This past Saturday, IncrediCon over in Middletown, NY went pretty well. Now that I’m back from Upstate NY, here’s the Psycho Bunny sketch of the week.
It’s a sketch from 2018, but decided to post now.
Of course I have some new greeting cards for sale. Three new designs. Below is a photo of two of the new designs. Each card is $3.00, comes with envelope, card and envelope inside plastic sleeve. Unless ordering by mail, the cost is $4.00 ($3.00 + $1.00 S&H). The Siouxsie Sioux card is already sold out. While I’m printing another Siouxsie batch, check out my Quentin Crisp card, just in time for Pride. While I need to update my website to include an online shop, I’m currently taking payments through Venmo and Square. My Venmo is @Witchipoo.
You can also order my latest comic, Temptation of Squeaky, again through Venmo. If doing mail order, the comic is $4.00 ($3.00 + $1.00 S&H). Please specify what you’re ordering, and include your mailing address. Example: Quentin Crisp card, Siouxsie card or Squeaky comic.
Where are my manners? Last week was the birthday of Susan Janet Ballon, best known to the world as Siouxsie Sioux. She turned 61 on May 27th.
Siouxsie and The Banshees was my favorite band during my high school years. Still one of my all time choices actually. Over the years I’ve expanded my music tastes. The other day I played something haven’t listened to in aeons. It was Kiss In The Dreamhouse, their 5th studio album, originally released back in 1982.
Hardcore fans know about her British television special titled Play At Home, featuring Robert Smith from The Cure. The special was broadcast around the same time as the Kiss In The Dreamhouse album was released.
Again, haven’t drawn her in quite some time. Here’s an illustration started last week. Completed the art tonight, ripe for uploading. Haven’t decided whether to color the piece with watercolor. While I’m deciding, some filters will do nicely.
Last week’s social butterfly quest ended with a night at Dorian Gray. Usually I’m not that much of a clubber, but the way NYC has become so sterile as of late, perhaps it was good to take what I could get. First on Friday, I attended the Kunst party in Williamsburg, on Saturday it was Hank’s Saloon to celebrate Mike Moosehead’s birthday (Blackout Shoppers, Skum City), a break on Sunday, onward Monday to the 16th Annual Mr. L.E.S. Pageant, now this.
For those who don’t know about Dorian Gray, it’s a monthly club party created by Kayvon Zand, which combines Glam, Goth, and all around creativity. This month’s theme had an ’80s vibe. Many of the current nightlife personalities took to the stage to cover songs by David Bowie, Grace Jones, Pink Floyd, Siouxsie and The Banshees, and more.
One of the hosts of the party was NYC legend Gerry Visco. She’s a photographer, writer, academic, performer, nightlife personality and NYC legend.
Michael T did an amazing cover of Bowie’s hit ‘Modern Love.’ As an adult, listening to the lyrics of this tune made me reflect a bit about my own life.
Originally I had wanted to come dressed as Boy George. Someone suggested I go as Siouxsie Sioux. Which was a good suggestion within itself but I had spent a good part of my teenage years cloning her. My trusty old DEVO outfit ended up being recycled. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much of a reaction, knowing how the rest of the club revelers dress to the nines at Dorian Grey. To my surprise, DEVO got a positive response.
Here’s a video of Leo Gugu covering Grace Jones’ ‘Pull Up To The Bumper.’
Now I must get back to my own work, since March is going to be a much busy month for me. You can check out another link of the night’s activities in the NEXT Magazine article. With that I’ll leave you with the Video of the Bowie cover, by Micheal T.
Two weekends ago, Steve Serverin performed live at Galapagos Art Space. It wasn’t really a concert per say. Serverin performed a live film score to the 1928 silent film ‘The Seashell and the Clergyman’.
For those not familiar, Steve Serverin is best known for being the bassist for Siouxsie and The Banshees. As a founding member, Serverin was one of the key collaborators with the band during his tenure. During the recent film showing, one could see not only the musical contributions, but also the visual aspects. Choosing Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space was well suited, as it slightly added to the atmospheric event.
If you’re interested in the general history of Avant-garde and experimental films, you might want to investigate ‘La Coquille Et Le Clergyman.’ (French title) It’s thought to be one of the first flicks to fall under the ‘Surrealist’ tag. Supposedly quite controversial during its day, with themes of obsession, lust, and brief nudity. French filmmaker Germaine Dulac was not only directed, but she also wrote and produced this silent. Perhaps it might be safe to say she was one of the first directors of the female persuasion. Now if you’re into making it a ‘Blockbuster night’, this probably won’t be for you. However, if you’re into film history, then you might want to investigate.
To round out this brief review, the musical performance was actually more of a backdrop for this silent film. Steve Serverin has succeeded in moving beyond the iconic ghost of Siouxsie. So instead of relying on past glories, Servern instead threw focus into a different composing direction. Me personally, even if I was an extremely big Siouxsie and the Banshees fan, if he was just rehashing old tunes on stage, I would’ve not bothered. I preferred this method much better. So in whole, definitely worth checking out.