Clockwise from top-left: Noah Van Sciver, Iron Man, Spider-Man, José Luis García-López
Spring Con 2011. This was the wrong comics show for the kinds of comics I make. Most of the attendees ignored my books (or the books of other creators of not interested in what passes as mainstream in comics). And, yet… I left the show tired but giddy… a pile of mid-80’s comics (from one of the many $.25 boxes) under one arm, an original José Luis García-López page in the other and Noah Van Sciver’s new mini (published by 2D Cloud and printed by Zak Sally) in my back pocket. I took a few pictures too.
I’ll be attending Spring Con this weekend. It’s held at the historic St. Paul State Fair grounds. It’s a treat to see the desolate grounds off season. I’ll have all the Uncivilized Books stuff and will be sharing the table with Dan Wieken. Stop by and say hello.
I was digging around in iPhoto for something and I found a few pics from the closing party to the Sweat Stains, Beer, And Cigarettes show from a few weeks back. I promptly uploaded them to Flickr. My big discovery of the show was the art of Bill Hauser. He works primarily as an illustrator and creates a ton of cover art for a variety of bands. I really like his old school, cartoony take on horror… and he has the chops to pull it off very well. I also really like his hand-made typography. Again, it’s cartoony, but the type is always tight, well arranged, with interesting letter forms. More Pics here.
I forgot to link to this shot Q&A conducted by the fine folks at 2D Cloud. It’s part of their gargantuan effort to interview every contributor to Good Minnesotan #4. If you’ve seen that little book… you know there are a LOT of them. My contribution was a short Ranson Strange story. Check it out here… if you can find it on the page.
Do you get nostalgic about sports you loved as a little kid? When I was young, in Poland, I was a big Soccer fan. I loved watching the game, and I loved playing it even more.
When I moved to the USA, Soccer quickly fell off my radar. I was filled with a nostalgic thrill when The Green Soccer Journal asked me to contribute an illustration. The above is the final result. See the illustration in context here.
I’m about to hop in a car with Zak Sally and drive to Toronto for TCAF. Please come to check out some new mini-comics from me, Gabrielle Bell, Jon Lewis and Dan Wieken (Me & Zak will be camped out at table 116).
On Sunday I’m also going to be participating in a panel on Print Culture (1:15 – 2:00). The panel will be moderated by Zak and will also include John Porcellino and Dylan Williams! See you in Toronto!