Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Afghan at the Emeryville Food Court

Afghan at the Emeryville Food Court
$7= BBQ Chicken, Salad, Chicken Curry over Rice, Pita Bread, and a very small drink of choice.

William Bark's Origin of the Medieval World

One of my favorite covers from the Edward Gorey Anchor Doubleday paperbacks.

Eyes Without a Face

San Jose

Pretty spur of the moment, I was hanging out with a friend in the City and he asked if I wanted to go to San Jose, so we did (he wanted to go to Barefoot Coffee). I went to Recycle Books and found Five Comedies of Aristophanes, Tales of Good and Evil by Nicolai Gogol and a better copy of Victory by Joseph Conrad.

On the way there I went to weird Trade Paperback bookstore.

It was a lot of shelves like this.

But I did find Psyche & Symbol by C.G. Jung for $3.

A good reason to come back:
San Jose

Monday, March 29, 2010

Had My First Sope in Modesto

chicken sope, two carne asada tacos

I got the Totoro Song stuck in my head.


I also spent part of my day looking for this song. The soundtrack cuts off at the 1:44 minute mark. I found it on a Russian website, after figuring out the song title and artist. Yeah. I'm looking up Japanese pop songs.

By the way Kiki's Delivery Service is set in an alternative universe, in Europe in either the 1940s or 1950s. Pretty fucking sweet. But uh, I don't know if I even like Kiki's Delivery Service. It has a weird working class thing going on, and yeah. It also sort of just ends kind of weird. Like it probably could have about 40 more minutes tagged on there to clear up certain things.

Of the Miyazaki films my favorite is Porco Rosso, which is in that same Alternative Universe of Europe kind of deal.

Tove Jansson

Tove Jansson
Tove Jansson with a black cat. I got this image from a Japanese book on Moomin.

Salad Days

My Salad
Uh, tofu, greens, orange bell pepper, tomato with ranch dressing.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Illustration Job

Uh, I only get a few of these each year. And usually they're pretty easy. This one's for HHMI. They basically wanted me to remake an old painting but slightly different, flipping the image, having him go forward a little, and giving him a shield.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

My First Stencil

Marci taught a workshop the other week and needed examples to show her students. I made a pretty simple stencil.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sending this Painting to a show in Bristol, UK

More information here.

Tuff Taco

Tuff Taco from Eighty Four Films on Vimeo.

Ferris Plock.

More Books

I picked up some books. We found some Edward Gorey hardbacks but here are some more Doubleday Anchors.

Mysticism and Logic by Bertrand Russell, and Chaucer's Troilus and Cressida at Dog Eared.
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult, and An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis by Charles Brenner at Moe's in Berkeley.
Chance by Joseph Conrad at Green Apples.

They're in this set.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mission Bookhunting

I went on my Mission book shopping trip.
1. I started off with Dog Eared Books on 20th & Valencia. I found 3 titles in the Doubleday Anchor series as well as another Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque by Edgar Allan Poe (it was $3.50). I'm just going to give it to a friend. Dog Ear Books is a really sweet book store.
2. Modern Times which is across the street next to the liquor store. I didn't find anything at Modern Times, and for being so big they didn't have a lot there. They did have sections for different local schools, even a bookcase full of books published by CCA. But uh, it was alright.
3. Forest Books on 16th & Mission. I didn't find any Doubleday Anchors here either. I did find a cover he did for the Vintage Russian Library Series (Chernyshevsky's What is to be done?). Here's the other one we have, which is Alexander Pushkin's Captain's Daughter.
4. Abandoned Books closed. I think they're turning it into an alternative art space. As an artist you'd think I would think that would be cool, but no, no I don't.
5. Adobe Books on 16th & Guerrero, was the highlight of the trip. I found 7 titles I didn't have, and 2 extra ones that might be in better condition. And they were so nice, and gave me a book for free and all this information, cause they already knew about the series I was collecting (he even mentioned the one book we want the most). Their used collection is so vast it's amazing. It feels like it's as much as Moe's & Shakespeare's combined. The fiction was laid out in boxes and I was able to find everything pretty easily.
6. Aardvark Books near Church and Market didn't have anything. All the used books are priced at half of what was listed. The Anchor Doubledays are priced from 95c to $2.50, so that's what 50c to a $1.25, so yeah. They didn't have anything.

So yeah. In the end I have 10 new titles to the Doubleday Anchor series, 2 doubles, and two other books Edward Gorey did covers for. So now I have 34 for of the 124 some-odd ones he did.

If I had to rank all the used books I've been to in the Bay Area so far in trying to find these books (just in case you wanted to know):
1. Adobe Books (San Francisco) 7 titles
2. Moe's (Berkeley) 5 titles
3. Half-Priced Books (Berkeley) 4 titles
4. Dog Eared Books (San Francisco) 3 titles
5. Pegasus & Pendragon Books-Solano Ave (Berkeley) 4 titles
6. Green Apple Books (San Francisco) 2 titles
7. Pegasus Books-Downtown (Berkeley) 2 titles
8. Shakespeare's (Berkeley) 6 titles
9. Forest Books (San Francisco)
10. University Press Bookstore (Berkeley)
11. Modern Times (San Francisco)
12. Aardvark (San Francisco)

There's two bookstores in Rockridge that I used to go to. I don't know if Diesel still caries used books, but Pendragon's does (It's the 3rd branch of Pegasus Books). There's another my old roommate used to work at in Elmwood but it might have closed down, and there's Book Zoo on Telegraph and then there's the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. I can't think of any other book stores I can get to on public transportation. If you do send info my way.

Small Favors at GRNY

This is one of three paintings I'm sending east for the Small Favors group show at Giant Robot New York. Everything is 5"5" inches or smaller. There's about 70 artists in the show. That show opens the Saturday the 27th.

Small Favors GRNY

Sunday, March 14, 2010


On Thursday I walked downtown to Pegasus books to see if they have an Anchor Doubledays. That location is kind of a weird place, and I don't think a lot of people go in there to sell their paperbacks. Maybe because of Half Priced Books being just down the street. But I found these two Henry James books. One of them isn't even fiction, it's a biography, and the other we own, but I was hoping it would be a better quality book. It wasn't, but it was just $2. I think we're going to give the extra copies to friends. I was just going to sell them on Amazon, but Marci wasn't having it.

On that same day I walked by Half Priced Books and found these two. A better copy of Franz Kafka's Amerika for $3.98 (I got another at Shakespeare's for $9), and this Henry Adam's book that he did the typography for.

On Saturday, I walked to Pegasus & Pendragon's on Solano Avenue. It was a nice walk and I pretty much just walked through the neighborhood until I got there. I've been looking for the Sir Kenneth Clark one a while. He did a program back in the 60s called Civilisation which was one of the first programs developed for BBC2 by David Attenborough. I was also lucky enough to find both volumes of Either/Or by Kierkegaard, as well as Joseph Conrad's Secret Agent (he did "Heart of Darkness") in their very small fiction section.

I think the Solano Avenue Pegasus branch is way better than the Downtown one by a lot, though their fiction section is about a third of the size. It's way larger and it feels like they have more books and better selection throughout. Like the sections for Art Criticism, Politics, and Philosophy all had really good titles. There's another Pegasus branch that we used to go to a lot on College Ave cause it's about 5 or 6 blocks away from CCA.

So for the past few months I've been to Green Apple Books (SF), Moe's (Berkeley-Telegraph), Shakespeare's (Berkeley-Telegraph), the University Press Bookstore (Berkeley-Telegraph), Half-Priced Books (Berkeley-Downtown), Pegasus (Berkeley-
Downtown), Pegasus & Pendragon's (Berkeley-Solano Ave).

I've always used to think Green Apples is the best bookstore in the Bay Area, but Moe's is pretty awesome. Their selection is pretty amazing, it's 4 floors, and their prices are really good. I found 5 Doubleday Anchor Paperbacks there for $11 total. Shakespeare's has a lot of the books I'm looking for but they're pretty expensive. The most used expensive book I've bought there was $9, which is a lot for a paperback. Pendragon's is well priced if you can find the books, and Half-Priced Books is pretty awesome, just cause so much comes in, and their paperback fiction section is immense. But they're kind of lacking in selection in other things that are not fiction. Like Moe's has a Medieval section, which is pretty sweet, and it isn't just a shelf. The University Press Bookstore does have used books but most of the stuff is either too old or too new, and most of the old stuff is hardbound. But it's a beautiful bookstore and if you're looking for new books you should stop by there. There's another bookstore in the Parking Garage off of Telegraph that's run by the Berkeley Library. It's called something like Friend's of the Berkeley Public Library. I don't know what it's like cause I wake up at 11, and rarely get out of the house by 2, and it closes at 4. But someday.

In April I'm in a 4 person show in Portland, Oregon, which basically means if I go up there I get to visit Powell's Books. If you never heard of Powell's, well it's kind of like the thing I think of most when I think of Portland, even more so than the rain, the awesome bike lanes, and their many bridges. That bookstore is the size of a city block. And you can get a homemade oreo cookie nearby.

This is a map I've drawn out of the used bookstores in the Mission. I don't know where to start, and I also have to get a ceramic coffeemaker (for single cups) at Rainbow (which is off of Folsom & 14th). I think I'll get off at 24th Street BART, walk up Valencia, then cross over to 14th and Market, and then walk to Rainbow and get back on on 16th.

Yeah, I know.

If you're wondering what books I've actually read this year. I've only read two. One's Rick Atkinson's Day of Battles, which is like a day by day account of the war in Sicily and Italy. Yeah, it's 800 pages, but I think 200 of it's just notes. The other is Carl Sagan's Varieties of Scientific Experience. I basically got it cause I liked the cover, and my friend recommended it. I bought it at Half-Priced books for $6.98. It's 260 pages. Uh, some of it was interesting, but I never had questions about God, or Aliens, or whatever. the Q&A section is pretty fucking awesome. I bought Michael Pollan's new book, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, so I'll start on that when it gets here. When I started drawing out my food and seeing what I eat, I got really into eating healthy and watching food documentaries and Michael Pollan is in everyone one of them.

Pretty much I read about 5 books a year, and it's been that way since 2005, which was the first year I started reading for fun (by the way this is for stuff that's aren't graphic novels/comics). But I'm setting a goal to sit down from whatever I'm doing to read about 10 pages a day. Which seems like very little, but that's 3650 pages a year and a book is about 200-600 pages, so that's about 12 books which would be more than twice as many books than I normally read. I think as time goes on I'll try reading more. Someday I might pick up fiction. The closest I've been to that was a book of poems by D.C. Berman.

Oh, I scanned and put every Edward Gorey Doubleday Anchor book we've found in a flickr set here.


I'm doing an illustration job. I only do like 2 or 3 a year. I don't even know how I get them. This is a drawing that got turned down, but I liked it, so I inked and put it on my blog. It makes me feel like I'm actually doing something.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Doubleday Anchor

These are the books I found a few days ago. It's the biggest haul of Edward Gorey Anchor Doubleday paperbacks and I pretty much doubled our collection in one outing. I went to both Moe's and Shakespeare's on Telegraph. Moe's was amazingly cheap, I found 5 books there for about $8 total. I found Franz Kafka "Amerika" at Shakespeare's. Of these he illustrated only the Aeneid & Amerika, the others he did the type and layout.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ryohei Tanaka

Ryohei Tanaka @ Rowan Morrison
Went to see Ryohei's show at Rowan Morrison in Oakland. Ryohei was my old roommate back in the day (2003-04). One of the fastest drawers I know and a pretty good filmmaker as well, but now a days he mostly makes pretty these amazing cut outs.

Ryohei Tanaka @ Rowan Morrison

Ryohei Tanaka @ Rowan Morrison
It was the first show I've ever seen of Ryohei's where everything was framed.

Ryohei Tanaka @ Rowan Morrison

Ryohei Tanaka @ Rowan Morrison

Rob, Luke, Joe To, & Joe Stillwater
Rob & Ako (not pictured) came up from LA to see the show, Luke from GRSF, Joe To, and my other old roommate, Joe Stillwater.

New American Painitngs 85

Marci finally got her copy of New American Paintings in the mail.

Our former studio mate Becky's in it, too. Pretty sweet.

Uh, it's a $20 magazine, and Marci just has three images in it, and those three images are in the Juxtapoz book with a bunch of other images and that book is uh, $20. And Marci's on the cover. Uh, you can find New American Paintings at like Borders or Pegasus.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


An interview with Gorey in '96: Mystery!

I'm suppose to be drawing.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tales of the Grotesque & Arabesque

Poe, Edgar Allan Tales of The Grotesque and Arabesque

This came in the mail today. It's a Doubleday but not from the Anchor Series. I bought the book Goreyography, and it the only Edgar Allan Poe book cover that Edward Gorey does. The eye in the moon is a nice little thing you don't really notice online.

Food Journal

These are the last two pages of my food journal. I was thinking about extending it to another journal but I think I like the idea of quitting this project more. I would have had these images up earlier but I lost my food journal for a while, and then when I found it my pen broke and I got a little spilled ink on the page. Yeah, I know, it's not really that exciting of a story.

Food Journal 20
I made a cake, and now I never want to eat another slice ever again. I think the problem with me making a cake for no apparent reason is that there was just me and Marci eating this cake, so it was a lot of cake. I put a quarter of it in the compost.

I got proficient in making eggs in a basket. It's the easiest thing to do and takes about 5 minutes to finish. The other day I made french toast for the first time. It was amazingly easy. I was at the produce market and bought some fancy maple syrup cause the bottle looked pretty awesome, and french toast was the cook book's easiest option in stuff to eat with maple syrup.

I was taking a break from caffeine for a little while but had to get back on it cause I had to finish paintings for a show.

Food Journal 21
We went to Sanmi for Valentines.
We tried out a pho place down the street cause Marci didn't want to go to Downtown Berkeley. It kind of sucked.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Photos from Bro Palace

Deth P. Sun
My work.

Ferris Plock
Ferris Plock.


Jay Howell
Jay Howell

Porous Walker
Porous Walker

Jay Howell & Marci Washington
Marci with Jay Howell

Marci & Ferris
Marci with Ferris.

Kelly & Marci
Marci with Kelly Tunstall. Check out K&F's studio, and Kelly's new interview here.

Jay Howell and Skinner
Howell & Skinner.

Jay Howell & The Trippes
Howell & Trippes.

John Taylor & Rob Williams
John & Rob. Old friends from SF State. They came just in time to see the last song. They live in the neighborhood. A few days earlier, after I installed I went to Rob's house where he made me drink two different cups of coffee, one was a French Roast that is popular in Louisiana (and with the Vietnamese-American community) and another was some Ethiopian brand that had a hint of blueberries in it's taste. He also gave me these. I gave him a painting of a hot dog.

Derek, Zach, & Marci
Derek, Zach and Marci. Derek was my old boss and Zach lives around the corner from us.

Bacon Link Meal
Afterwards John took us to this Filipino burger place called Uncle Boys and I got one of the best sandwiches ever. It's a hot dog link wrapped with bacon. The normal lumpia is alright, but the dessert lumpia is pretty sweet if you like fried bananas.

After Party

More Photos from that night can be found here:
Jay Howell
Park Life
Fecal Face
John Casey
Tiny Mental Palace
Arrested Motion

(photo: John Trippe). This got us through the night.

By the way that show's up till March 29th, so if you're in The Richmond you should stop by.