Archive for September, 2012

Convention Appearances

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

My “Appearances” section has been hinky as of late. While it’s being worked on, I’ll have to make my Appearances announcements here on my Journal page.

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER APPEARANCES

APE (Alternative Press Expo)

October 13 -14, 2012
Concourse Exhibition Center
635 8th Street
San Francico, CA 94103

EXPO – The Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo
October 20-21, 2012
Edmonton Expo Centre
7515 118 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T5B 4X5 Canada

I will NOT be at the October Chiller Theatre show Halloween weekend. I MAY be at the Halloween weekend Monsterpalooza in Burbank. I’ll announce that appearance as soon as I get word from the show’s organizers.

Long Beach Comic Con
I will be part of the RAW Studios booth at this show.

November 3-4, 2012
Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90802

Van Dyke Parks

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

It was my great pleasure to spend a big chunk of my birthday evening in deep conversation with one of my musical heroes, the brilliant musical and lyrical multi-hyphenate talent, Van Dyke Parks.

“Well, to me, the tensile strength and the very definition of an artist is something that I would place at the top of a vertical hierarchy. To be an artist is to suffer and to lead a life without shelter. It takes a great amount of daring-do, self reinvention, imagination, familial loyalty, sacrifice, economic uncertainty, and the right to be wrong, the right to fail in order to achieve something of noticeable value. ”

Van Dyke Parks

If you’d like to know more about the amazing Mr. Parks, here are three good introductory links:
www.vandykeparks.com
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Dyke_Parks
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/van-dyke-parks-mn0000838241

You can also read a great new autobiographical piece he has written for the Los Angeles Times Review of Books at http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?type=&id=933&fulltext=1&media=

If you have any interest in the late 1950s/early 1950s music scene in Los Angeles, I think you’ll love it.

Here’s a favorite quote from the piece, as it applies directly to me and my work:

“Eclecticism wasn’t viewed as an illness in those days. It was applauded, and audiences were taken places in the ‘real’ sixties.”

Happy Reading!

Happy Birthday to Me…

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Thanks to all my friends, family and fans (and all of you who cross over into a couple — or all three— of those cherished groups) for remembering me today with your birthday wishes. I’m trying really hard not to feel so…old.

So, how am I going to spend my day? You guessed it: Working! But on fun stuff. I’ve just finished inking the last of my 100 portraits for my Legends of the Blues book from Abrams. I colored one last night; I have 54 more to color by the end of this week (don’t worry; the coloring goes pretty darn fast on these).

Tonight also happens to be a salon night, so that’s where I’ll be this evening. Our group includes an extremely interesting variety of very successful artists, writers, pop stars, designers and a few film folks on occasion. We gather at the end of a cul-de-sac of a prominent Pasadena artist’s (not me) semi-private street full of craftsmen homes that he owns (!) for great (and funny) conversations, good wine and mediocre pizza. It’s a really nice break from the grind…plus, it’s right here in Pasadena (short drive!).

My studio disaster…er…situation: I got a little bit of an extension at my old place, which is good because the guy who owns what I hope to make my new space has a lot of heavy machinery he still needs to move out of there before I can move in — hopefully sooner rather than later, as I don’t want to have to move twice! The packing is going amazingly fast as well. My friends Kris and Matt and I have have packed over 200 boxes of books already — in just four days.

I’m trying not to get too excited about my new space, as we haven’t signed the papers yet — but it’s bigger and nicer than my current studio space, and just a few blocks away from my current studio. Short move! (distance-wise, anyway)

Just one more thing here…This birthday has a bit of sadness to it, as Joe Kubert and I share the same birthday and this is the first year I can’t wish Joe a “Happy Birthday!” on our mutual celebratory day. I miss you, Joe. You never stopped pushing yourself and learning new things, my friend. You and your tremendous work ethic still stand as a role model for us all.