Ask Me Anything
Welcome back, sinner friends.
Last week I made an open call for an Ask Me Anything on Twitter (catch the tricks I've been up to over here... https://twitter.com/magicianshouse ) so let's dive straight into the relevant queries from those comments, direct messages and emails. First off is the literal prize-winning worst question as determined by me.
If you had to choose between never drawing again or sewing your ass together, what kind of needle and thread would you use?
Way ahead of you, Brandon from Texas. Next question...
Shouldn't there be more biographical information about you on your own blog?
Eh, maybe. Twitter already allows me to yak on about myself in short bursts but having this space would make long form self praise easier. I floated the AMA for a week and received few biographical questions so it wouldn't seem to be a very hot topic. I'm not adverse to it. You can ask via email, or wait until we have another AMA and win a prize for your trouble.
How did you get the last name "MagiciansHouse"?
I changed it. It used to be JugglersBoat and my friends sometimes still call me that. No, I'm only kidding. I don't have any friends.
There's prints in your shop but I want you to draw me/my comic book character. Can I arrange that?
I'm not taking outside work or even commissions until at least 2018. One work-around might be to look up a Kickstarter event for a comic book called "Corsair" ( https://.twitter.com/enemyoforder ) where one of the pledge tiers, I'm told, is a commissioned portrait by me in the regalia of the comic's baddies. Don't fret. I'll be talking more about that project when it goes live.
In the meantime there's a tiny micro-print run of 11x17 posters up for grabs here in the Shop ( https://www.magicianshouse.com/shop ) and each is individualized with an original pencil and ink drawing on the back. It's a pretty sweet opportunity, actually. When they're gone, they're gone.
The blogs are so short. You should ask more questions and be more engaging.
That's fair. I want people to trim the fat when they're speaking, but that's a personal preference. There are plenty of spaces on the internet where you can find junk and filler if you're pushing for that. The blog will have proper (or rather, improper) interviews begining next week with Portsmouth comics creator Angelo Tirotto, but again you're going to find that my own taste has colored the Hayride's process. I eschew that "morning radio personality" type of conversation where the interviewer is trying to be wacky and the guest plays the straight man.
My feelings are that if the person asking the questions is more interesting than the interviewee, then the roles should be reversed, haha. At that point it's not an interview so much as an improv act for the host. That won't be happening here. I'll keep my freaking mouth shut.
To me the ideal way to go about this is to just figuratively place the mic into the hands of the talent. Let them express what they've got and be allowed to sink or swim under their own power. I don't like editing people's words. What do YOU think, gang? I'm listening.
I thought this was a comic book news source. Why are we not hearing about Iron Man and Green Lantern?
This is a comic book news source, I guess. But I'm weird apparently in that I think that comic books are like heroin. Or they should be. Like they're a dangerous thing. That they can package insidious ideas and just brushing up against them might warp you off into shaky areas.
We're going to be talking less about the storylines of comic books and more about the types of things that you can produce using the format. I'm also interested in the creative process in and of itself. So when we're talking to a muscian or a director the common denominator is not the discipline in which they work but rather how their brain's go about attacking the process of expression.
I'm always more interested in the self taught and the self made. Particularly people who'll stand on their own two feet and take on the world with their unpopular viewpoint.
Which leads right in to our first guest, haha. Montana's Ben Garrison may well be the most controversial cartoonist on Earth. The man brings a lot of heat. I found this out in June when I posted a picture he had drawn of 2016 U.S. Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in a Wonder Woman costume during the time when it was fashionable to show off different interpretations of the superhero when the film was released. I was blindsided by the bizzare encounters and backlash that posting Ben Garrison artwork can cause.
I brought him into the Hayride to hear what he had to say. Sometimes you see him on InfoWars or read about him at VICE or Wired. He pretty much bent over backwards to help me out and I recommend that you see what all the fuss is about at his website grrrgraphics.com . Anyone who pisses off this many people is definitely worth a look.
Charles E. Butler wrote the book on Hollywood monsters, literally. He is fascinated with how the early cultural myths of vampires and werewolves continue to morph in the popular eye through celluloid. In his new book coming out next year he jumps franchises to the evolution of the Frankenstein film. Charles is also an actor and a self taught illustrator. Thankfully he was happy to share some of his artwork and creative strategy. Find him on Amazon here. www.amazon.com/Charles-E-Butler/
Good Murder America debuts this week. I hope to use this series to spin a positive light on the weird moments in American history where art hung in the air at the crossroads of death. Mwa-haha. On this episode the hammer drops on Chicago in 1911, where the inspiration for the longest fictional story ever written and some of the strangest hermaphroditic children ever painted began with the disappearance of Elsie Paroubek.
Next week: comic's writer Angelo Tirotto, and the Slavic Witch. Has Halloween came early? No worries, we'll also be packing an Evil Dead inspired prophylactic.
See you then.