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Only the second day into 2017, which falls on a Monday. You know what that means. It’s the weekly Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.

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Psycho Bunny says goodbye to 2016. Based on the comic by Michele Witchipoo. Jan. 2017.

Perhaps some of you out there will agree with Psycho Bunny’s sentiment.

Despite his bickering, 2016 was actually a very good year for me. Not exactly sure what 2017 will bring…

No new news as of yet, except for being part of the Nasty Women exhibit at Knockdown Center

Don’t forget to click “like” on both Facebook pages: one for Psycho Bunny, and the other for WitchesBrewPress. I also got involved with a local collective from Ridgewood, Queens NY called Rock Paper Scissors. Click “like” on that page too, to hear about future events.

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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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Didn’t have a table at MoCCA 2014, not this year. Didn’t have any new stuff to promote. So I just basically walked around, checking out the other artists, etc. The strange part was coming across an comic book anthology I had contributed to back in 2012:

Cover for Filthy Cake, published by Scary-Art Publishing.  http://www.scary-art.com/scaryartpublishing.htm

Cover for Filthy Cake, published by Scary-Art Publishing.
http://www.scary-art.com/scaryartpublishing.htm

Below is a personal photo of the two page story I did with writer and person behind the book, Nicolas Caesar.

Short story I did the art for, Nicolas Caesar wrote the story. Published in the Filthy Cake horror comicbook anthology, 2012.

Short story I did the art for, Nicolas Caesar wrote the story. Published in the Filthy Cake horror comic book anthology, 2012.

Of course I approached the table. Met another artist and writer who contributed to the comic book anthology as well. Below is the Tumblr link (of course, it’s not the most flattering photo, but hey):

http://lowerthanlowbrow.tumblr.com/post/81892392854/ran-into-michele-witchipoo-one-of-the-other

Previous post about MoCCA 2014: https://witchesbrewpress.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/brief-review-of-mocca-2014/

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This past Saturday was the first time in many years I didn’t have an exhibitor table at MoCCA Art Fest 2014. It didn’t really bother me. Although I had done illustrations for others’ books, perhaps it was time for a break.

Other than the sight of some indie comic distributor I confronted last year, this year’s MoCCA was pretty good. The exhibitors were mostly all new. Ever since MoCCA merged with Society of Illustrators, some improvements were made.

Robert Williams Q&A panel at MoCCA Art Fest, April 5th, 2014. Photo by William Mercado.

Robert Williams Q&A panel at MoCCA Art Fest, April 5th, 2014. Photo by William Mercado.

I arrived on time for the best part of the whole MoCCA event. The Robert Williams Q&A panel. In the audience was none other than J. G. Thirlwell. For those not familiar with Thirlwell, he’s man otherwise known as Foetus, aka Clint Ruin. His band had constant name changes such as Scraping Foetus Off A Wheel throughout the ’80s and ’90s until he settled on just Foetus. He had other side projects as well, like the underground ‘supergroup’ The Immaculate Consumptive featuring himself, Lydia Lunch, Marc Almond and Nick Cave. Only a few shows took place before that project dissolved. Other than bootlegs of the gigs themselves, no recordings exist. (I’ve briefly blogged about The Immaculate Consumptive on a previous post.) 

Why I’m discussing Foetus other than his attendance at the panel is due to this. When I was 16 years old, someone gave me a promo poster of Wiseblood, another of Thirlwell’s side projects. (Saw Wiseblood live at The Ritz in NYC, 1987) Besides being a fan of Wiseblood, the artwork was done by none other than the artist himself, Robert Williams. So at age 16, I had no idea than 20 years later I would be witnessing a Q&A panel of an artist who had done cover work for a musician who would also be in the same room. Kinda cool when you think about it.

Wiseblood poster. Circa '80s. Artist Robert Williams.

Wiseblood poster. Circa 1987. Artist Robert Williams. Had this on my wall during my late teen years. Wish I still have this poster.

Of course, looking back on it, listening to bands like Wiseblood in my youth probably contributed to my misanthropy later on in my adult years.

Robert Williams Q&A panel at MoCCA Art Fest 2014. Photo by William Mercado, April 2014.

Robert Williams Q&A panel at MoCCA Art Fest 2014. Photo by William Mercado, April 2014.

After the curator Carlo McCormick was finished interviewing Williams, questions from the crowd was encouraged. I had wanted to ask about the artwork he had done for The Flesh Volcano:Slut, again featuring Marc Almond and Foetus. Yes, I had that on vinyl during my late teens. In the end I decided against asking questions regarding album artwork. Instead I was kicking myself for not being better prepared, otherwise I would’ve brought my CD reissue for Williams to sign.

Flesh Volcano/Slut by Marc Almond and Clint Ruin, aka Foetus aka J.G. Thirwell. Artwork by Robert Williams.

Flesh Volcano/Slut by Marc Almond and Clint Ruin, aka Foetus aka J.G. Thirwell. Original vinyl album cover. Artwork by Robert Williams.

As for Robert Williams himself, he was sharing various stories about himself. Some of his reflections discussed his art school years, working with underground comics such as Zap Comix, and creating Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine. 

After the panel, I mostly walked around checking out various tables. Cats seemed to be a popular theme this year. Ben brought me comic as part of my birthday present.

Frankie Comics issue # 1 by Rachel Dukes. Brought at the MoCCA Art Fest 2014.

Frankie Comics issue # 1 by Rachel Dukes. Brought at the MoCCA Art Fest 2014.

The biggest surprise was walking by, and seeing an anthology for sale that I had contributed to maybe like two years ago.

Cover for Filthy Cake, published by Scary-Art Publishing.  http://www.scary-art.com/scaryartpublishing.htm

Cover for Filthy Cake, published by Scary-Art Publishing.
http://www.scary-art.com/scaryartpublishing.htm

The artist and writer, Joey Volume was one of the anthology contributors, and this was the first time I had met anyone in person related to this book. We traded copies of each other’s comics. Below is his own title, “Meat And Sleaze.”

Meat And Sleaze issue one. Written and drawn by Joey Volume. From MoCCA Art Fest 2014.

Meat And Sleaze issue one. Written and drawn by Joey Volume. From MoCCA Art Fest 2014.

I only attended MoCCA 2014 for one day. Hopefully I’ll have an exhibitor table next year with all new material.

 

 

 

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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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The tribute book for cartoonist Luisa Felix has just been released. (Refer to a previous blog post: https://witchesbrewpress.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/cartoonist-and-friend-luisa-felix-1952-2013/)

You can be one of the first to get your own copy at the MoCCA Fest this weekend at table C91.

An Invitation To The World Of Luisa Felix, Cartoonist. The 100-page book has been printed in a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered copies, and each copy will contain a small sample of original Luisa Felix art. Nine artists - Keith O'Brien, Michele Witchipoo, Steve Peters, Larry Blake, Natalie Ewert, Frank Humphris, Eric Jensen, Paul and myself - have also contributed tribute art incorporating some of the many characters Ms. Felix created over her forty-year career. The book is a joint publication of Drowned Town Press and Micro-Comics.

An Invitation To The World Of Luisa Felix, Cartoonist. The 100-page book has been printed in a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered copies, and each copy will contain a small sample of original Luisa Felix art. Nine artists (also contributed to the book. The art incorporates some of the many characters Ms. Felix created over her forty-year career. The book is a joint publication of Drowned Town Press and Micro-Comics.

An Invitation To The World Of Luisa Felix, Cartoonist. The 100-page book has been printed in a limited edition of 250 hand-numbered copies, and each copy will contain a small sample of original Luisa Felix art. Nine artists – Keith O’Brien, Michele Witchipoo, Steve Peters, Larry Blake, Natalie Ewert, Frank Humphris, Eric Jensen, Paul and myself – have also contributed tribute art incorporating some of the many characters Ms. Felix created over her forty-year career. The book is a joint publication of Drowned Town Press and Micro-Comics.

If there are any copies left after the Mocca show, you might be able to order either through this website, or contact Paul Curtis. At the moment, your best bet is to purchase the book at the Mocca Fest. Any further updates will be posted.

http://drownedtownpress.com/home.html

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