OCT
2009
27

Fight Tonight Over Nestlé Bottled Water Plant!

As reported in Sacramento Press yesterday, the City of Sacramento issued a stop-work order on construction of a Nestlé water-bottling plant in Sacramento, and at a 6pm meeting tonight the City Council will consider “amending the city’s zoning code to immediately require special permits for beverage bottling plants.” The stop-work order is based on questions of whether or not Nestlé filled out the appropriate paperwork to build the plant, and Brendan O’Rourke, who works for Nestlé, says they did. The larger issue being asked by City Councilman Kevin McCarty and the advocacy group Save Our Water Sacramento is whether Nestlé…

OCT
2009
25

Silent Bitch

Once, while Audrey and her friends were listening to “Like a Rolling Stone,” they realized that between “How does it feel” and “To be without a home,” Bob Dylan was missing a “bitch,” as in, “How does it feel / [BITCH] / To be without a home?” Actually, Dylan probably didn’t forget to include “bitch,” it’s just very obviously implied, or silent, like the “T” in “Listen,” which is why it works so well to add it back in. So, how does it feel?

OCT
2009
22

APE 2009 and the Kitty Butthole Conspiracy

One thing Audrey and I noticed at APE this year was the unexpected abundance of kitty buttholes. First, Audrey fell in love with this postcard by painter Celeste Young: “Look at her myad eyes!” Audrey exclaimed. Then, the enthusiastic kids of Ground Score gave us copies of their zines, with this image on the back of the second issue: And finally, there was the “Cat Butt City” guy, who put pictures of kitty’s buttholes on everything, as if he were trying to make feline anuses his own personal brand. Weird! Kitty buttholes: an idea who’s time has come. Update: Friend…

OCT
2009
20

“True Marketer” Jesse Baggs and APE 2009

As always, the Alternative Press Expo (APE) was a lot of fun. I’ll have more to say soon, but for now you can read a brief article on the show by Amy Crocker at SFist.com, in which I’m described as a “true marketer.” Thanks, I guess? Audrey and I forgot our cameras, so we had to use a crappy disposable instead. Here are the pics.

OCT
2009
16

Go APE This Weekend!

The Alternative Press Expo (APE) is this weekend at the San Francisco Concourse Building. Tickets are $10 a day or $15 for both days. Head on down for a fantastic collection of comics, books, posters and handmade items you won’t find anywhere this side of Etsy! This year’s special guests include Jeff Smith, creator of Bone, Dash Shaw of Bottomless Belly Button, and Phoebe Gloeckner of A Child’s Life. I will also be in attendance, along with fellow hard-pressed artists Argel Brown, Clave Fourie and Scott Longo. We’ve got the weirdest names in the biz! How could you not stop…

OCT
2009
14

“I Am an Amanuensis” 66: Emmanuel Guibert

“‘I’ve always read everything I could get my hands on. Comics for thirst and novels for hunger.’” Cartoonist Emmanuel Guibert in an interview with The Comics Journal. April 2009, 94-135. 98-99. Amanuensis –noun.  A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

OCT
2009
02

Clave ‘n’ me!

Here’s a little preview of Young Clave’s latest comic, entitled, “Baggs ‘n’ Me.” We brainstormed ideas for it last night and jammed up a couple of pages.  Speaking of Clave, his blog recently changed URLs and can now be seen at http://clave4e.tumblr.com/ Methinks the kid draws me a little too well . . .

OCT
2009
02

Samus Lives!

I was searching the web for photos of Pugsley for this year’s Halloween costume (Audrey’s going to be Wednesday!), and, via deceased comic book / sci fi / video game costume blog Monster Donut I stumbled on the web site of Pixel Ninja, also known as the Swedish-Japanese artist Jenni Källberg, who makes awesome video game costumes!  Check out her killer Samus and super-cute Princess Peach: