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So this just in. In addition to everything else I’ve been doing, I began a radio show. The focus is on comic book creators. Artists, writers, and other creatives. You can stream it live from WHCSradio.org. You can tune in every Friday from 1-2pm until further notice.

The show started on September 27th, with comic book artist, illustrator and musician (he has the Punk band Dead On A Friday) Dave Fox as the first guest. The second episode was aired on Oct. 4th with up and coming comic artist and illustration Squiddy Sprinkle. Today I interviewed Justin Melkmann, another comic artist and musician, who is the co-founder of the NYC Punk band WWIX, and also current member of Recreational Outrage.

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I’ll be your host, interviewing all comic book pros. The next interview scheduled on October 26th is Danielle Draik, comic book artist, zine maker, painter and sculptor. On Nov. 8th we have comic book artist and illustrator Mindy Indy, who is having a successful Kickstarter.

The list of guest will be updated as the radio program continues. Eventually these interviews will be archived and posted online. So tune in again starting Oct. 26th.

Remember: Support your local cartoonist!

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Back in June, I traveled to the Nassau County section of Long Island, NY to do a podcast interview for It Came From The Radio. The host was Mark Torres, who’s been doing the show on and off for about ten years. Currently the podcast is recorded at local station Grindhouse Radio, GHR for short. Both It Came From The Radio and Grindhouse Radio focus on all aspects of pop culture. Guests range is from indie to the well established.

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This wasn’t my first time being interviewed on the radio. Back in 2010 I was on WVOX in Westchester, NY. For this recent broadcast, I show up on time, despite a snafu with my GPS. Have to say, I was very impressed with the vibe and decor of Grindhouse Radio. The staff was professional, yet warm and friendly.

As we were recording the program, the show was on Facebook Live. We discussed a range of subjects, ranging from recent film releases, The Avengers (comic & film, not the Punk band), Spice Girls and of course, my own work. My cat Squeaky, the basis of my latest comic had just passed away back in June, so we briefly discussed that. Mark was an awesome host. In all I had a really good time. Probably a better experience than when I was in Westchester nine years ago.

It Came From The Radio can be heard in multiple formats, such as iTunes, I Heart Radio, Overcast, Pocket Cast, Breaker, Google Podcast, Radio Public, Podbean, Spotify, PlayerFM, Soundcloud, Acast, Castbox, TuneIn, Stitcher, Podmust, Luminary, Blubrry, Mixcloud, or Google Play pages. There’s also an embedded player on the It Came From The Radio blog itself. You can also check out Beyond The Dawn Studios.

Thanks to both Mark from It Came From The Radio and GHR for having me.

 

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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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