Transformation of Demon Peony: gestures embroidered on time. (A willful clown upended, A life in tatters mended).
Caley Feeney is a visual artist and vocalist based in Portland, Oregon
TRULIES: Truths and Lies Entwined is a metaphysical journey of the bizarre nature of reality and the increasingly thinning line between real and imagined worlds. A live performance lecture exploring alter egos, animated adventures in finding truth, lost interviews, the physical manifestation of a lie, and readings from the meta comic, Losing Lies, where lies become truth!
Charlie Daugherty is an animator and visual effects artist with roots up and down the NW. He likes to seriously pretend to draw comics and is a graduate from The Evergreen State College. Currently he is living in Seattle and jogs daily (body and pencils).
Zach Erickson has composed a new short film of found anonymous audio cassettes and found 8mm home movie footage pieced together in a new film collage. Its very entertaining, funny and a little bit sad.
Zach Erickson likes experimenting with paper cut outs from drawings or books, and making short sequences with audio. Erickson uses a three layered glass table for animating which gives him three dimensions of depth for each layer. Erickson is inspired by low-fi 70′s and 80′s synth sounds and creepy sci-fi absurd funny imagery.
A series of works & concepts new & old will be presented from a voice so full of power, rage, passion, danger obsession & vigor that it could only be Suzette Smith.
Suzette is a design student, freelance illustrator, and an independent comic artist responsible for some of the rawest material by the fastest hand in comics. Suzette was raised hard in Detroit and likes to concept hard.
E*Rock will be presenting a series of videos from his vast body of work.
Eric Mast is a very busy person: he runs an excellent record label, Audio Dregs, is a painter/electronic artist/dj, and started clothing label Dreem Street with friend Matt Chambers.
Pam Cameron-Snyder, you are an online mystery. When I search for your work I get Annie Murphy’s because part of your beautiful piece “Wave Forms” graced the Gay Genius collection that Annie Murphy edited. I am a google master, I have access to the collegiate library system and I can find almost nothing. Will you please tell me a little about yourself?
I used to be an experimental animator and a classical musician, but then I burned out on those things or they gave me too much anxiety, so now I’ve toned it down to illustration as my main creative outlet. As a kid, all I ever wanted to be was an artist, and I loved dance, theatre, music, anything with a performance element, and I was always drawing. Later on as a teenager I got involved in what we would consider to be more experimental and avant-garde expressions in art, writing, filmmaking, theatre and music.
You were in the Independent Publishing Resource Center Comics Certificate Program during its first year. What were some things you gathered from that experience?
It was basically a confirmation of all my worst fears. I came up with nothing during the first half, did terrible on homework assignments, failed at generating a workable idea for the final project, and then I quit. Fortunately they talked me into continuing for the second half, and I was
So Andrice, you are participating in a motivational program of sorts with Sean Christensen. What is the purpose or goal of the program?
Initially, I just thought it would be fun to ask Sean to put his Motivational Speaker skills to work helping me manage my time. I wanted to be reminded that I need to make a decision at every moment I’m not in the middle of something, and that doing creative work should always be the first priority. His goal for me seemed different from mine at first, but I think in the end they dovetail well. I think he wanted me to see that there’s hidden time where I don’t think there is, and maybe that I’m not wasting time when I think that I am… which seems kind of like the opposite of what I asked for, and yet it’s paradoxically kind of helpful, if I think about it in the right way.
I also had a secret goal for him, which was to get him not to be distracted from his own artwork by his career as a Motivational Speaker, and instead to combine the two things. So by making a film out of my “assignments,” we both end up multitasking in a positive way. I wish I could take credit for that idea, but it quickly became clear that that’s what he had planned all along.
What has Sean suggested you do to achieve that stuff?
The main thread has been filming most of my activities in time-lapse. The first day he asked me to film from the right side. This is partly because I’m left-handed, and my right side may be ignored or underused. But there’s also the idea that the left side is controlled by the right brain, which (at least metaphorically) houses creativity and being in the moment and nonlinear thinking. It could be either or both. A weird balance.
On the second day he had me film from the left side, which was appropriate since I wasn’t doing any artwork that day; it was all paying
Interview by A’misa Chiu of Eyeball Burp Press
A’misa: So…Asher, what is your newest project that you’ve been working on?
Asher: “Hungry Summer” is a complete short story, being published by Sparkplug Comics for their new minis series. I wanted to do a longer fairy tale. The story takes place in an unnamed town not unlike Portland. There are three main characters, a bro who is not named, a Baba Yaga-type character, and a young woman named Yolanda. The bro gets cursed by Baba Yaga, and turns into a ghost. Yolanda gets cursed as well, but one could argue that her curse is in fact not a curse. Her situation is that every time she opens her mouth to speak, jewels pour out. Though the bro and Yolanda never meet, because of their interactions with Baba Yaga they are similar characters.
A’misa Chiu: Can you give us a sneak peek of what you will be doing at this upcoming Gridlords?
Asher Craw: I’m doing kind of a weird thing with “The Crone” Craw helping me. This is my third time performing at Gridlords, which I think is awesome! The first time I presented “Zebadiah I,” the second time was for “Zebadiah II.” For “Zebadiah II,” we wanted to catch people up… We had parts of “Zebadiah” flashing up on the screen and Lillie and I sang an old Appalachian tune. For this Gridlords, I have part III of “Zedadiah” that I want to share, and I’ll also present “Hungry Summer” (which will be debuting at LA Zine Fest). I’ve been thinking on common themes that run through my work. Normally, I don’t usually focus so much on the theme. I mostly get crazy ideas for a story I’d like to tell.