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This upcoming weekend I will be at MICE Expo 2016 in Cambridge, Massachusetts just outside of Boston. On Oct. 29 and 30th, you can find me at table C99. Admission is free. Hours for MICE are Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm.

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Poster for MICE Expo 2016. Artwork by Raul The Third. 

As stated on the Facebook invite: MICE is back on Halloween weekend with independent comics for the masses! Join us for our 7th (and spookiest) annual FREE show featuring over 150 comic creators and special guests from the Boston area beyond. There’s cartooning workshops, panels, and activities for readers and artists of all ages! MICE 2016 is held in University Hall mere steps away from the Porter Square Red line T stop.

I’ll be traveling from NYC to Boston just for this convention. So if you’re in the area, stop on by.

 

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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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Looks like the weekend of April 6 and 7 2013 will be a busy one. Already posted about one of these events I’m about to mention, but it bears mentioning again. There’s also another wonderful event put on by two long time promoters in the NYC Goth scene.

On both April 6th and 7th during the day, I will be at the MoCCA Art Fest 2013 sharing a table with two other talented cartoonists, E.J. Barnes and Paul Curtis.

moccathumb-120society-of-illustrators-inc-new-york-201303082002-11.880society-of-illustrators-inc-new-york-201303082002-12.879April 6th, Saturday night I’ll be at Cleopatra’s Ball at Through The Mirror. Through The Mirror is a bi-monthly event put on by Absolution NYC. It’s run by two long time promoters in the NYC Goth scene, Xtene and Jason. Both are established DJs spinning the best in classic and current Goth along with its various sub-genres.

Cleopatra's Ball Flyer by Absolution NYC.

Cleopatra’s Ball Flyer by Absolution NYC.

For more information about either MoCCA or Absolution, be sure to click on these links:

http://www.moccafest.org/

http://absolutionnyc.com/

*Gratitude goes out to E.J. Barnes, Paul Curtis, Xtene Johnes and Jason Ledyard .

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Entrance For MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

MoCCA came and went. Kinda glad its over in a way, although I still haven’t caught up on sleep. If I didn’t have school, I would have gladly stayed home. The MoCCA Art Fest itself didn’t tire me out. Actually, it was staying up all night working on the latest Psycho Bunny mini issue that did it. By the time I had arrived at the fest itself, I was pretty much zombified. At my table I practiced the art of sleeping with my eyes open.

It was around this point that I swore never, ever again will I attempt to pump out a self published issue within a 24 hour period. These might be empty words though. Somehow I can see myself doing another 24 hour art marathon.

If that wasn’t enough, I found myself sketching this despite only getting three hours of shut eye:

Pencil sketch done morning of April 9th, 2011. To be inked by artist & podcaster Peter Palmiotti.

At this point I had become a mean, not so lean drawing machine. Still amazed that I was able to sketch while suffering from sleep deprivation. The piece itself, done on illustration board with Dewitt brand pencils was for a collaboration between me and artist/writer/inker/podcaster Peter Palmiotti. He’s done stuff for Marvel, DC, Image, Valiant and numerous independent titles. When he asked me to collaborate on this, I considered it an honor.

My own influences have always been more of the Fantagraphics Books style. What really got me into comics was the likes of Los Hernandez Brothers (Xamie and Gilbert) and Peter Bagge. I’ve been reading titles from these two parties since the early ’90s. Got dog-earred copies of their comics to prove this.

Peter Bagge panel at MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

Yeah, I’m getting all sentimental here. Meeting both Hernandez Brothers last year, and Peter Bagge this year reminded me of why I dug comics in the first place. Also reminded me of why I put up with various nonsense over the past few years. Its due to my love of this medium. Honestly, if it wasn’t for these two, I would have never been a comicbook fan in the first place. When I was a child I read comics, mostly Harvey titles, Rupert The Bear, Archie, Peanuts, along with various newspaper strips. Yet it wasn’t until the late ’80s/early ’90s that I fell in love with what comics truly had to offer. After discovering those two, I explored different titles, like Sandman, Joe Matt’s Peepshow, Omaha The Cat Dancer, some Robert Crumb stuff, etc. In the end, I always went back to L&R and Hate. So if anything, you can always blame Hernandez Brothers and Peter Bagge.

My table at MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

Back to MoCCA. It was a bit slower for me than it was last year, but still managed to sell some stuff.

Here’s some more photos from this past weekend:

Miss Chris table display at MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

Animator Bill Bill Plympton and friend, MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

This was the table to my left. The two female artists were Vanessa Taffuri & Amy Lynn Duengf. MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

Fur hat for sale at MoCCA Art Fest 2011.

Here's a poster for the Peter Bagge exhibit being held at the Scott Elder gallery. Like a true fan dork, I took the poster. Not that I usually swipe stuff, but hey. Don't worry, I still have ethics; I waited until the weekend was nearly over before I took it.

Still like MoCCA Art Fest better than some of the more mainstream comic cons. Probably because with the Alternative cons, its more mellow, and focuses more on the artists than numerous collector items.

Anyway…MoCCA was fun as always. Before I left, I swiped a poster from the wall, an advert for some Peter Bagge exhibit over at the Scott Eder gallery. Still got ethics, so I waited until the weekend was over until I took it. And with that, until next time…

*Photos by Ben Herman & Myself

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This past weekend saw the release of the Psycho Bunny mini-issue #3.25.

It almost didn’t come out. Hence, I sacrificed sleep to make sure I would have the latest Psycho Bunny out in time for MoCCA Art Fest 2011. By 12am I was riding the subway to Manhattan. By 2am I was in some 24 hour copy/printing place near Times Square. By the time the first copy was made, it was 3am in the morning. By the time I arrived back home in Queens, it was 4am. Three hours sleep wasn’t nearly enough, for I had to set up at MoCCA before doors open, which was 11am.

Is a God to live in a dog? Praise Bob!

Not that anyone was lining up to purchase the latest copy of Psycho Bunny, but still…was it worth sleep deprivation? Absolutely!

I’d like to think I adhere to deadlines, especially my own. So even though I was kinda spaced out at MoCCA, it was totally worth it in order to present new material. Besides, in Chinese astrology, it’s currently in the year of the rabbit. Since I hadn’t done anything with Psycho Bunny since 2008, it was time for a new issue.

Psycho Bunny mini issue # 3.25. Comic by Michele Witchipoo

Psycho Bunny mini issue # 3.25 debuted at the MoCCA Art Fest 2011 this past weekend. You can also order your own copy by sending $2.00 plus $1.00 S&H via PayPal to PsychoBunnyComix@aol.com or Witchipoo@witchesbrewpress.net.

More on MoCCA with the next post.

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Okay, this is the deal. I’m going to have a small table at the MoCCA Art Fest 2011. (This weekend, tomorrow & Sunday) Whether or not I will have the latest mini-issue of Psycho Bunny ready, remains to be seen. Regardless, come by my table, say hi, and buy some of my artwork!

Poster For MoCCA Art Fest 2011. Artwork by Peter Kuper.

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So as I’ve said yesterday on this blog, got invited last minute via Facebook through cartoonist Sergio Zuniga. The event took place in Elmhurst, Queens, at the Hilltap Tavern. Every once in a while, Hilltap will have local Punk/Post-Punk/Hardcore bands play there. Even if that wasn’t the case, this local Irish bar scores points for having whiskey on tap, in barrels. Here’s photos from last night:

My section on the pool table, which was converted into a vending spot.

Sergio Zungia's section.

Photography by J. Rivera.

Tommy Wing's section

Hilltap Tavern has Irish Whiskey on tap.

Liquid light show visuals by Steve Pavlovsky

Liquid light show in action.

Sergio Zungia

Paul Jones doing spoken word

A band with no name. First gig.

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