Firstly: APE comic con I had the fortune of sharing a table, my first time, with Failing Sky and while I didn’t make many sales, it was a great learning experience. I didn’t want to do it without creating a comic, another first, to sell at the con. My dear friend and recently published writer E. Steen Comer and I collaborated on a 10 page comic called “Last Transmission” you can buy here!
Secondly: TRAVEL! I had booked two trips this year in hopes of finding a future living situation that would improve my chances of art exposure and cheaper living, as the bitterly expensive rise in living cost in San Francisco/Bay Area and trend towards artists becoming tech workers to afford to live here has driven me to no longer love this city I’ve spent the last 5 and a half years in. My income has mostly come from night club work and the occasional art commission, which is not enough to support myself in the long term. As much as I love my friends, coworkers, and cool summers, I need move next year.
Option A: Brooklyn, New York. I’ve been there twice. Both trips proved to be magical. I found a few galleries that look promising for the art I do, enjoy the culture, the subways, the parks, the art museums, and the interactive theaters (like Sleep No More). I do know a few residents, two of which were awesome to host me, but they’ve confirmed the cost of living is also expensive, the art scene is sparse and spread out, and the winters can be harsh. My most resent visit was to see 44Flood‘s Tome 2 art opening at the Last Rites gallery. It was an inspiring experience.
Option B: New Orleans, Louisiana. I traveled there for the first time the last week of October, which from what I gather is the best time of year to visit. I stayed at the India House hostel, which was kind of like a college dorm, but worth the price. This visit was in part to assist my friend and talented performer Jill Tracy at the Vampire Lestat Ball. She could not fly down in time but I was still allowed entry and to assist her violinist Paul Mercer, which lead to me being able to meet Anne Rice. I gave her one of my postcards with a personal thank you written on it, as she’s inspired me since childhood, and she in turn hugged me: Photo Proof! Also more photos and sketching can be viewed on my instagram feed. I wandered the galleries of Royal St. I explored several areas, took tours of the city and swamp, saw cemeteries, heard stories, met amazing people, and basically fell in love with the city itself. There was still so much I wanted to see too. Artists, musician, writers, and history make up the heart of this surreal city. Never have I felt anywhere at home than there. While I have no friends presently living in New Orleans, many I know have expressed interest in that possibility.
Option C: portland? seattle? austin? chicago? these are cities I have or have not visited that may also support the arts/be feasible to live in, or came recommended to me. Italy, Japan, and Berlin are also dreams of mine, to visit first of course.
– Come the end of january, I would like to move from san francisco to somewhere I can grow, live, flourish, and make art. As I’ve said on twitter, “I am in love… with a city. I just wished a city loved me back.” –
Thirdly: What of the Colossi painting series? It had taken a three month hiatus. I am presently still needing to complete the 7th. I resume work on it this month. If I move before this series is completed I have no idea as of yet how I am going to ship, show these works given their size. I also really want to show these works in San Francisco first and foremost. Stay tuned!
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