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December 30th, 2011

Happy New Year

Filed under: Admin,Artwork — Tags: , , — William Cardini @ 2:19 am

I hope that everyone had a happy holidays, if that’s your thing. 2012 is beginning in a couple of days and I’m stoked about the possibilities of a new year.

I’ll resume regular posting next week but for now enjoy this photo of my fellow cartoonist Kyle Nolan standing in front of the EPCOT geodesic dome, sporting the Candy or Medicine t-shirt with my drawing:

Kyle Nolan with Candy or Medicine t-shirt
T-shirt printed by Josh Blair, editor of Candy or Medicine.

Have a happy new year’s!

December 20th, 2011

Lamezine 001 – Microwave Planet

Filed under: Print Comics — Tags: , , , , — William Cardini @ 7:14 am

I’ve got a guest comic in Partydog's epic download-only minicomic, Lamezine 001 – Microwave Planet, which just dropped this past Friday:

Lamezine 001 - Microwave Planet cover
Cover for Lamezine 001 – Microwave Planet. Click to go to the download page.

Lamezine, a pay-what-you-want download, is 45 pages of Partydog comics and 82 pages of guest comics by cartoonists such as KC Green and J Chastain. And if you throw down over $20 you get your own Partydog sketch. And if you dig Lamezine and want to know more about Partydog, check out his interview with Novi Magazine.

December 17th, 2011

Holiday Store Update

Filed under: Admin — William Cardini @ 2:06 pm

Since Monday, December 19th is the last day I can ship something and have it arrive by Christmas, I won’t ship any orders placed after midnight on Sunday, December 18th until the first week of 2012. Feel free to continue to order, just know it’ll be a couple weeks until they get to you.

December 16th, 2011

VORTEX #1 Preview on Squidface & the Meddler

Filed under: Print Comics — Tags: , , , — William Cardini @ 7:04 am

Squidface & the Meddler, a Toronto-based online arts magazine, has posted a four-page preview of VORTEX #1. Click the image to view it: (Update 1/13/2017: This link no longer works.)

VORTEX #1 Preview on Squidface & the Meddler

You can also now pick up VORTEX #1 at Floating World Comics in Portland OR in addition to Domy Books Austin and my online store.

December 13th, 2011

A New Direction for my Comics

I’m by myself at the house drinking coffee in the early afternoon on a Saturday, trying to burn through some Google Reader items, getting ready to work on some comics, my mind is really buzzing, and I just need to list it all out somehow so I’m posting about it here.

Here’re my inputs:

Blaise Larmee
A representation of some panels from Blaise Larmee’s 2001.

Matt Seneca’s Weeklong Interview with Blaise Larmee – I’m reading this and trying to understand specifically what Larmee is saying. It’s difficult because he can be obtuse but he drops a lot of nuggets in there like “Cartoonists need to be willing to abandon comics.”

Ryan Lauderdale Mashup
A mashup of three different pieces by Ryan Lauderdale that look like abstract comics to me.

Ryan Lauderdale’s Show, Bed Bath and Beyond, at Nudashank – My friend Ryan is getting his MFA is Brooklyn right now and has a show up at the Nudashank art space in Baltimore. This week we talked about how important form, color, and spirituality are to our work, about reacting against postmodernism with a revived modernism (or something else), about color field painting, all these things that I’m into that I sometimes forget about when I sit down to draw comics.

Frank Santoro Geometry Exercise
A geometry exercise from Frank Santoro’s course. We had to figure out the geometry behind a page of Tintin.

Frank Santoro’s Comics Correspondence Course – I’m taking Frank Santoro’s course. It’s a lot of work but I’m learning a lot of things. His geometry stuff is really interesting – it’s the scaffolding of comics or it’s abstract comics when you look at it on its own. Frank’s pushing me to be more creative with my mark making, which is good for me.

Yuichi Yokoyama Page from Color Engineering
A page from Yuichi Yokoyama’s book Color Engineering.

Yokoyama’s Color Engineering and an Interview with Yokoyama by Seneca – Man, Seneca has been on an interview roll lately! And they all get my brain boiling. He’s one of one of the best writers about comics because he focuses so much on the visual. Also his enthusiasm is infectious. I’ve posted about Yokoyama before – his work is a big inspiration for me. I think it’s interesting that both he and Larmee say in their interviews with Seneca that they don’t read anyone else’s comics. Personally I find it really important and invigorating to read all of the great comics that are being published these days but I do have to space it out a bit because if I read too many comics, the work that I make it influenced too strongly by them. So mostly I read sff books.

Screenshot from ____ by Terry Cavanagh
A screenshot from the indie video game ____ (A.K.A. Four-Letter Word) by Terry Cavanagh.

____ by distractionware – Reading Wiley Wiggin’s post about ____ and then seeing the screenshots made me really excited about this game, and just the idea of an incredibly abstract and difficult-to-play game in general. I don’t post about it very much on here but interactive art is something I’m really interested in and from the looks of it, this game gets me excited about it again.

My output from all of these inputs is still brewing. Hopefully it’ll bubble out over the next few months and years. Right now I’m just thinking, as Darryl Ayo reminded me in this Comix Cube post, that it’s important for me to look at my aesthetic interests outside of comics and bring those in. Break out a bit from the Fort Thunder influence that’s so evident in my work and find some mashup of color field painting, expressive mark making, net art, and sff that’s more my own.

December 9th, 2011

Josh Burggraf Secret Project

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: — William Cardini @ 7:58 am

What is my man JB up to?

Josh Burggraf The Illuminated Grafeldd
The Illuminated Grafeldd

Looks cool.

Josh Burggraf Possible Inside Front Cover
Caption from Burggraf: “Inside cover maybe for a book with no title that has no set date for publication.” You can see Floyd in there if you look closely.

I’m stoked. Follow the Josh Burggraf tumblr for more, maybe.

December 6th, 2011

VORTEX #1 on Sale at Domy Austin and Online in my New Store

Filed under: Print Comics — Tags: , , — William Cardini @ 11:04 am

This past weekend I dropped VORTEX #1 off at Domy Books in Austin. You can get it there for $5. I don’t have a shot of it on their shelves but here’s a scan of the cover:

VORTEX #1 Cover
I scanned the cover because the printshop used a color Xerox for the cover and there’s this really interesting and unintentional rainbow gradient. But it didn’t translate in the scan.

I also added an online store to this site where you can purchase VORTEX #1 if you don’t live in Austin. Here’s a description of the issue that I wrote up for the store:

32 black-and-white Xerox interior pages, white cardstock cover with full bleed black-and-white Xerox image, 7×10″
VORTEX #1 chronicles an epic battle of swordblows and slime between my recurring character the Miizzzard and a new alien with unknown powers.
The story begins when the Miizzz discovers a hidden energy source on an uncharted planet. Although this minicomic is the beginning of a longer story, it also stands alone.

It’s $6 for US orders, $7.5 for Canada orders, and $10 to ship to anywhere else. Check that out here (currently VORTEX #1 is the only item for sale in the shop but I plan to add more soon).

December 2nd, 2011

RUB THE BLOOD Debuts this Saturday at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest

This Saturday, December 3rd, from noon to 9pm at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church is the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics fest. Pat Aulisio and Ian Harker will be there with Rub the Blood, an art comics tribute to the Image revolution with two pages by me alongside a whole host of excellent artists (full list and longer explanation here, Robot6 article here, interview with Pat and Ian here, Rob Liefeld endorsement here). Here’s the obligatory comic Facebook shot of Pat holding up Rub the Blood:

Rub the Blood cover by Victor Cayro
The front and back covers are by Victor Cayro.

I won’t be at BCGF but tons of other RUB THE BLOOD cartoonists will be.

Also, if you’re in the area, tonite Pat and Josh Bayer are signing their Retrofit books, BOWMAN and Raw Power, at Jim Hanley’s in Manhattan:

Retrofit Signing Flyer by Pat Aulisio
Flyer by Pat.

Retrofit head honcho Box Brown will be in attendance. Pat and Josh will be debuting their collab book The Unforgiving Blade of Conon, check out the sick cover:

Cover to The Unforgiving Blade of Conon by Pat Aulisio and Josh Bayer

There’ll also be copies of Secret Prison #5 which I drew the back cover for.