For making me one your top zine makers in Brooklyn!
I’m not the first one to say that Bushwick has invited a lot of companies to advertise here. We didn’t mean to. It just became a cool neighborhood that capitalists see as a potential market. And it became clear just how aggressive that agenda is in this week’s Bushwick Daily piece, written by queen editor Katarina Hybenova. There’s a lot of factors at play, including a debate between arts communities raising funds, and those who want to preserve street art for art’s sake.
One aspect that isn’t mentioned in the article, is a group that wants to save this art space. This project, aptly named #SAVEARTSPACE, is on a mission to hold on to some of these spaces. Whether they are billboards, walls, etc, #SAVEARTSPACE wants to transform what’s meant for ads into something meant for the people.
The above comic was drawn last month for Bushwick Notebook, and I’m only reposting it here on my blog because of how relevant it is. I didn’t know an article was gonna come out and ignite the conversation, but I’m happy to be a part of it. You can get a print copy of Bushwick Notebook here.
I will be at MoCCA 2015! You can come visit me and my tablemate Frank Barbiere (the premiere comics writer of my generation) at TABLE 360. That’s right: 360! When you get to the festival, spin around twice, and if you don’t see us, then remember we are at TABLE 360! I will have Stranger Than Bushwick and a few brand new stickers there, too. I also have “Gentrify White” crayons being given away with every purchase of the book, limited to 50 total. It’ll be REALLY fun, I can’t wait.
ComiXologist relaunched their podcast and I was commissioned to provide new artwork. Below are the sketches and stages of illustration that brought me to where we are today!
Sometimes the first idea is the best one. And I agree, it was the least cheesy out of some of these. The Wicked and the Divine was a good starting point for me, because Jamie McElvie has such an accessible style for portraiture.
Oysterbooks.com just launched their review site yesterday and I did one of the premiere illustrations for an article by Kyle Chayka. It was a great piece to work on. Art direction credit to Kevin Nguyen, and serves as the editorial director for the site. It’s going to be a great journal, and if you aren’t already a member of Oyster Books, I suggest you become one now!
Below are the stages of my process. A couple of sketches, pencils, inks, and final colors. The final image got cropped (above) but you can see it in its entirety at the bottom of the post.