Sunday, August 05, 2007



Yo! Many, but MANY THANKS to all the folks who visited our booth at the San Diego Comic Con. As "The Editor" loves to say: I can only describe the madness in two simple words: UN, BELIEVABLE! The booth was mobbed from sun-up to sun-down. Pretty fuckin' awesome and surreal if you'd asked me.

I usually write down my impressions of the show and the ensuing shenanigans, this time however, don't expect me to give you a blow-by-blow account of my three-week stay in Southern California because it ain't happenin'. Too much shit went down, too much work, too much drinking, too much great food (and not-so-great but fun food), too much art . . . well, you can never have too much art, that's for sure) wisdom says too much of a good thing can sometimes be bad for you but as far as I'm concerned, The San Diego Comicon can go on for another two weeks and I wouldn't mind one bit. Too much of this, too much of that and the other thing but over all, tons of fun, friendship and memorable times. All the sleepless nights and the grueling work and preparation leading to San Diego, all of it, well worth it!

Sharing the booth with our buddies Matt Stewart, Humberto Ramos and Francisco Herrera was indeed a high point, we pretty much sold out on most of what we brought to the show. Thanks for making that happen. Hangin' out with them peeps and the rest of our killer crew after the convention, now that was magical.

Our friends, the talented Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera of Imaginism Studios wrote a pretty accurate account of the show and festivities, worth checking out. click HERE to read it.

Me? I'm exhausted but happy to no end. Why? I'm glad you asked. Well, because the response we generated at the show for what we are doing here at Brandstudio Press was very rewarding. Our books were everywhere. I never once had a doubt these books would be successful because I believe in our little labor of love, because every single artist pours his heart and soul into each individual book we publish. But to see our efforts fully realized and appreciated by so many fine people, now that was something to behold. I can't really express this feeling in mere words, you had to be there to witness it.

The San Diego Comicon 2007 ended but that doesn't mean we stop doing what we do best, that is messing around and being silly. New alliances were forged, new plans for more art books and comics were concocted. More artists are joining our war against bad art and boring corporate bullshit.

I will post a list of the Fall collection in due time but for now I will work towards putting the final touches on the EYE CANDY FROM STRANGERS book(s)

There are still a few people I haven't contacted due to my involvement with the SDCC books, so I will try my best to take care of that project ASAP.

This is for you, you know who you are. You, who conduct business (the business of selling art) in a less than unethical manner (to be mild, because I know there are young children reading this post) I will refrain from naming names in a public forum such as this one, because I'm not a dirtbag like you. You, who will stop at nothing to fill your pockets by taking advantage of artists who self-publish, artists who are already being treated like portable toilets by the "industry" I know you're reading this, I wrote this for you! You know who you are and so do I and even though I won't name names, I'll make certain my friends know for sure who I am talking about.

You, leech of society, who contribute nothing remotely creative or unique to the artistic community. You, who have never known and most likely will never know what it feels like to generate one tenth of a creative thought. To you and your abhorrent kind, those revolting mistakes of nature, whose veins and arteries carry no human blood but donkey's urine, those malicious cockroaches who impose their bad taste and lower than low standards upon all of us, who have no original ideas of their own inside their half-witted brains and bloated bodies but are quick to extract every last drop of creativity from those who do

You, middle men and women, who call yourselves agents, liaisons, reps, book buyers, art buyers, mediators. You, fast-talkin' swindlers, wide-eye-straight-to-my-face-liars, brown-nosed-boot-lickin'-scum-suckin' pigs whom I regard as nothing but "Art Predators". You, the single lowest form of parasites the world has ever known. Worthless two-faced maggots who feed off the talent and good faith of others.

To you and all the assholes who came up with these unfair rules of engagement. These rules who benefit no one but yourselves and your despicable ilk. These rules we must play by, because you say so. Well, guess what? I'm not playing by your stupid rules.

These absurd conditions you force upon us, these one-sided contracts between artists and publishers, between self-publishing artists who invest their hard-earned money and retailers and distributors who are so arrogant to believe they have the power to "make" us or break us.

You, the shit-eating motherfucking swine who back-stabbed me at the San Diego Comicon and mistook my trust and kindness towards you for stupidity and weakness of character. You, who fucked with me just because you felt entitled to, because you truly believe you can get away with it, because you really think I won't do anything to jeopardize my so called "business relationship" with you, because you're so full of yourself that you actually think you hold the key to my financial success, but you hold nothing. I call your bluff right here and now. You feel we (artists) need you and so you dictate these ridiculous terms and choose the uneven playing field where only you can win, as you quietly and cunningly threaten and blackmail us all with impunity. Guess what? We don't fuckin' need you and your greasy, greedy, chubby little fingers, so Fuck Off!

To you, loathsome, crafty and conniving weasel: I am on to you, stay away from me and stop contacting me. Make it easy on yourself and slither away, go bother someone else. You have fucked with the wrong man, I am not a belligerent individual and I don't wish ill unto others but I promise you and I swear on my children: I WILL make it my personal crusade to destroy you and your livelihood and I will do so with a grin on my face. You better pray to your philistine god I never come into a good chunk of money (most likely I won't 'cause I'm not you) because if I do, I will buy you out just so I can close you down and I will build a parking lot and Plant flowers in the putrid place you now call home.


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Neil said...

Note to self: Do NOT cross Alberto!!!

Animal Qwacker said...

First, great seeing you again sir, and see you in a few days in Chicago!
Second, man is my curiousity level up on the identity of this indidual (or company) who crossed you.

DaLe said...

mr ruiz! the confidence you have put into this project & the confidence you show towards other artists is further encouragment for me to not take the bullshit i get in the other "art" field, animation. same shit different bag, but it doesnt mean we have to take it, thanks again al, for slap in the face to show me.

we can enjoy "working" in art

Randeep Katari said...

Hey Mr. Ruiz,
Great to see your stuff here, I'm going to be purchasing quite a few of the amazing books you put out as soon as I get some cash, just wanted to say thanks for being one of the good guys.
If you can, I'd really appreciate if you could check out my blog and let me know what you think of some of the stuff...
hope you're well.

nelson said...

Que buenos se ven los libros, cuantos mas vienen? Para ver cuantos elogios debo guardar. Maravillosos trabajos, son muy buenos. Felicitaciones Alberto, has conseguido una coleccion realmente increible.
Greetings from Chile

Monkeyfeather said...

Nice getting to chat with you at SDCC. The books look AWESOME. It's a GREAT thing that you're doing.

I saw your daughter was selling drawings as well. Looks like the talent runs in the family!

Fight the power!

Bobby Chiu said...

Not too many established artists have kahunnas to 'keep it real' and say exactly whats on your mind. That's one of the many reasons you'll always have my respect my friend.

Jav said...

Truly awesome meeting you at the con.
I agree in that words truly cant express the sheer awesomeness of it.
It was a blast indeed, and people like you are what make it all worth while. Your passion is unrivaled... and that, sir, is something to truly admire...
Here's to life, love, future endeavors, and a cold one!
I'll be seeing you in Chicago if you make it out...
fue un plaser

spleenal said...

again another pile of beautiful artwork.
I visit a lot but can never think of words good enough to match the art i see

Manu said...

Ah, so great to read it turned out wonderfully. It was a pleasure to spend very little, but none the less, precious time with Megan and yourself. I'll be sending the pixs. I am very happy to see the process has become fruitful and that your with like minded people to share in this challenging field of art. Be well. Wishing you and your love ones, all the best!

Alex "Toon" Deligiannis said...

Nothing but props, my friend. It’s been so great to see you keep the hustle alive since that first Con and make it to this point. Great getting to hang with you for a bit in San Diego; hope to talk sooner than later, and further success with everything!

Michael said...

Hey Alberto!
Great to meet you at the SDCC.
Process Junkie is helpin me out alot.

haha dunno who crossed you man, but for some reason i dont think i should feel bad for em

Raymond Xu said...

Niiiicely said, I've never seen so many words hyphenated and strung together to describe one object/person. nice work though!

Mike Feeney said...

Glad it was a success for you Alberto.
I'm sure glad i'm on your good side..i hope ;P

william wray said...

LOL! Donkey Blood! I so happy to be with you in this thing brother! Don't worry, Amazon will destroy them. Us small fry will live in the cracks of the rocks away from the stinky maw of the giant leach. We won't be big fish, but we will grow into a scappy little turtle.

CosmicPencil said...


1. It was great to finally meet you, and I'll stand by the fact that you are going to make me a poor man (but rich in artbooks!) after I am 'done' picking up your books...

2. Can't say nothing but great things about Andrew's art book. I can't wait to pick up the rest of them and see what you have in store for us in the future.

3. After seeing a post from Mr. Wray up here, I have to request that at some point we see an artbook from this master.


Kane said...

Man!!!!! That is everything I want to say!! And am doing what I want to Say Thanks fer saying and doing what youd man!!! Sincerly-T

PEPE said...

My mother tucking FREEDOM FIGHTER, Alberto Ruiz!!!! You da friggin' man. You're treading paths that most men, including myself, have feared. But I fear it no longer and I owe this blessing of courage to you. Thanks for being the Big brother to a young pup like me and for shepparding me in the dark with your great big torch!!
Via la revolution and Mad Luv,