Thursday, January 31, 2008

Is anyone else not even remotely interested in the Super Bowl this year (and I am a sports fan)? The only thing more dismal than the Super Bowl to me is the Presidential canidates that are left that we have to choose from. Circling the drain doesn't even begin to cover it.
Sorry to be so negative. I'm trying to have a bit of a reality check here.

Monday, January 28, 2008

I am currently recording music to include in the release of the comic book, Torilla. It will contain comix, some literature and a CD. Be very afraid.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

You’d think that I would get tired of being wrong all of the time and, well… you’d be right. So, someone actually reads my blog and I humbly stand corrected. I know of two friends who read this here blog, Yoli and Corbett and I thank them and stand corrected.

Other stuff…my studio is leaking more than ever as I now have two (2) leaks and it is impeding my progress with inking in my X-Ray magazine “Bagazine” project as well as inking in stories for the up-coming first issue of Torilla. I’m just going to have to deal with it and not whine. Things could always be worse and they have been before.

I was at the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum again yesterday. Man, I really like what they have done and no matter what great exhibit they have going I always, ALWAYS head right for the George Harriman “Krazy Kat” strip first. I love his work so much I seem to never get tired of looking at it.
San Francisco, on the other hand has changed so much and so quickly in the past 15 years that it truly saddens me. The (aka Dot.bomb) movement really decimated the place. I have lived in San Francisco, off-and-on pretty much my whole life and as I know that things change constantly I can’t seem to hang with this one.

Otherwise, I can’t wait for the rain to stop for a while and get back on my bicycle to ride to work and other places. To get back in the water and I can’t wait for the baseball season to start and for me to shut up now.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve canceled my internet service at my studio. It was getting pretty frustrating paying what I did for the service only to have my 5+ year old crappy computer arbitrarily knock me off-line several times a day. The final blow was when my neighbor from across the hall had an AT&T repair guy come out to find out why his service went off-line (it was due to the storms we were having, btw) only to have his internet service restored but the moron repair guy disconnected mine and then left. You know how long it takes to get them to come back, right? So canceling it was the next logical step.
Now I do all of my emails and such from home. However, having a house full of teenagers often makes it difficult to gain access to the sole computer.
Speaking of teenagers, the other night my son was asking me why I even bother to blog since he’s had to listen to me go on and on about what a waste of time they are and how no one reads it anyway.
I laughed and had to agree with him that they are a waste of time and NO ONE EVER reads mine anyway. He then asked, “Why do it?”
My answer was that my blog serves as an electronic post-it, so to speak to give me a bit of insight into what useless crap I was preoccupied with at such-and-such time, etc. Basically, it’s just for me to look back upon months from now and think; “What the hell was that all about?”
I guess I can read what I posted on here years from now and I’ll see my face saying, “Get your ass to Mars.”

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Things are finally clicking here again at the studio and I am flying along with my latest micro-comic book, Sueno Loco for the next Bagazine project. Speaking of Bagazine and the X-Ray Book Co. It is with the deepest and most sincere condolences I send along to Johnny and Giselle Brewton regarding the passing of Johnny’s dad this past December 3rd.

I’m still writing up new Slice O’ life strips and will hopefully have close to 10 of them completed by February. That’s written, roughed, edited, penciled, edited a bit more and then inked and then cleaned up, folks. A lot goes into just 1 strip so you can imagine the time it takes to do 10!

Also, a big thank you goes out to Gretchen Giles and her crew at the North Bay Bohemian up north in Santa Rosa, California for a wonderful Holiday party. A good time was had by all.

My studio leak still hasn’t been fixed as of this writing and the landlord was here from France yesterday and said when the weather clears it will get fixed. However, he is also in the middle of a deal to sell the building. This would make the 3rd landlord in just over 2 years here.

I have been contacted by Drew of Heebie Geebies/Boomerang gallery up in Petaluma, California for an art show this coming April. It’s all loose-ends right now but check back and I’ll keep you posted.
Also in April I will be part of a big poetry reading in San Francisco through the Galleria Posada in the Mission District. It is being put together by master writer, poet and luchador Norman Zelaya. I’ll be drawing up the flyers/posters as well as reading (!) poetry. Once again, stay tuned and I’ll let you all know when and where.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Well, happy New Year first of all. Another year has rolled around and lo-and-behold I’m still here! Never ceases to amaze me. I’m working on putting half of my studio back together since I’ve had a huge leak in the ceiling here in my ghetto-building studio. I suppose I should count my blessings as with the recent biblical down pours here in the Bay Area that was the least that could go wrong.
I’m still working on the new & (hopefully) improved Slice O’ Life strips and having a bit of a tough time since they are going to be shorter. No worries though, it’ll all work out. What with this leak it did slow my progress a touch with the limited run, micro-comic book I’m making for Johnny Brewton’s ( Bagazine. Geez, I hope I’m not too late.
Music has been a little slow lately….aw, hell who am I fooling? It’s been pretty much dead-in-the-water for me. The Winos are on hold because of a sizable amount of bad luck that has befallen our bass player. We’ve played about 3 times in almost 8 months by my count. I had to quit the blues band up North for a few reasons but the main reason was that the rehearsals were being moved even father North and I just couldn’t do the commute. Then the casual cover band I’ve been playing bass in for just over 3 years has to keep canceling gigs because members are over booked in their personal lives that it’s getting more and more difficult to make paying gigs. After all of that I have lost all the calluses on my fingers for the second time in my nearly 30 years of playing stringed instruments (I started on another, non-stringed instrument at 7 years old which I played through high school and puts me into playing music for 40 years! GAD!) and what’s even sadder/lamer is I don’t really seem to care. I seem to only play my ipod these days. Someday I’ll dig some of my instruments out of where-ever they are and start playing again. Maybe that will be my plan for 2009. We’ll see.
Enough of my whining…everything otherwise is great. The family is good and my back seems to be…well, back! (ha ha).
I’ll try to write more soon for anyone out there that even keeps up on my lame-ass blog.