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June 25th, 2013

Gabriel Corbera Drawing the Miizzzard

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: , — William Cardini @ 11:42 am

Check out this amazing drawing that Gabriel Corbera made of the Miizzard:

Gabriel Corbera Miizzzard Drawing

I’m a big fan of Corbera’s comics, especially his Monday Suicide series, an out-there mashup of thick black lines, patterns, monsters, and male pattern baldness.

March 29th, 2013

Fantastic Magazine Covers by Vernon Kramer

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: — William Cardini @ 11:12 am

I stumbled across this awesome cover illustration while looking for images for my last post:

Vernon Kramer Fantastic Magazine cover illustration
From alittleblackegg’s Flickrstream.

I was only able to find a few more pieces by the artist, Vernon Kramer, and no official website. I’m also into this one:

Vernon Kramer Fantastic Magazine cover illustration
From Cadwalader Ringgold’s Flickrstream.

September 11th, 2012

“Nature Club” by Melinda Tracy Boyce at Paper Party

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: , , , — William Cardini @ 7:05 am

My wife Glade had the first art opening at her shop-within-a-shop Paper Party this past weekend. The show, called “Nature Club,” is a collection of paintings of cacti, produce, and whales by local cartoonist Melinda Tracy Boyce.

Each piece is a beautiful watercolor with great details. Here are some of my faves:

Cactus Club by Melinda Tracy Boyce
Cactus Club.

Whale Sandwich by Melinda Tracy Boyce
Whale Sandwich.

Crystal Cactus by Melinda Tracy Boyce
Crystal Cactus.

Check out this detail shot of that one (which is the largest at 22.25×30″):

Detail of Crystal Cactus by Melinda Tracy Boyce
Detail of Crystal Cactus.

You can see a full image list with prices and online purchasing buttons here.

August 17th, 2012

I’m on Pat Aulisio’s New Podcast

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: , , , , — William Cardini @ 7:46 am

Pat Aulisio has started a podcast where he talks to his friends. Although everyone who’s been on his show so far is involved in comics, the podcasts have mainly been about movies and tv shows and other things.

Photo from Pat’s announcement about his podcast (Pat’s yawning on the right).

Yesterday he posted his episode with me, click here to check it out (Update 1/15/2017: The podcast is gone.).

We talked about a bunch of stuff, including:

  • Living in Texas

Marfa Lights by Erica Lambertson Philippe (2011).

  • Marfa Mystery Lights
  • William Cardini’s secret origin

A photo from a performance I did with Lanneau White back in January of 2007 (I’m in a Miizzzard costume). Click here for more on the Miizzzard’s beginnings in performance art.

  • Performance art and performing comics

My favorite Philip K Dick book (and therefore one of my favorite all-time sf books). Cover art by Peter Gudynas.

  • SF books, comics, movies, and TV shows

July 24th, 2012

Vortex #3 Cover Preview

Filed under: Inspiration,Print Comics — Tags: , , , — William Cardini @ 7:06 am

I’ve started Vortex #3. Here’s a possible cover:

I’ve been looking at classic Jim Starlin mind trips for inspiration. Like Page 52 from the collection The Life and Death of Captain Marvel:

This page is from #28 of Captain Marvel. I got this scan from this blog post.

Here’s that Starlin page with Frank Santoro’s golden section diagram:

Look at how all of the lines converge in those two light blue/white panels in the center. And that center diamond perfectly frames the skull! Frank’s made me a believer!

April 6th, 2012

Deth P. Sun at Domy Houston

Filed under: Inspiration — William Cardini @ 12:54 am

Deth P. Sun has a show up at Domy Houston until April 26th. I’ve been pouring through Domy’s online gallery, here are some of my faves:

Triangle 2
For sale here.

For sale here.

Cat Walking through Mirror
Already sold here.

Dark Figure
For sale here.

April 3rd, 2012

Denver Travelogue

This past week Glade and I went to Denver for an extended trip to check it out and had a blast. Here are some of the highlights:

William Cardini at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver
My Denver outfit. Glade took this picture of me at this fantastic craft supply store with workshops and classes called Fancy Tiger Crafts.

I hung out with Denver cartoonists Sam Spina, Lonnie Allen, and some other kewl people at a hipster bar with some pretty good sandwiches (I had a vegan banh mi).

Spindadoodle from 3-29-12
Sam’s diary comic from our hang out sesh (thanks for the shout out!). I didn’t end up going to the Great Divide brewery but I definitely will when I’m in Denver next. I bought his Xeric-award-winning comic Fight, I highly recommend it!

We went out to an old church that’s been turned into a dance club.

The Church in Denver
It’s called, appropriately enough, the Church. I don’t think I’ll go back. There were way more goths, ravers, and hippies in Denver than I’m used to seeing.

Check out this crazy house we saw in Boulder:

Boulder Ship House
I think it looks like a ship. The people we stayed with are building a tiny house. I love it when people figure out alternative living spaces, like Frank Santoro’s earthship.

We spent an afternoon walking up and down South Broadway. There were tons of cool boutiques, galleries, and used book stores.

Ironwood Quartz Lamp
This is a quartz lamp from the super spiritual South Broadway boutique Ironwood. It was a very serene place filled with terrariums and amazing art.

Ok back to drawing!

March 21st, 2012

VGKids at Flatstock 33

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: , , , , , — William Cardini @ 11:46 pm

This past week was South by Southwest in Austin. One thing that Glade (I remade her website for her birthday, check it out) and I always like to do is go to Flatstock.

VGKids Flatstock 33 poster
VGKids poster for Flatstock 33.

Flatstock is a convention of concert poster artists put on in various cities by the American Poster Institute. There are always tons of dope screenprints there. We always seek out the art prints and buy a few of those. My favorite this year were a group of screenprinters from Ypsilanti, Michigan called VGKids.

VGKids poster and stickers
Another VGKids poster and stickers. I’m not sure who did this artwork – maybe it’s collaborative?

They also do prints for other people. Check out this two-color Tom Neely print they did:

Tom Neely two-color Moby Dick print by VGKids

February 24th, 2012

Charles Moll

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: — William Cardini @ 7:55 am

A couple of weeks ago the PorPor Books Blog (a great source of old sci comic scans and book reviews) posted a review of a John Brunner book with a Charles Moll cover. That cover was so cool that I decided to put together a post for y’all of other Moll covers:

Huon of the Horn by Andre Norton Cover by Charles Moll
Huon of the Horn by Andre Norton. I dig the textures and patterning. Via the Ace Image Library.

The Best of Keith Laumer Cover by Charles Moll
The Best of Keith Laumer. This cover is so creepy. I love how Moll rendered the tarp-like carapace. Via a visual bibliography of Keith Laumer.

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov Cover by Charles Moll
The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov. This includes some cool gradients without being totally overwhelming like these two Moorcock covers. Via retrosapien’s Flickr stream.

While I was putting together this post, I realized that I have some Moll covers in my collection and I’ve scanned them and posted them to my Flickr here and here (Moll did the cover on the right in that second link). Also if you want to see more, check out this great list of Moll covers with large images on Paperback Fantasies. Moll did great covers for a bunch of Barry Malzberg books.

January 13th, 2012

Carlos Victor Ochagavia

Filed under: Inspiration — Tags: , , , — William Cardini @ 7:30 am

In honor of the fifth anniversary of Robert Anton Wilson’s death, BoingBoing has been posting about him all week, and in one of the posts, Gareth Branwyn put up a picture of the original paperback editions of RAW’s Illuminatus! trilogy:

Illuminatus! trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson, covers by Carlos Victor Ochagavia

I thought the covers were so cool I dug up more images of book covers by the artist, Carlos Victor Ochagavia. Here are his covers for two books by Keith Laumer from Cadwalader Ringgold’s Flickr photostream:

Retief's War by Keith Laumer, cover by Carlos Victor Ochagavia

Retief and the Warlords by Keith Laumer, cover by Carlos Victor Ochagavia

Also, check out this dope poster of monsters from Greek myths by Ochagavia that I found in WesternOutlaw’s Flickr photostream:

Guide to the Monsters of the Greek Myths by Carlos Victor Ochagavia

I find this one especially exciting because I just finished reading all of Jesse Moynihan’s webcomic Forming that involves some Greek myth.

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