Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ness Lee's Me Love You Long Time

Alright, guys. Another delayed post. Again.

Back in October I attended a gallery showing at The Gladstone Hotel for my good friend and illustrator Ness Lee. It was her first solo show, entitled Me Love you Long Time, which deals with "love and bullshit, alongside her work from the series I don't Speak Chinese."

It was an interesting show, and it was really neat seeing how Ness' style has solidified and evolved over the years. I'm also a huge, huge fan of the colors she uses. It's the red. I'm such a hopeless sucker for red.

I didn't stay long at the event - maybe an hour and a bit - but I managed to snap a couple pictures of the show before I left. Really cool stuff.

The info table, with all the pretty postcards:

Below, Dough Nut Men.

Ness also had these little figurines displayed around the room alongside her illustrations, including her Sumo Plush. They were really neat.

More mini illustrations, including the Tough series.

 The illustration Money!

From left to right, Noodle Danse, Cheer Up Porkchop, and Can't Stop Thinking.

At for the last, one of my absolute favorites, Practice. I love the textures for it.

Before I end the post, there's something I wanna to get off my chest, and while its not really related to Ness' show, it is at the same time? Or all events, really. I guess writing about the show just reminded about it.

For most of the past year (ever since the spring), I've been really, really busy, and I haven't had any time to go to shows, or do any sort of networking, or see what kind of new illustrations are out there, or even work on my own stuff outside of limited class projects. So now, being able to venture out into Toronto again, to interact with people and see what's being created - even if it's only for a couple of hours - feels awesome. It's like... I dunno. Like I have a pulse. Isolation can be stifling. It's a weird thing to say, but I've been such a hermit for so long that it's become somewhat detrimental. It's good to be involved in things again, and to be productive. Really, it is.

And I'm out.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

5th Annual Zine Dream Fair

So. This post is months and months old, like everything else.

Back in August I went to the 5th Annual Zine Dream Fair - it's a local zine festival that's been happening every summer for the past couple years. It's not my first time going - in August 2011 I went to the 4th Annual Fair, just to see what everything was about.

Like the previous year, this summer's event was small, cozy, and catered to a local hipster-ish crowd. Zine Dream isn't exactly my sort of festival, and after two years with consistent results, I can honestly say that I feel a bit out of place,when trying to navigate through the nuances of the fair's particular audience. That doesn't mean that I don't enjoy going, of course, or that I can't find neat stuff if I try.

My haul for Zine Dream is always smaller than my haul from other events, but I think that's because there's a smaller selection. I'm also really picky about what I buy. I've gotten more selective over the years, and I tend to avoid handicrafts and go straight for comics.

The goodies, from this year's 5th Annual Zine Dream:

Like I said, not much. But! I managed to stick to my $20 budget. I also picked up copies of Jeannie Phan's Coping with Paradise and Bodies in Cosmos.

Below, Jocelyn Cheung's Sketchy Journal Vol. 1, as well as a cat-head necklace, by Justine Wong: my only craft purchase of the day (besides pins).

A zine by a new artist I haven't heard of before, Joseph Nowak:

I can honestly say the only reason I picked it up is because I was attracted to the red. I'm such a sucker for red. It always gets my attention. The comic inside were pretty good, though! I really liked it.

The final two purchase I made I'm really excited about. The first is Fiona Smyth's The Neverweres, a graphic novel for young adults about the end of the world. I have a soft spot for dystopias and creative apocalypses, and I've been meaning to pick up a copy of her book for what seems like forever.


Fiona was a prof of mine at OCAD U, and I learned a lot from her. So! I made sure to get my copy signed, because I'm picky like that:

The second thing I'm super excited about is that I'm a contributor for The Wilding Zine Vol. 5! I picked up an issue at the fair.


The Wilding is also run and composed by Fiona Smyth, who does a wonderful job of putting everything together. I did the comic for this volume almost a year ago, but things have been so hectic for so long that I honestly sort of forgot about it. It's kind of cool seeing my stuff in print (my own zines don't count).

All in all, a small haul, but a good one. Looking forward to hunting for more stuff next year.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Back from the Dead

So I've been gone for a long time.

A long, long, long time. And this time, it was totally unintentional. For real.

At this point, I think I'm gonna stop promising to post on a regular basis. Every single time I promise, that wonderful thing called life decides to veer in the opposite direction, and I end up not posting for ages. It's like I'm jinxing myself. So, no more promises. Lots of apologies, though. And attempts at correcting my bad behavior.

Life has been pretty brutal and unbearably stressful for the last little while. A bunch of things happened back to back, and blogging went by the wayside. I'm months behind in positing, so if the content I put up is over half a year old, I APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY. I didn't mean to do. I swear.

To make up for my unanticipated (but predictable) absence, I've illustrated the last couple months in a series of heartfelt visuals. Enjoy.