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Tracey Elle Draws The Internet

Tracey Elle Art

Tracey Elle Art

Tracey Elle Art

Tracey Elle Art

Hey check it out, Tracey Elle wanted to let you know that she is drawing twenty free portraits of people from the Internet today on the Internet starting at 10am EST using the computers and reddits and stuff like that, and you could be one of them. Since I’m old and tan and wrinkly (just back from Fajardo which accounts for the tan part) I have no idea what she’s talking about but you should definitely try to click over to her Tumblr and gather more information. I’m kidding about not knowing what is going on, the truth is that Tracey was in a class that I taught once at UArts and I personally know she is dedicated to constantly growing as an artist and is super enthusiastic about everything and I’m not surprised that she will soon be going to a summer program at Gobelins followed by studies at CalArts. Anyway you can get free portraits from her until they run out and then commission portraits from her on indiegogo to help fund her studies. I’ve gathered that there is no link to send you to yet but after 10am EST check Tracey’s Tumblr for the info.

Calvin Schenkel Art Show

Calvin Schenkel Art Show

Calvin Schenkel is the man behind the artwork on a lot of Franks Zappa records, plus some iconic Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits ones too. He’s got a show opening on Saturday night the 6th of December here in Gtown in Philly at the iMPeRFeCT Gallery which seems like a cool spot for the neighborhood. Also if you can’t make that he’s doing a follow up artist talk on the next Wednesday where I’m sure you can hear some of his Zappa stories first hand which probably will be amazing. Thanks for the hot tip goes to Mr. Intergalactico.

Soxx’s Happy Trash Month

Soxx's Happy Trash Month

Check it out, Soxx (artist Jenny Drumgoole) is soliciting your cash to fund a month of eight surprise trash day parties for Philadelphia sanitation workers. It’s been almost a year since Soxx’s Happy Trash Day parties began, and funding this will provide the means for Soxx to get the party supplies she needs (glitter, beans, balloons, refreshments, etc.) for this final Happy Trash Month after which Soxx will march her life size papier-mâché trash collector to City Hall for a special trash day celebration for mayor Michael “Mix Master Mike” Nutter. See, Happy Trash Day indirectly raises awareness of an ongoing issue facing the sanitation workers: they’ve been working without a raise or contract for over five years. Soxx’s celebrations of trash day also acknowledge the essential services that the trash collectors provide the city all year long, which otherwise gets ignored at best. Here’s a widget thing which I selected because it also shows the funding percentage and days left. This is a 15 day funding drive:

Soxx's Happy Trash Month

Soxx's Happy Trash Month

Soxx's Happy Trash Month

Some of the rewards include a custom beaned DVD case and DVD of all the trash day parties, buttons, custom watercolors of trash day moments (by Soxx), and even an opportunity to choose one of the trash day party themes or have Soxx throw a trash day party in your own neighborhood (within 200 miles of Philly) for your own trash collector crew. See more on the Kickstarter page.

Letter to Meathaus: George Wylesol

Letter to Meathaus: Geoyrge Wylesol

George Wylesol was a student in the first or second semester of classes that I taught at UArts in the illustration department. It was a section of a class called Sequential Format which was a fun one because we produced illustrations, comics, zines and animation. In class I would promote what Heller and Arisman discuss in their books (such as The Education of an Illustrator), the importance of being an author, a creator of your own work in your own voice, in addition to illustrating client assignments. I have noticed that the artists I see producing exciting personal work also seem to be the artists finding exciting commercial work. The outstanding personal project can function as the best portfolio in many cases.

Anyway… George always had funny stories he would tell in class, and he also would write short stories and he made an illustrated short story zine as one of the class projects. That’s why I was pleased to see that he was still at it when he sent Meathaus over a package with a bloat zine and letter that says:

“Hey Chris, how are you? I’m great. I have been looking at the Meathaus website every day for a while now, and thought I’d send you my first promo pack jawn. There’s some postcards and a zine full of short stories and illustration. The post-ILLUS*322 02 SEQUENTIAL FORMAT world is terrifying but exciting. Hope everything is good with you. Peace. -George”

Thanks George! Good to hear from you and read these stories. Keep creating the personal work. Everyone can see more from George over here.

Locust Moon Fest 2012

Locust Moon Fest

It was a good time, there was an ice cream flavor there from Little Baby’s made just for the show that was really crazy because it tasted like sweet creamy avocado and mostly green apples but it also was apparently made of kale, celery and some chunks that I didn’t understand but enjoyed. It was good to see and catch up with Farel, Jeffro, James Heimer, Pitzer, and Marra, Aulisio, Rugg, Lex and to meet Piskor, Mok, Box Brown, Bodie and Czap and more dudes and ladies who I’ve just known through this blog. I’ll try to post some of the books soon along with this large stack of letters from you comics friends from all over the world.

The show was also a success for Meathaus moving a load of books out of my place into your various arms at super discount deals. A bunch of those “Real Life Wizardz” posters and Lenny’s Summer Job zines I pushed on you as bonuses as well. Good time and good job by Locust Moon except the show was scheduled to run too late for my old ass and should be more like 10am or 11am to 5pm or 6pm or something in that range I’m thinking. Also I did feel bad for the four tables stuck back near the restroom. That shouldn’t really be a spot. But it looks like the show could use more space then. Next year keep the ice cream and bring on the hoagies this time and maybe some brews too. Oh yeah and bring back Farel again it was super to hang out just like olde thymes.

Everyone in the greater Philadelphia area should head over to Locust Moon to browse and buy books. They are fully stocked with a Meathaus stash now too.

PACC Load

The Philadelphia Alternative Comic Con

The Philadelphia Alternative Comic Con was once again a good time. I don’t know if Meathaus did well or not moving books but I know I’m glad the Philly Cartoonist Society happened to be hanging out drinking Irish whiskey behind two tables caddy-corner to the bathroom passageway that I wedged our table into. I showed up last minute with four boxes and two suitcases of books. I took Celia‘s example from MoCCA 2011 and was doing back issue dollar deals on the earliest issues. We sold a handful of GFTG!4s, (which by the way are now up for REGULAR order as opposed to PREorder). For a lot of the day it appeared there was a low show attendance. I’m certain the attendance was cut down because it was pouring rain all day.

I was manning the Meathaus table solo, but like I said Jeffro, James, Sam and Christine were four feet away so I could take little breaks wandering far enough away to catch up with Pat Aulisio, Benjamin Marra, Jess Worby, Chris Pitzer, Peter Lazarski, Mike Turzanski, David Jablow, Josh Burggraf, Victor Kerlow and more decent people too. I wanted to look at Collective Stench‘s table because they had all these grisly drawings and fifty five people or something smashed behind their tables which was bringing me back to Meathaus ’01 and I wanted to look at a bunch more things on the other side of the room too but when I would turn around and see someone hovering near the Meathaus table an irrational thought pulled me back, “oh maybe they want to buy something” instead of “oh hey I should thoroughly comb this show and buy neat comics because this only happens once a year”. Still I managed a small PACC Load including stuff from the aforementioned names plus the Sisterly Love Blockparty crew from Space 1026 and Sydney and Travis Southard :

PACC Load