Thursday, June 28, 2007

BRANDSTUDIO PRESS EXCLUSIVE PRE-ORDER

Brandstudio Press is proud to announce our first exclusive. First of many I do hope. My friends and business partners: Humberto Ramos and Francisco Herrera have chosen the Brandstudio Press store as the exclusive on-line seller for their soon to be award-winning and best selling new art books.

For Francisco this has a special meaning since this is the premiere of his very first Sketchbook. I consider myself truly lucky to have played a part (however small) in bringing you these two amazing books designed by the internationally renowned Leonardo Olea, which are loaded with great art in breathtaking color, most of which has never been published before.

Besides our common business interests and upcoming artistic collaborations Humberto is one of my dearest and closests friends so this joint venture means a great deal to me. The first run of the following 3 books will ONLY be available at the brandstudiopress.com online store and at the San Diego Comicon. A few selected comic stores in the U.S., Europe and Asia, will also carry these books beginning in late August. I can't even begin to tell you the crazy projects we're putting together for the near future. To you, the most loyal audience in the world, this will mean tons of art books, comics and mayhem.

I urge you to please pre order as soon as possible, shipping of these products will begin in approximately 2 weeks from this date. Pre orders will allow us to determine the amount of books we bring to the shows and will help us pay for additional print runs to meet further demand if necessary. Thank you for your support!

-Alberto Ruiz
Brandstudio Press Flounder





HUMBERTO RAMOS' TOXIC WASTE SKETCHBOOK
Have you ever drawn stuff that never got to see the light of day? Projects gathering dust on your drawing table? Projects you wish you could share with the world? . . . Well, I have! That's why in this sketchbook entitled: "TOXIC WASTE" I want to give all these images a chance to be seen by the people for whom they were created . . . .YOU!

Also, I'm sharing with you some of the stuff done for different projects I've been working on outside of the U.S. Stuff you won't see in your local comic book store, things you wouldn't get to see unless you live in, or travel to Europe or to my country of birth: Mexico.

Stick around a bit and let me show you designs for characters you know and some you don't, sketches for TV shows that never aired and some ideas for upcoming projects that I will bring to reality some time in the future.

So without further ado, join me and enjoy the TOXIC WASTE Sketchbook.



Humberto Ramos
-Disposal Manager




Toxic Waste
By Humberto Ramos

Price: $24.95 US Dollars
ISBN: 13 978-1-934623-01-5 ISBN: 10 1-934623-01-6
8 3/4x12 3/8, 48 pages Full-Color, Full-Bleed, Hardcover, Perfect bound-Sewn Pages
Available Now. Click on the button below to order your copy:



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All images are copyright © 2007 Humberto Ramos and respective owners, please don't reproduce without permission.







FRANCISCO HERRERA'S FIRST SKETCHBOOK
After a few years of scratching paper and making a living from it, I want to share my work with you in a more personal way.
Most often, before, during and after each project, I generate a bunch of pages full of drawings, ideas and corrections, which for some strange reason look incredible, but they remain filed in the infinite world of "I'll check them out later, I may use them for something". So I set up to dust off old papers and past work which represent genres, techniques and styles I've developed over the years.

...I do hope you guys enjoy the Sketchbook as much as I enjoyed designing it to share it with you.




Francisco Herrera
Mexico City, Mexico


Sketchbox
By Francisco Herrera



Price: $24.95 US Dollars
ISBN: 13 978-1-934623-02-2 ISBN: 10 1-934623-02-4
8 3/4x12 3/8, 48 pages Full-Color, Full-Bleed, Hardcover, Perfect bound-Sewn Pages
Available Now. Click on the button below to order your copy:



Francisco's Blog












All images are copyright © 2007 Francisco Herrera and respective owners, please don't reproduce without permission.






ALBERTO'S FIRST SKETCHBOOK
There are only 200 of those first sketchbooks out there. They were printed on a huge color copier belonging to one of the companies I was doing computer consulting work for, put together painstankenly by hand, back in 2003.

Yup! I recall those days, I was moonlighting as a graphic designer for DC Comics and other companies and despising the type of design work I was doing. My day job was IT . I didn't really hate the IT job, I thought it was fun going from building to building in the garment center of New York, setting up computers, troubleshooting printing problems and what not, it was certainly way more fun than listening to a pompous art director babble incoherently and driving me up the wall with stupid changes. I can honestly say I loved fixing computers, what I hated the most was dealing with those fashion prima ballerinas and their big egos, aaarghh! the pain!
Those fashion divas (both male and female) have the most annoying personallities and pettiest of natures. God was cruel to me, knowing how much I hate people she's always managed to put me in these situations, I was at the end of my rope, I was counting on this book to get me out of that whole scene and back into drawing again.

The book did the trick; financially, it was bittersweet, it sold out (all 200 copies) but on the other hand I paid just as much as what the book cost me to produce and once I factored in my trip to San Diego, I ended up losing a lot of money but it did get me back into drawing and for that reason alone it remains my favorite book ever. Upon my return to NYC I quit everything and the rest, well, you know the rest.

This CHOLA book is really two books in one, half of the volume contains the best of 2001-02 (sketchbook 3) and the other half: JALAPEñO LOLLIPOPS, holds the best of 2003 (sketchbook 5).

If you happen to own books 3 and 5, don't bother with this book but if you don't have either one, this is definitely a fun book to own.

All the "Chola" pre-orders are signed and come with an original sketch, pen or colored pencil.


Chola/Jalapeño Lollipops
By Alberto Ruiz




Price: $24.95 US Dollars
ISBN: 13 978-1-934623-13-8 ISBN: 10 1-934623-13-x
8 3/4x12 3/8, 48 pages Full-Color, Full-Bleed, Hardcover, Perfect bound-Sewn Pages

Available Now. Click on the button below to order your copy:


















All images are copyright © 2007 Alberto Ruiz and respective owners, please don't reproduce without permission.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

SHARLETTE, MOCCA & GUERRILLA WARFARE

From Sharlette to The East Village
Dear Diary, the Heroes show was nothing short of grand and the Mocca festival was a blast. Here's a brief report, nuthin' fancy:

At the Charlotte Westin, Megan The Pagan and Yours B. Truly encountered many talented individuals, some of whom we work with and some we'll work with in the near future. This show, in my humble opinion, it's probably the best in the hangin' out department, we sold a ton of books but few things in life compare to watching your friends get drunk and act silly, particularly those who you least expect. On Thursday night we had dinner at the "Fox & Hound" in downtown Charlotte with our friends from "THE BLV" No, not "Bacon, Lettuce and Vomito" this ain't that kinda sandwich. I'm talking about Bernard Chang, Tommy Lee Edwards, Sean Chen and JP Leon, finer gentlemen you'd be pressed to find.

On Friday, we . . . wait, I don't remember what the fuck we did on Friday, sorry Diary! I'm a bit disoriented, lemme jump to Saturday will you? OK, on Saturday night Robin Mitchell, Megan The Pagan, Carlos and this narrator had dinner at Zink, we had a great time two years ago at this very same locale so we were looking forward to repeating that experience but it seemed to me that they had a different chef or something, the waitresses were as beautiful and corteous as always but the food just wasn't the same, and Diary, you bloody well know I'm not picky, I could eat from a garbage bin if need be (Lord knows I have) but when I tell you it was different, you better believe me, it was fuckin' different! I just can't pinpoint how or why. I'm not big on pricey food unless I have a good experience and I must say I was disappointed. Maybe the food wasn't that good the first time we ate there but somehow I felt I enjoyed it a lot more then, go figure! Could it be that two years ago we were ushered upstairs and from the balcony I had the most ridiculously awesome view of a tall and healthy southern blonde with a cleavage that had me ordering a glass of milk with my dinner? .. . and yet, I wonder . . .

Also on Saturday, Robin and Y. B. Truly went upstairs to Ed McGinnis' room and jammed with a cadre of fine artists, if I were to tell you their names you'd be super jealous so I'll spare you the details this time.

My memory is back, now I remember what we did on Friday. This happens every time I get high on Ny-Quil, I get spastic. Where was I? . . . Ah, yes! Friday. Friday was quite mellow, we got together with The Francavillas and walked across the street to Pizza Uno, I regret that meal, it played tricks with my stomach, pretty sucky but hey! that's what you get for being lazy. Diary, I was tired and didn't feel like walking all the way uptown, I'm sure you'd understand.

The convention itself was well-attended but not as many people as last year. Maybe Father's Day had something to do with the turn out, which was great but not spectacular. I've met a few friends from this here blog like the lovely Shannon and her brother; when God made this people, he must have been in a good mood because, Diary, these folks are so polite and respectful it almost makes you want to cry. I saw a bunch of old buddies I have not seen in years, that alone was worth the trip.

The spankin' new Summer Collection received rave reviews from everyone who stopped by our booths at both, the Charlotte and the Mocca shows and took a gander at our new line-up.

Here's a picture of the new books, these are the samples, I will post more in a few days: The books will arrive in a couple of weeks and I feel like a kid around Xmas time. Diary, I know you make fun of me behind my back for acting like a child, let me ask you, is it wrong to be this retarded and juvenile? When you were a small diary did your Mommy Diary give you Xmas presents as great as these books? . . . I didn't think so.




Guerrillas In The Mist
I'm proud to announce the creation of Guerrilla Warefare Press. This is a new division of Brandstudio Press, that would be in charge of printing books, not only for the artists involved in the Brandstudio brand but anyone wishing to self-publish. I am really happy to be able to offer offset quality printing at affordable prices and incredibly fast turnourounds.

I will post more about this new venture soon, at this point we're getting ready to launch the website from which you'd be able to get quotes for your books, upload files and get PDF proofs. That will take some time to put together but once we're rolling I think it's going to be huge because we will be able to offer something that no other printer of high quality books can match.

These are versions of the logo and other graphics I put together for Guerrilla Warfare Press.




Abrazos,
—Alberto

Saturday, June 23, 2007

MOCCA FESTIVAL NEW YORK CITY

Sorry for the last minute announcement. I've Been a bit overwhelmed lately. I'll be attending the NYC Mocca show Saturday June 23rd & Sunday 24th, if you happen to be in NYC, please do drop by table # A20. I will have samples of all the books from the "Summer Collection" for your viewing pleasure and the entire "Spring Collection" for your purchasing pleasure.


Abrazos,
—Alberto

Monday, June 11, 2007

Heroes Are Hard to Find . . .

. . . That's why I don't bother looking.

Just kidding! Relax, homeboy! :)

My apologies to those friends up in Toronto who were expecting me at the Paradise show, couldn't make the trip due to illness and fatigue. I'm not dying but was in no condition to drive up there for eight or nine hours straight, not with that sticky, yellow/lime-green gunk oozing from my eyes, no Sir! I will see you in August for sure at the FanExpo.

Now I'm getting ready to head south to North Carolina, to attend one of my favorite shows of the year: "The Heroes Convention" put together by my good friend Shelton Drum and a slew of amazing people.
This year the Wizard Philadelphia show falls on the same date as the NC event, Philly is more convenient for me as is merely a short drive from where I live but I pledged my allegiance to the fine city of North Carolina the very first time I laid eyes on her. Nothing 'gainst the City of Brotherly Love (whatever the fuck that may mean)-so don't bother with the hate mail- this has to do with the big guy wanting to crush the little guy and we can't have that. Most of my friends will be there to support Shelton and his crew, so I wouldn't miss it for the world and you shouldn't miss it either!

Friends and enemies please do come by, either to say hi or to punch me in the mouth. Booth 831. If you're planning on doing the latter please do wear rubber gloves as I am allergic to jerks. Just kidding, just kidding! you don't have to wear gloves, just make sure you wash your hands with sulfuric acid first. I will be at the Brandstudio Press booth with my Boy Robin Mitchell. My compadres in arms, Sean "Cheeks" Galloway, Paul Maybury and Joe Pekar will be around as well. Oh, and the lovely and talented Megan the Pagan will also be sitting with us, as she does every year. She says she will be taking commissions at the show this time because she will need money when Guitar Hero III hits the stores later this year, so please come early and get on her commission list before it's too late. Higashi, I'm talking to you :)
For those not in the know, Megan is my thirteen year old daughter, do not be fooled by her tender age, this kid is a monster! she draws like a seasoned pro, if you don't believe me just ask Jason Pearson, he'll tell you. I can't wait for her to grow up and take over the family business so I can stay at home and do nothing all day but lay on the hammock and watch over my tomatoes.


This is another cover/jacket for the "Eye Candy" book, drawn by the elegant Ryan Hungerford.


GUERRILLA WARFARE COMING SOON!

Soon after I get back home from the Heroes show that is.
I'll make an announcement that it's bound to shake your foundations. I'm not at liberty to say what it is at this point in time. Why? because I'm finalizing the details as I write, rest assured it will be a big one. Lotsa shit has gone down since we launched Brandstudio Press LLC and I guess this next step was inevitable.

As always, thanks for your support and keep on drawing!

. . . Speaking of which, don't quote me on this but I've been told by several doctors and nutritionists that people who draw for at least 45 minutes per day lose 5 pounds in as little as one week. Other experts claim that drawing an hour a day reduces stress and helps you look and feel younger because it re-establishes the connections among your neurones and reminds your brain of the time when you were eight or nine, back when you didn't draw for money but for pleasure and didn't have a care in this motherfuckin' world. Some others say that if you increase the amount of time you sketch every day by 30 percent, you can successfully stop hair loss, and if you up it it by 80 percent you might even notice a few new strands growing where there were none before. So sketching daily is not just a guilty pleasure, it's also good for you!


Stay healthy, draw often!

Abrazos,
—Alberto

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!


THE ALLERGIES
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.




THE BOOKS
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




THE SERMON
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.


Abrazos,
—Alberto