Carla and I had a nice time at the 2009 San Francisco Zine Fest on Sunday. This week, I'll share some of the photos I took of the zinesters who came to sell their comics and zines. (Yesterday I wrote about Sean Logic and his zine, The Great MySpace Swindle.)
This is Hellen Jo and Calvin Wong. Helen was working on this amazing watercolor while she was there (a commission, she said.) Click on the photo for a closer look. It's beautiful.
Hellen and Calvin were selling their comic books. They're both very talented artists and storytellers. Calvin's comic book, Ramble On is a humorous heavy metal sci-fi fantasy story about a guitar playing beaked critter who battles a grumpy giant tree. Helen's comic, Jin & Jam #1 is about a couple of chain-smoking high school girls who pal up with another girl who gets in a fight with a pair stylish but nasty-tempered conjoined twins. Both comics are excellent. I see good things ahead for both of them. (Also, check out Calvin's interpretation of Cher's pre-Cher song "Ringo, I Love You")
Briggs Land is a complex, intelligent crime drama that is so American at its core, but a slice of America we rarely get to see. It would be topical at any time, but in our current political climate, it’s frighteningly relevant.
Saga is Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ magnificent, visually stunning, adventurous, funny, raunchy, complex and provocative graphic novel; the first six volumes of collected comics moved from strength to strength, fleshing out a universe that was simultaneously surreal and deadly serious, where cute characters could have deadly-serious lives: now, with volume 7, Staples and Vaughan continue their unbroken streak of brilliance.
Jonathan Coulton is known for a myriad of distinct accomplishments. The tech professional-turned-musician once conducted a Thing a Week experiment, in which he recorded and published a new song every Friday for a year, produced a cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” infamously adopted by the Fox series Glee, regularly contributes to the NPR quiz show “Ask Me Another” as its very own one-man band, and runs his own fan cruise aptly called the JoCo Cruise.
All moms are different. But all moms like getting flowers on Mother’s Day, and that’s a fact (not, however a fact we can document in any fashion.) Instead of getting chewed out for forgetting to call her on the second Sunday of May, you can take care of it ahead of time with Teleflora’s flower […]
Yeah, Bluetooth audio is pretty common these days, so why should you care about these earbuds? Look how happy that woman up above looks. She’s got FRESHeBUDS in. Boom. There’s your reason. She’s also at the beach and it appears to be a very nice day.But for the sake of promotion, wireless earbuds are fast becoming the […]
“Gets stuff done,” is a good way to be described by anybody. Especially by coworkers or bosses. Because whether you’re in finance or a children’s librarian, stuff needs to get done. But how do you make sure stuff gets done? You definitely can’t do all the stuff yourself, unless your company/organization/government office consists entirely of you. And […]