Tuesday, July 23, 2013

GR2700 R.I.P.

Hey Oilers,
See this lovely machine? That is Oily's new (used) Risograph. I had to plunk down a hefty chunk of change to get it. Last week, the old risograph malfunctioned and it was beyond my know-how to get it back up and running (if anyone wants a GR 2700 for parts get at me). So luckily there was a machine for sale a couple hours away and I jumped on it. Why am I annoying you with this? Well, this really ate into Oily's budget for the rest of the year so, so I have decided to keep the subscription offer open until the end of July. Since I have had to push back printing since my old machine broke, I have more time to let more people in. I didn't hit my goal of 200 subscribers this time out. Currently, we have about 150. If I can get 50 more, I would be a happy camper. Maybe I didn't push this subscription campaign as hard as I could or maybe you all are just sick of Oily. I don't know. So yeah, if you want to subscribe to some cool comic books, now is the time. Get 5 comics in the mail every month. Quality shit. Some names I of cartoonists, I have coming down the pike are: Leslie Stein, Sam Gaskin, Melissa Mendes, me, Michel Fiffe (interview zine), Ben Urkowitz, Darryl Seitchik, and more.
Thanks for reading. I never take your support for granted. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Snake Oil 8 Party at Bergen St Comics

Okay, we are having a thing. I just drew this flier for two nights of comic book parties at Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn. Thursday, Nov 8th is Koyama Press with Deforge, Patrick Kyle and Jane Mai. And then on Friday, Nov 9th, Spaceface Books/Oily Comics bring a whole bunch of artists and their new books. I will be debuting my new issue of Snake Oil (8) published by Space Face and I will be signing people's foreheads. Oily will have a bunch of early releases there with the artists present. Look at the flier. Lots of names.
And then the next day is of course Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival where Koyama, Space Face, and Oily will also be exhibiting. 
Bergen St Comics is a great shop. If you haven't been there then make your first time there one of these nights and rub elbows with some sweaty cartoonists.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Oily October

Hey Oily Fiends,

Anybody still read this thing? Just want to say I have 5 new fresh Oily Comics ready to go this month.
Very exciting batch. I have so many good comics coming soon. And it isn't too late to get a 3 month subscription. Also want to give thanks to Rachel Dukes for being the very first Oily intern and helping me put these books together. Rachel is a student at The Center for Cartoon Studies and is no stranger to the comic books arts.

Moose 12 by Max de Radigu├ęs

Lou #7 by Melissa Mendes

Close Your Eyes When You Let Go 3 of 3 (concludes series)

Elizabeth of Canada #1 by Michael DeForge (NEW series)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Oily Subs open again

Just a quick update. You can now subscribe for 3 months to Oily Comics. Go get it!

Friday, September 21, 2012

SPX, Pennsylvania, and life

Every year, Melissa and I load up the car with comics, drive to Bethesda, Maryland to sell comics. After that we load whatever is left into the car and drive to my mom's house in Pennsylvania where we see family and friends for a few days. Then we drive back to Massachusetts.

SPX is sort of the closest thing to a hometown show for me. It was the first show of its kind that I ever attended in 2004 or 5. This year, as you probably know, was quite good. The guest list was golden, the money and alcohol flowed, and the internet became tangible.

For me, this year felt like a solidifying of Oily Comics as a project and force in my life. In my head I am always arguing whether or not to retire it at the end of the year or to keep it rolling. I think enough people coming up and talking to me about it has made me realize that this thing is a thing. So I've decided to keep this ball rolling and see where it goes. See what colors I can print in. See how long my risograph will run.

I'm a fan of Tom Spurgeon's list of thoughts about shows so I am going to try that. Here we go.

• Meeting a handful of FOOCers and seeing membership cards in their wallets. Ridiculous and great
• I've noticed a lessoning of my usual starstruck paralyzation. I talked to people I was previously scared to. Hey, people are nice. Give them a chance.
• Having comics be put into the the Library of Congress and the Dylan Williams collection at OSU.
• North Bethesda is still a scary place. At one point I was standing in a parking lot waiting for my lunch all alone, blackbirds were eating trash, Bad Company was playing out of a car stereo and Francoise Mouly was walking down the Rockville Pike with a drug store bag in her hand.
• Michael DeForge and Patrick Kyle are a like a quiet beavis and butthead. Not sure what this means but I am saying it.
• I drank bourbon all weekend and stayed away from beer. This was a good choice. Beer makes me feel gross inside.
• One guy came up to the table and bought every single Oily comic on the rack. I am pretty sure that there was someone or two or three sending a lot of people my way. I heard it a million times over the 2 days. So thank you to whomever was doing the sending. My money is on Annie Koyama.
• I bumped into Matt Seneca, Chris Mautner and Jog of Comic Books are Burning in Hell and thanked them for talking about me on the air. Those are some nice boys. I can't wait to read Seneca's Daredevil comic.
• Thanks to table mates Melissa Mendes, Alex Kim, Sean Ford, and Joe Lambert for always being perfect.
• Loved talking shop with Rich Tommaso. I hope I can be half the cartoonist this guy is when I grow up.
• I got to listen to Noah Van Sciver gripe which is always a pleasure.

Alright, I've run out of things to say. I'm tired. Time to crash. Here are a few more pictures from the trip. Stay tuned for new Oily Comics. Will get the September releases up on the store by the end of the week. Shipping subscriber copies tomorrow.

Birthday pie from mom.

Birthday present for my brother. Dan Zettwoch Cardinals print. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Arts for sale

A bunch of original art is up for sale from me and Melissa. Made a special page for it. Check it out.