Brian Maryansky Photography

I have an old friend named Brian Maryansky. We once shared a slanted, shady and shambling little apartment on Rivington Street back when Rivington Street was not a very nice place at all. He played guitar in the Van Pelt and Jets to Brazil and likes ice hockey. He is also a really great photographer and he’s got one of those nifty little photoblogs with an eclectic selection of prints to view. Check it out.

East Bay Fast Food

They’re everywhere out here. Maybe it’s a California thing. Having lived in New York City for the past ten years, I’ve been particularly struck by the wide variety of decaying mid century fast food chains still hanging around and very much in business in the Oakland/Berkeley area. At my old job back east, my friend Gary and I would often talk about how in storied and historied New York, you may happen to work in a building that’s over a century old, the city itself may have been settled in the 1600’s, but you’ll never see anything on the streets that’s older than a decade. Real estate is endlessly recycled and refurbished and remodeled. And in post-Giuliani playground New York, the process has only sped up. That’s not to say that NYC doesn’t have its own brand of urban detritus (hat blocking shops and bialy stores and the like), but you don’t often see burger stands unless Danny Meyer is behind them.

Out here in the Berkeley/Oakland environs, for whatever reason, these gaudy emblems of an earlier age seem to be around every corner. Stay tuned in the pages of this blog (does a blog have pages?) for a cataloging and collection of all the curious palaces of fried food to be found in the East Bay, or at least ones I can walk to from my apartment. There will be illustrations, photographs, taste-tests, interviews and random thoughts.

I’ll now return you to your regular, comic-themed programming.
-Jay

Ralph Bakshi

Teenage Ralph Bakshi on Brooklyn Roof
When I was in my last year at the animation program at SVA, Ralph showed up and began teaching 3rd year students. I knew I couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from one of the few animation directors whose work really got me excited to work in the medium. Ralph is a true artist, and that was the first thing I learned when I started sitting in on his classes. He cut all the bullshit out of the classroom experience right away. He said something like “I don’t care about grades, I’ll give you all A’s I don’t care. You came here learn or just fuck around, but if you came here to learn you’ll come to class every week and work hard…” …

School ended and I went on to be able to work with Ralph on a variety of different projects including film pitches and his official website. The site has since grown and there are a few more people redesigning sections (front page) and adding more (media page and downloads), etc. It is great source of inspiration and information on one of the great artists and social critics of recent times.

James Jean / Process Recess

james jean figure drawing
James Jean recently started attending weekly life drawing sessions and has been posting the results on one of his sites, Process Recess. Additionally, he goes into descriptive details about some of his latest illustrations and the process he used to create them, and posts old work from his student days to provide context for the progress in his work. It is like a James Jean retrospective in the making!

Cause co-Motion! / What’s Your Rupture?

Love is all Cause co-motion Whats your rupture
Besides the fact one of the dudes in Cause co-Motion! happens to be an old, old, friend of the Meathaus, a bandmate in Ancient Justice, and a coconspirator of the practically defunct but too funky Beard Records, well….. besides that fact, the Cause co-Motion! just happens to be such an amazing band that it would deserve a post here and much of you giving a listen anyways.

Based in NYC, they have a new 7″ four song EP put out by Kevin over at What’s Your Rupture that has been seeing play even out here in old Los Angeles, on the baddest ass of stations, KXLU, which you can stream to where ever you are in the world.

Recently, the group got a nice track review over at Pitchfork. And the track in question you can download here. But head over to the Cause co-Motion! website for more.

What’s Your Rupture also is putting out sexy music from other impressive bands such as The Long Blondes and Love is all. All recommended for you!

Tomer & Asaf Hanuka / Tropical Toxic

Tropical Toxic
Let’s start off the Monday with a new awesome link. Tomer and Asaf Hanuka have a recently new site up called Tropical Toxic in which they post their latest illustrations that they produce for their global array of high profile clients. It’s not just a glorified portfolio site, each Hanuka describes his piece in detail and the process he used to arrive at the final result. It is an excellent window into the world of the pro illustrator(s).

Go For The Gold! They like it:

Meathaus Logo
From Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew:
… I received my copy of GO FOR THE GOLD: A MEATHAUS SKETCHBOOK when I got back from Ottawa and I’ve been completely inspired over the past couple days … [Go For The Gold! brings] together an incredible array of names from the illustration and animation worlds … The whole thing totals 218 black-&-white pages, and sells for a quite affordable $12.95. You will not find a better bargain around. It’s printed on-demand by Lulu.com, and the print quality rivals any printed book to be found at the bookstore. Note: I was offered a complimentary copy, but insisted on paying because I want to encourage quality artist-driven projects, and GO FOR THE GOLD is a project most worthy of support.

From “FFWD: Calgary’s News and Entertainment Weekly, Web Watch by Courtney Thompson”:
Meathaus (meathaus.com) is an artists’ collective born out of New York’s School of Visual Arts, including such illustrious members as James Jean, Jim Campbell and Tomer Hanuka. The group has published seven anthology comic books, which are available on its website along with prints, music and T-shirts. The Go for the Gold Meathaus sketchbook is not to be missed – it’s a gift so good you’ll want to keep it for yourself.

Buy Go For The Gold! for your self at lulu.com/meathaus

We are all meat in the end