Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Let's see! I know I know, I've been bad at posts, but listen, okay I am working on three new comics as well as trying to finish up on these zany DWTS prints. I will hopefully be back on track next month/year! But oh, look! Listen! This is so cool! My story "Arroz Caldo" has been included in the Notables list in the Best American Comics 2011 anthology. I actually first found out about it when I was looking at the book in Alexander Books near my work. There is a great mix of well-known and newly-discovered talent in this one, making it, I think, one of strongest volumes in the series. (And yes, I thought that BEFORE I saw my name in the Notables list, okay?!) Anyway, below is a link to the complete list.
Speaking of lists, now that 2011 is almost over, I finally remembered to post this about 2010! Yay! Thanks to Rob Clough for inexplicably putting Whirlwind Wonderland at #25! Very honored.
Anyway, have a Happy New Year's everyone! I'm very thankful for the great experiences I have had and all the inspiring people I have met in 2011. I hope for only great things for everyone in the coming year! Be safe and be happy!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Big news here! Cartoonists and pals, Lark Pien, Renee French and I started an online blog and shop called HO, HO! SNAPPERS! Don't ask me how we came up with that name. I think it stemmed from some sort of angst. Actually I KNOW it did because that is how we operate. Anyway, we've always tried to collaborate here and there and finally we'll be doing some crazy artsy stuff together through this here tumblr thing. Here's the link!
My latest minicomic, "Outta This Comes the Crazy" which debuted at the Minneapolis Indie Comics Expo last month is available for sale on there! Also some of my prints from the H+K DWTS Gocco Project are also available for sale too. Eventually all the prints will be added there for your shopping needs. Please check our site out! We will try to update the blog with new items everyday. I'll still be posting stuff on this blog, too! I know I haven't been posting as often as I should be but know that a lot of projects are going on behind the scenes and will be viewable for your beautiful eyes soon!
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Filipino Komiks Expo is happening this Saturday from 1-5pm at the I-Hotel Manilatown Center in San Francisco! I'm pretty excited about this. I know it's not a big show, but I am anxious to see the exhibit they have up, and of course seeing the i-Hotel itself, steeped in Filipino and San Francisco cultural history! After years of political battles, evictions and protests, the i-Hotel was finally renovated into a Filipino cultural center and a residence for Bay Area seniors.
Bay Area Cartoonist and pal, Lark Pien and I will be tabling there at the show! We'll have our latest books and mini-comics available for sale and for signing. Also come see the current exhibit up showing the work of Filipino komik artists like Alfred Alcala, Alex Nino and others. And, there's also going to be a raffle for the big coffee table book History of Filipino Komiks (which I WANT!) and a sale on Filipino comix from the 1970s!!!
So, please stop by! It should be fun! Do spread the word about this event because not a lot of people know of the history and the good stuff going on at the i-Hotel Manilatown Center.
Saturday, November 19, 1pm-5pm
It's going to be our own local version of Comic Con! Komiks Expo 2011 is a comic book convention to showcase Filipino and API artists in cartoon, comic book, and graphic novel media. Come out to see artwork from aspiring local artists/groups in the SF Bay Area and beyond!
Special Guest: Whilce Portacio!
About Whilce Portacio:
Whilce Portacio started as an inker before launching his career as a penciller over two decades ago. He has been a leading comic book talent ever since his big break through on Marvel titles X-Factor and Uncanny X Men in the early '90s. Whilce has worked on titles Iron Man: Heroes Reborn, Punisher, Wetworks, Stormwatch, Batman Confidential, and Superman/Batman.
Come in a comic book character costume for a chance to win a prize pack worth $100!
Curating Komiks exhibit for I-Hotel Manilatown Center. Opening September 17, 4-6 PM at 868 Kearny Street, SF. A tribute to Filipino & Filipino American Comic Book Artists, featuring the work of Alfredo Alcala, Alex Niño, Ed Badajos, Vidda Chan, Dino Ignacio, Whilce Portacio, and Nestor Redondo.
I-Hotel Manilatown Center
868 Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and fostering the rich cultural and artistic traditions of San Francisco's Filipino American community.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Man! Look at the awesome flyer that Tom Kaczynski designed for this weekend's Minneapolis Indie Expo!
I am excited and scared (I still hate flying) to be there to help my pal and hero Annie make change and sell awesome books at the Koyama Press table, #92! I have never been to Minneapolis so I can't wait to see all the art institutions, pig out on hearty meals, take a picture of the Mary Tyler Moore statue, as well as ogle Prince's... guitars at the Hard Rock Cafe. Yeah, I'm all Tourist up in here! Anyway, come see us as well as my publisher Sparkplug Comic Books, table #61 at the show.
Oh! And, I'll have some copies of my beloved pet anthology "Pet Project" and will be debuting my mini comic "Doodle Daze" sequel, "Outta This Comes The Crazy"... 64 pages of sketchbook strips and drawings about family, pregnancy and making deadlines, perfect bound with love and affection.
So I hope to see you there!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
The Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo (PIX Expo) is this weekend in the Burgh!! Suffice it to say, I'm pretty bummed that I can't go to this event, but it's okay because YOU can, Pittsburgh Peeps!! Special guests include Rob Rogers (!!!) John Porcellino, Jason Little, Tom Scioli, Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, and Wayno (look at his awesome poster design for the show!) Please show your support for small press and self-published comic artists and writers!!
While you're there, make sure to visit the Unicorn Mountain table. They will have copies of their latest installment of the Unicorn Mountain anthology, The Black Forest. I have a story in it as well as exciting cartoonists like Frank Santoro, Theo Ellsworth, Kathleen Lolley, and many more!!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Aw! The ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO (APE) is once again upon us this weekend. This year's show promises to be another fun and inspiring one with special guests Dan Clowes (holy crap, The Death Ray, hello!), Adrian Tomine (need to get new Optic Nerve), Craig Thompson (Habibi!!), Matt Thurber (1-800-MICE!!), Shannon Wheeler (Oil and Water) and Kate Beaton (Hark a Vagrant, dude!)
What's even crazier is that my pal and Comix Claptrap co-host, Thien Pham and I are going to do a LIVE show on Saturday at 2pm. So please stop by or at least just take a load off waiting for the Dan Clowes and Adrian Tomine panel right after us! We'll be interviewing some awesome artists that I'm really excited to be chatting with in person! Check it out:
The Comix Claptrap...LIVE
October, 1 -Saturday, 2:00pm !
—Co-hosts Rina Ayuyang and Thien Pham record an episode of their enlightening, riotous, and controversial podcast, The Comix Claptrap LIVE at APE! At this live taping, Rina and Thien will be interviewing 4 artists who are making waves in the comics scene today: Mike Dawson (Troop 142), Scott Campbell (Zombie In Love), Levon Jihanian (Danger Country), and Esther Pearl Watson (Unlovable). Now in their fourth season, Rina and Thien have interviewed comics artists in the indie comics scene about their work, creative processes, and experiences in the industry. Each show has included New Comics Wednesday beat reportage from fellow cartoonist Josh Frankel, and new favorite segment, The Comix Cranktrap, where they crank-call a well-known cartoonist listed in their Rolodex. This panel promises to be total mayhem!
Also a great memorial panel for Dylan Williams (who we will all be thinking about this weekend) will be on Sunday.
Remembering Dylan Williams
October 2, 12:45pm
—The indie comics world lost one of our own on September 10 when Dylan Williams passed away. Dylan was a tireless champion of creators with unique visions, and promoted their work through his career, starting with the mini-comics coop Puppy Toss and a stint behind the counter at Comic Relief. He is best known as the publisher of Sparkplug Comic Books. Artists, publishers, and friends who were touched by Dylan's influence -- including Tom Devlin, Todd Martinez, Tom Neely, Virginia Paine, Landry Walker, and others -- join together to remember Dylan and his passion for comics in this special tribute panel. Please attend and share your memories.
ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO
October 1-2, 2011
Concourse Exhibition Center
San Francisco, CA
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Good Vibrations, photo by Greg Means.
Greg took the photo above right after the three of us sat down to talk about potentially doing a book together. I had no idea back then how awesome the experience of working with Greg and Dylan on Whirlwind Wonderland would be. It pretty much changed my life forever.
It has been hard for me to write anything coherent since I heard the news about Dylan but I will try my best. Saturday, I was with my two sisters watching tennis on TV. I had my iPhone at my hip checking Twitter messages every five seconds because Warren Sapp was tweeting about the same tennis match I was watching. The generic iPhone ding went off and I was excited to see what his next tweet would be, maybe something about how Rafael Nadal was wearing normal short pants rather than his wedgie-inducing capri pants. Instead, it was an email from Greg Means and its subject was titled “Dylan”.
As I started my career in comics in 2001, Dylan’s name would come up in conversation a lot among other Bay Area cartoonists even after he had moved away to Portland. I myself first knew of Dylan from reading his comic Reporter, then through lively message-board discussions, and later when he started to distro my mini-comics through Sparkplug. When Greg Means and Dylan decided to publish my first graphic novel Whirlwind Wonderland, it was a complete honor. These two got into the business of publishing mainly to promote work that they themselves enjoyed reading and that meant a whole lot to me since the only ones I thought read and liked my work were my family. Although I guess you could say Greg and Dylan felt like family to me, so maybe it wasn’t all that different. My relationship with Dylan was not just that of publisher and artist. It became an unlikely friendship. At first it seemed like we really had nothing in common. We never had long discussions about old comics or about movies, but it didn’t matter. That was the wonderful thing about Dylan, he would always find some common thread between him and another person. I quickly found out that we shared a penchant for being wise-asses, a borderline fanaticism for ’70s Filipino cartoonists (I was supposed to get him that Francisco Coching coffee table book for him for Christmas), a knack for promoting and defending other people’s work more passionately than our own, and an approach to comics-making where there were no real rules just as long as you told stories that you cared about.
I could go on and on about what comics meant to Dylan and what Dylan meant to comics: how he was one of the few publishers who still took time to distro self-published minicomics, how he firmly believed in continuing to publish pamphlet comics while others abandoned that format. Through Sparkplug Comics, Dylan was a steady fixture in the comics community, tirelessly exhibiting at shows, and introducing an array of comics of varying styles and artists off the beaten path. Right now, while I’m maybe not thinking too rationally, it is hard to imagine the small press, alt/indie comics world (whatever we calling it these days) continuing to flourish without Dylan. The landscape will definitely change with his absence but I am hopeful that other publishers will pick up the torch and continue to publish what Dylan called “weird ass comix.”
On a personal level, I miss Dylan more than any words I can say here. I miss his mellow demeanor. I miss his pretend belligerent old-man voice greeting me at shows just to appease my own cranky disposition. I miss him sharing some random health food snack (“Hey, want a whey bar?) and miss strategizing with him on the best way to make vegan adobo.
I keep thinking of things I won't be able to email to Dylan, the jokes I won't be able to tell him at some show or party. My heart breaks when I keep coming up with ideas for my next comic and and can't share them with him. I know with time this all will get better, that I will move on and be able to celebrate Dylan’s life in productive and creative ways. But for now I just want to thank him for letting me into his life, for being patient, for seeing the good in people first and for being a life force in the world of comics.
Sparkplug Comic Books
Dylan Williams' comic in Windy Corner#2
In Loving Memory
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
this year's poster by Lark Pien
Wow! Summer has flown and it'll be September tomorrow. Whoo-wheee!! Start out the month on the right foot and take a leisurely stroll to Golden Gate Park this weekend to check out the 10th Annual SF Zine Fest! My pal and super-duper cartoonist, Lark Pien will be there as the comics special guest. So make sure to see her!
I'll be helping out at the Sparkplug Comic Books table on Saturday. Annie Murphy, editor of the comics anthology, Gay Genius will be there the entire weekend! So please stop by to visit us and buy loads of books and mini-comics!
And also I have the distinguished honor of being on a panel with some of my favorite auto-bio cartoonists on Saturday too. You can see me ramble on and on about football and my funny family stories!
10th Annual San Francisco Zine Fest
September 3 + 4, 2011
11am - 6pm
San Francisco County Fair BLDG
1199 9th Ave and Lincoln Way
in Golden Gate Park
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Photo by Nate Beaty
If there ever was a reason to do some kind of Kickstarter campaign, or raise money for, my publisher and above all else, my dear FRIEND, Dylan Williams would be it. It saddened me to hear that he's going through some tough times health-wise. Dylan is someone who has been a steady figure in the comics community -- tirelessly exhibiting at shows, big and small, from Comic Con to Sacramento IndyEuphoria, getting the word out about under-represented, off-the-beaten-path comics creators. He's done so much for other people including me. It only make sense to do something for him. So, if you have money to spare, please take time out to buy from the great mix of books Dylan has published primarily as labors of love through the years. He's one of the few fearless indie comics publisher and mini-comics distributors still out there today. He's also one of the nicest, humblest, funniest and most supportive guys in town who can put up with pests like me.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The fantastical magicians of Sparkplug Comic Books have found some spare copies of one of my favorite mini-comics, DOODLE DAZE! YAY! Head over to their online store to get it as well as many great books they publish and distribute.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
UNICORN MOUNTAIN #3 is out now! And they are celebrating it with a PARTY PARTY at the Warhol Museum! Everyone should travel to Pittsburgh and come to this event! It sounds like it's going to be so awesome and plus Warhol Museum, duh!!!
Unicorn Mountain - Black Forest Book Release Party
Friday, June 3 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm
The Andy Warhol Museum
Info on Facebook:
More about Unicorn Mountain:
Pittsburgh-based art collective Unicorn Mountain is proud to announce the long-awaited publication of our third anthology:
The Black Forest: A Collection of Art, Comics and Folk Tales from Western Pennsylvania and Beyond includes exciting contributions from Theo Ellsworth, Kathleen Lolley, Ben Kehoe, Bill Wehmann, Michael Hafftka, Juliacks, Frank Santoro, Chris Cornwell, Rina Ayuyang, Sam Gaskin, and many more.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Sorry it's been so long since I have posted anything on the blog. I guess I am taking a little break from comics work and podcasting, trying to spend more time with the kid before he goes off to college. If we bump into each other on the street, ask just how awesome a soccer player he is now. (Answer: He's pretty damn good.) Anyway, oh! Speaking of podcasting, the last episode of Season 3 of Thien Pham and my podcast, The Comix Claptrap is now on our blog. We got to interview Sammy Harkham for about 2 hours! He's a kick! Check it out at the link below:
Okay, back to being Goalie. Happy Spring, yunz guys.
Monday, April 25, 2011
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a page from "Whirlwind Wonderland"
Oh, lookie!! If your comic store ordered the book and other awesome Sparkplug Comic Books like Chris Cilla's "The Heavy Hand" or Aron Nels Steinke's "Neptune", or Jason Shiga's "Bookhunter" from Diamond, then they all should be on the shelves today! Look out for them!