Friday, September 30, 2016

So It's Been A While...

As happens on this blog.

You guys know.

I go inactive and then I come back and it's all rainbows and productivity and then I disappear again.

This is me.

And I'm not even posting any images to keep your interest. Lame.

No Inktober this year. My apologies. I know you love it. But you can look at past Inktobers and enjoy the twisted fish tales.

I've been pretty deep into a personal project, which is brilliant and gives me life, but it's anonymous, so I can't tell anyone about it. Awesome, huh? So maybe you've run across it and you don't even KNOW. All I can say is that it's an image-based, novel-length narrative in first-person POV written daily in 2100-character installments in an experimental format, and it explores issues of: mental illness, human connection, social marginalization, family dysfunction, healing from trauma, and the nature of love. And it's LGBT lit. And speculative fiction. And it's rad.

I got a two-book contract that doesn't have anything to do with writing and everything to do with art, but will involve a lot of writing. Nonfiction writing. So... there's that. I'll let you know how everything progresses. When I feel like posting. Which might be never until it's all over and I'm dead.

The weather is finally cooling down. So that's a plus.

I had a solo art show last week in Phoenix. 30 pieces, hundreds of people showed. Pretty cool. But no one knew who I was and I didn't have my people with me, so I just sat and texted my bestie until the occasional visitor was tenacious enough to track down the artist. One such person ended up being Scott Craven, author of middle-grade book series Dead Jed. We actually ended up hiding in a corner and talking shop about writing for a good long time. Here's to new friends. Writer friends. Who actually live in town.

I usually go dormant around this time, but I'm going to be hella busy this year, with writing two books, and this personal project and hopefully a crapload of DawgArt commissions, so if you need me, I'll be here in my corner, writing and painting and wishing I could just be sitting in a movie theater watching some sci-fi thing like Rogue One, or Passengers, or The Space Between Us, or Morgan, or Arrival, or The Circle, or Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, or seriously WHY are there so many sci-fi movies coming out?

Luke Cage just came out.
Supernatural season 12 premieres in 14 days.
Walking Dead season 7 premieres in 23 days.
Doctor Who series 10 doesn't premiere until APRIL so don't hold your breath.

The heroes of Hell's Kitchen is an amazing series of productions. Best thing Marvel has done, hands down. The other three are the only shows that I watch. In my studio. While I paint. Who watches them? Call me and let's talk about them. While I paint.

While you're waiting for those, don't forget I have an Instagram that I post on almost every day.

That is all. This station is now returned to its regularly scheduled programming.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

WIFYR 2016 is here!

I'm going to be at WIFYR this week.

I'm in Ann Dee Ellis' Advanced Novel Class.

I'm bringing a new project: middle-grade horror.

I know. Don't start. I don't write things that will ever sell. I only write weird things that are off-putting and difficult and someday I will meet someone who GETS me and my work and they'll be like, "Let's get this on the shelves." And I'll die of shock.

I'm going to be very tired so I don't know if I'm going to be able to write about WIFYR during the week, but I'll post highlights next week.

I love Carol.

And Ann Dee.

And Ann Cannon.

That is all.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Goodreads is Why

I stopped writing book reviews for my blog. Did you notice that? If you remember, I started writing reviews here so that I could keep track of the books that I've read. I started in 2010. I found out about Goodreads after that, but I didn't really start using it until recently. Then I realized that it's a much more efficient way of keeping track of the books that I read.

So if you're wondering why I no longer post book reviews --

Goodreads is why.

I will still talk about the books that I'm reading here, because, well, you know, it's one of my higher interests.

Speaking of books, I am currently rereading David Mack's Kabuki series. Remember how I came across these graphic novels by way of the 7th book, The Alchemy? I reread The Alchemy every year. So I read it again and then realized I needed to read the other ones too.

The Alchemy is amazing. The art is brilliant and the personal-evolution narrative speaks to me very intimately.

AND THEY'RE REPRINTING IT. IN JULY. IT COMES OUT IN JULY.

Here's some art from Kabuki: The Alchemy.






I love this book.

Have you read it?


Sunday, April 24, 2016

New Quotables - David Bowie and Prince

It's been a long time since I've posted. I know.

I know.

I've been working on . . . things. And reading. And painting. And all the things.

I wanted to share my newest Quotables with you.

I have been mourning David Bowie, in my own way, as many of us have. When I'm working through something, it is good for me to remember the words of Neil Gaiman. "MAKE GOOD ART." Making art is a way I've found to process a loss, so I decided to make a Quotable of David as Ziggy Stardust. Because Spiders from Mars, yo.

It took me a while to complete. Because David. I mean, seriously.


And then Prince died. He just DIED. How is this possible? To lose both of these artists in the same year? I cried a lot about this. So I had to paint Prince too.


I hope they bring you a little joy.

You can buy prints of David and prints of Prince -- Prince prints -- in my shop.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

New Quotables - Bobby Singer and Edgar Allan Poe

Happy Halloween! Just in time for our dreadful celebrations, two new Quotables paintings, a Mentor and a Creative.

First up, from the speculative fiction show, Supernatural, the feisty mentor of the Winchester boys, Bobby Singer. The old monster hunter, played by Jim Beaver, is a favorite on the show.


To get prints, visit the Tangerine Octopus Studio. Or maybe you'd like the original!

And then there's Edgar, one of the fathers of modern horror.


Click here for prints. Or here to bring home the original painting.

Which one do you like better?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New Quotable - Doc Brown

Introducing the newest Quotable Mentor, Doc Brown from Back to the Future.

Robert Zemeckis' adventure films starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd recently had an explosion in popularity again, as we reached October 21, 2015, the date in the films labeled as The Future.  See here the piece I made to celebrate this auspicious day. We're in the future!


Would you like a print? Visit the Tangerine Octopus Studio
Or you can buy the original!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015