Friday, October 19, 2012

Alternative Press Expo 2012

Ape 2012
I sold some stuff at APE this year with my friends Brendan & Teppei. We got a fully jammed table cause we also had zines from Marci and Evah. Brendan, Teppei and I  were all able to finish new zines and comics for it.

 It was the first time I had a table at APE in maybe 6 years. I've been slowly working my way up to it. I used to sell just mostly prints, and would have like one zine, so I didn't feel right having a table for a while. But over the past few years I've been keeping up titles and re-xeroxing when I can, so yeah.

Last year we did a few tables at the SF Zine Fest and the East Bay Zine Fest but APE is probably twice the size of both of those put together. APE is $325 to get a table, The Zine Fest, which we decided not to do this year cause we were doing APE, was $75, but I think it's $100 now, and The East Bay Zine Fest, which is really small, was $25 for a table, but now is $30, which is pretty darn cheap. It's also the most convenient cause it's less than a mile from my house. We of course divide all those registration fees by three, between me, Teppei and Brendan.

The best part of APE for me is actually meeting and trading with other artist and putting a face to a name from the internet. I'm really bad with faces/names, so I have to write notes down, to remember everyone. It takes like 3 or 4 times of seeing someone before I can recognize them on the street, which is pretty bad cause San Francisco is really small.

For the most part I didn't sell very many prints, which is alright, cause I didn't bring very many. Also everyone who came to our table and bought stuff from either me or Brendan knew who we were. And I met a bunch of folks who follow me on Tumblr or Instagram, which is kind of funny.

Uh, 2 days of this is pretty hard, so after a certain point there really no reason to be hanging around the table so yeah. You can drink at these things and bring your own beer, which we totally should have brought a cooler but yeah. Beers were $6, but mixed drinks were only $7 & the tip.

And that is it.  

Friday, October 12, 2012

They Come at Night ZIne

Yesterday I finished my zine for "They Come At Night". I had about a week to get it done, cause APE is tomorrow. If you're in the City this weekend and you like buying zines, or comics, and stuff like that, I highly recommend going to the Alternative Press Expo, cause it's probably the best convention for that sort of stuff in the US.

I finished inking everything Wednesday night. Then I had to spend about an hour erasing all my pencil marks. Thursday the Giants were playing an extremely early day game for Game 5 for the NLDS. So early there wasn't a bar I could go to, to see the game. So I ended up at Oscar's on Hearst in Berkeley, which is a diner, and is a very weird place to see a game. I got to see Buster Posey hit a grand slam.

 I then made my way to Copy Central where I xerox all my zines. There's a lot of 3 cent copy places in Berkeley, cause of the University, but most of those machines are hit or miss, and mostly miss. The Fedex copy place is super expensive at like 10c each, and yeah, a lot of bad things can happen when you have to put your credit card in a self serve machine. Copy Central is 7c a copy, and if you make 1000, it's 6c. And their machines are always working. And there's less crazy people, cause they're all making their crazy fliers at the 3c places.

They Come at Night Zine
This is my cover. You can't really do too much of that black, cause it takes a lot of toner, and if you run 100 copies all at once, it'll jam the machine. I kind of learned that the hard way a few years ago, so I try not using it that much. I had to run the covers through the bypass tray cause they're on thicker paper, and I could only copy 1 at a time. The one time I put two through it jammed.

Pg 1
These are the only words I wrote in my zine. I really don't like words or over explaining the drawings I make.

Pages 2 & 3
In case you need to know, those are ghosts.

Pages 4 & 5

Pages 6 & 7

Pages 8  & 9

Pages 10 & 11

Pages 12 & 13

Pages 14 & 15
I kind of wanted a very simple transition to show that the character is going to a new landscape.

Pages 16 & 17

Pages 18 & 19

Page 20

Back Cover

And, yeah, this is the back cover.

The zine is 20 pages B&W, and sells for $6. You can buy it at APE, or you can buy it from website or on Etsy.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Podcast I've Been Listening To

Boom Box 2

For the past few months I've listened to less audio books cause I haven't been able to go the Library to pick them up. Also during the summer there's no new television to watch on PBS Online so I've been listening to a lot of podcasts. Here's a list of the podcast I've been listening to. You can search for them through Itunes and they're all free. If you don't like Sports or News then, yeah, this list would probably not interest you at all

1. BBC World Service World Football. This podcast comes out once a week and is about 27 minutes long. It's just random soccer related stories from around the world. There's a pretty good story on footballers from Kosovo, and how since their country isn't formally recognized they have to either play for Albania or Switzerland.

2. Official Barclays Premier League Podcast. The BBC doesn't have a podcast just for the Premier League cause the Premier League puts out their own podcast. It comes out every Monday and is about an hour long. It's pretty rad and you can follow along to the season really easily. They have things archived back to 2010.

3. ScotFoot: Sportsound. This is a 40 minute podcast that comes out every day. They only talk about the Scottish Premier League, the lower divisions of Scottish soccer, and the Scottish National Team. It's kind of like being in an old man's bar in Edinburgh. I like to put it on when I'm taking a nap.

4. NFL Podcast with Peter King. Oh, why don't I have more sports podcast that are American? Cause I read the news online. He's like someone's dad talking about football. Someone's East Coast dad. Only he's more informed. He really loves Brady, and Manning which is alright. He's less-bias than ESPN, and he's better than the NFL. Which basically means, if I'm going to listen to someone talk about a sport that I already know everything about it would be Peter King.

Newspaper and Lightning News!
1. BBC Global News Comes out everyday, twice a day is about 30 minutes long. I don't know how I started listening to BBC news. I think the US news was kind of a downer so it's nice listening to other people's problems. They have a pretty weird problem with racism in Europe.

2. BBC News Pod. This is mostly domestic UK news. It comes out twice a day and is about 30 minuts long, but doesn't come out on the weekend.

3. NPR News. This is 5 minutes long and comes out every hour. I could just turn on the radio, but then I'd would have to listen to all the other stuff I don't want to listen to.

4. BBC World Business Report: Wall Street Update. The Wall Street Update is pretty much US Business news. It's everyday and it runs from around 2-10 minutes long.

I finished listening to The History of the World in 100 Objects, and I always listen to This American Life.

Monday, October 1, 2012

September/Upcoming Stuff

Giant Robot "Biennale 3"
(photo courtesy of Hustler of Culture).

Marci and I installed this for the Giant Robot show in LA. 362 5"x5" paintings. It took about 11 hours or so. We were there for 13 hours, and we had lunch and dinner nearby. Uh, the last show it took 6 people 10 hours to install. This was just me and Marci. It went along alright.

We did the blue tape at 60" for the mid-line. People have told me to get a laser level, but I've used them before, and the problem with them is that not all walls are smooth, and the wall at this show in LA went in and out. So the blue line was the best way to go about it. We went to the hardware store beforehand and I bought a pretty fancy long level. I got the pretty wooden one which was a dumb idea, cause it got pretty heavy.

I had to arrange everything on tBrhe floor by color and image type, so each grouping would be as varied as possible.

This is a photo of Marci and I at the opening. We were only there briefly cause I think we were all feeling pretty tired. It was unseasonably muggy for our trip down. We hung out with Conor and Carla beforehand and went back to their place to just hang out and play Catan. The next day we went to various malls to avoid the heat.

It's been 7 days since I've painted last. My hand is recovering from drawing and painting for like 6 months straight. I'm using one of Marci's foam handles on my x-acto knife so I can trim my zine with less pain. It's a little weird to get used to.

I have to reprint two of my old zines and hopefully I'll have enough time to work on a new zine. I'm working a table at APE (Alternative Press Expo) in San Francisco with friends. It's for a weekend in mid-October.

APE is pretty rad. You can bring your own beer there, which makes things pretty interesting. I actually like running a table with friends, but mostly cause I like getting lunch, and eating dinner afterwards. I'm talking it over with my friends to see if we're going to do the CCA Crafts Fair or the East Bay Zine Fest. Uh, we don't really make that much money at these things, cause we're just selling zines and stuff. The last East Bay Zine Fest I think I made like $70, and then afterwards we went out and got beer and pizza. At the SF Zine Fest I made like $100 a day. But APE is pretty amazing, cause it's huge and I remember doing pretty well when I used to do it when I was like 24. But back then I also did prints, which I don't really like doing so much these days.

Here are some the last week before I went and installed in LA. I had to make like 63 paintings in 4 days which totally killed me.

Uh, I'm on Tumblr. This funny little painting got me on the Tumblr Radar. If you don't have Tumblr you can ask any 15 year old what that is and they can explain it to you. Uh, as 33 year old who just doesn't understand the internet, Tumblr, is kind of weird, but it's one of those things you do when you're a painter.

But yeah. Tumblr's rad. I think I hang out on it more than I do Facebook. But mostly cause I just like looking at pictures and gifs without words or directly interacting with people. They do have a very simple messaging system, but most of the messages I get are from teenagers asking how I get my images to look so much like a painting. It also strange that no one notices that there's cat hair on like half my scans.

Whenever I get on the Tumblr radar I also get all these messages from people asking what or who I am. And then I remember, that Deth is a really weird name.

I really love this Cobalt Teal. It is $15 for 2 oz.

Dracula 1897
I think this was my favorite from the last batch. Dracula was the first fiction book as an adult that I read.

Burger Times
Burger Times. I this was a name of a video game from the 80s.

Dark Castle
Also a game from the 80s. One of Marci's favorite band is a doom metal band called Dark Castle. I kind of want to make this shirt for Marci just using black acrylic and have Marci go to one of their shows wearing it.

Cat with Picture Frames
This had more frames drawn in but I just painted over them black cause I rand out of time.

Blue Space Door