Monday, September 28, 2009

SPX, Bolzano Comics and More!

Melissa DeJesus, Hwan Cho and I had a great time at SPX last weekend. We brought our fresh off the copy machine comic anthology "Through the Meadow" and traded with various artists and publishers at the con. It felt great to finally have collaborated with my good friends after all these years of talking about it. It was a miracle that we actually finished it on time, especially with our crazy schedules and gmail not working on thursday, we were seriously working till the very last minute to finish this little anthology. But I am very happy with how it turned out and hopefully we'll be able to add more to it and print it in a nicer quality for the next convention. Here's a sneak pick on my comic for this anthology.
It was great to see so many people in little convention, I could feel the enthusiasm and energy coming from the crowd, artists and the publishers. It was a great inspiration for me to work harder and finish all the little project that I started and have them ready by next conventions.  I also attended couple of panels,"critics roundtable" and "source based comics" which gave me a lot of insight on working with pre-exiting stories like novels and history and translating them into comics. I've gotten up to date with many current comics and comic artists through these panels. 

We also found out there's a comic convention in Brooklyn in November called "King Con", which we are planning on getting a table or at least attend it with new comics. Yay to Brookyln!

When I got back from Bethesda last night, I found out that my comic "Muzakwee Comic: 1" is selected to be one of the finalist in Bolzano Comics! This competition is part of the Bolzano short film festival on November in Bolzano, Italy, and they'll be selecting the winner at the end of the festival on November 15th. This film festival looks very interesting, I wish I can go and check it out whether or not I win this competition, but it's in Italy which is too far for me to travel at this moment!  I'm super excited about this since I didn't expect anything when I submitted my comics to this competition. You can check out my web portfolio to read my comic "Muzakwee Comic: 1" and also check out http://www.bolzanocomics.it/ for more info. 

Monday, September 21, 2009

Small Press Expo

I'll be attending SPX with Risa and Melissa this weekend. We won't have a table but are working very hard to make a comic anthology together to bring to the convention!

Here's more info on SPX
Hope to see you all there!!

SPX 2009
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Open to the public Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 2009.

Times:
Saturday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday: noon – 6:00 pm

Admission:
One day memberships: $10.00
Weekend memberships: $15.00
Collected at the door the day of the show

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Chris Cunningham

I first got to know Chris Cunningham's work through his music video for Bjork, 'All is full of Love' and was struck by his disturbing but beautiful visual sensibility. Chris Cunningham is known for his frequent collaboration with  Aphex Twin, another electronic musician that I like. He seems to work mainly on short length videos like commercials and music videos but never a full length film. With his craft and extraordinary visions, he would be an awesome director for science fiction movies. He was rumored to be directing William Gibson's novels which I thought was a match made in heaven, but sadly it seems like the project fizzled out before it reached production. What I admire the most about Chris Cunningham's work is that he seems to have an amazing appreciation and understanding on human forms. I'm always deeply moved by figurative art that shows the brilliance of human bodies away from the conventional ideals of beauty people accept from magazines and other media. Chris Cunningham's videos plays with the incredible strength and intricate designs of human bodies and I wish one day I could be able to express it in my own art. Even though there aren't tons of Chris Cunningham's work out, whatever I've seen so far has inspired me a lot and I will look forward to watch anything he comes up with in the future. Here are some of my favorite Chris Cunningham's Videos.








Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fairy Tale Anthology

I don't know why I drew this, but it must be the influence of all the Underworld movies I watched recently, and my friend Becky is drawing an awesome werewolf comic and my other friend Risa has drawn an awesome little red riding hood comics. Me, Risa and Melissa are suppose to make a short comic anthology based on fairy tales for upcoming SPX, and I had an idea to draw a variation on Goldilocks with Frankenstein twist. But for some reason, I just can't get it out of my head, I've drawn a few sketches but I am not sure where I am going with it.
So I side tracked and drew this instead for fun. Maybe it can be included in our fairytale anthology as a bonus illustration. :)   

Thursday, September 10, 2009

random sketches





I was bored at work and to pass the time, I did some sketches in the morning. and look! it's already lunch time! :)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

District 9





Over the labor day weekend, I watched District 9, a new sci-fi movie about aliens on earth. It was sometimes a bit too gory and trigger happy for my taste but over all this movie was very exciting and fresh take on aliens. We are used to seeing aliens as malicious monsters who are out to kill humans and take over the world. But in this movie, they are pretty harmless creatures who just want to get out of slum and go home. I loved how you ended up rooting for these horrible looking alien creatures over the humans. There are some plot holes that need a better explanation than "these aliens are just dumb". I mean these creatures don't want to live in this condition and most humans don't want to keep them on earth either (except the greedy evil military scientists/ weapons manufactures). There are a few intelligent aliens left who have the knowledge in how to restart their mother ship and they could even communicate with humans. And their technology is far advanced than humans and there were many alien weapons left on the ship. They could surely protect themselves and fix their ship before they were condemned to live in the earth slum for two decades! Also, there are some moments towards the end that reminded me too much about "die hard" or "mission impossible" with huge shoot outs where no bullets seem to get the heroes and the main human character who doesn't have any previous experience with operating alien machines suddenly controls very cool, complicated looking alien craft. Even if he's genetically altered to be able to use alien weapons, this craft was no simple hand gun.
Despite many flaws, I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie and I was in the edge of my seat the whole time. The alien machines looked really cool and the CG was superbly blended into the real footage. I never felt the visual was contrived or over done. And despite the appearance of being a summer action flick, this movie questions our very real problem of discrimination and brutality against people who look different from those with power.