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14th September 2009

2:13am: Launch of Central Booking art space
Central Booking, a brand new art space in DUMBO, Brooklyn, will be selling an original print from my cover to BRAWL #1. The launch party is on Thursday, September 17th. The show features many great artists and bookmakers including artist, Jen Ferguson, who will be showing and selling, RAILBIRDS, her handmade book!



My statement about the work:



BRAWL, "a creature romance double feature," in collaboration with Brooklyn cartoonist, Michel Fiffe, was a 3-issue, black and white comic book mini-series published by Image Comics in the Fall of 2007. Inspired by the tradition of two-character comic book anthologies made popular in the 1960s by Marvel Comics' TALES TO ASTONISH, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY, and TALES OF SUSPENSE [that featured Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor], Fiffe and I have always been fans of the one-two-punch that showcases two different sensibilities. We identified certain shared themes between our respective creations, BILLY DOGMA and PANORAMA, and, even though we have very different responses to the issues of love, loyalty, life, and pain, Fiffe throws the perfect uppercut to my hay maker. Ergo, BRAWL. The cover design for BRAWL was inspired by the monster comics art of Jack Kirby, the popular Hammer Horror films of the 1960s, and the six-fingered claymation hand that rose from the bloody swamp with the creepy reverb-heavy electronic music in that horrifying CHILLER THEATRE television opening of the 1970s. Never underestimate the stuff you indulge as a kid. It comes back out later in your art in ways you can never predict.

Jen Ferguson's RAILBIRDS

http://www.artinchaos.com/index.html
11:52am: Columbia Spectator: "Graphic novels do literary world justice at their first festival"
An excerpt from a nice/short article about The Brooklyn Book Festival:

"But while the traditional publishing giants of the comic book world have seen better days, the Internet is allowing for an explosion of comic creations online, many of them free. Present at the Festival were members of the web comics collective known as ACT-I-VATE, which publishes original material by a number of young illustrators, many of whom have gone on to sign major publishing deals. "By letting us post our creations live, for free, the Internet has given each of us the potential to cultivate a huge fan base," said Dean Haspiel, creator of ACT-I-VATE."


http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2009/09/13/graphic-novels-do-literary-world-justice-their-first-festival
11:58am: Ames Kisses Cross at BBF
12:23pm: Jonathan Ames Gets Spanked by David Cross
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