Los Angeles, don’t make any Valentine’s Day plans. Do this instead? <3
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Giant Robot & L.A. Zine Fest Present: Friend-Love with Benefits
This Valentine’s Day, join Giant Robot & L.A. Zine Fest
for a night of visual comic readings by 7 different comic book artists and zine-makers on the eternal themes of love, relationships, heartbreak, friend-crushes, online dating and more.
Short comic readings by comic book artists and zine-makers based in Los Angeles and beyond:
Bangs & Beard
A book reading and signing of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU by Yumi Sakugawa.
Zine prizes and give-aways at the end of the night.
Friend-Love with Benefits
February 14th, 2014
7:00PM – 10:00PM
2062 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles CA 90025
More about the performers:
Bangs and Beard are comics by cartoonist couple Melinda Tracy Boyce (“The Melinderly”, “AOA”) and Aaron Whitaker (“The City Troll”, “The Awkward Quarterly”). They started making comics together in Portland, OR and now live in Los Angeles, CA with their two rad rats. BangsAndBeardComics.com
South Pasadena-based artist, Jesse Tise graduated from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in illustration. He works both as an printmaking instructor and a freelance illustrator. In his free time, he keeps busy painting, drawing, and printmaking personal projects, and playing tug-o-war with his black giant schnauzer, Samson. jessetise.com
Kelsey is a cat admirer from Los Angeles and transplanted to NYC. Burgeoning illustrator and zine maker. Still figuring things out. nowhereplace.com
MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22, the upcoming books Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories and Turning Japanese, and her self-published zine, Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009). Her comics and essays have been featured on The Rumpus, The Weeklings, Truth-out, SFBay.CA, The Comics Journal, The Bay Citizen, XOJane and more. Learn more at marinaomi.com.
Nick Sumida is a cartoonist hailing from Aiea, HI. He has worked as a storyboard artist on animated shows like Comedy Central’s “Ugly American’s” and the upcoming “Bad Seeds” from Nickelodeon, and his comics can be seen floating around tumblr. His debut comics collection, “Snackies”, is being published by Youth In Decline in Spring 2014. nsumida.tumblr.com
Yumi Sakugawa is a comic book artist and the author of I Think I Am In Friend-Love With You (Adams Media 2013). A graduate of the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, Yumi is a regular comic contributor to The Rumpus and WonderHowTo. She also loves coffee and tacos. yumisakugawa.com
|Candace:||HAPPY NEW YEAR!|
|HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR|
|Candace:||did you have a good holiday??|
|me:||it was pretty uneventful|
|wait actually my car blew up|
A look at photographs from James Casebere’s “Landscape with Houses,” a series that was triggered by the mortgage crisis: http://nyr.kr/1gk3oQr
“At first, the picture appears to be of a well-groomed, suburban neighborhood, complete a with pastel sunset. But, in fact, it’s of a tiny model town, painstakingly built by hand, using plaster, wood, cardboard and, cheesecloth.”
“Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County, NY) #8” (2010).
All images courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York.
I journey to Texas on my first business trip.
Lately I’ve been having trouble swallowing things. They somehow lodge themselves in between the parts of my mouth, stomach, and throat that I don’t know the anatomical words for. There is never any water around to relieve me during those moments. I’m not choking, it’s just there in this strange body purgatory. I’m not sure.
I literally just sat down at my desk after taking my lunch break.
Cat: Did you go to lunch yet?
Me: I just got back.
Cat: Oh where did you go?
Me: Um, the post office —
Cat: Oh weird…*giggles
Me: You know? The post office? To mail something! Not just for fun!
Do 22 year olds still know what post offices are? Does Jasmine need to slap a bitch? My Brain. Hurts. Trying. Hard. Not. To.
Tumblr is my new anger management release.
Also one more thing and I swear I’ll be done, but he bought a pair of flip flops to change into when he gets into the office. I don’t know what this means besides that maybe he’s getting the office confused with a gym locker room? I wouldn’t put it past him.
SO MUCH ANGER,
My coworker goes “You had a salad for dinner?” and then laughs. I’m not sure what renders having a salad for dinner funny. Isn’t salad pretty mainstream American dinner fare at this point in history? I mean there are more than a few things I can think of off the top of my head that are far more funny than salad for dinner. Like one of those pigs with the apple in its mouth. A whole roast pig for dinner? That’s pretty funny. Or like, a bowl of raisins with a side of candied yams and a string cheese. Something random and thrown together like that? Kinda funny.
He remarks “You eat so healthy!”. I’m not sure what meaning a statement like that holds, but then again 99.99% of what he tells me is pretty much worthless. Last week he showed me a non-photoshopped image of Miranda Kerr vs. the photoshopped image. The before and after. I must give off a sense of “I really care about Victoria’s Secret models and the politics behind their on stage personas and the reality of their belly fat” or something. I really wish I didn’t.