After 10 years of living in Salinas where lettuce is king, I have picked up my artist self and moved to Portland, Oregon… where coffee, microbrew, cartooning, books, donuts, gastropubs, bicycles (and more) are king.
Thank you to all of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties for your support and love over the years. 20 years in The Monterey Bay area… I will miss it so… but adventure calls. Love & Hugs.
If you want to voice your opinion as a citizen of this country on policy (as is your right)… but say you don’t have the time to construct a letter to send to our government (via snail mail)… FEAR NOT! I have constructed some for you! I have made a few prefab cartoonifications that express how you might feel… All you have to do is simply download, print, sign your name to and tuck it in an envelope to The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500) … this allows your voice to be heard when phone lines have been downed at the White House… for reasons I’m still not sure of.
A list of these cartoonifications can be found under the Downloads Letters page. More will be added as the administration moves forward. Feel free to use these, share them with friends, or whatever. Stand up and be heard … or be read! We have the freedom to argue, to disagree, and to let our ideas be heard.
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.
… expression is the conveyor belt of art… or is it the other way around?