Friday, August 18, 2017

Appreciation Week, part 6

Appreciation Week concludes -- with pants!

This week, I've been thanking the people and places that have brought you Amazing Arizona Comics this summer.  Today, I'm thanking a venue that helps keep my drawing arm moving, and that will host an event at the end of August to celebrate comics culture in an unique way.

My latest whiteboard drawing: Sparky v. Monkey.

I'm talking about Monkey Pants Bar in Tempe.  I've recently begun drawing on their whiteboard biweekly, illustrating their monthly drink and event specials.  It's been a lot of fun.  Every job I've had, there's been a whiteboard to draw on, and I'm grateful to Monkey Pants for letting me keep the dry erase love alive.  In other news --

Fun Fact!  Did you know that Jack Kirby's birthday is at the end of August?  It's true!  Jack Kirby, the guy that co-wrote and drew many of the comics that founded the Marvel Universe, was born on August 28th exactly 100 years ago.  Cities around the country will celebrate, and Phoenix is no exception.

On Saturday, August 26, four of my fellow artists will attempt the 24 Hour Comic Challenge at Drawn to Comics, inspired by common themes in Kirby's work.  Then, on Monday the 28th, the Valley's funniest comedians will gather at Monkey Pants to roast Kirby's most important creation -- Captain America!  And, yes, Cap will be there to take his lumps!  It's gonna be fun, funny, and downright weird.  Much more info to come!

So, again, my thanks to Monkey Pants, for taking a risk on this li'l ol' artist and his kooky visions.  Sometimes that's an art in and of itself.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Appreciation Week, part 5

Welcome back to Appreciation Week, where I thank the people and places that have brought you Amazing Arizona Comics this summer!  Today's shout-out -- Wasted Ink Zine Distro at The Hive!

Wasted Ink Zine Distro is an amazing zine and minicomics shop, open during the weekends and on special events, in Central Phoenix's The Hive, an artists' co-op that also hosts Silent Flight Coffee, the Bees' Knees Boutique, and a sweet little gallery. WIZD has carried Amazing Arizona Comics since they opened over a year ago, and I'm very grateful.

Fun Fact!  Did you know I host a live, local late night talk show?  It's true!  It's called Phoenix Tonight, and new episodes are posted monthly on YouTube.  Yes, I deliver a monologue, perform comedy bits from my desk, and interview local celebrity guests!  I've had a few notable guests from the comic industry, from my self-publishing friends Birdie Birdashaw and Tommy Cannon, to published writers like Brian Augustyn, to local shop owners like Drew Sully and Ken Brown.  It's exciting to have this unique way to combine my love of comics with late night talk shows!

Taping Phoenix Tonight with Steve Rude

Well, the latest episode was filmed at The Hive just last week, and my first guest was none other than comics legend Steve Rude!  He answered my questions about the beginning of his career, his latest projects, and meeting Jack Kirby.  The episode will be posted on YouTube soon -- click the link above to subscribe now, so you can catch it as soon as it comes out!

Many thanks to Wasted Ink and The Hive for making that show happen.  If you're ever in Central Phoenix, grab a coffee, enjoy some art in their gallery, and shop!

Next: Pants!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Appreciation Week, Part 4!

Welcome back to Appreciation Week, where I give thanks to the people and places that have brought you Amazing Arizona Comics!  Before I dive into a local venue that gave me some time and space this past month, I have to give a belated birthday shout-out to my friend Bob, proprietor of Evermore Nevermore, the once-brick-and-mortar store now turned online hub for local artisans.  Amazing Arizona Comics essentially debuted at Evermore Nevermore, and Bob has been an avid supporter and friend ever since.  I hope you had a special day, Bob, and I wish you many more to come!

Follow Bob on Instagram @bobleep1 to see amazing photography from his walks and hikes around the state.  Gorgeous stuff.

Phoenix really is home to many cool people and places.  One of those places is Bonus Round, a barcade that usually has my favorite beer* on tap -- and free play on all of their retro video games.  Yes.  Free.  A few weeks ago, I set up there for their weekly Artists' Showcase event.  I met two other great artists that night: David Morgan (@dmorganart) and TJEN (@baconcat) -- both fellow redheads!  A rarity in the wild, indeed.

Gingertes Artistus

I sold a few issues of Amazing Arizona Comics and drew caricatures, including these three lovely ladies that asked to be depicted as superheroes.  Thank you, all for swinging by the table -- and thank you, Bonus Round, for supporting local artists!  Swing by every first Saturday, people!  Local music, art, and brew are free flowing!

*My favorite beer right now is Huss Brewing's Koffee Kolsch.  Buy me a pint, you'll get comics for free -- I guarantee it!

Next: The Hive!