Events :

Tiki Art Show

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I have a new piece in the group tiki art show “Exotica” here in Oakland at Creative Framing and Gallery! We’ll be having an opening on July 16th, here’s the Facebook invite.

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And coming down the pipeline… I have a comic in the next issue of Heavy Metal Magazine # 281! It’s strange and NSFW and one of my favorite projects yet.

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Pre Order Here.

More on Heavy Metal soon…

What a Weird Long Trip It’s Been

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March and April flew by like a train on fire! I managed to juggle my full-time work with weekends jetsetting around to comic conventions with Eddie Wright to promote our new book, hitting up Austin (lovely!), Sacramento (spread out!) and Denver (snowy!) and only lost a little bit of sanity in the process. I haven’t gone to any conventions in awhile, and it was a splash of fresh enthusiasm to be around amazing creators and meet a bunch of new faces and return home with the thrill that something is happening and we’re making things! I really loved Denver, and the comics culture there, the community seemed awesome.

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(I was caught in the act of freezing outside the venue and hearing my name called by the taco truck guy)

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Returned to the bay to do some signings at my two comic home-away-from-homes, Isotope Comics and Atlantis Fantasyworld. James has been a wonderful, supportive awesome friend over the years, and signing at his shop is always a blast. We signed on Record Store Day and James recorded a haunting doomsy track inspired by the first issue of Lake Imago and we designed a mini disk together. You can listen to the new song online. Such a fun day!

 

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And Atlantis, what can I say? This is the first shop I started buying Batman comics at when I was little, I started working at Atlantis when I was 16, and I learned all about the industry while working signings, reorders and talking to passionate readers. Atlantis is my family. To great to see Joe, Trisha and Nate and roam my favorite comic book racks. As you can see, I’m pretty thrilled (Eddie, on the other hand…) :

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Somewhere in the middle of all that I got to see my absolute love of a fantastic daydream comedian, Noel Fielding! Of course I had to draw a comic about that.

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Eddie and I just did a podcast with Canned Air, and you can listen to it here!

Now I’ve got some breathing room until SPX later this year, so I’m going to be hard at work drawing Lake Imago #2.

Dream big,

-J

See you at Denver DINK!

Eddie Wright and I will be in Colorado at the Denver DINK! convention this Friday and Saturday! We’ll have copies of Lake Imago and What I Ate When. What is “What I Ate When”, you ask? It’s a sketch diary of all my meals that I’ve eaten this year so far, catch up (to mid-February) at whatiatewhen.tumblr.com.

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And here’s something exciting! Digital Copies of Lake Imago #1 are currently on sale on Comixology for $1.99! Check it out!

 

That’s it for now, see you at DINK!

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The Immaterial Girl Returns

I’ve had my head down for the past few months working on art direction, UI and design on a new mobile game that I should be able to share with you in a couple months. Games, man, they take a lot of work!

Recently I had the absolute pleasure to work on a short comic with the wonderful Kieron Gillen  for his return of the comic series Phonogram! I remember reading the first issues of Phonogram when I was a kid working at the comic book store, and I’m thrilled to be in the upcoming issue (Immaterial Girl #2)! This new series is fantastic, weird and trippy. My good friend James Sime is hosting a release party for the issue at Isotope, where I will sign and draw and we’ll drink cocktails in celebration! Here’s the info:

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So good, right? You must visit. More coming sooooooooon!

What I’m watching online

A video game that lets you grow succulent plants : my favorite sorts of games are pointless. I’m in love.
Kieron interviewed by Paste : Learn everything about Kieron.
Travel Man in Istanbul : I love Richard Ayoade, and especially love when he shows me some things to do on my upcoming trip to Turkey!

Event Spotlight: Field Day Opening Night

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We got some great photos back from Jenn Farmer from First Friday at Field Day. She’s a fantastic photographer, and got some great shots of all the characters who came out for the opening, and she took some of my favorite new shots of me. Check out the whole nights over at the Field Day Facebook.

I took photos of all my pieces right before framing them, and those are included here as well.

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My amazing buddy Lauren came out for the show, and she’s 6 months pregnant! Glamorous mama. We’ve worked on various art teams together in the past, and have some exciting new ones coming up in the future. I also cannot wait to meet her baby girl.

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The Latest Online:

Huffington Post : I was included in this round-up of queer comic artists! While I haven’t been drawing comics about girls kissing girls for quite a few years, it was really fun to dig up some of my favorite pages and be included in this list!

Mimi Pond Interview : I was thrilled to see Jen Leonard interviewing Mimi Pond, who’s a fantastic cartoonist. I read “Over Easy” recently and absolutely loved it, from the diner drama intrigue to the glimpses of Oakland in the 70’s.

We Are Branch Project Spotlight : Speaking of… here’s the project spotlight on the Brand New Ways website! Shauna designed a fantastic styleguide and website for BNW, and this was our first website collaboration that I did development on. More on that shortly…

I’m with the band : To wrap it up, here’s a photoshoot I fell in love with over at I-D. I love the models, the Keith Richards-esque clothing, the falling on the ground, all of it. Great capture.

Quick Draw Comic and Upcoming Show

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I had a great time at Quick Draw in SOMA last week! Lots of great artists and visitors, and I even got to draw Adventure Time fanart! It’s a great place to kick off my comics diary for the year, they’re surprisingly slippery comics to put online, since feeling of-the-moment is so vital to both maintain my attention and for them to maintain their relevance! I’ve come up with a method that is fairly quick and spontaneous, but it STILL ends up taking a week from drawing, painting and scanning. I’ve been spoiled by the immediacy of Instagram, but there are several more comics lined up for the very-near future.

I’ve been busy chatting with clients and preparing for my new show this Friday! The workflow right before a show is intense, both creating new pieces that have lingered in dreams for months, and touching up projects that have sat unfinished. I’m excited by the array of pieces, from small sexy lady paintings to large tropical beaches, and I think they’re going to look great on the walls of Field Day!

I’ve been playing with my stop motion app as I work, here’s what I was painting this morning:

I’m still working on my final pieces for the show, I’ll see you this First Friday if you’re in Oakland!

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329 19th St, Oakland
6-10pm
More information and RSVP.

What I’m watching + Reading:

Russell Brand’s Revolution – Russell preaching to the future and change.
It’s Only Color – using color from nature for better design.
The Designer Who Gives Half His Work Away for Free – I’m still debating whether it’s a good model or not, but the intention is great!

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Upcoming Field Day and Quick Draw

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I’m currently working on a bunch of new pieces for my show at Field Day in March. I can’t wait for next month, these girls know how to put on a great First Friday, and I think my latest paintings are going to be right at home in the adorable Field Day shop. Mark your calendars:

First Friday @ Field Day

329 19th Street, Oakland
Friday, March 6th
6-10 pm

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I’m also happy to be a featured artist for the upcoming Pin-up themed Quick Draw SF event at F8 next week! I’ll be making little paintings for sale at the event, and will bring a bunch of cute little postcards and books. Plus, F8 has great drinks and food. I’ll see you there!

Quick Draw SF @ F8

1192 Folsom Street, San Francisco
Thurday Feb 19th 6-10pm

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What I’m reading Online

Werner Herzog’s Life Advice – Especially for timid artists, read over these every day.
Patti Boyd’s Photo Exhibit in SF – I read Pattie’s book Wonderful Tonight a few years back, and her story of touring as a model and Beatles wife is both exciting and heartbreaking, and I expect her photographs will be too.
Mushroom War Wiki – I’m over-indulging in Adventure time and trying to get to the bottom of this Mushroom War and Ice King storyline.


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