So as I’ve said yesterday on this blog, got invited last minute via Facebook through cartoonist Sergio Zuniga. The event took place in Elmhurst, Queens, at the Hilltap Tavern. Every once in a while, Hilltap will have local Punk/Post-Punk/Hardcore bands play there. Even if that wasn’t the case, this local Irish bar scores points for having whiskey on tap, in barrels. Here’s photos from last night:
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Posted in alcohol, art, Babalon Babes, book, book illustration, cartoon, comics, comics and illustrations, drink, Exhibits, Illustration, Only in NYC, Psycho Bunny, Uncategorized, underground/alternative/subculture, webcomic, tagged alternative art, alternative comics, april 2011, art, Babalon Babes, band, comics, elmhurst, elmhurst queens, hilltap tavern, irish bar, j. rivera, live performance, local bands, michele witchipoo, new york, new york city, paul jones, photography, Psycho Bunny, Queens, Queens New York, queens nyc, sergio zungia, shitty mickey, small press, tommy wings, underground comics on April 3, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in animation, art, Babalon Babes, book, book illustration, cartoon, comics, comics and illustrations, cover art, crappola a la mode, Exhibits, fashion, Illustration, life, Only in NYC, pop culture, published work, Uncategorized, underground/alternative/subculture, webcomic, witchesbrewpress releases, tagged anime, anime costumes, Babalon Babes, comic, comics, cos, COS costumes, cosplay, cosplay clothing, cosplay costumes, IF-X, IF-X cover, IF-X issue 5, IF-X issue 5 cover, IF-X issue 6, IF-X issue 9, IF-X issue 9 Halloween issue, Jacob Javits Center, japanese animation, Lolita fashions, manga, michele witchipoo, new york, new york anime festival, new york anime festival 2010, new york city, new york comic con, new york comic con 2010 photos, new york comic con artist alley 2010, nycc, NYCC 2010, nycc artist alley 2010, nycc2010, pop culture, Psycho Bunny, roleplay, shitty mickey, tales of woe, witchesbrewpress, worlds beyond, Worlds Beyond: A CAG Prose Anthology on February 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
A week later, and here’s part two of the NYCC 2010 blog post.
During the the three-day weekend of the NYCC (New York Comic Con) 2011, I was stationed mostly behind my table. When Sunday rolled around, figured it was time for some quick explorations. Inside the Jacob Javits center, the NYCC took most of the main floor, while New York Anime Festival was downstairs.
I’m not really familiar with the whole Manga/Anime/COS underworld. It’s not my thing, although I like some of Osamu Tezuka’s work. Like upstairs, the lower level where the Anime Festival was jammed packed.
Upon entering the Anime section, it was crossing into a whole other world. The general age of this Anime/COS crowd was probably tweens, to early teens. Almost everyone other than the artists and vendors were sporting some kind of costume.
On the mini-stage was some sort of singing contest, with a costumed female contestant warbling off-tune. I walked around the Anime section some more, when some sort of COS conga-line broke out. Half-scary, half amusing, I figured that I had my fill of this mini-Neverland. Time to go back upstairs.
My favorites were the like the frilly Victorian-style of the “Lolita” costumes. If I could get away with it, maybe I could have one of those Lolita dresses hanging in my closet.
Back upstairs to the NYCC:
The real reason why I was at the NYCC 2010; I had a table in the Artist Alley section:
My next two appearances: Welcome To My Nightmare 5, Williamsburg Brooklyn, March 27th 2011. MoCCA Art Fest 2011, NYC, April 10-11, 2011.
Posted in life, music, Only in NYC, pop culture, tagged bayside, bayside queens, breakdown records, CDs, DVDs, music, new york, new york city, northeastern queens, pop culture, queen new york, record collecting, records, retro, VHS, vinyl on January 8, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
The last of a dying breed. A store that almost brings tears to my eyes. I was a record collector back in high school. When the CD revolution came around though, I jumped on it’s back. Why? Because I was getting disgusted with the greedy nerd mentality often found in other collectors. To my own disgust, I was discovering those qualities creep inside of me. Time to jump ship. Years later, my turntable broke down. Never bothered to get a replacement.
Imagine my surprise when a friend informed me about Breakdown’s existence. Something to investigate.
The store front was a wee bit nostalgic for me. As of this posting, an over-sized poster of Elvis Costello hung in the front window. Elvis in his iconic late ’70s cool. Again, I started to get misty eyed. From the outside, this shop looks like something from an early 1980s teen flick. Couldn’t wait to step inside.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t happy with the selection. Mostly used CDs, vinyl, cassettes, DVDs and VHS tapes. Yet even with all this variety, there wasn’t anything I would particularly like to purchase. I mean, I really tried. Came across a CD by local Hardcore band, but that’s about it.
I tried again a few months later. Almost brought a used DVD but the price was too much. I could buy a new copy on Amazon for that price. Sorry.
However, if you’re into kooky vinyl, this might be the place for you. Don’t expect pristine conditions when you buy a record for $2.00. Buyer beware, you will get what you pay for. But it is vinyl mecca indeed. Reminiscent of the music written about in the RE:Search Incredibility Strange Music series. If I still had a turntable, I might be tempted back to my record collecting days. My excuse now is the economy.
So don’t let my finickiness scare you. Breakdown also has an Ebay store. (Ebay)
Still, I hope this is a place that never goes out of business. When Tower Records went out of business, it was an end of an era. When Virgin Megastore went under, yeah, that was sad too, but it was a-comin’. Virgin had an excellent selection but overpriced. Yet both spots were chain business. It’s the mom and pop shops I worry about. I hope stores like Amoeba and Other Music never shuts its doors. Just like I just hope Breakdown never goes under.
Breakdown Records: 48-09 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY, 11373. 718-279-0040.
Ebay store: http://stores.ebay.com/Breakdown-Records
Posted in art, Uncategorized, underground/alternative/subculture, tagged art, Asemic, Asemic writing, brion gysin, brion gysin new museum retrospective 2010, brion gysin retrospective, brion gysin video, collages, film, fine art, modern art, new museum, new york, nyc, painting, poetry, post modern art, the new museum, william burroughs, william s burroughs on October 2, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Went to the New Museum yesterday, to check out the Brion Gysin retrospective. For those who don’t know, Brion Gysin (1916 – 1986) was a multifaceted subversive. To define this person, imagine looking up the phase “Nothing is true, everything is permitted”; next to that phase is a photography of Brion Gysin. As an artist, he tried his hand at everything, from painting, collages, poetry, film, and musical collaborations. Gysin is best known by his collaborations with writer William Burroughs and the ‘cut-up’ method.
Personally speaking…although William Burroughs is more known, I’m more fascinated with Brion Gysin.
Since this weekend was the last of the Brion Gysin exhibit over at The New Museum, I made a mini-pilgrimage. The entire second floor was dedicated to Gysin. Prints, paintings, typed correspondence between Burroughs and Gysin. You could see various sigils and glyphs within Gyson’s work, as the artist experimented with Asemic writing. There was also book layouts, photographs, and collages. In separate rooms was two short films, a slide show, and actual dream machine. The dream machine section was dark, except for small black floor pillows for the viewer to sit on.
So I stuck in some video and tried to tape in dream machine in 23 seconds. Couldn’t click off the iPhone in time so it ends at 25.
“Brion Gysin: Dream Machine” at The New Museum ends its run tomorrow, Oct. 3rd, 2010.
Posted in art, book, book illustration, comics and illustrations, life, published work, tagged 8pussy, Abject misery, alex warble, art, book, book illustration, book release party, chadwick whitehead, elisabeth alba, illustration, iphone, iphone app, iphone application, john reed, kiki jones, misery, mtv press, new york, new york city, pat mcquade, pierogi, powerhouse books, ralph niese, sarah oleksyk, Stephane Blanquet, tales of woe, the boiler, the brooklyn rail, true crime, true stories, true stories of misery, walter einenkel, williamsburg, williamsburg brooklyn, woe on September 9, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Last night was the book release party Tales Of Woe. The event took place at The Boiler (Pierogi), located in good old Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There were copies of the book for sale at this particular party. The good news was at the party’s end, the table was sold out.
Here’s some photos taken of the event:
A shout out goes to everyone involved with the book, from John Reed and all the wonderful artists who contributed visual woes.
Artists: 8Pussy, Elisabeth Alba, Delia Gable, Chadwick Whitehead , Michele Witchipoo (oh wait, that’s me!), Alex Warble, Ralph Niese, Sarah Oleksyk, Stephane Blanquet, Patrick McQuade, and Kiki Jones. Walter Einenkel did the book layout.
If all that amazing art isn’t enough, there’s always the free application for your iPhone: Tales Of Woe. Also Facebook compatable.
So far this book has received awesome reviews! Not bad for abject misery.
And of course, if you haven’t done so, get your very own copy of Tales Of Woe! You can buy the book on Amazon, Borders, and Barnes and Noble. You can always go to the Powerhouse Books site, and order directly from there.
Update: Oh, forgot to add this: Photo cred to Daria McQuade.
Posted in Only in NYC, published work, tagged broken wand, broken wand ceremony, glendale, gravesite, graveyard, harry houdini's grave, harry houndini, Machpelah Cemetery, magicians, new york, new york city, nyc, online map sites, Queens, Ridgewood, S.A.M., schmap, stage magicians, the Society of American Magicians on March 29, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Well this is odd. A few weeks ago, some NYC map website connected with Flickr, emails me. Apparently it was in regards to a photograph I had taken of Harry Houdini’s grave. This pic was snapped in early November 2009, honoring Houdini on the anniversary of his death. Since 1927, the Society of American Magicians has held a broken wand ceremony at the grave site. Annually the bust, shown here with the S.A.M seal, is displayed on the grounds of Machpelah Cemetery.
Tonight I received another email from the same website company. Apparently my photo had been picked to represent the NYC borough of Queens. Click here for the link.
In case you’re curious, here’s two more photos from the 2009 Broken Wand Ceremony at Machpelah Cemetery.