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Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, there was a huge outcry. Which prompted someone on Facebook to do an art show titled “Nasty Women.” It shortly turned into an open call for artwork, proceeds going towards Planned Parenthood. The submissions came in fast furious to the point where the curators had to end the deadline earlier than expected.

The space where the show took place was at Knockdown Center, located in Maspeth, Queens, NYC.

I was one of the many artists who contributed work for this show. My piece was a print titled #trumpsucksballs. It was originally designed for my greeting card line. (Still available for order for $3.00, plus $1.00 S&H = $4.00 if ordering online. Comes with orange envelope. Send payment to psychobunnycomix@aol.com and specify you want the #trumpsucksball greeting card.)

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Not all the art was anti-Trump related. Overall it had a feminist voice with or without Trump. The show itself was titled Nasty Women.

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A few days before the opening reception, me and a friend went together to drop off our work. That Saturday it was the first snow of NYC in 2017.

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Artist Beata Slazak Zalewski of Ridgewood, Queens. On our way to Knockdown Center to drop off art for the Nasty Women exhibition. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Jan. 2017.

Finally we arrived at Knockdown Center from out of the freezing snow. It gave us a chance to witness the display being put together. Various people were building large scale letters that spelled out NASTY WOMEN. The idea was that the art was to be hung on these letters. As the art gradually sold, the letters would be revealed.

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Knockdown Center. Maspeth, Queens, NYC. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Jan. 2017. 

While we were standing there, we felt a slight buzz. The type of buzz when you know something is going to be magical.

A few days before opening night, the Nasty Women event was getting tons of press.

Opening night arrived. The turnout was larger than expected. People came from all over NYC for the reception, despite the remote location of Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens. My print sold within the first hour of the show. By the time I arrived, it was gone. Luckily someone snapped this photo for me. To whoever brought my print, thank you.

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As seen at Knockdown Center for the Nasty Women art exhibition. Sold. Illustration by Michele Witchipoo. Photo by Beata Zalewski. Jan. 2017. 

The artwork was flying off the letters as the crowd grew. At one point I saw a determined woman purchasing five separate pieces of art. The event itself raised 35K for Planned Parenthood. When the exhibition ended, all of the work donated had completely sold.

The entire weekend at Knockdown Center was dedicated to raising funds for organizations that would be unfortunately affected by the upcoming Trump administration. What seems to be the beginning of the Resistance art movement, there’s other upcoming Nasty Women events happening all over the world. Check here if you would like to be involved.

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Attendee at the Nasty Women art exhibition at Knockdown Center. Queens, NY. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Jan. 2017.

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There was a mention about the upcoming Krampus Holiday Fair this Saturday, happening over at The Cobra Club in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Free admission. You can read about the write-up over at qns.com. You can also check out the Facebook invite here.

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There will be talented vendors selling various crafts and artisan goods. Check out the Facebook invite for details. I’ll be there selling my handmade tree ornaments, greeting cards and comics. See you there this Saturday.

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Sometimes no matter where you go, there it is. Drama. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, it’s there. In the home, in the street, on the subway…even on good old Facebook.

Don’t even get me started on Facebook.

Anyway, everyone’s favorite angry drunk rabbit Psycho Bunny has his own thoughts about drama. Especially when using NYC’s MTA system. No wonder he drinks.

Introducing, the Psycho Bunny pic of the week.

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Psycho Bunny’s subway drama. Based on the comic Psycho Bunny, written and drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Available on WitchesBrewPress. August 2016. 

Here comes the usual plugs. Psycho Bunny has his own page on Facebook, and so far that’s drama free. My separate illustration work has its own Facebook page as well, WitchesBrewPress. Click ‘like’ on both pages, and then order from my website so you can order Psycho Bunny comics, and other titles.

Till next time…

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This past weekend, I had a table selling my comics at WinterCon 2015. Out of all the comics cons I’ve done, WinterCon had to been the most swankest, for it took place inside Resorts World Casino.

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Setting up for my table at WinterCon 2015, at Resorts World Casino. Queens, NY. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

Over the two days I immediately sold out of my handmade Krampus ornaments, sold Krampus greeting cards, sold a few of my comics, and towards the last hour and a half, did a commission.

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Handmade Krampus tree ornament. Created by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015. Soon to be for sale on my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WitchesBrewPress

Here’s some photos from day one:

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WinterCon 2015. Mister Miracle. Photo by Michele Witchipoo, Dec. 2015.

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WinterCon 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

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WinterCon 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

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WinterCon 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

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Even pets can get into the act. Cosplay at WinterCon 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

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WinterCon 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

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End of day one of WinterCon 2015. Cosplayer and friend look back at the location, which was at Resorts World Casino, in Queens, NY. View from the A subway line. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

Day two:

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Star Wars display at WinterCon 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

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WinterCon 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

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Harry Potter cosplay. WinterCon 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

As mentioned before, out of the blue someone dropped by my table requesting a commission. My work is on the right.

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Pencil commission. My work is on the right. WinterCon 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

Among one of the lessons learned over the weekend – don’t skimp on bringing merchandise for your table. My Krampus tree ornaments sold within the first hour, leaving me with just a sign. No worries. More will be made, and for sale at the Kinda Punky Flea Market in Brooklyn Dec. 20th, and in my Etsy store. So keep on checking my shop for updates.

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R2D2 gets ready for the holidays. Star Wars Christmas Special anyone? WinterCon 2015. Photo by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2015.

 

 

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Yet another reminder of Welcome To My Nightmare X, coming up next Saturday, March 28th.

Welcome To My Nightmare X flyer. I will be showing and selling my work, along with other artist and bands.

Welcome To My Nightmare X flyer. I will be showing and selling my work, along with other artist and bands.

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Next month, Saturday March 28th, 2015 will be the annual Welcome To My Nightmare event. Since 2009, the yearly Welcome To My Nightmare affair has featured underground bands and artists. I’ll be showing and selling my work at this one night event, so be there or be…b-square!

Welcome To My Nightmare X flyer. I will be showing and selling my work, along with other artist and bands.

Welcome To My Nightmare X flyer. I will be showing and selling my work, along with other artist and bands.

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What’s up with him?

Eddie Murphy's eyes....on Sketch Lottery. Character of the week was Prince Akeem from the 80s film "Coming To America." Sketch by Michele Witchipoo Nov. 2014

Eddie Murphy’s eyes….on Sketch Lottery. Character of the week was Prince Akeem from the 80s film “Coming To America.” Sketch by Michele Witchipoo Nov. 2014

A week late, but the Sketch Lottery character was Prince Akeem from the 1988 film Coming To America.’ For those who don’t know, comedian Eddie Murphy portrays Prince Akeem, a rich African prince in search of a bride. He goes to America to find the woman of his dreams, which lands him right in NYC boro of Queens.

As a side note. The scenes where Prince Akeem was working in McDowell’s were filmed on location at a local fast food restaurant. It was Wendy’s, located on Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst, Queens. My mother used to pass by this Wendy’s during her work commute.

Years later, I moved to an area which wasn’t that far from Elmhurst. The Wendy’s location was still there. Unfortunately, that Wendy’s was known as one of the worse Wendy’s ever. In 2013, it was torn down. Below are a few online articles relating to the former business.

http://queenscrap.blogspot.com/2013/05/coming-to-america-landmark-in-process.html
http://queens.brownstoner.com/2013/06/closing-bell-what-will-happen-to-elmhursts-old-wendys/
http://www.qchron.com/editions/central/what-s-in-store-for-former-wendy-s-lot/article_a814c458-4711-5dfb-9f45-7d6745ea9352.html
http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2013/06/14/queens-boulevard-loses-a-movie-icon-disguised-as-a-fast-food-joint/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/wendys-elmhurst

The sketch I did was based on the scene where Akeem and his personal assistant/best friend Sammi hit the club in search of a bride.

Not the best work I’ve done, but regardless. Enjoy my contribution on Sketch Lottery. Don’t forget to check out work by the other artists as well.

FYI – The film poster for ‘Coming To America’ was drawn by Drew Struzan.  

 

 

 

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