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November 24th, 2009

East Austin Studio Tour Recap/Witchcraft

Filed under: Admin — Tags: , , , , — William Cardini @ 4:28 pm

First of, thanks to everyone who came out to our studio for E.A.S.T.! I had a lot of fun. It was also a hectic and exhausting weekend, and I’m looking forward to relaxing over Thanksgiving and then getting back to it in December. While I was cleaning up my studio and then sitting around I had a lot of mental space to plan out how to arrange my studio for maximum productivity and efficiency. As we all know, making comics/art/whatever is a time-consuming process so I try to streamline it as much as possible. I’m also trying to figure out the best model and publishing strategy for my comics and other drawz going forward – traditional, screenprinting, POD, web, some sort of mix. I’ll post more on this once I have something concrete, but don’t count on anything semi-coherent emerging from the haze.

To keep pumped about all this through the post-event malaise I’ve been listening to doom metal, recommended to me by my buddy Ryan Lauderdale. One of my new favorite tracks is Her Sisters They Were Weak from retro-doom-psych-folk band Witchcraft’s 2004 self-titled album.

November 20th, 2009

Bob Pepper

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: , — William Cardini @ 11:37 am

I was going to post something about the East Austin Studio Tour and how you should come by our house and check out all the art we have up on the walls and in the garage and growing from our couch, but then I stumbled across a treasure trove of Bob Pepper sci-fi book covers, including one for my favorite Philip K. Dick book, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch:

from the International Haus of Pictures via ski-ffy.

For more, check out Josh Burggraf’s amazing set of Bob Pepper covers on his flickr.

Also, come by Boongoo Studio, stop #125 on the East Austin Studio Tour this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm! We’ll have a pony keg this time and I got my gouache drawz back from Chicago so there’ll be something new to see.

November 17th, 2009

First Weekend of E.A.S.T. 2009 Recap

First of all, thanks to everyone who came by Boongoo Studio, stop #125 on the East Austin Studio Tour this past weekend!

I got to play host to friends and talk to some new people, including our awesome neighbor Thor Harris and these guys Ben Goddard and Daniel. Ben and Daniel recently moved to Austin from the East Coast and have settled in to Glade and I’s old house. Ben sent me his website, he takes some pretty hilarious, well-constructed photos, including this one:

Here’s a shot of something that I haven’t posted before:

It’s a collaboration between me and Glade, it was a landscape that I didn’t use for the No More Worlds show that Glade added a bunch of awesome details to. Speaking of that No More Worlds show, I should have all of those drawings back next week, so come by if you want to check ’em out!

Here’s a shot of Aaron Flynn’s installation, which I didn’t have a photo of last week:

That inside-out polar bear/coyote is amazing.

And finally, thanks to Kate Watson for the shout out on Glasstire! I invite you all to come by and snoop this next weekend.

November 13th, 2009

East Austin Studio Tour

Glade and I are participating in the East Austin Studio Tour this year as Boongoo Studio. We’re number 125 on the map, come check out our spaces!

Here are some shots of my studio:

As you can see in the upper left, I’ve got plenty of Gold County Paper Mill books left over from STAPLE! 2008, including Jak Cardini Achieves the Narratological Singularity, a book of J.C.‘s poems, and Impossible Objects, a collaborative book between me and Jak.

Here’s a detail shot. I’ve also got some color drawz, raw comix pages, and black and white india ink drawz.

Here’s my drawing space and something that I was working on.

Our good friend Alison Kuo came and did an installation in our living room! We’re also going to be featuring the artwork of Beverly Anderson and Aaron Flynn.

November 10th, 2009

Carl Sagan

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: , , , — William Cardini @ 6:06 am

Yesterday would have been Carl Sagan’s 75th birthday. The man was a champion of secular humanism, space exploration, exobiology, and many other realms of science.

via the rustbelt radical.

At his most lyrical, Sagan painted pictures of the strange alien beings that could inhabit our solar system in order to broaden our search for other forms of life, such as these sinkers, floaters, and hunters on Jupiter:

via wandering space.

For Sagan’s sake, I hope that the upcoming expeditions to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn find some traces of life within their icy shells.

At times, Sagan could get quite spiritual, describing the search for extraterrestial life as the quest for the cosmic fugue.

via cosmos times cosmology.

November 6th, 2009

Monster Show 4

Filed under: Artwork — Tags: , , , — William Cardini @ 10:14 am

Domy Books has posted pics from the Monster Show 4 in Austin and Houston on their flickr, go check it out, there’s a ton of great art.

Here’s my contribution to the Austin show:

November 3rd, 2009

Jason Villegas at the CAMH

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: , , , — William Cardini @ 1:30 pm

My good friend and collaborator Jak Cardini just went to the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston and saw the recently ended show by Jason Villegas and the still continuing Matthew Day Jackson show.

Jak’s already posted about Jackson, who’s totally folk sci fi, and I thought I’d throw up some images of Villegas’ work:

You can find out more about Villegas on his website.