Aron Nels Steinke and Andrice Arp are in store now signing the “Dragons! Activity Book” (Tugboat Press). Jesse McManus and Jason Overby are in store now signing the “Dan Quayl” comic (Gazeta/Revival House Press/Sparkplug Comic Books/Teenage Dinosaur).
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Local hero Sean Christensen has helped us put together an awesome new art show, Ghostwood Forest: A Twin Peaks Themed Art Show. The show goes up Friday , October 29th and features Sean, John Isaacson, Amy Kuttab, Dylan Williams, Chris Cilla, Aron Steinke and many more awesome peeps. The show starts at 7pm with free themed drinks and food. At 9pm, we will be projecting the feature length Twin Peaks pilot episode. Here’s the poster:
We have so many talented people working for us at Guapo that we decided to have our very own Employee Art Show!
The show opens this Saturday July 31st and we’re having a party to celebrate. Join us for drinks, snacks, and art starting at 6pm.
Baristas Karla Mi Lugo and Amy will be performing music!
Dudez’n'dudettes! Check out the “indie spinner rack” (literally) right next to me at “Guapocomicsncoffeedotcom”:
First there’s freaking “FOOTHILL #4″ by the inestimable JARED KATZ from sunny California (where it’s not here). Foothill is a yellow-covered mini of the 1/4 size variety. The cover of Foothill #4 features a massive half-pipe of sky-scraper proportion. Inside are tales of skate-rat dudes and Jared or “Bobo” doesn’t shy away from telling it like it is on the mean streets of Santa Cruz, er “Foothill.” One look at his meticulous art work immediately reminds one of the almighty KAZ but there are no monster characters here, only scrappy, messed-up humans like you and me. Oh, and speaking of me, there’s a really funny drawing of me and Geoff on the back cover! You should get this because Jared is such a perfectionist that he throws away most of his work. ONE DOLLAR!
Next up is “PANCAKES SOLVE NOTHING” by JOSH FRANKEL. you’ve probably read my ranting and raving about how great Josh’s nature comics are, but did you know he is an avid reader of the DUNGEON series by JOANN SFAR and LEWIS TRONDHEIM? The dastardly jokes of Pancakes Solve Nothing are like an American version of French witticism. I know Josh is not trying to be like Trondheim, but even the simple line drawings recall Trondheim’s economical style. Frankel differs from Trondheim in his use of shading, “yer momma” jokes, and existential angst in a 3-panel gag format. ONE DOLLAR!
RETAIL BREAK #4 by BRIANA MILLER brings respite to any annoyed retail worker who deigns to face the unscrupulous public. Briana draws the customer as a thick empty outline onto which the readers can project their least-favorite customer memory. The protagonist (old man at the counter) and background are drawn in beautiful detail. The comic consists of conversations between the old man and the cartoonish customers and their absurd requests. ONE DOLLAR!
BEE FINGER by GARIET COWIN shows Gariet’s stellar abilities as an animator. Yes, this is a comic, but it could easily be the key frames of a short cartoon. Gariet’s inking is tight, and he maintains the proportions of his characters like a pro… portionist! Like a true animator he also exploits the elasticity of the medium by enlarging and distorting the character’s body like a con… tortionist! No seriously, Bee Finger is rad, you should check it out while you’re buying comics at Guapo! ONE DOLLAR!
Welcome back to Sundays at Guapo with JOHN ISAACSON, LAZY CARTOONIST. So today on the Guapo comixblog we feature three distinct nature comics, each from a different geologic era. The first is THE AGE OF REPTILES published by Dark Horse. Age of Reptiles is silent and shows dinosaur social behavior in herds, which was something I never learned about during my childhood dinosaur-obsession phase. You can watch in awe as herds of hadrosaurus, diplodocus, anklyosaurus, and velociraptors move through barren plains in search of water, only to find a small puddle filled with crocodiles! You can see cute baby triceratops riding on its mama’s horn, and helpful pterodactyls also catching a ride on anklyosaurus’s shell. It’s horrifying and gory but also very real when a pack of raptors skeletonize a brontosaurus like a school of piranhas! Richard Delgado uses a clean consistent line throughout this book to illustrate the massive scenery and hundreds of dinosaurs. Detailed textures of dinosaur skin and desert terrain make the book lush and life-like. He also includes a short essay at the end about Ray Harryhausen’s mentor, Willis O’Brien, special effects maestro behind King Kong. Needless to say Delgado is a fan of monsters! If you’ve ever been curious about a day in the life of dinosaurs, then Age of Reptiles is the book for you! This second issue is about 20 pages of full-color reptile reverie!
Next up is WATER COLUMN #2 by zoologist / cartoonist Josh Frankel. Josh has blown my mind with his previous comics about the extra-terrestrial-like species that inhabited the earth during the Cambrian period. Josh bases many of his comics in that mysterious primordial soup that is the foundation of all life on this planet: The Ocean. In Water Column we see a creature that rarely shows up in Josh’s a work: a puny human! As a basking shark dives into the deep abyss, the human and hangers-on such as the sucker-fish are left in shallower depths. Here we see the fascinating feeding and mating cycles of the basking shark. Who doesn’t love a little deep-sea sex? Josh uses dynamic, exciting compositions set off against stark half-toned background to elevate the drama. At the end there are a few notes on the cast of creatures in Water Column, including Pilot Fish, Remora, and our star, The Basking Shark. Also a silent comic, Water Column #2 is a suitable gift for any fan of National Geographic or the Discovery Channel.
Unlike Age of Reptiles and Water Column, XOC #1 by Matt Dembicki features TALKING ANIMALS, but there is no further anthropomorphism, as the seals discuss when and where to go catch fish. There’s even a little narration as the seal nears it’s prey when SHARK ATTACK! Matt has some great page-layout skills using bleeds, layered panels, and beautiful silhouetted scenes looking underwater up at the shark slaughtering seals. I love the references to the shark’s directional system which response to “changes in the earth’s magnetic pull” and the “direction of the sun”. In the introduction, Matt mentions that his work draw heavily from scientific resources and personal observations, such as National Geographic, Discovery, Smithsonian, BBC, the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, and many others. Matt has great brush skills and puts them to use illustrating the churning sea, island rock textures, seal skin, shipwrecks, octopi, eels, and many other denizens of the deep. This black-and-white mini is digest-sized (8.5 x 5.5) with a color cover, gray-scale inside, and has bleeds all around. It’s well worth the two dollars!
Josh’s website is www.hungryforbrains.com
Matt’s comics are on www.comixpress.com
Dad - Asterios Polyp by David Mazuchelli
This is a book about an architect and my dad is an architect too. When I was ten, I used to draw comics under his drafting table while he worked during the summer. Ever since I read David Mazuchelli’s graphic novel version of Paul Auster’s city of Glass, I’ve been intensely interested in everything he draws. Asterios Polyp does not disappoint and employs a new emotional vocabulary of simple color schemes, typography, and caricature. Mazuchelli’s cartooning style bespeaks the mathematical precision of an architect. I hope Dad likes it!
Mom - Genesis by R. Crumb
My Mom went to the University of California at Berkeley and her apartment caught wind of some teargas once upon the 60’s. Although she’s a baby boomer; she’s not really a hippy, and I think she might think R. Crumb is the antichrist. Combine that with her religious background, and his illustration of Gensis should result in some cognitive dissonance, which I’m sure she’ll enjoy.
Tom - Curses by Kevin Huizenga
My brother just got married so I think Glenn Ganges young reflections on Starlings, Ogres, hallucination, and religion should captivate his attention while he hangs out in his Brooklyn apartment with his lovely wife, Terese. Glenn and Wendy don’t have any kids yet and neither do Tom and Terese, so I think both couples are in the same place in their lives.
Holly - Buffy the Vampire Slayer???
My sister is the hardest because she works for Sony and really likes movies. I think I can find something other than Buffy that she will like!
Whirlwind Wonderland by Rina Ayuyang
I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time: Rina Ayuyang’s meditations on places, acacia wood carvings, an out-of-business diner, Murder She Wrote, the Pittsburgh Steelers, a trip to the town of Lapog, in the Philippines, for a funeral, and expecting a child all explore the meaning of communities, be they sports fans, co-workers, or family. Whatever the situation, Rina handles it with passion, patience, and imagination - three attributes that make for rewarding reading too!
In Whirlwind Wonderland, we see Ayuyang employ a wide range of drawing techniques, including re-using old monthly planner paper and colored pencils in a bright spontaneous style that sparks and crackles against the gray tones and washes she uses in the other strips.
No matter the medium, Rina’s storytelling skills keep all the pieces focused, compelling, and funny. Her eye for detail packs nearly every panel with background.
In one of my favorite stories from the book, Crack ‘O’ Dawn, she documents one of the world’s most spectacular commutes from the East Bay to San Francisco. On the way there is a traffic jam and Rina’s characteristic eye catches road debris which transforms into imaginative flotsam and jetsam before she winds up dancing with Brad Pitt.
Another high point is the story of a (sort of) family reunion at her aunt’s luncheon and the awkwardness of not knowing Ilocano (the language of the older relatives). Rina’s comics are disarming as they usher the reader into her life with little exposition.
The books ends with pages and pages of really hilarious and touching conversations on the phone with her Dad. Whirlwind Wonderland leaves you feeling warm and sweet, like staying indoors and watching TV on a cold day.
Two mini comics everyone should read:
I Still Live - A Biography of a Spiritualist - by Annie Murphy
Annie Murphy tells both the story of 18th century spiritualist Acsha Sprague’s life and that of Murphy’s own obsession with Sprague’s life. In doing so, she uses two different drawing and lettering styles which start out separately but ultimately weave together at the end. For Sprague’s voice, Murphy uses cursive hand-writing and a mystifying ink wash technique. When Murphy is narrating she uses block lettering and simple black-and-white. At the end, Acsha Sprague’s writing speaks directly to Annie Murphy and it literally sends chills down my spine when I read the words at the end, “The nearer thou dost come to us, the nearer we shall come to thee.”
I Still Live offers historical context and political meaning for both the Second Great Awakening and Modern Spiritualism in the United States. It’s a great book to use in history classroom, and any other classroom. I’ve had my high school student read excerpts and they seem pretty into it. It was also funded by a Xeric grant, printed by Eberhardt Press, and Murphy worked on it at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.
Nine Gallons by Susie Cagle
This is an entertaining study of the characters that make up a typical cast of servers and customers at Food Not Bombs. Susie Cagle not only tells the reader what a typical day of serving at Food Not Bombs is like, but also exposes the sometimes self-serving agendas driven by server’s egos and appetites. She includes history, recipes, and ways to get involved.
Other stuff that caught my eye:
Looking for Calvin and Hobbes - The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip by Nevin Martell
The Comic Journal No. 300
TCJ 300 features conversations between cartoonists like Art S. and Kevin H. but of course Art does all the talking. THis issue has eleven of such conversations including David Mazzuchelli with Dash Shaw and Jaime Hernandaz with Zak Sally.
Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary by Justin Green
Strange Tales #3
ST3 has Nick Bertozzi (of the Salon and Rubbernecker) drawing villains in jail, Stan Sakai drawing the Hulk, Corey Lewis and Dylan McCrae drawing Longshot fighting a Sentinel, Jeffrey Brown drawing the Fantastic Four (he draws a great Thing), Max Cannon drawing Spiderman, Peter Bagge drawing The Incorrigible Hulk, Micheal Kupperman drawing the Avengers, and Paul Hornschemeier drawing Nightcrawler meeting Molecule Man.
This Friday and Saturday (October 30 and 31), Guapo Comics will be giving out Halloween Comics to trick or treaters.
Here’s what we’ll have to give out:
I’m really excited about the selection this year. Little Lulu, Casper, and Popeye are great comics and Star Wars and Domo are always cool.
The whole neighborhood will be celebrating with food, street vendors and events. Guapo will be selling cotton candy and making art with kids.
Here’s the cover of the coloring book that we’ll give to any kid who participates: