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    Zinefest 2014 Review

    I post regularly on the Paperlinks Blog, so just hop on over to Paperlinks.org and you can read my articles every monday. Below is my article for this week, on our fun times at SF Zinefest! Enjoy!

    SFZINEFEST 2014!

    There was a layout change this year with Zinefest that I think really helped spectators to not miss half the show. With all the doors of the building open, much of the traffic left before even realizing there was more show to fest. The problem with that of course, is ventilation. Larger San Francisco buildings have a trend of skylights to allow light to raise the temperature inside. Since SF is usually 65 degrees give or take, this is wonderful. When it’s 80+ degrees outside, it’s a sauna.

    But enough complaining, let’s move on to what’s awesome! First of all, our flanks were great! Clay Eichner of Kami Comics was to our right and Annie Yu of Curbside Treasure to our left. Our friend Kara Frame and Erin Meadows of Coass Comics were also close by.

    The very excited part of Zinefest for me was Hellen Jo. I was losing my mind when I heard that she was coming, since I purchased Frontier at Mission Comics. (Of course I forgot it and didn’t get it signed because I’m a dumb moron.) I got a very awesome print from her, and like, 4 HUGE BUTTONS. I don’t know WHAT I will do with them, but I am a large percentage more awesome for having them.

    This is the part in my review where I go over everything that I got from people. It’s going to be a little more like a list, but whatever. It’s worth a read, or at the very least, a click to check out these artists!

    Maia Kobabe is a lovey human being that had a very familiar face, and I was completely out of my mind with wonder as to who she was. Then, like a ton of bricks it hit me. Schmendrick the Magician. This darling girl cosplayed as Schmendrick at Fanime back in May. I was very excited to see her, and even happier to get  her Sherlock pin for Kayla! Her comic is also available online at www.thiefs-tale.smackjeeves.com, so go read it!

    www.JerkFrenzy.com What an amazing fellow. I was trying to figure out where the business cards were, but all I saw were awesome tiny prints on matte board. LOW AND BEHOLD. They were the business cards! He was so excited at my excitement that he let me take 6 of them. I’m going to frame them as such!

    www.black-mast.com I love black mast for my awesome screen printed Moleskine journals, and was happy to see that they were back, and had new ones. I almost got the Elvira one, but settled for the awesome ship one. One for me, and one for Ruth, just like last year! They had an amazing Cat Woman shirt as well, which I regret not purchasing.

    www.Tyrannyofthemuse.com This comic has a wicked concept. It’s about being able to inject yourself with creativity, like you would shoot heroin. Really wonderful style.

    Jen Oaks is one of my favorite illustrators locally. I got a bunch of neat stuff from her, including some rad van stickers, her new zine and volumes 1 and 2 of a comic anthology she participates in called Milk and Carrots!

    Elizabeth Beier is a friend of mine through our art circles, and is a really awesome lady pal!  I go a rad print/poem from her table, as well as a copy of her Bisexual Zine!

    Alyssa Nassner is the curator for the Spoonful Zine. She came all the way from Australia! Her zine is just beautiful. She collaborates with many other artists and brings a very clean and professional appeal to her work.

    The delightful Rachel Dukes was present for this Zinefest, and some of you may remember my mention of her in my interview article all about her sweet face. She didn’t fail with bringing more smiles, I’ll tell you that! I picked up Frankie Comics issue 2, and was as pleased as ever with the silly cat antics I’ve come to expect from her work.

    Nomi Kane is another veteran of the local art shows, and was kind enough to share her newest zines/comics with me. Goodbye Ruby SOHO was really amazing, and I recommend it to anyone. Can You Bernie Lean is also interesting because it’s not just local, but educational, like a lot of Nomi’s work tends to be. I learned a lot about Diabetes from the zine that she did explaining the disease.

    Teddy Hose was next to Jen Oaks when I was discussing Art School and that I wasn’t made of money. He handed me this zine, which actually should have been labeled NC-17 because of how terrifying it was. It goes into details about his experience with student loans over art school, and it’s a wonderful and honest piece.

    www.saradiamond.com These lovely ladies were right across from us, and also chatted with us on Saturday morning in line to get into Zinefest. They did an adorable table, with cut out letters taped behind them, white string lights and adorable vintage suitcases to showcase their wares. Hate how cute they are.

    Cameron Forsley is an old coworker of mine, who is insanely talented and blows me away with his fearless and incredible underground comic style. R. Crumb has told him that his stuff was on point, which must be the most incredible validation in the world. That would be like Becky Cloonan saying that she liked a drawing I did. He gave me Tat Rat issue 5 and Jackoff Clowns.

    Amy Burek of www.ackwardladiesclub.com is one of my favorite people. She has come to a few of the drink and draws, and is always a pleasure to have around. Her Zines are always hilarious and interesting. Quit Your Job and Eat Pizza isn’t as hilarious I suppose, but the message is flawless. She is worth checking out, if not just for the awesome print she did of an Animal Cell. (I bought that. It’s awesome.)

    Before I do a simple list of links ya’ll should check out, I want to take a moment to write about some of the best Zines I got. “Shit I drew In 2013” by a young woman who didn’t leave her contact on the zine, “Spilled Ink” by Rosa Adams, and Who’s Your Daddy by Shayna Why. Shit I drew in 2013 has parts inside of it that are hand drawn and hand colored. She had several of them with her, and throughout the book there are random things that are colored in colored pencil. It takes true dedication to take on something like that for a work you’re making multiples of. The lines are sketchy, and the copier used to print it must have been an old office copier.

    The two first zines mentioned seem unfinished and a bit amateur, but that’s what makes them true zines. Shayna’s is small and awesome, but has a dark subject matter that could make some readers uncomfortable. I think that’s very important. Shock is an important way to reach an audience. I entered into the world of comics and zines thinking that everything had to lot neat and clean. These zines are a reminder that the message is more important. They are honest and full of real situations, emotions, and personal thoughts. I really do think that out of everything I saw at Zinefest, these were outstanding examples of what the medium is all about.

    Alright, now that my artsy fartsy pretention is done, here is the list of people whose business cards I pilfered, and maybe a nugget or two of what I remembered about them.

    KJ Martinet- www.kjmartinet.com

    Ellis Kim - www.timefiddler.com

    Emma Karin Eriksson – www.prettydirtypress.etsy.com

    Christine Knopp – www.etsy.com/shop/kikidoodle

    [un]possible cuts – www.unpossiblecuts.com

    Ryan Hungerford – www.ryanhungerford.com

    Justin DeVine – www.coroflot.com/justindevine/portfolio

    Shirong Gao – www.gaoshirong.com

    Only Daughter – www.onlydaughterbooks.com

    Emily Rasmussen – www.emilyras.com

    Alison Dubois – www.stitchnpoke.com

    Megan Lynn Kott – www.meganlynnkott.carbonmade.com

    Kristen – moremoshlessmacho@gmail.com (Makes awesome screenprint patches, like Daria’s face in the Venus symbol)

    www.ladybonesprintcollective.com – San Francisco collective of lady artists and creators

    www.itsthanhma.tumblr.com – this lovely person saw my Sailor Moon prints and gave me an adorable Sailor Moon sticker.

    Tori Holder – www.toriholder.tumblr.com

    D.B. Elsa – www.lalemonchemistryzine.tumblr.com –this one is pretty cool because the author and artist is a chemistry student at UC Berkeley.

    Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support, especially Elle Skinner, Liz Patrician and Conor Rose! You guys are my darlings. Also to Liz Mayorga, who plays a huge part in Zinefest, and is a great artist in her own right!

    Stay Calm and Print, Fold, Staple on!

  • Fanime 2014~!

    Fanime 2014~!

    Fanime? MORE LIKE FAN-HIME. For those of you who got that, please stop frowning. For those that didn't, Hime is the Japanese word for Princess, and brother, Fan Princess is a good title for me. I am revving up to have some prints available for purchase at Fanime 2014 this year, and since Ruth and I got a table, we are going to sell sell sell! It's tough to be a fanartist because you always feel like you're copying someone else's work. I love shows and comics and movies. I love doing fanart because the amazing works of others inspires me.

    Then there is the need for profit. I like cool things like hot girls, awesome make up, and badass guitars. I never even watched ONE episode of CLAMP's Magic Knight Rayearth. Not one. But I like girls who color coordinate, and I love chick bands. Voila, I have a fanart idea.

    Adding stuff that makes it more like my work is fun. The way I draw their faces, how I tired to modernize their looks slightly with hipster glasses, half shaves and bling ass jewelry from Forever 21.

    Alot of it is about profit, it's true. I want to make money at this convention to fund other artistic endeavors, but I also want to sell something I'm proud of. The colors on this drawing took me 4 hours, and the drawing itself took about 5. (If you knew me, you'd know that NO drawing takes me that long usually, but there was so much research involved in shoes and guitars.)

    My point I suppose is that fanart is just another opportunity to sharpen you're drawing skills. It allows you to explore different types of art for effect, and then in turn inspire you in your own work. Don't ever be afraid to do you, boo boo.

  • APE and Inktober

    APE and Inktober

    Just to let you all know, I'm going to give a detailed review/list of artists like I did for Zinefest. It's just that it turned out to be like...5 pages worth of content, so I'll be saving that massive post for this coming monday on Paperlinks. I am going to share a few things here however. First of all, next year I'm requesting to be close to Elle's table. She is just a dish and a doll. I really enjoyed going around the show with her for the 10 whole minutes we got to hang! I also realized that when Kayla is not around, she is the tall one! That's pretty cool!

    Anyway, the show was a success. Definitely made the table's cost back, but then I promptly spent it on merchandise that was literally all around me. One of the coolest things that I got to do was meet Spike, who coordinates Smut Peddler! I actually heard about this project on tumblr and submitted, but boy, was I totally blown away when I realized that I could buy the first volume of Smut Peddler from Spike herself! I can't believe I didn't gather who she was. If you don't know, get a taste of her awesomeness by reading one of the most amazing 24 hour comics EVER. I wanted to be sure she remembered me, so I not only gave her some free shit, but drew her a beautiful vagina. How could you forget the girl who drew a vagina for you?

    OK, without further ado, here is the list of people that I actually am friends with on facebook/real life.

    Lindsay Watson –This lovely lady shared a table with Amy Burek at Zinefest, and Ruth and I went nuts over her work. She remembered us from that show, and while I was zooming by her table, she called out to me. “Rosemary!?” Yeah, she thought my name was Rosemary. COOLEST thing ever. I’m totally down to go by Rosemary now. It’s my favorite kind of brittle and chicken. Seriously,  Rosemary Almond Brittle. Check it out! Locally made in Santa Monica, and DELICOUS. Some vendors carry it in the city, but you can also order it from them directly. I digress. Anyway, she gave Ruth and I free prints since we gave her some free stuff too!

    Tatyana Vogt -friend from last year, and now facebook friend! Super pretty illustrations that make me smile. I bought some prints her in the past.

    Holly Fedderman -tables with Tatyana, and is also a winner of the chicken dinner variety! Ruth had me follow her to her table and collect the print that she had been wanting. We are also friend material!

    Leslie Wyatt -Forgot her sweet face from last year's APE, but she remembered us! I have her number now and we creepy text.

    Babs Tarr -You probably saw this from my post last week, but Babs Tarr is the cat's pajamas. Not only is she super nice and CRAZY beautiful, she is also one of the best pin-up artists that I've seen in a long time. Her drawings exude power and beauty in a way that is so perfectly put into color and composition. Not to mention her ability to translate her illustrative style into oil paintings. She even did a step by step process tutorial here!

    Sara C. Bell -We have been creeping on each other for a long time, and promising to hang, but fuck, life is busy. She is amazing, and her Urban Fairytales book she bro~ed me is so awesome!! I just realized that her logo and tattoo are the same. THAT IS TRUE COMMITMENT.

    Emily Martin -This artist and I have corresponded back and forth in the past. She's an incredible human being, and teaches teens about comics and art. I definitely recommend checking her and her program out.

    Jackie Williams -Jackie is one of the artists that wanted to be a part of Team 90! I'm super excited to have met her, and see the WONDERFUL work that she's got in her portfolio. I would highly recommend checking out her adorable stylings. She also has her own collaborative project up! Check it out here!

    Elle Skinner –This girl has been the apple of my artist’s eye for a long time. I have always enjoyed her works, especially her Ellezilla zine about her trip to Japan! Her comic Missing Monday is also a fantastic read! She does great comics, and is part of a collective of fairytale artists! That project can be found here!

    Kane Lynch –My talented friend Kane is a master of inks and washes. His newest work, Aerial Structures, is simply the most gorgeous thing he has produced. I am really happy to know his sweet face.

    Kellan Jett -A fabulous artist out of Texas that we met at SF Zinefest. He was so kind and personable, and we were so happy to see that he was still in the area for APE! His work is amazing.

    Rachel Dukes -This lovely lady won my heart with her Frankie the cat comics at SF Zinefest. Since then she has graced me with a Tumblr and facebook friendship. Her work is heartwarming, and delightfully well proportioned. I guess that's what a degree at Comic College affords you. Skill.

    That's all you get for now, but believe me, the post for Paperlinks 10/21/13 is going to be crazy longer!

    And for those of you that don't know, October is Inktober. I've been bad about inking things and documenting them, but I did ink the image at the top of this post. I'll try to do more! Stay tooned! (you like that? I do.)

  • Fashion Torture Zine

    Fashion Torture Zine

    I've completed my Torture Fashion Zine for APE! This is the Editor's Note that I did to explain the project and my views!

  • Paperlinks Press, week 2

    Paperlinks Press, week 2

    It's been such a long and hectic week! I had opening shifts the whole time, an interview for a management position, and a barbeque at Amy's house to get through! After all that, I enjoyed a relaxing day watching Guilermo Del Toro's Mama, Silent Hill, and AMC's The Walking Dead with Elle! I was able to do the illustration above for a paperlinks post, which you can go read here!

    I'm ready clean my room and draw some more comics!

  • Fanart and Cintiq Woes

    Fanart and Cintiq Woes

    I've been getting into the whole Screencap Redraw thing on Tumblr. It's hard to take my focus off Sailor Moon, mostly because I love that show so much. My first attempt was a scene from a dance where Usagi gets drunk (Again, that lush) and the girls just watch the nightmare unfold.

    It was a really fun piece, and lead me to wanting to do more with this idea. Since the fashion from this series is so totally 80s like most animes from the early 90s seem to be, I've been trying to update them as best I can, while still making them fit the characters. There was a time where I was interested in fashion design, but honestly, the girls that were in the class with me were total stuck up bitches. I hate me some stuck up bitches. There was also the issue of me not knowing how to sew. That held up things quite a bit. Regardless, I help many of my friends shop for clothing that makes them look and feel like winners, and that's what I was trying to do here with these redraws.

    The image at the top of this post is based of of this jem of an outfit.

    I really don't hate it. It's super fitting for the series, and if you're a girl who rocks any kind of pigtail hairstyle, 7 year old girl style can work for you. I would love to do more of these, and I honestly might, just for practice and color.

    It's really frustrating to work with my Cintiq, which is the tablet monitor that Wacom came out with. (my Cintiq is not the one that the link takes you to, but that's what I paid for the 12'' model that I have) It's really a wonderful piece of equipment, and has made digital work so much easier to do. The problem is that it was designed to have colors that work better for print, so when it shows up on my main monitor, the colors I thought I had are all wonky and saturated. I have taken to picking the colors on my main monitor, which helps alot. Don't get me wrong, it's still a great machine, I just wish I had browsed the market more before picking this one.

  • Plumes of Smoke

    Plumes of Smoke

    I got a message from my art bud Kane Lynch about a Noir themed show happening in Oakland at the Actual Cafe. He designed and illustrated the beauiful image below!

    I decided to go with a mock movie poster starring two lady gumshoes. I was going to do the whole chalk outline and evidence markers, but I decided to skip it. I took a pretty bad photo, but the lips on the girl standing is the actual shade of pink that is used throughout the picture! It's really awesome, and I'm super proud of it.

    My process was to draw the sketch on the computer, then have it printed out at 11x17. I brought it home and lightboxed it onto my big bristol board, and inked it. It's been a long time since I used my lightbox, and it was a pretty amazing process. I may have to do it in the future for other projects!

  • Zinefest Part 2

    Zinefest Part 2

    I’ve decided that from now on when I review an event, I’m going to give a shout out to our table mates. At APE last year, we got Ben Walker, who is one of my favorite illustrators, and the fellas of Cheapzine! The guys from Cheapzine were also at Zinefest, tabling in the same room, but across the way. I picked up their zine, and it’s totally rad. They gave me some free stickers too, and the 6 year old in me was all ABOUT free stickers. Rachel Dukes was tabling near them, and I was blown away by her paneling and clean drawing. When I saw that she graduated from CCS, I wasn't at all surprised. Her comics about Frankie the cat are fantastic, heartwarming, and are a real window into the life of any cat owner.

    This year, it was Brandon Redenius and this table was for Black Mast, which he works on with his tabling pal, Marie. The first bubble above was all from his table. I never wanted a Moleskin until I saw that amazing skull of theirs. I bought one for Ruth, Amy got one, and I got a second one too, that is black with a black logo, so it is barely visible. He also did the amazing Elvira, Mistress of the Dark print!

    I had the pleasure to see a lot of my friends. Elle Skinner didn’t table, but she came around to hang with us both days and gave me a copy of her Japan trip zine. Kane Lynch was also there with this beautiful new work, Arial Structures. His tablemate, Ms. Tessa Brunton blew me away with her wonderful zine, Second Banana. I kicked myself for not buying her bigger color zine. Amy Burek and Lindsay Watson were table pals, and really delightful to talk to. Amy’s Dad Tweets zine was pretty goddamn funny. My favorite has to be, “People just do not understand Kanye. It is hard being a visionary (I know).”

    The most interesting encounters for me were Kellan Jett, Conor Rose, and Renee Faundo. Kellan is a graphic artist from Texas, with some incredible skills. After looking at his work, I told him that I stumble across jobs he’d be great for on craigslist all the time, and that he just needs to put himself out into it! We all chatted so hard with him that he forgot his business cards. Luckily, he put his phone number on his cards, so I was able to call him back! Conor came by our table a few times, was very nice, and goddamn hilarious. We are looking forward to having him at our art events! Finally, there is sweet Renee Faundo. She is an animation student with real talent. Her facial expression drawings are amazing, and I’m excited to watch her grow as an artist.

    My buddy Mark Thompson of Monstark Studios was there, and I finally bought his limited edition print to add to my other Lady and Monster piece I have by him! He does some of the best lineart I’ve ever seen.

    And now for the cherry on my sundae. Jen Oaks liked my print of Janelle Monae. I left it and my business card on her table while she was away, and on Sunday I came back and told her who I was. She was genuinely happy to meet me, and then scolded me for not signing my print! I was in heaven! I then ran back to my table and got my Barbara Streisand and Yolandi Visser prints to gift her. She loved them all, and told me to take a few prints of hers. I took my favorites from her calendar set that she did, and I’m going to frame them so HARD. I mentioned that I follow Josh Ellingson on instagram, and she asked “Has Josh seen this? (Yolandi Visser) He would love it.” I made some happy gurgling noise and said that I’d be sure to give him one in October during APE, since he will be tabling there.

    It was a short show, and I went around and saw quite a few people, even though it had been a pretty stressful weekend. I am proud to say that out of this experience comes a new page on this website, called “Moleskin Hipster Journal”. Check it and all these amazing artists out!

  • SfZinefest, Part 1

    SfZinefest, Part 1

    Well, the weekend is over, and we all go back to work tomorrow, but I can at least say that SF Zinefest is a lot of fun. I will say however, I think I enjoy attending more than tabling...but that's just me. It wasn't so much that the show isn't lucrative. If you have the right goods, you will sell. I think people from the street walk in not knowing what to expect. It's not like comic expos for huge nerds. The Alternative Press Expo for example, is a pay-for-entry event, so people go in knowing it's artwork, comics, zines, and other cool oddities. But hey, good experience, we all made money, and we all looked fabulous!