DEC
2012
03

Coded for Violence: The Horror Stories of Josh Simmons (Spoilers Below)

The Furry Trap: Horror Stories, 2004-2011 by Josh Simmons (Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics, 2012) is not a collection of horror stories in the usual sense of the word, like knife-wielding maniacs or supernatural monsters, although these things make their appearance in Simmons’s book, too. Rather, the horror of The Furry Trap is like that found in war, with dismemberment, birth defects, horrible deaths, animal cruelty, torture, incest, rape, and crimes against the innocent. The level of violence is so extreme that I found myself wondering at times why I was reading it, why anyone would want to read such a thing,…

OCT
2012
21

APE 2012

This year’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) was a lot of fun. Audrey and I stayed once again at the Best Western Carriage Inn, where each room is named after a different famous San Franciscan. This time we stayed in the Isadora Duncan room; below is the portrait of her adorning our wall (unfortunately I can’t find the name of the artist who created the portrait): I shared a table with the amazingly talented, Sacramento-based artists Joel Smith and Jacob Magraw-Mickelson. To my other side were the amazingly talented, Bay Area artist Cody Vrosh and his wife, Sheatiel Sarao. Intimidating! Still,…

OCT
2012
18

Democratic Undead and Republican Remnants

A friend recently commissioned me to draw Mitt Romney and Barack Obama as zombies. Or as another two friends suggested today, Mitt Zomney and Ozomba! (Thanks Bre and Anthony) They also suggested, “Presidential Zombinees.” How about, “Prezombies”? Also, check out the new “Caricatures” section at JesseBaggs.com!

OCT
2012
08

Promotional Postcard

Excerpted from the cover to my new comic. Featuring the fonts “Thickhead” by Scotty Ulrich, “Comicker” by Cosmic Cosmos, “VTKS Comic” by Douglas Vitkauskas, “Old Typewriter” by Martin Steiner, and “Cartoonic Massive” by GrandChaos9000, all downloaded free from DaFont.com.

OCT
2012
03

Introducing Sladgel

Barring any further unforeseen difficulties, HardPressed #1 will debut at APE Saturday, October 13. Here’s a preview of the main story, “Sladgel the Duck.”

AUG
2012
19

The Scratch Papers, Page 113: “Je Ne Sais Quoi”

Collage; 2012. More Scratch Papers.

AUG
2012
19

The Scratch Papers, Page 112: “No Better Place”

Collage; 2012. More Scratch Papers.

AUG
2012
19

“I Am an Amanuensis” 77: Friedrich Nietzsche

“I tell you: one must still have chaos in one, to give birth to a dancing star. I tell you: ye have still chaos in you.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra. Originally published in 1891. Translated by Thomas Common. Reprinted online by English Server Philosophy Texts. Amanuensis –noun.  A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. More “I Am an Amanuensis.”

AUG
2012
18

The Scratch Papers, Page 111: “Burning Bright”

I just finished Lynda Barry’s amazing and beautiful Picture This: A Near-Sighted Monkey Book, which is different parts memoir, graphic novel, art book, and art guide. I’ve been trying some of the projects Barry recommends, both on my own and with my students, and here’s one that turned out rather well. Collage, acrylic; 2012. More Scratch Papers.

AUG
2012
18

“I Am an Amanuensis” 76: Lynda Barry

“In motion, you speak the language that language is based on.” Lynda Barry, Picture This: A Near-Sighted Monkey Book. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly, 2010. Amanuensis –noun.  A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. More “I Am an Amanuensis.”