Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Alergias & Libros
Another one of our variant covers (jackets) by Lawrence Hamashima. I'll post some more next time. When I see this cover all I can think of is brightly colored Skittles™. Sugar overload, yummy!
I thought that I had escaped those annoying season allergies that plague me every year at this time but guess what? fucking wrong was I (as Yoda would say)
This time, the sneaky little bastards were late but they got to me, regardless. They destroyed my nose and played street soccer with my eyeballs, they tormented me mercilessly and brought me to a stand-still. This of course, came at the worst time possible, when I'm putting together the Summer collection and the "Eye Candy From Strangers" books. I gobbled all sorts of pills and sprayed all kinds of sprays and ate all types of herbs and shit and managed to get through them, not without some serious damage. I am a walking zombie today, the adrenaline rush of getting 17 books to the printer in time to make the San Diego Comicon, —which is a mere month and some days away—has all but dissipated into thin air and all that is left is this carcass of a man, half-asleep, half blind and exhausted beyond recognition.
But before my friends say Awwwwwwwwwwww! and my enemies say Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh! I have to tell you that although I might be drugged out, dazed, confused, fatigued, sneezing up a storm and spewing thin white mucus from every membrane-lined orifice in my old and fragile lttle body, I couldn't be happier; those Summer books look FAN-FUCKIN-TASTIC and they are being printed as we speak. So don't cry for me, Argentinians, I feel like a billion bucks!! . . . well, at least on the inside.
As promised, this is the list of the artists along with their respective titles. I will reveal the cover art in due time so bare with me. Here's the line-up in alphabetical order:
WADE FURLONG Goonz
FRANCISCO HERRERA Sketchbox
TAESOO KIM Stinkbomb!
DANNY KIMANYEN Citizen Kano
TRACY MARK LEE Tiki, T Dog & Whatnot
HOANG NGUYEN Memories Lost
PHIL NOTO Jet 7
PATRICK MORGAN Undertoe
HUMBERTO RAMOS Toxic Waste
KHARY RANDOLPH The Black Book
ANDREW ROBINSON Goes To Zanyzonkerville
ALBERTO RUIZ Chola/Jalapeño Lollipops (reprint of Sketchbooks 3 & 5)
JAY SHULTZ Doodle A Day Volume 1
JAY SHULTZ Doodle A Day Volume 2
ANDREW WILSON Passport
WILLIAM "BILL" WRAY Dirty Beauty
DEAN YEAGLE Mandy's Shorts
As with the first batch, some of these names you already know and love and some you have no clue about but you will, Oh and I guarantee you will love them and their work. This Brandstudio Press thing, which is far from being a publishing house in the traditional sense, it's more than the sum of its parts, it's a community of passionate individuals doing their thing, taking back the creative control over their own work, doing it with dignity in an industry that cares very little about them as individuals. This community is growing into a force to be reckoned with. This I take no credit for, I'd love to, but no, Brandstudio Press will become something bigger and better because of the artists taking part in this gigantic Art Project. I am very proud of what we're creating here and proud to be associated with all of these guys and girls, and with the future members of this not-so-secret society.
I know that sounded deep and serious and all that jazz but that's the way I feel about it. I'm old skool like that, or just plain old.
See you next week. And please, again I must ask you to be patient as I continue to gather the info and files for the Eye Candy Book.