The Miizzzard is a performance-art project in becoming-other.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Posts Exported

I've exported all the posts for this blog to my new blog. I'm going to delete this blog in a week, so update your subscription or bookmarks if you so desire.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Moving On

This blog has been moved and merged into the new hypercastle. Please update your RSS feedz and bookmarx.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

FROGHEAD HANGOVER

Here's the cover and a couple of pages from my new comic FROGHEAD HANGOVER that I'll have (pending pickup from the printer tomorrow) to trade at MoCCA 2009! The comic is a true story from when I was living by myself in a small apartment in Austin back in 2006 ... When I get back to the ATX I plan on screenprinting a different cover for the for-sale version!

Froghead Hangover Front Cover


Cover for the trade edition.

Froghead Hangover Page 5


Page 5 - Dr. Chuch do you remember when you lived in Austin? Those were the days ...

Froghead Hangover Page 10


Page 10.

If you'll be at MoCCA and you're exhibiting, be prepared to be handed a copy! Here's what I look like:

My Face Paint


Folk #2

I just received Folk #2 by Tyler Stafford in the mail on Monday. I ordered it after I read the review on Optical Sloth, who, by the way, is well on their way to doing one minicomic review a day in 2009!

I was waiting to do a scan on one of the pages before I posted about Folk #2, but the venerable Shawn Hoke already took care of it for me:



Just check out the backgrounds in this page, especially the lower-right panel! I love how much detail Stafford puts into his environments, I usually just put in some generic mountains or fill it in with black ... something for me to think about ... Anyway all of y'all should order Stafford's comics, available through his etsy.

Friday, May 29, 2009

More Cartoon Utopia Drawings

Ron Rege Jr posted some new drawings in his cartoon utopia series yesterday! It's a really fantastic project, here's a bit from his explanation of the ideas behind the project:

"At the beginning of 2008 – I started to create a series of numbered 4x6 inch drawings as an exercise - to start to flesh out ideas for a kind of 'science fiction universe' that I’ve been slowly imagining over the last few years - the idea of a 'Cartoon Utopia...'"

I love the idea and I love the drawings, Ron Reje Jr has always been a force for good in this universe, everyone should buy the Cartoon Utopia mini he just put out!

Sam Gaskin @ Sunday Comics

The always hilarious Sam Gaskin has a bed-time comic over at the Sundays comics blog, go check it!

Fav line:

"I'm a pajama jamma!"

Sunday, May 24, 2009

SMOKE SIGNAL Fundraiser

I've submitted a half-pager to the all-comics newspaper SMOKE SIGNAL that the comic store Desert Island in Brooklyn is gonna put out. Here's a panel from my strip, called SHAMANMAN:

SHAMANMANpanel6


If you want to see the rest, help make SMOKE SIGNAL a reality by coming out to the fundraiser, tomorrow (Memorial Day) at Union Pool! There'll be a concert featuring

Uninhabitable Mansions
Ambergris
Boogie Boarder
Darlings

Doors open at 7, it costs $8 to get in - all proceeds go towards printing costs!!!

Union Pool is located at 484 Union Ave in Brooklyn, NY (718) 609-0484, right near the Lorimer L + Metropolitan G train stops.

TRANZ Review by Optical Sloth

TRANZ got reviewed over at Optical Sloth, here's a quote:

"Everything looks great and William/Mark is certainly not short on imagination, I guess I’m just more old fashioned in my comics reading, what with my general preference for linear stories and all. Still, there’s a lot to be said with the 'where the hell is this going to go from here?' school of making comics, and I’m all kinds of intrigued to see what he does next and what he’s already done that might or might not be more accessible than this to the common folk."

-review

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mawwwr TRANZ

Although I drew these pages for a show to benefit an art space, they're a continuation of the ideas I was dealing with in TRANZ:

5x7meltstructure

5x7grow

5x7meltmark

This next (and last) one is my favorite.

5x7multiply

I've started working on a new twelve-page comic that incorporates the MULTIPLY idea into a longer narrative, I'm super stoked about it! I plan to have it ready for when I come to MoCCA Fest 09 so if you're coming/tabling be prepared to trade me a zine for it!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

STAPLE! 2009

Belated post of some picx from STAPLE! 2009...

Here's me and my lady, she sold her wonderful glademade products alongside those of the GCPM.

STAPLE! 2009


Here's summa the stuffz we had for sale.

STAPLE! 2009


Here's me and the boyz (left to right: Dr. Chuch, XyphaP, &myself).

STAPLE! 2009


STAPLE! was a real good time, we moved plenty of product and wayyy more ppl showed up than last year, so thanks Austin and Uncle Staple for making it such a success! Look for the GCP and glademade at Zine Fest Houston, coming up May 16th!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

TRANZ

Glade and I are in the process of screenprinting the cover for TRANZ.

TRANZ cover


I've never screenprinted before (and I'm doing everything at the last possible second) so Glade's been helping me a lot.

TRANZ cover


Check out the awesome color combo that Glade put together for the bottom layer of the cover.

TRANZ cover


Of course, I'm just getting drunkz...

TRANZ cover


...but I finally manage to get a page printed.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

TRANZ

I'm working on a new comic called TRANZ that I plan on having ready for Staple 2009 (March 7th at the Monarch Event Center here in Austin). I started drawing it with Faber Castelli markers but now I'm going to do the whole thing in india ink with a 00 Windsor Sable Watercolor brush. Here's the old version of the cover:

TRANZ

The idea is to do a lot of one to four page comics that depict a single transformation governed by a concise action verb. Here's an example page, called "Melt":

"Melt"

I'm doing the comic this way to practice my craft. Every page will be six panels - I've already cut the pages and drawn the grid with a pencil. I'm trying to explore transformation and repetition through the medium of cartooning. I'm really excited about this project.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Fragment - Hologram Screen

The Hypercastle of the Miizzzard lies deep in the Urscape. It was built in the fold between two ridges of pale orange rock that have pushed through the plains. Here, close to the substrate of reality, the Miizzzard observes the realms of the multiverse and performs his ablutions of the macrocosm.

Through his telescope, he is closely observing the skin of the living multidimensional cosmos. It is pocked and pitted, burned and scared from the violence of its birth. The scorched flesh forms a pattern, a tattoo that is the after-image of its fiery birth. On its other side it is cool, and it casts a three-dimensional shadow onto the walls of its cave.

But the Miizzzard is not interested in shadows. He is closely scanning the skin, looking for infections. On an inverse of the anterior edge of the eleventh-dimensional manifold, he sees a small outcrop of brackish, fuzzy slime that has accumulated enough mass to loom above its crater womb. The Miizzzard blinks and shifts in his seat. From his felt suit coat, he pulls out a worn, turquoise notebook and writes down the eleven coordinate points of the infection from his display.

He gets up and takes the long walk down spiral staircases to the lower floors, working out the stiffness of his joints. The Hypercastle has no foundation, it rests directly on the foamy surface of the Urscape. The Miizzzard is standing in a huge room, his bare feet touching the bedrock of reality. An orb is suspended in the middle of the room, with steps leading up to it and wires stretching away to the darkness of the corners and into the Ursurface. The Miizzzard enters the body cavity within the orb and the door scrapes against the threshold as it closes behind him. Wires painlessly attach themselves into his skin, and suddenly the Miizzzard is no longer himself; he is the living cosmos. He stretches to accustom himself to the new form and cracks open and close in spacetime. Galaxies shatter as he walks across the cave floor, past the fire still burning in the floor form his birth, and to the entrance. There is a silvery, sludgy stream running there, and thin flesh-colored clouds are racing across the sky, but the light is so bright that the Miizzzard-as-the-cosmos must close his eyes as he bends down to the stream to clean himself. The waters are steaming as he washes in a ritual pattern of left then right then left, seventeen times total. He murmurs a prayer that echoes in the quantum flux, and returns to the cave.

In the basement of the Hypercastle, the Miizzzard descends the steps from the orb. He touches his stomach, and begins the long climb to eat his daily meal of bread.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Art World Dream



via Eric Rudd's website.

I just finished "The Art World Dream: Alternative Strategies for Working Artists" by Eric Rudd. The idea behind the book is that artists can (and should?) work outside of institutional support to produce great art. You don't need gallery shows to make major installations, and you don't need your work to end up in a museum for your work to be preserved for future generations.

And what is the key to freedom? Real estate, and lots of it. The more studio space that you have, he argues, the greater art that you can make (because you have the space to think big). If you own that real estate, you don't have to worry about gentrification-through-aestheticization raising your rent prices, and you can rent part of it out to fellow artists. A central concept here is that an artist doesn't really want to be rich - an artist just wants to make enough money to be able to live in some sort of comfort and to keep funding their artwork. Although Rudd mentions the Internet (capital i) several times throughout the book, the one thing he doesn't mention is perhaps the most important of all - the digital studio is limitless.

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The Miizzzard is a performance art project in becoming-other. Any drawn illustrations provided by William Cardini. All text written by Mark P. Hensel. I've merged my two personal blogspot blogs (folk sci fi and hypercastle) into one superblog: http://hypercastle.com/blog.

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