Thursday, August 30, 2007

Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival this weekend

This is the second leg of my trip to Canada, I am now in Calgary to attend the 2007 Tattoo and Arts Festival this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Calgary Roundup Centre 1410 Olympic Way SE Calgary, Alberta. Come by and say wassup.

Many thanks to the fine people of Toronto for all the love and support. Matt Stewart, Silver and Y.B. Truly had so much fun at the show and exploring the city. Toronto is now officially my second home.

Abrazos,
—Alberto

Friday, August 24, 2007

TORONTO & CALGARY



Please join us in Toronto this weekend, August 24-26 at the Fan Expo. The usual gang of irresponsible adults will be at hand to kiss babies and hand out poisoned candy. Bobby Chiu, Kei, Silver, Coleman, Pekar, Stewart and god knows who else.

Tonight, after the show we'll celebrate Brandstudio Press' newest releases with a "Sketchbook Party" at my good buddy Jeremy McCracken's loft which is merely a five minute drive from the convention centre. Bring yourselves, your sketchbook, a few Coronas and lime flavored Tostitos.Show up at our booth and we'll give you directions. If you're not attending the show but wish to come to the party give us a call: 647.232.9742

See you there!


Abrazos!
—Alberto

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Forgotten Kingdom of Imaginary Friends



Andrew Wilson will one day become the King of the world and if I play my cards right, he just might make me president of his fan club. I'm not going to bore you with the story of how I met Andrew, you won't believe it anyways, it's extremely complicated, trust me. What's important is this man's passion for art.

In this book entitled: PASSPORT Forgotten Kingdom of Imaginary Friends, Andrew creates an entire universe of beautiful, sometimes dangerous, but always sharp young women and their respective creature pets. Each one more visually arresting than the previous, each and every one of these cleverly designed characters comes with a cleverly written little poem of its own. A magnificent book from a ridiculously gifted and ingenious human being.


The book is 5"x5", 72 pages thick, hard cover, gold leaf stamped and embossed. Designed, written, drawn and painted by Andrew.

PASSPORT Forgotten Kingdom of Imaginary Friends
By Andrew Wilson


Price: $10.00 US Dollars
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BIll Presing's Belle Du Jour

I fell in love with this book way before it was printed, I was privileged enough to have caught a glance of the prototype at San Francisco's Wondercon early this year, I wanted it right then and there!

Bill designed and published this book and it debuted at the SDCC last month to rave reviews

I think you're also going to want this book.

Thanks to my good friend Bill Presing for graciously allowing us to carry his gorgeous volume in the Brandstudiopress.com store, it is an honor for me, that's for sure.




Belle duJour
By Bill Presing


Price: $25.00 US Dollars
ISBN: 13 978-1-9793824-0-8 ISBN: 10 9793824-0-8
7 1/4x8 3/4, 96 pages Full-Color, Full-Bleed, Hardcover, Cloth Spine and Corners, Perfect bound-Sewn Pages
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

NOT A GOOD DAY



Just got back home from Chicago to a devastating piece of news: Mike Wieringo is dead.

This is hard to take for many reasons, at first there's the shock of his sudden passing, I may be speaking for many of his friends when I say I had no clue he suffered from any kind of life-threatening illness. Then there's the obvious examination of one's own life, the sad realization of our own mortality and of our legacy, etc., etc. But mainly because Mike was a personal friend and a fellow artist (for those of you who are not familiar with him, he worked in the comics field, Tellos & Spiderman to name two of the most prominent titles he drew) He was one of us.

Mike and I were planning an art/sketchbook for next spring, I saw him two months ago in Charlotte, he was in great spirits as we discussed the project and seemed very excited to join our movement and finally put a full-color art book together, he wanted to showcase his personal work not just the stuff that paid the bills.

The fact that he looked in perfect health and so optimistic about the future makes his passing very difficult to accept, I've never seem him so cheerful as I did that weekend. You see, in the past few months leading to Charlotte he seemed a bit unhappy with his personal work, Mike was very hard on himself, he had expressed many times, both, in private to his friends and later on his blog for everyone to see, that he felt a bit insecure about his art and the need to become better, I loved him for it because few artists come to that realization at the heap of their popularity, that took a big heart and even bigger balls, because he had tons of fans praising him night and day and loving his work. He knew there was much more to learn and to experience, he wanted more than just the adoration of his fans, he was true to himself and never bought into that celebrity status nonsense. He really wanted to grow as an artist and not just survive.

Mike was always a gentleman and a gentle man, courteous and polite, down-to-earth, kind and generous, I know people always say nice things about a person who passes away out of respect, even when that person doesn't deserve them but Mike Wieringo WAS all those things and more, he truly was a great human being and that is not an exaggeration, I don't claim to have been one of his best friends but I did consider him one of my few true friends. He e-mailed me 3 days before he died, right after he had read my August 5th post (in which I went postal on a book buyer), not just out of curiousity but expressing real concern for what had happened to me, that was the kind of man he was.

Rest in peace Mike, you will be sorely missed.

Friday, August 10, 2007

CHICAGO WIZARDWORLD '07

Once again, as it's customary year after year, we're in the windy city attending the WizardWorld Comicon 2007 at the Rosemont Convention Center. Come and say hi, Matt Stewart, Joe Pekar, Joe Bluhm, and Yours B. Truly, we're all going to be in the Artist Alley area, at tables 3516 through 3520. Sitting directly across from us will be: Stephen Silver, Bobby Chiu, Kei Acedera, Jason Seiler, Mister "T" and Peter Chan.

I have 4 free passes for the show. The first 4 people to show up at our booth and identify themselves as friends of this blog will get them, you can give them to a friend or relative or whoever you want (one free guest pass for the entire weekend per family)
Courtesy of Brandstudio Press LLC, your friendly pimp.

See ya there!
—Alberto

Sunday, August 05, 2007

BACK FROM THE LEFT COAST

COMICON WAS RIDICULOUS, THANK YOU!

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.


MOVING FORWARD
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.


YOU ARE GOIN' DOWN, MOTHERFUCKER!
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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Mandy's Shorts
By Dean Yeagle



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STINKBOMB!
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