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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 10th, 2012

Comics on Sale at Domy Austin; Reviews

Filed under: Press — Tags: , , , , , , , — William Cardini @ 7:19 am

Hey ya’ll, I just dropped off the Josh Burggraf-edited psychedelic sf anthology Future Shock at Domy Books here in Austin. Check out the cover:

Future Shock cover

Future Shock is 44 full-color pages of freak out sf short stories by the main man JB, Anuj Shrestha, Pat Aulisio, myself, and Victor Kerlow, drawing comics solo and collabo. I’m really excited by what Josh has done with this, but don’t take my word for it, check some words of praise from Tim Callahan in a post-MoCCA review roundup on Comic Book Resources. The anthology is $7. I also restocked Vortex #1 and #2.

In other news, comics by both me and Burggraf got reviewed by Rob Clough on High-Low in a roundup of “odd genre minis”. Clough has this to say about Vortex #2: “Working big and using so many decorative patterns gives this issue a psychedelic feel, yet one that’s grounded in rock-solid and simple layouts.”

April 10th, 2012

Secret Prison #666 Kickstarter

Filed under: Print Comics — Tags: , , , , — William Cardini @ 10:56 pm

Secret Prison #666 is debuting this April at MoCCA 2012! This issue’s a little different from the previous ones – instead of single-page comics, it’s a bunch of double-page team-ups selected by editor Ian Harker and guest editor Pat Aulisio, the editors of RUB THE BLOOD (speaking of which, RUB THE BLOOD is now available in Yeah Dude Comics online store).

Secret Prison 666 cover
Secret Prison #666 cover by Pat Aulisio.

Pat and Ian paired me up with the bad-ass cartoonist Keenan Marshall Keller. We’re both total texture geeks but Keenan’s way more out there than me and is inspiring me to be grosser and more visceral with my drawings than I usually am. I’m loving what we’ve got brewing for SP#666! You can see what I mean about the similarities and differences in our styles in this drawing he did for the Monster Show at Domy Books:

Keenan Marshall Keller drawing
“Amplified Shaman/Acid Jesus” drawing by Keenan.

Ian and Pat are raising funds to print SP#666 via a Kickstarter campaign.

They’ve already met their funding goal for their initial print run and now they’re trying to meet a secondary goal to get even more copies printed. Prizes include SP#666, RUB THE BLOOD, and an 1/8th page ad drawn by myself.

February 3rd, 2012

RUB THE BLOOD for Sale, RTB Artwork, and Interview

Filed under: Artwork,Press,Print Comics — Tags: , , , , , , — William Cardini @ 7:28 am

Hey y’all, I got my contributor copies of RUB THE BLOOD, edited by Ian Harker and Pat Aulisio, in the mail:

RUB THE BLOOD stack on my cutting board
I’m proud to be in this monstrosity. You can see the front and back covers by Victor Cayro and the interior spread by Mickey Z.

You can now order RTB on my store, it’s $5 plus shipping. (Update 1/13/2017: I’ve been sold out of RTB for years.) You can also order it from editor Ian Harker through mail order, just email him at doppelgangercomics@yahoo.com. I’m also going to be sure to bring these bad boys to STAPLE! where the Gold County Paper Mill will be tabling alongside Glademade for the fourth year in a row.

This also seems like a good post to show y’all the ink drawings that I made for the RUB THE BLOOD art show at Brave New Worlds in Philly this past January. The drawings are 7×10″ ink renditions of the two characters I used in my RUB THE BLOOD comic, Lightbeam and Bludwurld the Living Battle Planet:

Lightbeam ink drawing

Bludwurld ink drawing

Also, I didn’t realize this, but 2012 is the 20th anniversary of Image. In honor of this, Ao Meng has a post up on the Daily Texan Comics blog that discusses the legacy of Image, the Brandon Graham and Simon Roy reinterpretation of Prophet, and RUB THE BLOOD. It includes a short interview with yours truly.

January 20th, 2012

Hic & Hoc Logo

Filed under: Artwork — Tags: , , — William Cardini @ 7:21 am

Hic & Hoc is a new art comics publisher that’s got some kewl books scheduled to debut this MoCCA, including my man Pat Aulisio‘s sequel to his Retrofit book Bowman, called (appropriately enough) Bowman 2016.

Bowman 2016 promo image by Pat Aulisio
Bowman 2016 promo image by Pat Aulisio.

Hic & Hoc is currently soliciting drawings of their logo and I thought I’d try it out:

Hic & Hoc logo by

The first ten people to send Hic & Hoc a logo get some free copies of the first Hic & Hoc comics. If you’re interesting I bet there’s still be time, that was posted on Wednesday. The only instructions are that “Hic and Hoc are incompetent pirates’ mateys.” Have at it y’all!

January 6th, 2012

RUB THE BLOOD Art Show Tonight in Philadelphia

Filed under: Print Comics — Tags: , , , , , — William Cardini @ 7:34 am

Tonight, from six to nine pm at the Philadelphia comic book store Brave New Worlds, is an art show of drawings done by contributors of RUB THE BLOOD that’re either related to the theme of the anthology or original pages.

Here’s the flyer:


I’ve got two 7×10″ ink drawings of the two characters I created for my RUB THE BLOOD contribution, Lightbeam and Bludwurld the Living Battle Planet, in the show. I also sent them some copies of VORTEX. Check out Ian Harker’s Secret Prison post about the show for more information, including a pic of the installation, and instructions on ordering RUB THE BLOOD through the mail.

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.

October 26th, 2011

RUB THE BLOOD Kickstarter

A lot of cartoonists, whether they end up drawing daily autobio strips or Fusion comics, read superhero comics when they’re kids. The last couple generations of alternative cartoonists grew up reading Jack Kirby or maybe Watchmen. My peers and I grew up with the Image revolution.

X-Force #9 Cover by Rob Liefeld
X-Force #9.

To honor this influence, Pat Aulisio and Ian Harker have put together a 90’s Image comics tribute anthology called RUB THE BLOOD. I’ve got a two-page story in there called “Lightbeam vs Bludwurld the Living Battle Planet” (I bought the above issue of X-Force as research for my story) alongside comics and art by Pat, Ian, Josh Bayer, Kramer’s Ergot contributor Victor Cayro, Catch Up contributor PB Kain, Keenan Marshall Keller, Peter Lazarski, Benjamin Marra, Jim Rugg, Thomas Toye, and Mickey Z (P.S. Did y’all know that Benjamin Marra and Keenan Marshall Keller were in a show alongside Nathan Fox and Zach Soto at Domy Books in Houston? Check out the flickr for the show, called HARDBODIES). You can see samples of artwork (including mine) in this dope, NSFW promo video that Pat and Ian made for the RUB THE BLOOD Kickstarter:

The second part of this video recreates shot-for-shot this Liefeld Levi’s ad from the 90’s.

The Kickstarter campaign is to get RUB THE BLOOD printed up for the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest. It’s already fully funded but if you want to order a signed or unsigned copy, or get some original art or comics from me, Pat, or PB Kain, the page is here.

Here’s additional artwork by Pat Aulisio:

Pat Aulisio RUB THE BLOOD artwork

And Victor Cayro:

Victor Cayro RUB THE BLOOD artwork

September 9th, 2011

SPX 2011: Secret Prison #5 Debut

Filed under: Print Comics — Tags: , , , — William Cardini @ 1:00 am

Y’all are only getting one post this week because I was out of town for Labor Day weekend, hanging with the Kentucky branch of the GCPM. I’ll have more detailed posts about that for y’all soon, but right now I want to talk about the debut of Secret Prison #5 this weekend at SPX 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m the co-featured artist for this issue, which means I drew the back cover. Here’s a shot of Ian Harker, the editor, holding up the published ish:

Secret Prison #5

My comix hero, Tom Scioli, is the featured artist. He drew the cover and a four-page interior comic.

The issue will be at the free table all of SPX.

Also debuting will be a new mini by Pat Aulisio called “C’mon Man” that features his faceless guy and the bear/deer/lion god he rides.

August 12th, 2011

PACC this Sunday

Filed under: Events,Inspiration — Tags: , , , — William Cardini @ 7:28 am

PACC (the Philly Alternative Comic Con) is this Sunday. I wish I could be there this year but it’s not to be. Oh well, I don’t have any new comics to show anyway. Maybe next year. Pat told me, “Just save a dollar a day dude.” I’ll try, I’ll try.

To live vicariously through my blog, I’m going to take a brief break from showing y’all the prints for Glade and I’s show and post all the great promo art for PACC.

First up, we have Pat Aulisio:

Next, we have this dope poster by my man Josh Burggraf:

Josh is going to be debuting a new book, Kid Space Heater. I can’t wait to see it.

And finally, Pat brings it back to barfville with this postcard:

Anyway, since I can’t be there, any readers in the Philly area should go and have a great time. It’s this Sunday, August 14th, noon to seven at the Rotunda, 4014 Rotunda St.

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