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2007
29

Skinned Alive

Not that he needs the press from me, but the amazingly prolific Sacramento artist (and friend) Skinner has a show at Super 7 in San Francisco (and a t-shirt!). If you’ve ever driven West on Broadway you’ve probably seen his crazy monster paintings decorating the Javalounge: I really love the stuff he’s been doing lately. Here’s two recent pieces, “Forest Lurking” and “Wing Hero Print 3”: There’s also a rumor that Skinner will be a late addition to the Perfect Bound show; if true, he’ll surely put us all to shame with his ability to sell tons of art and…

AUG
2007
27

Don’t Worry About the State of American Health Care: Me and My Celebrity Moustache are Fine!

Last week in his column for Real Clear Politics, celebrity pundit John Stossel (pictured left) pretended to debunk studies by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Commonwealth Fund that found the quality of health care in the United States compares poorly to that of other countries despite the fact that America has “[…]the most costly health system in the world […]”. WHO rates America at 37 out of 191 countries, below poorer countries such as Costa Rica, Chile, Cyprus and Singapore, while the Commonwealth Fund found the US ranks the lowest when compared to five other industrialized nations, Australia,…

AUG
2007
25

HardPressed at SPX

I doubt anyone attending the show will read this, but I’ll be exhibiting at the Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda, Maryland in October. I’m very excited: this will my first time exhibiting at SPX, my second trip (ever) to the East Coast and only my third show as an exhibitor at any convention. Besides doing a little sight-seeing while I’m out there, I look forward to meeting new friends, getting to know old friends better and meeting long-time heroes of the inky fingered community such as Gilbert Hernandez, Bill Griffith and Jeff Smith! Update:  Due to circumstances beyond my…

AUG
2007
25

September 8th Art Show: Now with Name and Flyers

The art show I’m participating in at the Sol Collective Gallery (myspace profile) on September 8th now has a name: Perfect Bound. The flyer for the show is now out as well, designed by the ever-amazing Aaron Winters: I think it’s a particularly beautiful design, although Aaron says I just like to see my name in print. But my name looks so beautiful in print! Check out the elegant swoop of the “J” in “Jesse.” All joking aside, I hope to see everyone there on opening night, September 8th. If you can’t make then but plan to go a different…