Archive for February, 2008
Been busy catching up on filing (taxes, etc.), reading, and rocking out. Books I’ve been reading: Little Vampire by Joann Sfar, Garage Band by Gipi, Steady Beat by Rivkah, and Love is a Mixed Tape by Rob Sheffield, to name a few.
I also got to see Skum City, a fun new punk band. Yay! Also drawing and writing away ^_^
I just had a fun night out seeing The Spines at Otto’s Shrunken Head. As Tony (the Autoharpist /Vocalist) describes them: “the only punk band with an autoharp that matters”, or something like that. He also happens to be the wildly talented cartoonist known as Anonymous Boy. A triple threat! (singing, drawing, autoharp?) Anyway, it was a lot of fun and I’m really glad I got to catch them. Recommended!
I’ve been trying to catch up on my netflix queue and ended up with 2 movies in a row with interdimensional travel themes. I enjoyed both of them . First I saw the horror movie by Stuart Gordon, From Beyond. I enjoyed Re-Animator and I think this was a good follow up movie. I liked it way better than Bride of the Re-Animator anyway. It reminded me (thematically) a little of Hellraiser too since it featured a man (in this case a scientist) who is a pervert and wants to explore other dimensions for his personal pleasure. Of course, it all goes terribly awry and there is a lot of goo involved. I thought Jeffrey Combs, who plays the scientist’s ill-fated assistant and is really the star of the movie did a great job here. Fun, gross, and silly.
I also saw The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (for the 2nd time). I was able to follow the story a lot better this time. It is a really cool concept: genius scientist/ neurosurgeon / rock star / comic book hero fights interdimensionally traveling aliens along with his rock band (all geniuses in their own right) The Hong Kong Cavaliers. It’s a lot more complex than that, but I recommend it for a fun watch.
And then of course there are the latest, and most dashing travelers Dr. Who (David Tennant) and Captain Jack of Torchwood!
Ok, maybe the greatest cat photo book of all time. John Lund’s Life According to Maude: A Photo Expose. This enjoyably campy photo book follows a sassy cat who likes to wear vintage hats, hang out at the salon, eat chocolates, drink cocktails, and spend days at pastry shops and cafes. My kind of kitty! Buy it! It’s genius!
Just wanted to share a cool pic taken by Ben at the HPGRP art fair opening. It was a lot of fun and it was also great to see my super-cool friend Mina in her Godzilla costume! My paintings are the 3 little ones between at us at waist level. The art is up and for sale until Feb. 29, so check it out, there is a lot of cool art!
I was there for a short time, but it was great seeing Jennifer of Manic D Press and hanging with Shannon O’Leary. I signed a book for my youngest fan ever (with his parents’ approval of course). Kids love Tough Love’s bright book cover! I picked up a few books from the McSweeney’s table, the best part of bookfairs is the discounted or free books. Also got to see Gavin of Small Beer Press. A fun time all-around! Dropped off my art for the HPGRP Art Fair and watched Doctor Who and Torchwood. A good Saturday!