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Jesus Arthur Silva—“Art”—was born on this day 100 years ago, February 6, 1921. I remember visiting him at grocery stores in San Diego like Big Bear or Food Basket, where he got assigned to whip their produce departments into shape. I wish I could ask him about working in a town that went from 80 thousand people to over 2 million in his lifetime. I want to ask him if it’s true he sold tamales on the streets of downtown. I want to ask him what kept him going when times were hard, working multiple jobs. How did he and Nanie raise 7 great kids? I was 17 when he died. I don’t have a photograph of him working. I’ve drawn him how I imagine he would have looked. Sharp, kind, diligent. After he passed, my mother missed him terribly. A great man. 100 years ago today.
In the 1980s I loved to make Christmas/New Years/Holiday cards. I drew this Technocratic, nearly cyberpunk Santa with a Micron Pigma pen in size 005. That’s still an excellent pen. 32 years later I’ve refined and colored him digitally. I didn’t do paper greeting cards this year. Maybe next year. It’s been an impossibly hard year, and my drawings have comforted me. Be well, take care.
Do You Want To Art Trade?! “Cube Cat’s Drink” is Riso printed by the amazing @burn_all_books at 8-1/2″x11″. Do you have a physical zine you’re proud of? Or an original drawing? Or a killer sticker? This is an experiment in art-trading. I love mail and I love physical art. I’ve got 23 ready to go. DM me and let’s do a deal!
I felt moved to add an image to the #JTLArtChallenge — art against the Duterte #JunkTerrorBill which can mark critics of the Philippine government as “terrorists.” I am not Filipino but have great love of both freedom and Filipino culture, especially #VoltesV who would definitely be against this bill!
“Force does not work the way its advocates seem to think it does. It does not, for example, reveal to the victim the strength of his adversary. On the contrary, it reveals the weakness, even the panic of his adversary, and this revelation invests the victim with patience. Furthermore, it is ultimately fatal to create too many victims. The victor can do nothing with these victims, for they do not belong to him, but—to the victims. They belong to the people he is fighting. The people know this, and as inexorably as the roll call—the honor roll—of victims expands, so does their will become inexorable: they resolve that these dead, their brethren, shall not have died in vain. When this point is reached, however long the battle may go on, the victor can never be the victor: on the contrary, all his energies, his entire life, are bound up in a terror he cannot articulate, a mystery he cannot read, a battle he cannot win—he has simply become the prisoner of the people he thought to cow, chain, or murder into submission.” ― James Baldwin
Drawing! Today: untoyed robots. I’d like to have toys of these three. But they don’t really exist. Who are they? Chappie (2015) is a film about a police bot who gets a conscience, sort of. 7-Zark-7 was a character added to Gatchaman (1972) to adapt it into the tv show Battle of the Planets (1978). And Irona is from the 1950s sometime. She’s Richie Rich’s robot maid and bodyguard from the comics and tv. #chappie #battleoftheplanets #7zark7 #irona
Me and some cool cats in my contribution to Sundays Quarterly zine. Published by @burn_all_books. Get one for yourself! If you become a BAB supporter you can get art monthly! #risograph #risoprinting #risocomic
For about 6 months I’ve had a 4 panel Cube Cat comic about Cube waking up after a drunken night and drinking toxic coffee and it just doesn’t work. Much respect to those who make gag cartoons, it is NOT EASY. Oh, also all the panels were song lyrics, a weird constraint I imposed on myself that made it even harder to make the thing work considering not everyone knows as many lyrics as a music hound like me. #writingishard #butilikethisdrawing #cubecat
submitted a comic to a literary journal today. comics are malleable and I am a cartoonist. I think of the terrible gag strips I sent to The New Yorker in 1989 and the very nice, very deserved rejection they got. and I plot my next comic.
Detail of panel from my latest submission to @burn_all_books art anthology zine “Sundays Quarterly”—I’m working on a way to make it easy for folx to get ahold of the comics I’ve done. Possibly Gumroad. Maybe web. In the meantime get down to the @burn_all_books shop behind @verbatim.books and buy SQ! Also playing with purely web-based formats but I like them less.
Today’s #inktober is a collaboration with my late Tata. My Mom told me he would draw this little dog whenever he was idle. I surely wish I could talk to him about it. Maybe my aunties know more about this little guy though. #inktober2019. Made with @Procreate
Expression time for #inktober2019 — happy to see how people interpret #INKTOBER. The thing should be fun not a soul-crushing grind. If it’s a grind put the darn pen down, rent Booksmart, get a treat, and chill. Malala.
Sketch Party San Diego turned four years old. It was a packed session. It’s a beautiful event with amazing people. It’s an explosion of non-commercial community. Tonight I talked (uh… ranted) with my seatmate about drawing: drawing is communication. Drawing is for everyone. You may be ashamed of what you draw. The real shame is that our culture divides us into groups, one group is creative and is allowed to draw, the other is uncreative. No. Don’t believe that lie. Draw. Draw together. It’s beautiful. I❤️U @sketchpartysd!!! #sketchpartysd
More art framing! This was a test print through Burn All Books’ Riso printer for Sundays Quarterly 2019.1. It’s an inadvertent exquisite corpse as it includes test runs of layers by me, @unradmotions & @casual_vaper. Follow @burn_all_books for more awesome art. #risoprint #sandiego #zines
The carrots descending in the windy void were the most fun last night. I made 6 panels and put 1, then 2, then 4… last 32 marks in each panel. The orange marks turned into carrots. #spillsantaana #carrots
My father told me when I was in my teens: “you take in a lot of media, son, you should try to put some out there” and I think about that every day. Contributing to the latest @burn_all_books Sundays Quarterly was been an honor. This is my proud of my work face. More is coming.