Natalie Watkins is a figure and portrait artist from Stockton (*I gather) with really nice business cards, whom I met at Local Color’s zine fest. She’s put her watercolors and stuff into a zine called Conjoined:
Here’s one of her Trump portraits, which go cheap and would make great gifts or decorations for homes, offices, classrooms and public drinking establishments.
I don’t know if the portrait is rendered in blood and feces, but that’s what I like to think when I gaze. Watkins says the following about her work: “I do not aim to be a realist painter because I love manipulating the photograph with color and brush strokes.”
Get on Etsy and grab her stuff while it’s cheap!
Almost forgot to mention Smuttywood, whose charming integrants I met at Local Color during their zine fest in downtown San José. They make comics about either famous people’s dicks and boobs or famous people portrayed as dicks and boobs. The thing that caught my attention, however, was the photographic zine Men are Disposable, which I regrettably didn’t buy, but which you can order at their site. They make great gifts!
Imagine if you can that we finally had a bitchin zine show in San Ho at the Local Color gallery on first street, in the exorcised building long tenanted by a Ross. Éxitos Gnosis and I got caught unawares and didn’t table, but we will be there next time for sure. As always, shocked to see that I know like a quarter of the people at bay area zine shows regardless of time, and as always charmed by the young people pushing onward with the form.
Here’s my haul from the show. Reviews to follow. We got Black Tea #2 and #3 from my homeslice Jason Martin, who also did the illustrated stories behind Dylan albums and shit, 1001 Black Men by Ajuan Mance, Ben Pissmore’s Goodbye, Megan Delyani’s Purissima, and Mic.Kit’s I am nothing but garbage, which was exhibited at Caffe Frascati.
I’ve wanted that god damned illustrated Atrocity Exhibition since I was 17 and now I have it … signed by Vale, pendejos! I think I did him a small service telling him what an impact his RE-Search work has had on me in my life.
2-Strats, Cornhouse and Luke-Ass not only get themselves shut down by the fuzz, but in the process get themselves dissed by the two smug cops as well. A disastrous house show all told. I will mail a poster to whomever can tell me in a comment what town this comic must take place in.
2-Strats goes to visit a local amplifier repairman. He gets more than he bargained for! Or does he??
Here’s one from the big blue folder, dated 12/05. 2-Strats explains a world of dingdongs. The same technique applied then as now: listen to other stoners talk, illustrate what they say.
Ran into Sofia of Sea Señorita Studios, after almost a year since I met her, at the SOFA fest in San Jose on Sunday. She had awesome shirts. Go to her Etsy and buy her stuff!! Buy local por vida!
Here’s an interview on Illustration Mundo with Trevor Grabill of Michigan.
Found this dude’s zine in a show at Gallery Anno Domini (in which we both had stuff). Wish I could say we had regular correspondence, but alas it isn’t so. His stuff is great! Make sure to also check out the excellent artists he names in the interview.
Everyone go visit Sid’s Opened Lid, a weirdo artist website out of SF! They have been publishing Negro’s stuff this week. Show them love!