Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Razorcake Review

  I got an order in the mail yesterday for the issue of Dreams of Donuts that was reviewed in Razorcake, but didn't remember mailing anything so had no idea which issue it was.  Fortunatly, Razorcake posts zine reviews on their website, so I was able to track it down as well as read it. The review's for #17, and although it's pretty nice, they did get the title wrong (Dreams and Donuts).  Unlike most reviews I get, though, this one barely mentions the art and instead focuses on the interview with Jimbo.  When I was working on 17, I was really passionate about including the interview with Jimbo, since it had struck such a deep cord with me.  But once it was finished, people didn't respond to the interview the way I thought they would.  A lot of people were rubbed the wrong way by his attitude, or simply didn't read the interview at all.  Point being, that is the thing I like the most about this review, that the reviewer talks mostly about the interview, and that they see how inspiring Jimbo is.  Thanks Steve Hart!

$2.00 ppd, 8 ½” x 11”, photocopied, 44 pgs. 

By Steve Hart
Thursday, November 21 2013

The interview with Jim, who walked from Sacramento to Seattle, is inspirational. Although I’ve hitched-hiked across America a few times in my twenties, (and unfortunately, walked for a few days across Iowa when I couldn’t catch a ride), I’ve always wanted to explore the country on foot. In the interview, Jim describes his depression and his desire to go for a long walk in search for freedom and adventure. I was also impressed with his honesty and openness in describing his depression. Issue #17 also includes a few stories in comic form about a trip to Oakland, drive-in theaters, and shitty Christmases. –Steve Hart (Heather Wreckage, 3913 Boyle Ct.Sacramento, CA, 95817)

Monday, November 18, 2013

This is what progress looks like...

  Dreams of Donuts 19 still has a long way to go, but I think it's coming along nicely.

  Also, I have always felt strangely reluctant to post about things on this blog other then my own personal art and I'm not really sure why.  It is my blog, and I can do whatever I want on here.
   I got a zine in the mail today that I'm pretty excited about called "The Girls Have Their Say".  The zine is not only lovely, but empowering, consisting of black and white photos of female musicians from around 2007 to current.  Most of the bands are unknown to me (since it's a European zine), but I did recognize our own west coasters RVIVR.
  You want an issue?  I know you do...  Check out Michelle Olaya's blog for more info.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

MRR Prisoner Subscription Ad

This is the first time I've ever done work for Maximum Rocknroll, and I was really happy to help them out.  This ad will hopefully be printed, it still hasn't gone up for approval yet.

Since it is for U.S. prisoner subscriptions, I had a hard time deciding on an image to use.  I didn't want to do something too dire and serious, but I also didn't want to do something humorous that could be construed as belittling towards prisoners.  So this is what I came up with, since I figured you can never go wrong with Joey Ramone.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Purple House Halloween, Circa 2010?

 My friend Elisa from the Purple House shared this photo with me the other day after thinking of me, since she dragged this photo prop thing out from under their house for a party.  I made this in 2010 (I think?) , and the back side was painted to with an executioner stranding over a guillotine.

  I like looking at old stuff like this, because for being self taught at art, I feel like each year I get better just by trying to do projects all the time.  Like, if I'm getting down on a drawing I'm doing now, most likely in three years I could do it again and do it well.