Summer Zine Party!

Hello world! It's...Alex the Intern! Did you miss me? I got really sick, then got Beth sick, and then finals. Sorry dudes. But now I'm back, and I'm excited to tell you about some of the cool stuff I've been pulling from Beth's extensive zine collection!

Like this book of comics poetry by Ryan Cecil Smith!

This little book is full of sweet serenades to all our our favorite cartooning tools: the bone folder, the kinkos copy machine, the swingline high-capacity desk stapler...and many more.

I was also intrigued by this comic by Emma Wasielke.

This map box opens up to reveal a collection of comics and other art objects.

I love the collection of small moments combined to tell a story on these pages. 

I also laughed out loud as I read about the struggles of a poor blockheaded hero in This is the Worst by Ashley Elander

Literally the worst.

Mums by Kati Lacker contains the best bike accident I've ever seen portrayed in comics. 

No seriously. 

Aaaaah so beautiful!

I originally saw Gina Wynbrandt's comic at SAIC's BFA Show, and it is one of my favorites! Finally got to read the whole thing when I discovered it in one of Beth's comix boxes.

Those facial expressions. I. Flippin. Lost it.

I think one of the best things to come from cataloging Beth's comics collection was my discovery of the work of B. Ingrid Olson.

I'm seriously in love with her comics. Her strange collection and arrangement of objects and people to create an abstract narrative are really amazing.


Really. I'm such a fan.

I had such a great time discovering so many talented artists in Beth's zine collection. I'm totally jealous...I mean... inspired by the awesome comics they make! So please, be sure to check these guys out! 


For Pete's Sake!!

Friends! Followers! Fans! Thanks for checking back. Sadly this blog has come to take a back burner as I still struggle to balance my work, drawing, life, travel and fine weather! When last we heard I was on my way to Stumptown in Portland, OR.

Stumptown Recap: Stumptown was a great show! I got to hang out with and table with a bunch of my buddies from CCS (some of whom I hadn't seen in a year!) and we did it up right.  Such a fun couple of days.

I also got to see my sister who now lives in Seattle (seems like more and more of the people I know are migrating there)

After all that fun of Stumptown I left with long time friend/mentor/former faculty of SAIC Surabhi Ghosh to stay with her and her husband Rob (and their kitty RAFI!) but also to guest teach at Surabhi's new school, University of Oregon.  It was a really great experience to not only see a "real college" (compared to the Art Schools I've attended and visited) but also to teach some comics and binding techniques to a bunch of new students.  We also went out for pizza for a little get to know Beth.

Once all the pizza had been consumed I got a tip off from Mr. Alec Longstreth about a barcade not too far into Eugene that had LOTS of pinball. Of course I convinced Surabhi to let me play.

But before I get too carried away in this update (for time is little!) I need to tell you, dear readers, that I will be at a convention THIS WEEKEND. I don't know if I have any Beth Hetland fans way out in VANCOUVER but that's where I'll be! I'm making a pit stop in Seattle briefly to connect with my contingency there, and then myself, Nomi Kane and Colleen Frakes are driving up to the great north-NORTH-west. Here's where you can find us if you're in/near/around Vancouver on Saturday May 25th or Sunday May 26th.

Until next time! Take care!