Saturday, January 30, 2010

Get 'em while they're hot!

The limited edition Hell with the Lid Off posters mentioned in my previous post are now available.

They're 11"x 17" full color offset prints, in a
signed and numbered edition of 30, and are priced to sell at $20 each (plus postage/packing).

Order yours from my new Big Cartel shop.

By the way, if you're in Pittsburgh on February 20th or 21st, do not miss the actual event. It's sure to sell out, and it'd be a shame to miss the sampling of magnificent barleywines, plus Kelly's legendary mac & cheese (and other tasty accompaniments).

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hell With the Lid Off!

The good folks at Kelly's Bar & Lounge here in Pittsburgh have commissioned me to create an image to advertise their sixth annual barleywine festival. A black & white version will begin appearing on lampposts and in local dives in the near future, and will, I hope, be promptly stolen by connoisseurs of lowbrow ephemera.

Kelly's will also have a two-color tee shirt available during the festival.

On top of all that, I'm producing a signed & numbered limited-edition 11" x 17" full-color offset poster, which will be available soon. Details to follow. In the meantime, here's a preview:

It turned out looking like a vintage firecracker label, which was sort of a happy accident.

I attended last year's HWTLO and it certainly lived up to the name. With Kelly's justly-famous bar food, multiple flights of craft-brewed barleywine (including the luscious and heady Gratitude from East End Brewing), and a capacity crowd of revelers, this is an event not to be missed.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Newave!: The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s

This February, Fantagraphics Books will release a compilation of 1980s minicomic art in their anthology Newave!: The Underground Mini Comix of the 1980s, edited by Michael Dowers. The hardcover volume contains nearly 900 pages of self-published work from dozens of artists who formed a loose underground network in the pre-Internet days. Planning for Newave! began well over a year ago.

These little eight-page Xeroxed books were sold and traded through the mail and were rarely published in editions of more than a hundred or so copies.

Two of my efforts, Festive Desperation and Mondo Howie #5, are included in their entirety. I may have one or two additional pages somewhere in this monster.

There's also an exhibit of original art from many of the book's artists to open at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery in Seattle around the book's publication date.

I'll have two pieces in exhibit, previewed below.

We’re Number 1
approx. 4.28” x 5.6”
Ink on Paper, 1987
Originally published in Festive Desperation

Slobbering Monster Howie
approx. 5.68” x 7.38”
Ink on Paper, 1989
by “William Bunch” (pseud.)
Originally published in Mondo Howie #5