TEOTFW at Bergen Street Comics

This Wednesday, my friend Chuck Forsman had a release party for his new graphic novel, The End of the Fucking World. I’ve been following Chuck’s work since his days at CCS. He’s a unique talent, and he’s contributing a lot to comics (both as a cartoonist and the publisher of Oily Comics).

Here are some photos I snapped at the party. Go out and buy this book now!

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Philly Comic BBQ Recap

I didn’t do so well at the Ridgewood Market. It was basically a flea market in a community center basement, and my stuff just didn’t fit in. Live and  learn!

I had a much better time at the Philly Comic BBQ. Not that I sold any books, but I had a good time. It was more of a kegger than a convention, anyway.

I rode down with Matt Moses (Hic and Hoc Publications), Bill Kartalopoulos (Rebus Books), Dave Nuss (Revival  House Press) and Laura Knetzger (a talented young cartoonist who was just Published by Yeah Dude). It was great to get to know those guys (and gal) better. We bonded, and this is what I learned:

Matt used to be a professional record dealer, and I really like his taste in music.

Bill is a lot funnier than I realized, and he can do funny voices.

Dave used to live in Russia and he likes the Smashing Pumpkins.

Laura is from Seattle and she didn’t get much sleep the night before (she fell asleep a few times during the party).

I got to meet a lot of publishers and cartoonists at the BBQ, both good steps towards my goal of documenting the minicomic and micropress. For example, Frank Santoro backed up my theory that it was the early nineties (’92, ’93?) when the word “mini-comic” meant any self published comic, not just the new-wave quarter size ones. I need to remember to talk with him again if I ever get serious about writing a history.

So, here are the photos. These are just a few of the ones that will make it into my next big project: The  Micropress Yearbook.

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Pat Aulisio (he threw the shindig)

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Frank Santoro and a lady

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The party is heating up!

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Reading good stuff

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Bill Kartalopoulos and Frank Santoro

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The bathroom at Cha-Cha’Razzi, the studio space/performance venue that hosted the party

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This Weekend: Ridgewood Market and Philly Comic BBQ

It’s gonna be a busy weekend! Tomorrow, fellow cartoonist/crafter Julia Wertz and I are going to sell crafts at the Ridgewood Market. Come out and see us!

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Ridgewood is my neighborhood–it’s just north of Bushwick, in Queens (but just barely). I’ve been meaning to check out the market since it first opened, but I haven’t had a chance till now. I’m not sure how my wares will do there–this will be the first time I’ve sold them at a non-comics venue. Here goes nothing!

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On Sunday I’m taking my first ever trip to Philadelphia! I’m going to the Philly Comic BBQ, which is, I guess, a mini comics convention in Pat Aulisio’s studio. I’m not really sure it’s a public event. But if you’re in the know, you’ll find your way there. I’ll be covering it for My next big project, The Micropress Yearbook! You’ll get the full report.

 

New Work, New Distro

Starting in June, I took on another part-time job. I already have a part-time gig at Desert Island (the best comic book store in the world). I now spend a few days a week in a legal office (one that specified I not name it publicly). I look a junk bond contracts all day. It pays the bills.

It’s been a long time since I’ve worked full time! It’s exhausting. But I’ve found a little space to work on my own comics. Ive been spending my weekends drawing and listening to Helter Skelter on audiobook. I hope to have something new by SPX.

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(If you’re wondering where the backgrounds are, I’m drawing them separately. Weird?)

In other news, I’m currently being distributed by Birdcage Bottom Books. JT Yost runs the micropress and indy distro. You can order my books, and many others, on his website. What self published comics really lack right now is proper distribution. This is a good start! And the cut JT gives his clients is more generous than any I’ve seen before.

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Oh, and I’m busy writing an essay. It’s A SECRET right now, but here’s a good hint about it’s topic:
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