Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Karl the Red Nosed Blogger/Everyone Thinks They Are A DJ


Keeping in the holiday spirit I must say my nose is glowing red.

I've been sick for three days now...

runny nose

coughs

sore throat...

headache...

in bad shape in general.


I think I have hit the wall in terms of blogging.

I have little ideas on new stuff to write..but it does not seem to fully form...

I think I am going to take some time off from blogging and live a little.

hopefully when I come back I'll have a new perspective and new stuff to write...

also most of the things I want to talk about are covered in other places..

message boards and the like...

Who knows I could wake up tomorrow and have all kinds of shit to say...and my farewell blogs will be just a prologue to my next bunch of newer more interesting blogs..

or maybe that's the cold medicine talking...



The Web has changes so much in the last couple of years. It's really become much more personal.

there are so many tools to find like minded people.

message boards and sites and My Space it gives the individual so much more promotional power it's insane.

As if the sites and sounds we are bombared with by Global Nationals was not enough.

..now we have every kid from Singapore to Kansas selling us an idea or concept or a t-shirt or an mp3..

the upsides of this new swell of previously unheard voices is that some new and interesting ones will shine through.

rise above..

and be noticed..

but the dark side...is everyone thinks they are a DJ

When I say that..I mean..everyone who can arrange a playlist and post it somewhere thinks they are the next Sasha..

or the any person that can scan a drawing and post it somewhere thinks they are the next Range Murata...

Sad to say...

that's not true

but it's like reality TV...if someone is on TV long enough some group of people will build a following around them...

such is they way of the Web..if you post enough stuff enough times..some group of people will build a web page about you...

This does not mean you are good...

it's like a Britney Spears song...the more they play it ..no matter how bad it is....you begin to hear it in your head..
no wonder Sony and Warner Brothers have lawsuits over payola against them..

the more you see or hear it..the more legitimate it becomes...

no accounting for taste...


I guess for me I wonder were is the craftsmanship.

Where is the hard times you spend learning your craft and building your abilites...

Have I landed in an era where everything is on fast forward..and that time is cut in half or less...

Do artists just "get it" faster or do we live in a time of one trick ponys and artists who put fame before the message..

Has it become more important to promote yourself over saying something with your work...

Why tell your own story or speak your mind when you can just hijack someone elses ideas and put a new spin on them...

regurgitating old ideas has worked for the Globe Nats for awile...


so has it trickled down to the individual artist...is this generation just a sequel...

a part 2...

the middle bit of a trilogy...

Have we taken the gift of art as communication and sold it out for a little bit of notariety...

was that the plan all along?

You tell me the answer...

while you still have a voice to answer it with.


KA-lifornia


PS

Death Face is a colab I did with B.Kan part of the 2many faces project Cabal/Virtual Remix show

Friday, November 18, 2005

Broken but not destroyed



Do you ever have those weeks where you are doing your best to get stuff done and yet you seem to not be able to get things accomplished..

I’ve had two of those weeks...
little stuff here and there holding me back from doing my personal projects...

I’m having a real problem deciding on the style and the order that I want to do my new graphic novel in..

I’m tired of my old shit..I need and want to do something new and different...

I have two layouts/color roughs for my new OGN..

here they are..

these are not the final pages..just mock ups..

if you dig it

let me know.

back to the little world..

KA-lifornia



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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Cabal Flashback



I was looking through my hard drive and I came across these two pieces I did with

Super DJ Mesck aka Zach Mellion...

when he's not spinning drum and bass and producing tracks he and I work on some art together.

He's an incredible artist and it show's in these two pieces we collaborated on..

We did these for the Cabal/ Virtual Remix show last year.

I'm working on a sequel to the show.

It's called Cabal/Genre...no timetable yet..but it's coming...

check out mesck's my space site at


www.myspace.com/mesck



Halla

KA-allah

KA-lifornia

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Stay Strong Snake


I was at work today lamenting my missing Joe's...so I did this sketch...

Stay strong Snake Eyes...


KA-lifornia

Monday, November 07, 2005

Thank Baby Jesus for Smush

It’s only a few games into the Lakers season and I have to say thanks Baby Jesus for Smush Parker…

This kid is awesome so far

…he’s dunking

..hitting three’s

ripping Steve Nash

…he’s sort of Byron Scott and Larry Johnson’s love child..

finally an athletic guard/ wingman for Kobe..

I know it’s hard to imagine but I actually saw Lamar Odom dunk last night..

TWICE!!!

I’m used to him from last year where everything was a running floater that rimmed out…

Devean George and Laron Profit are playing way better than I expected…I'm sure it even surprised Carmelo hehehe..

(I wonder how Carmelo can even dunk..he looks like the Pilsbury Dough Boy)

I’m still waiting for Kwame to really blow up…but damn he has a first step for a big man..if he just slowed down a bit..he would be dangerous..I don't think he is going to be the next Amare..but I could see him being another Jermaine O'Neal

I think the defense has really improved…

What can I say..the Lakers may not be ready for a championship…but they are fun to watch

…it reminds me of the Van Exel, Eddie Jones years..lots of upside..lots of fun to watch…

….

Felt pretty bad this weekend..sort of super tired and feeling pukey…had trouble sleeping…I had a chance to visit some comic stores and I passed them by because I was feeling so out of it…

Here’s to hoping I get back on track this week…

KA-lifornia


PS.

Is it me or do the 80’s G.I. Joe’s look like the Village People..more on this in the next blog..

Looking for some good tunes..

Check out Mt. Egypt…their new album..is very rainy day chill music..tastes like chicken…and it's on Itunes..fucking Apple should pay me for pimping their shit...

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Trick or Treat Aftermath.

I had this big idea that I would give away comics to kids instead of candy.

I was thinking…fewer cavities..

reading is learning…yada yada…

so I had some candy on standby...

and I went into the "comic closet" looking for some comic gems to bestow on the little pumpkin eaters

(you know you have a special closet just for your comic shit..
so don’t front..if they are in bags and board you get bonus points)

so I’m sorting though the books

..and I’m thinking..should I give them some West Coast Avengers

…so I start flipping through it...


…and I’m thinking this is not Byrnes finest hour


…but It’s still pretty good


…ok put that in the “don’t give away pile”.


Door bell rings…

Run to the door…it’s Minnie Mouse and Tigger…I give them some candy..


Run back to the comic closet…

Sorting

Sorting….


SPAWN!!!..

No problem parting with these…besides if you have one issue of Spawn…you have them all…

So I look through it…it happens somewhere around page six...

someone gets their head cut off…

Ok…don’t want to piss off mummy and dada..

Ok no Spawn..


Hmm old post Jim Lee X-men..pre Mad crap….


I spot a naked mutant..huddled on a bed…no good…

Door bell…rings..


Runnnnnnnnn to the door.. sweating like a stuck pig…..



Avast a group of pint size Zombie Pirates…


Yo ho ho..I give them some candy


…one of them wishes me “Merry X-Mas”

lil smart ass…



back to the sorting…

looking through some Manga reprints…

why did I ever buy these.????

Kids like manga…

I spot some boobies…

Ok..Sayonara to the Manga!!


Ok cruel world…


I give up…..


I don’t have the right comics for kids…


Or is it that they have not made comics that were kid friendly in 20 years….


I packed everything up…turned off the light…closed the door…

As I passed out the rest of my candy I could not help but think how each of these kids might never pick up a comic…and never know the joy I've gotten from reading them.

Have we as artists failed the next generation of comic fans by not making comics they can enjoy or have the big companies failed them…


It was too much thinking for one night….


I looked down and saw Yoda staring back at me from the side of a “fun sized” Milky Way…



Where is the wisdom of Yoda when you need it…




KA-lifornia

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