Sunday marked Victoria’s first Radfest. Put on by Danny Kuykendall, the event itself was stuffed full with music, art, and poetry. The field in front of the new amphitheater was littered with people from all walks of life coming out on a Sunday to enjoy the sights and sounds and the performances, every single one of them, were heartfelt and full of energy. I loved it. I loved the energy from the crowd and the performers. I loved the feeling of comradery. I loved the idea of all these people working together to create something new and something, well, rad.
I’d like to extend huge amounts of gratitude to Danny for putting this together. But not just him. Thank you to the musicians, the poets, and the artists who put their creative energies out in the open for all the world to see. Lastly, thank you the the fans who came out to support the event itself. Without all of you, this event would not have been the success that it was. Once again I can say that I am proud to call Victoria my home.
My co-host Tim said it best, “No cover bands. No admission charge. No stuffy sponsors. Just a collective of musicians poets and artists doing their thing for people getting day drunk. You hear what I’m putting down city of Victoria?” And even two days later, I’m still on a high from the event itself.
Why? I’ve been searching for the words all day and I’m still at a loss. So I’m going to try to explain myself but will more than likely fail miserably. There’s a storm growing from the scene here in this town. Egos are being put to the way side. People are working together for a common good. Creatives of all types are bonding together and creating a huge family with a common goal. I’ve been seeing it not only at this festival, but at regular local shows, at art gatherings, and even at gatherings of just a few friends sitting and sharing ideas. We can make this town something to be proud of and we’re well on our way. I’ll end with this note. Victoria, I hope your ready. I have a feeling this isn’t the last you will see of events like this.
We met up with Ted from Never Records and Jason who directed the film NEVER RECORDS YOU ARE NOT LISTENING, to talk a little about the movie which made it’s first ever debut last night.
In true NEVER RECORDS fashion, he recorded it using his equipment and cut it to vinyl.
Interview by Tim Danger.
Listen Now :: Interview with Never Records
Interview with Boris Castro and Karla Lemus by Timothy Danger.
Listen Now :: Breakin’ LA Interview
Boris and Karla are German filmmakers who are in Victoria TX this month to showcase their latest film “Breakin’ LA” which is a documentary on a group of German riders who decided to experience LA on their bicycles.
They are also advocates and art supporters in their native country, with Boris publishing READ magazine and organizing the Radar Film Fest in Hamburg.
Boris and Karla took some time out to talk to us about, bikes, art, and doing something in your local city to get an art movement to happen.
For more information about the Film and it’s creators go to :: www.breakin-la.com
Thursday I exchanged a few emails with Kim Scoulios, creator of Nancy Nebula and other fine works of art that you can find at her website, theksgallery.com. I asked a few questions and she provided me a few answers. . . .
What inspired you to create “Nancy Nebula”?
When I was a teenager I would look out into the sky and imagine the aliens could hear me and I would ask them to take me away with them. I was more cynical at that time, and I honestly thought the aliens might understand me more than humans. When I became older, I found it was easier to make fun of my dark humored habits – then began sketching the idea.
How did you do the artwork? What tools or software did you use?
The drawings are made with graphite and ink on paper. The layout was arranged in Comic Life.
How long did it take you to complete “Nancy Nebula”?
I thought of the idea 15 years ago. The comic book alone took one year. Nancy was this character that would show up repeatedly in my sketchbook. I have been thinking about alien related stories since childhood.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
My art will be on the next DWLB (Donny Who Loved Bowling) album. I am also working on the next Nancy Nebula comic books and projects.
How long have you been making comics?
I have been designing comic characters since I could hold a pen. Nancy Nebula is my first comic book. Before that, I illustrated a cover and 12 black and white illustrations in the sci-fi novel Doris Daring: Star Captain of the Spaceways with Chris Wichtendahl.
Are there any writers, artists, etc. that you’re especially a fan of and that inspire you?
There are so many…Nell Brinkley, Garth Williams, Edward Gory, H.R. Giger, Joann Sfar, and Alphonse Mucha. All of these artists have displayed such a unique style with intricate line-work.
Thanks for your time Kim! Make sure you check out the review of Nancy Nebula, and look for more Q&A with more comics creators in future posts!
After a few months of planning we’ve finally got everything nailed down for this great event. As nervous as I am about it, I’m extremely excited. There will be a lot going on!
OMBG will be using this night to release their first try at a small print publication called ‘Come and Take It :: Fighting to Stay Independent’ as well as featuring some of our favorite artists from Victoria and surrounding areas.
We will have live music by Poor Favor (Victoria, TX), Apples for Eyes (Austin, TX), Clerkenwell (Victoria, TX), and The Bluebonnet Plague (McQueeney, TX).
Spoken word will be done by Victoria natives Michael McClanahan and James Nelson.
Live art will be done by Victoria local Mic Milam.
There will be various art exhibits as well by Teddyburger Art, Jade, John Lara, Danny Kuykendall, 8 Bit Bob, and others.
We are still looking for more art exhibitors for this event. If you are interested contact me at email@example.com
Spread the word. Support your scene. Support indie art and the people who make it happen!
October 20, 2012
Downtown Bar and Grill, Victoria, TX
Arkansas Indie Comic Superstars
Bio – Wet Black Ghost Publishing is Adam Smith (the words,) and Matt Fox (the art.) We’re based out of Little Rock, Arkansas.Mule was our first self-published attempt at a sci-fi one-shot. Long Walk to Valhalla is a bit longer and currently underway as a webcomic. Pages are updated every Monday.
Contact – Website
People go to comic cons for tons of reasons. There are celebrities, artists, nerd swag, comic books, and well, if you can imagine it, you’ll probably be able to find it somewhere among the hundreds of booths spread out around the hall.
Personally? I love comic cons, but not for the celebrities or the swag. I love the environment, the camaraderie, and seeing people from all walks of life coming together and celebrating the love of all things nerd.
I spent the majority of Saturday walking around and taking in the atmosphere. There are all kinds of cos-play characters to be seen. I saw everything from Tank Girl to Darth Vader there. There were art booths, comic booths, toy booths, and even a tattoo booth. After the initial walk-through, I focused on the second reason I go to these events, the art. You can find all types of artists at these things. This particular event held a gold mine of indie and comic book artists alike. I took the time to talk to a few of my favorites. We will be posting interviews with a few of them as the week progresses, but I’ll take the time now to mention the ones that stood out to me.
Jon and Nicole were two of the nicest people! What Stood out to me even more was that they were married and they work on their projects together. Jon does NPW, a comic book based on a monster who wrestles. His wife, Nicole, helps write it. At the table, he had printed comics, but every Monday he posts a new comic on his website.
Nicole however, had her own swag at the table. She wrote and illustrated a childrens’ book about a small monster girl who goes on a grand adventure. The coolest thing about her book, is that the books are hand made. The cover, the binding, all of it, she makes by hand by herself. This impressed the hell out of me since I am such a believer in the DIY ethic. You can read the book on her site and purchase it here.
Best of luck to the both of you! It was a pleasure meeting you!
Jaclyn Di Ann – www.jaclyndiann.com — Interview coming soon!
Jaclyn’s art caught my attention immediately. Ever since I’ve been a wee lass, I’ve had an affinity for monsters and ‘monster love’. Jaclyn’s table was full of monsters and monster creations. The prints she was selling were amazing, with one of my favorites being Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. However, what really caught my attention was her jewelry. She took her drawings and sketches and put them on bracelets and necklaces. It was really awesome to see such a cool chick putting her stuff out there in such a creative way. If you are interested in purchasing any of her cute jewelry, awesome prints, or other artsy endeavors, click here.
Eliza Frye — www.elizafrye.com — Interview coming soon!
Eliza’s art caught me by surprise and she did as well. I wasn’t expecting such a gorgeous gal to be standing behind a booth! But her art, it spoke for itself. Her use of color and negative space in her designs were impeccable. As I was going through her book of original art (she only had a few prints for sale, the majority were original pieces), I found out she was going to be putting a book out soon called “Regalia” with 9 short stories and illustrations in December. The pieces in the book she had there were almost all for that book and the majority of them were done with chalk. I was quite impressed with this lovely lady. If you’d like to purchase her book once it’s released, check it out here.
Cody Schibi — www.codyschibi.com
Cody’s art was different and I mean that in a good way. Tim and I ended upbuying his ‘The Thinking Demon Print’ which was hand splattered with demon blood (a very nice touch). His prints though, were an awesome, very low brow, type of art. He did very cool takes on quite a few well known characters including Link, the Ninja Turtles, and Wolverine and Mario. The majority of his art was based on monsters, mutants, and demons, because well, everyone needs a little bit of chaos in their life. I absolutely love the horrific detail he used in his art. And his color use, when he used it, was amazing. If you’re interested in purchasing one yourself, go here!
Sean Dietrich – www.industriacide.com — Interview coming soon!
Sean’s art is something else. There are things that just catch my eye. Certain things that just draw me in and intrigue me. There were probably hundreds of artists at this event but this guys art caught my attention immediately. What did it was his Fear and Loathing art. But even so, I looked at the rest of his pieces and they were amazing. Some were rather dark others were clever and funny, and all of them were very well done. As I spoke to him about his pieces, he told me he was on tour and that almost all of his art was done ‘live’. Confused? It’s simple really. He goes to a venue, sets up his paints, and a dj spins while he and a few others paint their art. You can sit back, drink, and watch as the magic happens right before your eyes. It’s a cool concept. You can’t argue when art and music come together hand and hand. If your interested in catching him while he’s on his tour, you can check out the dates here.
Nigel Sade – www.nigelsade.com — Interview coming soon!
Nigel was dressed as a pirate. I liked this. I also liked the fact that when I actually got up there to talk to him, he would answer any question, talk about his art with this passion that not many people could begin to understand. His art, in itself, it’s beautiful. He tends to have a dark approach to a lot of his pieces. But what I liked best about them, is the fact that each of them have a meaning that isn’t necessarily easily decipherable. Symbolism is one of my favorite things to play with and Nigel, well, his art is chock full of it. As our conversation moved forward, he began talking about some of his newest pieces that are going to focus on the seven deadly sins. However, the trite and overused ways to depict these sins is not the approach he is taking (thank god). To keep up with his work, buy art, and more, be sure to visit his website.
There really were TONS of artists there and honestly, had I the time and the patience, I would have written a blog including all of them. A few others that stood out that I didn’t get to talk to as much were Mark A. Nelson, Alain Viesca, and Miguel Aguilar.
It was a pleasure meeting all of these wonderful artists!
Until next time!
See you in the bars!