Oh, shit. It's a New Year. I haven't really been posting on here as much. Probably cause I think I have too many blogs. I got a Tumblr, and then I started a book blog, and then when I redesigned my website I put in a Blogger blog to make it easier to update my news section. So yeah. I don't think I'm going to delete this blog though.
I was going to make a year end review of 2012, but there's really nothing much to review. And that takes a lot of time, and yeah. I think compared to 2011, 2012 was pretty tamed in terms of travel. We just traveled to LA a bunch and I also went to Houston. That's about as pretty fucking boring as it gets. I don't think I traveled that much cause I was too busy painting and drawing.
So yeah. I guess I'll just write about what's going on.
For the past two weeks I've been finishing up my new zine. I was hoping to get it done in December, but then Christmas got in the way. I didn't draw for like two weeks cause I had to fill out orders all month.
I wanted to make a zine of just my favorite drawings from the past year. I thought it was going to be easy, cause the last time I made a zine like this was in 2011 and it took me 3 days. Instead it took about 3 weeks of work.
This is how I layout my page for photocopying. It's pretty simple. I also write out the page number so I can figure out the spreads. It's a little old school cause I do see the finished spreads until after I photocopy and staple my zine.
It's the 3rd zine I've made in 12 months. In February my friends and I will be tabling in LA twice. The first is at the LA Art Book Fair, and the second time is at the LA Zine Fest. I'm trying to con my friends to do more zine fests cause I really like doing them. I think in terms of art, their my favorite ways of interacting with other artists or the public. Just cause they're so easy. I know we're planning on at least doing APE and the East Bay Zine Fest, and then maybe the SF Zine Fest. I'm trying to sucker them to go to Portland, but no one seems to be biting. Also there's like a few zine fests up there and we don't know which one is the most legit.
One of the best things about Christmas is that Anchor Steam comes out with this pretty awesome Christmas Beer. They sometimes come in these huge bottles but it's cheaper to buy a 6 pack. We did the math and figured out one of these bottles is 4 little bottles. Oh, those Cheez-its are pretty alright.
This year so far I have shows in Providence, RI, Brooklyn, NY, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, and Northampton, MA. I haven't painted since September, so it's weird to try and start up again.
Here's a top ten of good things:
1. Complete Calvin and Hobbes. So good. I got it at Costco for $60. You can get it for $2 less on Amazon.
2. Tumblr. It's pretty rad. I've found a lot of really good art, and I get to share it. I've bought a bunch of really nice zines from random places only cause they came up on my dashboard.
3. Hot Horchata. It's the best.
4. These pens from Muji. They're $1.25, but they work pretty awesome. They smudge if you're erasing though, but they dry pretty matte.
5. Tom Killion makes pretty awesome woodcuts.
6. The Hobbit. So good.
7. Berkeley. It's pretty good place to live.
8. The salsa bar at Cancun Sabor Mexicano.
9. UK 2014
10. Texas (?)