here are the first 3 pages, I’m working all weekend to get my graphic novel off to the printer for MoCCA fest
A teeny tiny zine from John Malta
Alabaster is posting about zine finds at MoCCA! If anyone knows of other reports and what zines people got at the festivals this last weekend, send me a link to (puzzleoverit/submit page)
Nate Marsh manages to get a little ripsnard onto the MoccA Commemorative poster with a wonderous buch of other worthies.
Sketch table volunteers got to sign the show poster for permanent display in the museum. Look at the company my duck is keeping!
MY 10 FAV MoCCA TRADES:
I MET A TON OF AMAZING PEOPLE AND I WANNA TALK ABOUT ALL OF THEM, BUT THESE GUYS GAVE ME SUCH INSANITY I HAD TO WRITE ABOUT IT (POORLY)
Lale Westvind: I was annoyed with myself because I had never seen her work before. She’s really versatile with her glorious army of styles in Hot Dog Beach, but she also knows how to tone it down and stick to one (i.e. Dubble Feecher).
Mikkel Sommer: Really cool to see a Danish artist based in Berlin working for a French publisher who made a beautiful conceptual zine featuring Katamari Damacy and Son House. Incredible.
Kiki Jones: Beautiful lady with a kind enough heart to trade her beautiful multi-layered-dozens-of-colors silk screen paper dolls book. (dead)
Bort: Shitty Titties! I just love weird scans and photoshop stuff with barf drawings!! WHAT? Leave me alone. I love the page of actual shitty titties it’s the best.
BEN Urkowitz: I capitalized Ben ‘cause that guy’s GOING PLACES. He gave me a simple, funny, weird zine. It’s crude, messy, intentional, clean, pulls from tradition and refreshingly unique. ALL AT THE SAME TIME?? Yep. Psst he runs this epic site.
Dave W.: The comic he gave me is insane details of a bunch of wild stuff and then some really jarring breaks of very little information. I love it and he was really exited about my Prisoner zine which made me really happy.
Jensine: I got an elegant aqua-tinted etching! THE GIRL KNOWS HOW TO PRINT MAKE LOVE. CHECK IT OUT.
Anna Rose: Anna is the sweetest chick. She makes Sailor Moon pentagram shirts (Meg picked one up) and she gave me an badass sticker set. She rocks Tank Girl/Taiyo Matsumoto realness [in comics and personal dress]. It’s out of control.
ALSO NADIA FUCKING GAVE ME A TIE. STRAIGHT UP GAVE ME A TIE.
Check out Peter clutching the stunning risoprinted SLOW YOUTH book. Phew.
WHAT A HAUL. (I feel weird about writing an actual blog post, better put up some gifs after this). Thank you everyone. With all sincerity from the bottom of my heart.
a nice review and images of what Olivia traded for at MoCCA. I would like to know who else took pictures or reviews of the fest? This is the first one I’ve seen on my dashboard.(puzzleoverit/submit)
This short clip from Studio 360 talks about an ongoing series by Scott Timberg at Salon.com called No Sympathy For The Creative Class which explores how artists are making 20–45% less income than before the recession. (my bold). This echoes what I’ve been seeing and hearing from hundreds of other illustrators since 2008/2009.
As the country has battled the Great Recession, we’ve been inundated with reports of corporate layoffs and manufacturing jobs vanishing. But there’s another group of American workers that has been particularly hard hit — the creative class.
In an ongoing series for Salon, reporter Scott Timberg writes that the last few years have seen a huge drop-off in jobs in the creative industries. He cites figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that show declines from 20 to 30 percent in photography, architecture, and graphic design since the recession began. In other fields, Timberg found, the downturn simply aggravated existing trends. “‘Theater, dance and other performing arts companies’ [are] down 21.9 percent over five years,” he writes. “Musical groups and artists plummeted by 45.3 percent between August 2002 and August of 2011.”
But the public — including the media and politicians — doesn’t have much sympathy, Timberg tells Kurt Andersen. Partly, it’s a problem of perception. Celebrity artists seem to be “doing fine … the Frank Gehrys, the Nicole Kidmans, the Drakes and so on.” Kurt suggests that since creative workplaces tend to be small, layoffs don’t generate the publicity of a large factory relocating to China. (via Recession Wanes, But Artists Still Starving - Studio 360)
Mr. Wilson was wonderful to have as guest at SPX back in 2009.
Terrific for Fanta to have him at MoCCA again this year.
Highlight of the MoCCA Festival this past weekend:
Meeting one of my childhood heros, the one and only Gahan Wilson.
Shaking his hand and giving him one of my newspapers.
He warped my childhood brain more than anyone else.