i’m no fan of comics “jams” in general. but when you’re in a hostel in toronto and it’s 2AM in a hostel, it’s time to THROW DOWN!!
(ps– everyone go buy Noah’s new short story/ zine “1999″. great, great work.)
thanks to everyone who came to the stuff in chicago.
Quimby’s is the greatest; seems like it’s been ages since i’ve been there, and it was as fantastic as ever; a truly overwhelming amount of great stuff. Liz is awesome. Edie too (buy GAYLORD PHOENIX if you haven’t already, from our good friends at Secret Acres…it’s a truly transcendant slab of comix). QUIMBY’S forever!!!
i didn’t take any pictures. John’s talk was great. so was Dale’s. i thought mine was kind of rambling, but ok, but then the first question was “is there ANY PART of this that you actually ENJOY!?” and i realized that i’d again succeeded in being depressing while attempting to be uplifting. afterwards, when john and i (finally) ate food, i asked him if my talk was, indeed, depressing. he said “good lord yes.” i laughed, and then realized he wasn’t kidding in the least, so i said “john you’re not kidding in the least, are you?” and he said “no, i’m not”.
i’ve got to work on that.
slept on Grace’s floor. do you know Grace? you should. Grace set up the show. Grace is, as they say, the shit.
woke up the next day and started hanging. getting all 96 pages of Sammy Vol 1 up on the wall felt pretty damn good. some of you may not know this, but comics can be… a cruel and heartless bitch. seeing it all up there, in an 11 by 19 foot block gave me a real charge; mostly to get back to the drawing board.
Johnny ‘s wall had a bunch of stuff i’ve never seen before, like original King Cat pages, some photographs, and these gorgeous white on-black still lifes. Dale’s wall had the entire contents of his FLUXUS box…pretty amazing.
(not that you’d know it from these photos. this is without everything completely set up. dale’s on the left, john to the right.)
attendance was pretty good– met some nice folks, including anna from Johalla and some of the guys from the Rational Park studio…having this show up with 2 of my favorite artists/ good pals was a hell of a thing, and if i do say so myself, a really fantastic art show.
sorry there’s not more pics. guess you had to be there. thanks to everyone who made it happen (especially Grace).
ok. back to work.
pretty excited about this.
Dale (TOOTH), John Porcellino esq, and myself are going to be in CHICAGO this weekend, doing a variety of different things– here’s what they are:
FIRST: signing/ talking/ presentations at what we all know is one of the best zine/ diy/comic stores in north america (and has been for a long, long time..) , QUIMBY’S QUEER STORE.
FRIDAY MARCH 23
the whole thing will start up at 7 or so, and be done i don’t know, whenever.
Johnny’s got a slideshow thing i think, Dale’s got one (i saw it a couple times this past weekend, and thought it was great), and i’m not sure what i’m going to talk about, really. maybe i’ll just recite my poetry. so this will be fun; i’ve been meaning to do a thing with/at QUIMBY’S since i (re)launched La Mano back in 2005. here it is.
and then, the FOLLOWING night
SATURDAY MARCH 24
a one-night only show with the 3 of us called PHYSICAL EVIDENCE (here’s a poster Dale made for it…)
this is happening at RATIONAL PARK (address above), and…oh you get the drift. starts at 7.
the whole gist of the show is that none of the 3 of us really do artwork that’s supposed to be…viewed on a wall in a gallery and all that; our stuff ends up as comics or zines or posters or whateverthehell. so we’re each displaying a bunch of stuff on the wall that’s NOT for sale — in my case, all 96 pages of original art for Sammy vol 1 (it makes about a 28 x 9 foot rectangle on the wall; and i’ve got the messiest originals in the business, too…lots of Xacto cuts and white ink and rubber cement). John will be displaying original King-Cat pages (!!!) and Dale…lord only knows.
there’ll also be some rare stuff from each of us, namely John’s FUZZY BOX/FUCKIN DORK boxes, Dale’s BRILLO boxes and his you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it FLUXUS boxes. and i think i’m going to sell a big painting, we’ll see.
anyway, it’s ONE NIGHT. we’re putting it up, then taking it down.
sometimes i wonder– do people think i’m kidding? i’m not kidding.
come say hi.