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This Saturday I’ll be at this one day zine fest happening near L.I.C., Queens, NYC. It’s free admission from 2-6pm, located at 34-09 Queens Blvd & 43rd Avenue.

Zine Fair Flyer

Flyer for the Artist & Craftsman Zine Fest happening in L.I.C., Queens NY on Saturday June 24th, 2017.

You can check out the info on Facebook here.

Pfft…btw. Check out the Facebook pages for Psycho Bunny and Michele Witchipoo – WitchesBrewPress.

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It was just only a few weeks ago that some folks were getting upset over these red Starbucks cups. Now we have bigger things to worry about.

Anyway, while some were complaining about ‘the war on Christmas’, Psycho Bunny has other plans…

Psycho Bunny and those red Starbucks cups. Based on the the comic Psycho Bunny, created by Michele Witchipoo. Nov. 2015.

Psycho Bunny and those red Starbucks cups. Based on the the comic Psycho Bunny, created by Michele Witchipoo. Nov. 2015.

As usual I’m going to mention about getting your own copy of Psycho Bunny through any of these two channels…there’s my website and my Etsy store. Psycho Bunny even has his own page on Facebook. Until next time!

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Continuing to play long awaited catch-up, here’s a review of the last comic con I did. On May 16th, I took part in the White Plains Comic Con 2015. It was held at the White Plains public library at 100 Martine Avenue. It was nice to take a day trip out of NYC for the day, so off on the Metro-North we went.

Ad for the White Plains Comic Con 2015.

Ad for the White Plains Comic Con 2015.

Somehow I had trouble getting up due to my busy schedule, so I arrived late. Yeah, I know, excuses, excuses, typical artist standard time. However, I did manage to arrive at the White Plain Library, which held the free comic con. The moment the doors open, the entire library was packed. The crowds got to see indie artists, panels and a tiny bit of cosplay. The purpose of this comic con was to raise awareness for bullying. Being bullied myself in the past, this was a good cause. While I managed to overcome my experiences, unfortunately, not everyone is able to. Some carry this burden way after the bullying has ended, therefore leaving an effect years after onto someone’s psyche. So I contributed this sketch, drawn during the comic con.

Quick Psycho Bunny sketch, May 2015 by Michele Witchipoo. Anti-bulling message for the White Plains comic con 2015.

Quick Psycho Bunny sketch, May 2015 by Michele Witchipoo. Anti-bulling message for the White Plains comic con 2015.

Among some of the artists and vendors there were Archie Comics, Papercutz, Bronx Heroes, inker Alex Rivera, Ed Traquino, Pablo D. Martinez, Alitha E. Martinez, JM DeSantis, and other artists not mentioned here.

Artist Alitha E. Martinez at her table during White Plain Comic Con 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Artist Alitha E. Martinez at her table during White Plain Comic Con 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Bronx Heroes' very own soda! As seen during the White Plains Comic Con 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Bronx Heroes’ very own soda! As seen during the White Plains Comic Con 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

As for myself, I didn’t much stuff, as I’ve been mainly focusing on my new latest self-published titles. The latest Psycho Bunny mini-issue and my collection of sketches in Pin-Ups.

Psycho Bunny Ltd. Edition Mini-Issue released Spring 2015. Comic by Michele Witchipoo.

Psycho Bunny Ltd. Edition Mini-Issue released Spring 2015. Comic by Michele Witchipoo.

Pin-Ups, a mini sketchbook drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. Released Spring 2015.

Pin-Ups, a mini sketchbook drawn by Michele Witchipoo, on WitchesBrewPress. Released Spring 2015.

However, to my surprise, my last issue of Babalon Babes still sold. Someone brought the astrology themed issue.

Issue number 4 of Babalon Babes. Astrology issue. Babalon Babes has since been discontinued, but you can still order copies through WitchesBrewPress, or Etsy.

Issue number 4 of Babalon Babes. Astrology issue. Babalon Babes has since been discontinued, but you can still order copies through WitchesBrewPress, or Etsy.

Couldn’t help but notice a vendor selling back comic book issues and vintage trading cards. These trading cards brought back memories. Especially since I used to collect Wacky Packages stickers.

Vintage Dune trading cards from the 80s film release. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Vintage Dune trading cards from the 80s film release. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Vintage trading cards. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Vintage trading cards. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Vintage trading cards. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Vintage trading cards. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Vintage trading cards from the '80s. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Vintage trading cards from the ’80s. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Scene from White Plains Comic Con 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Scene from White Plains Comic Con 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

White Plains Comic Con 2015 towards the end of the show. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

White Plains Comic Con 2015 towards the end of the show. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Here’s a photo of me, having some soda towards the end of the comic con.

Me having a Bronx Heroes soda at the end of the day. May 2015.

Me having a Bronx Heroes soda at the end of the day. May 2015.

 

 

 

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Recently I’ve been mentioning this neat little cafe where I live, in Ridgewood. Ridgewood Queens, NY that is. Today this article came out and in the top photo you can see one of my comics as part of the display!

Which reminds me. In the article, what you’re seeing in the photo is an old Psycho Bunny issue. The recent one was sold at the time the piece was posted online. Below is an image of the last WitchesBrewPress release.

Psycho Bunny mini issue #3.25 Photo taken on July 2014.

Psycho Bunny mini issue #3.25 Photo taken on July 2014.

 

It should be noted that there’s very few copies of the recent Psycho Bunny issue left, otherwise known as #3.25. You can order it online here or through my Esty store.

 

 

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Last weekend I did the Mocca Fest 2013. Might’ve mentioned this before, but originally I wasn’t planning to do the weekend event. Due to school and doing projects for other people, I hadn’t done any of my own stuff. In other words I didn’t have any new self-published comics of my own. Then a month before Mocca happened, someone offered me table space.

Overall I’m glad I took up on the offer. It had been over a year since I did any sort of comic book convention, so there was some rustiness. Through trial and error I discovered some facts. Also to my surprise I learned that people were still interested in my self-published comic Psycho Bunny. It’s this little zine/comic that I’ve been doing on and off for about ten years now.

What also took me by surprise was people were most interested in Psycho Bunny than my esoteric pin-up sketch book Babalon Babes. In the past, the interest in both comics/zines were sort of equal. This year, readers went more or less for Psycho Bunny, an ongoing tale about an alcoholic rabbit who dwells in urban chaos. It was also interesting because I had been thinking of dropping Psycho Bunny altogether. I’ve wondering about heading in a different direction. After all, I’ve been meaning to do this cat webcomic. Then came the Mocca show, and was proven contrary.

It also felt good to be back. Again, despite no new material of my own, there was still some interest in my work. I was trying to downgrade so I didn’t bring everything I had done within the past year/two years and a half. That would’ve been impossible to lug back and forth to the show. So this time around it was back to the basics. Besides, I kinda wanted to sell off some old material before setting forth on the new. A spring cleaning of sorts.

As for the weekend itself, the convention was packed. In the age of Nooks, Kindles and webcomics, people were still into buying indie hard copies. So in the end maybe it’s better to have a balance of everything. Perhaps readers are more interested in paper for the indie work, and digital for the more established. Time will tell.

Speaking of the more established, one of the guests of honor was none other than Ziggy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith. Bob Fingerman was also there. Fingerman is known for various work, especially Minimum Wage  and Skinheads In Love comic series. I was a huge fan of the one off comic book he did with Lydia Lunch. Too bad my copy is not only tattered, but it seems to be m.i.a. Here’s a link: http://mediachrist.blogspot.com/2011/09/lydia-lunch-bloodsucker-comic.html?zx=a37d470fcdbcac3a

One of the original Punk rock cartoonists was also there, John Holmstrom. Alas, I didn’t go meet neither Fingerman or Holmstrom. There was my own table to tend to, and not a lot of room to move around if you wanted to leave your space for a bit. Holmstrom was there promoting his new book The Best of Punk Magazine.

The vibe was completely different at Mocca since merging with The Society of Illustrators. For starters, the fest was a lot more organized. I remember Mocca when it used to be at the Puck building, but the fest outgrew that venue a long time ago. For now Mocca still calls The 69th Regiment Armory its annual home.

Now I don’t know if it was me, but the crowd itself seemed to be a bit more conservative…? Not sure how to put it quite in words. Again, maybe it’s a sign of the times. Who knows. With Mocca there were always parents bringing their children, but this year there seemed to be more families there. I could be wrong but that was just my observation. Again, I think it’s a reflection of what’s been happening in New York City itself, as it slowly develops into a more suburban mindset. Much to my chagrin.

The highlight of the event was when someone asked me for a quick commission. I’ve grown to love these sort of commissions because it presents a challenge. It’s a combination of executing a replica of a someone else’s character, but throwing in your own interpretation as well. So this guy asks for a sketch of this comic book character called Beauty Blaze. I hadn’t heard of Beauty Blaze until that show. She’s a DC character from Legion of Superheroes. Initially I wasn’t too thrilled with the results due to nervousness, but he was. Here’s a link to the sketch:

http://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1000952&gsub=90046

Maybe I’ll do another post about Mocca Fest 2013. I’m still processing the event somewhat. In the meantime, here’s some photos courtesy of Paul Curtis, one of the publishers who complied the book on cartoonist Luisa Felix.

To be continued…?

Photo taken by Paul Curtis. Mocca Fest 2013.

Photo taken by Paul Curtis. Mocca Fest 2013.

Photo taken by Paul Curtis. Mocca Fest 2013.

Photo taken by Paul Curtis. Mocca Fest 2013.

Photo taken by Paul Curtis. Mocca Fest 2013.

Photo taken by Paul Curtis. Mocca Fest 2013.

Photo taken by Paul Curtis. Mocca Fest 2013.

Photo taken by Paul Curtis. Mocca Fest 2013.

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Photo taken by Paul Curtis. Mocca Fest 2013.

Photo taken by Paul Curtis. Mocca Fest 2013.

Photos by Paul Curtis, who was nice enough to let me use his pics for this blog post.

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Comicbook reviewer and journalist Richard Vasseur was gracious enough to interview me on the Jazma Online Forum website.

You can read the interview here:

http://forums.jazmaonline.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4894

Thanks again to Richard for conducting the interview.

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The title says it all. There’s a new Psycho Bunny story in the latest issue of IF-X, issue 8, vol. 2.

Cover of IF-X issue 8 vol.2.

Cover of IF-X, issue 8, vol. 2. New Psycho Bunny story in this issue. Published by Hamtramck Idea Men. Psycho Bunny story and art done by Michele Witchipoo.

Latest Psycho Bunny story in IF-X issue 8 vol. 2. Published by Hamtramck Idea Men. Psycho Bunny story and art done by Michele Witchipoo.

Published by Hamtramck Idea Men. Psycho Bunny story and art done by Michele Witchipoo.

You can order your own copy before it sell out by going to this link:

http://idea-men.us/if-x.html

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