing a collection of paintings celebrating everyday life, love, and nature. The images elevate the ordinary into mythical events and scenarios, filling them with a sense of grandeur and mystery.

A reception for the artist will be held from 6:30 to 10:00 on Saturday, June 27. For more information about the show, GRNY, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311

Charlie Parr and My Two Toms US Tour 2007

My Two Toms.

Nosferatu the Vampyre

We watched Nosferatu the Vampyre the other day. It was pretty sweet. You can read up on it here. The 1979 version is a tribute to the 20s version which was an unauthorized German adaptation of Bram Stroker's Dracula. It's kind of weird, cause they change some of the Dracula rules, like uh, dying from the sun, and uh, when he drinks from people they just die, and they don't turn into vampires.

If wanted to, you could buy the soundtrack from $8 off of Itunes.

The bat scenes are from found nature documentaries.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Drawing for Tiny Showcase

This is the drawing I made for Tiny Showcase for the print release earlier this week. Pretty much it has some elements of earlier drawings and some extra stuff, cause well, uh, I kind of just wanted to make a really sweet drawing if it's going out to 100 people, so I tried putting all my favorite things into one drawing.

I kind of wish I didn't have to ink it in, cause I like my pencil drawings more. They just don't really reproduce all that, and I wanted the drawing to go better with the book.

To draw something like this it takes me about 3 movies, and then another two to ink it. The paper is Rives BFK, which is a really nice drawing surface, but you can't really erase too much on it. I kept on switching what I had on the drum, from "RAD", to "R.I." (which is actually what I wrote on the drum in my sketchbook), to "YES".

Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep

I found this poem while looking for grave poems. It's by Mary Elizabeth Frye. I thought it was pretty cool when I found it, cause I thought it was just found on some random dude's grave, but it's a pretty popular poem.

Giant Robot 15 years

GR 15 Years


15-Year Anniversary Show at GRSF, June 20, 2009 - July 15, 2009
Reception: Saturday, June 20, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117


Since 1994, Giant Robot has documented, promoted, and pushed Asian, Asian American, indie, and hybrid pop culture in the pages of its magazine. To celebrate its milestone 15th year of publishing, brand evolution into retail shops and art galleries, and continual readership, support, and inspiration from the Bay Area, GRSF is proud to host a group show featuring many of the publication's best backers, contributors, and friends.

Coming from artistic backgrounds such as painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, graffiti, comics, and toys, contributors include the following:

Aiyana Udesen Albert Reyes Apak Ben King Christopher Bettig Dan-ah Kim Daria Tessler David Horvath Deth P. Sun French Jen Corace Joe To Kami Kaori Kasai kozyndan Le Merde Luke Chueh Lydia Fong Mari Inukai Matt Furie Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch Nao Harada Ray Potes Rob Sato Robert Bellm Saelee Oh Seonna Hong Yellena James Yukinori Dehara

To complement the show, Goh Nakamura will play a special acoustic set at its opening. The San Francisco-based singer/guitar player has self-released two excellent indie-folk albums, and is also profiled in the special 15th anniversary edition of Giant Robot, issue 60.

The reception, which will feature many of the artists, will be held from 6:30-10:00 on Saturday, June 20. For more information about the show, GRSF, or Giant Robot magazine, please contact:

Eric Nakamura
Giant Robot Owner/Publisher
(310) 479-7311

Why Cats Paint