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Tasty Eyeball Food

 Posted by on October 22, 2011  Reading
Oct 222011
 
Tasty Eyeball Food

I am only just now going through the incredible array of books I bought, traded or was given, at APE last month. The very next day after the show, I went to PORTLAND for two weeks, where I was given another great book by Graham Annable. SCORE! The totality of my reading stash of graphic wonders now includes the following: [..read more..]

Zine Fest 2010

 Posted by on September 9, 2010  Conventions, Reading
Sep 092010
 
Zine Fest 2010

Here’s my haul from last weekend’s ZINE FEST, here in San Francisco. I’d planned to exhibit there myself but it sold out by the time I applied. That turned out to be a good thing; it’s fun to go to comics shows as an ATTENDEE sometimes, especially as part of a POSSE (myself, Julia, Jeff, Gordon and his daughter Fiona). [..read more..]

Smitten

 Posted by on March 5, 2008  Friends, Reading
Mar 052008
 
Smitten

My good pal David Gordon has been writing and illustrating charming children’s books for a few years now (such as THE THREE LITTLE RIGS and THE UGLY TRUCKLING). His latest story is a collaboration with his girlfriend Susan and, appropriately enough, it is a charming love story between two articles of lost laundry; a sock and a mitten, entitled SMITTEN.This [..read more..]

Effective Detectives

 Posted by on October 14, 2007  Reading
Oct 142007
 
Effective Detectives

This is a design I drew years ago (in markers pencil and gouache) for a story idea, created by John Hays, about a weirdo San Francisco detective. The project was called THE DICK. It also illustrates my most recent reading obsession; detectives; hard boiled, soft boiled and scrambled. This fascination came to me by way of the informal paperback exchange [..read more..]

Geeking out…

 Posted by on October 10, 2007  Film/TV, Reading, Websites
Oct 102007
 
Geeking out...

Since getting my copy of Ralph McQuarrie’s new book I’ve been geeking out hard on Star Wars. So skip this post unless you are prepared to trip down that nerd path with me. A few nights back, I spent a few hours online trying to track down a few images I had seen years ago. After almost giving up the [..read more..]

Ralph McQuarrie

 Posted by on September 27, 2007  Reading, Thoughts
Sep 272007
 
Ralph McQuarrie

Thanks to my generous, good friend Bosco, I now own the new ART OF RALPH McQUARRIE book, which collects a lifetime of fabulous artwork by the famous concept-designer and illustrator. If you have an interest in Concept design in general, or Star Wars in particular, this book is for you. Though you’ll have to wait for reprints as this print [..read more..]

Osamu Tezuka

 Posted by on July 6, 2007  Film/TV, Reading
Jul 062007
 
Osamu Tezuka

Osamu Tezuka has been a big influence on me since I was a small child. I enjoyed his animated shows that played in re-runs on Australian TV in the 1970s, namely Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. Years later, I found out that both these shows were based on comic books that Tezuka himself had drawn, and were merely [..read more..]

Unforgetable Memoirs

 Posted by on February 24, 2007  Reading, Thoughts
Feb 242007
 
Unforgetable Memoirs

In a recent panic that my memory is failing as I grow older, I have been writing my memories down before they all fade away. Surprisingly, this has been an enjoyable exercise, as more and more of my childhood shenanigans have come back to me while writing others down. I certainly don’t have any plans to write a full memoir, [..read more..]

My Comic-Con Shopping list

 Posted by on July 10, 2006  Friends, Reading
Jul 102006
 
My Comic-Con Shopping list

Normally at this time of year, leading up to Comic Con, I would be powering up my personal Hype Machine and trying to whet your appetites for one of my own books. This time however I haven’t cooked anything new (or rather, it is still baking) but you don’t need to go hungry as I have some recommendations of other [..read more..]

Graphic Inspirations

 Posted by on March 8, 2006  Reading
Mar 082006
 
Graphic Inspirations

Toiling away in the creative vacuum of my apartment I sometimes need to jolt some ideas into my brain. Like a tired old geezer in the ER room, who needs a blast of electricity to bring his ticker back to life: “CLEAR!” ZAP! Here’s some stuff that I’ve been getting a BLAST out of lately: THE THREE LITTLE RIGS is [..read more..]

Wondercon 2006

 Posted by on February 13, 2006  Conventions, Nerve Bomb, Reading
Feb 132006
 
Wondercon 2006

Having been labelled pretentious for posting about Fellini, (and by an Italian no less) I’m now in tactical retreat back to lowbrow territory with a post about comics. Specifically Wondercon 2006, (AKA: the Nerd Prom) which I exhibited at this last weekend. When exhibiting at conventions, Nerve Bomb international has been affiliated with the Abismo multimedia giant for the past [..read more..]

Cloud Boy

 Posted by on January 28, 2006  Friends, Reading
Jan 282006
 
Cloud Boy

I just got to see an advance copy of an absolutely charming new children’s book. It is CLOUD BOY by Rhode Montijo. Both the luminous artwork and the deceptively simple concept of this book are appealing and part of that appeal lies in how well the art and concept work together. It is illustrated in flat sky blue and shades [..read more..]

Pirates, Cats & Rabbis

 Posted by on October 13, 2005  Reading
Oct 132005
 
Pirates, Cats & Rabbis

It is wonderful to see some European graphic novels being distributed in major bookstores in the US. I hope that they sell well enough to prompt more of the same in future… I mentioned Epileptic and Gemma Bovary earlier, and here are two more that are worthy of both your time and your money: ISAAC THE PIRATE has come out [..read more..]

Commuter Reading

 Posted by on October 6, 2005  Reading
Oct 062005
 
Commuter Reading

After being told about them for years, I recently “discovered” the AUBREY/MATURIN novels by Patrick O’Brian. 10 years ago a group of co-workers became obsessed with them and since then other friends and my Dad sang their praises, yet I resisted all the urging to read the books. What could be so gripping about reading 20 books set on a [..read more..]