Haunted Monterey

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… img_1771Haunted 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 brig@squidrowcomics.com to reserve a copy.

West End Celebration

Randie_westend-2016It’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


Events Upcoming …so far…

11902404_10205903088509603_6217955200402707184_nJuly/August: Sketchbooking Workshops at The Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA. MMA Events

August 27 & 28: West End Celebration … art and music festival of fun, Sand City, CA. Westendcelebration.com

September 4: SF Zine Fest… County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, San Fran, CA. sfzinefest.org

October 1-2: Open Studios… The Cartoonery will be open for to browse my space. Monterey County Open Studios Tour

October 8 & 9: The Alternative Press Expo… San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA. alternativepressexpo.com

Zine Fest in September

spicer-artoramaI 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.

Sketchbooking Workshops


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.


… expression is the conveyor belt of art… or is it the other way around?