Lately, I’ve been researching the latest zine topic… ghosts and hauntings/haunted places. In my neck of the woods, one doesn’t need to go very far to find the paranormal. Monterey and Santa Cruz are filled with spirits of the past. The lovely and slightly creepy Restaurant 1833 in Monterey (pictured here) is just such a place… Haunted by former owners and full of low light, real candles and ornate wallpapers, the place has a feeling of … some kind of uneasiness… like you’re being watched. It adds a bit of excitement to your meal… especially if you order a glass of “Stokes Ghost”… a “chilling” red wine fit for the spooky atmosphere.
I didn’t stop there… right down the street is The Monterey Hotel… a lovely old establishment right in the middle of Monterey’s Alvarado Street. I had a lovely conversation with the general manager about the spooks that live there at the hotel. She invited me to have a look around, and so I did. I pulled out my iPhone and took some photos. Later that evening, I was reviewing the photos… and sure enough, small green orbs appeared around the ceiling, and a chaise lounge. A larger “ball of light” is seen in the hallway and a ghostish image on the other side of a small window leading to a hallway. As I write, the hair is standing up on my arms!
This spook-filled issue of ARt-o-rama will be available at the beginning of October. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a copy.
It’s time to celebrate in the West End! Sand City throws the bestest art/party/event every year called the West End Celebration. There’s art booths, music and lots of wine… and all are free (except the wine part)… so come join me at my booth (Squid Row Comics, #39 on Hickory) and see the news stuff (Coffee Cup Art, buttons, comics) and watch me Art… live. August 27 & 28…. 11-5 pm
I just got confirmed… and cemented into the 2016 San Francisco Zine Fest in Golden Gate Park. Last year was my first year behind a table. This year, the super fun one-day event is on Sunday, September 4th at the County Fair Building. Table number and times to follow. I’ll have all the Art-o-ramas on the table… plus some prints, and coffee cup art.
I will be giving a series of Sketchbooking Workshops through the Monterey Museum of Art in late July and August of 2016. In the three workshops, I will cover, sketch-journaling… info-sketching, and urban sketching (in the wild). I’m looking forward to sharing my years of sketchbookery to others!
To learn more, tap the link below… to the MMA’s website.
Squid Rowis coming back!
You will find it returning to the internet near you beginning Saturday, June 4th! It’ll be a bit different… You’ll see a few new characters mucking about… and you’ll get to know some of the familiars more better, as well.
Ever wonder if Mouse “got over” Randie? Is Grace still employed? What’s going on with Midge at the comic book shop?
Well, you’ll find out starting the first Saturday in June. And you’ll still get Randie & Ryan on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
I create and publish a zine called Art-o-Rama… It publishes 6 times a year (every other month)… and the latest issue is all about one of my favorite subjects… coffee! Mmmm… I love me some joe.
Past issue topics include:
My love affair with Ireland, RLS, “Eat, Drink, & Be Merry” (how they partied in Dickens’ time), what it’s like being “under water”… and so much more! I started the zine back in the fall of 2012… so there’s many a’few!
If you would like a copy, go to the contact button and drop me a message with your address. You’ll send me $6 via check or Paypal (we will work out the details) and I will send you a zine. It’s that simple. Maybe you’d like to subscribe? 6 issues for 36 bucks. Again, contact button.
Want to look through the latest copy of the zine? Okay…
… expression is the conveyor belt of art… or is it the other way around?