Thursday, July 20, 2017

Dissemination Route

Considering the production and print time, along with whatever the hell else life throws in front of me between now and then, the second issue of my absurdist manual, Funky Porcini, should be out on Labor Day weekend.

This edition is destined to make even less sense than the first.
But then again, isn't that the whole point?

At least for me it is.


Note: Once again there will be two versions made available.
One signed, and one with a sketch on the inside back cover.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

And Then There Were None

The first issue of Funky Porcini is now Sold Out.

There will be no second printing.

The second issue is presently under construction.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Atypical Loitering

I've begun production on the second issue of Funky Porcini, my ongoing randomly-produced absurdist manual, and it's release date will be determined (and announced) once I've grasped a better handle on the chaos rattling around in my head.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Store Hath Reopeneth

I'm jazzed to announce that with the addition of some newfangled woodworks, and my brand-new ongoing, randomly produced, mini-comic-thing Funky Porcini, the Red Star Store is now officially reopened.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Never Not Working

Motor City Comic Con 2017 was a blast, as always.
Rock-solid turnout.
Fans and friends.
Old and new.

Shifting gears.
Heading off to Phoenix Comic Con.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

And So It Begins

Premiering at this week's Motor City Comic Con, and then the following week's Phoenix Comicon, is my twenty page Risograph-printed black-and-white mini-comic thing . . .

Funky Porcini.

An absurdist manual that contains absolutely no linear plot.
Incorporates minimal sequentialit, and possesses a total disregard for any kind of structural normality.

Funky Porcini #1 has a limited print run of only one hundred copies.


Friday, May 5, 2017

And All That Jazz

I'll be heading off to back-to-back Cons in just a few short weeks, and bringing with me a large portion of the stock that I have listed in-Store.

So, the Red Star Store will be closed during that time, avoiding any overlapping of sales.

Since I don't know what I'll be coming back with (or without), if there's anything presently in stock that is of interest, have at it.

Otherwise, I'll reopen the store a few days after I return from the two Cons.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Times They are a Changin'

Packed within this simple box, are copies of the first installment of my ongoing, randomly produced, mini-comic-thing.

The result of an artistic exorcise, that has yielded the single most creatively satisfying project I've produced.

Limited to only one-hundred editions per issue, I'll be premiering this absurd little publication at this year's Motor City Comic Con, in May.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Never Not Happening

Just got word that my "mini-comic thing" is presently in the process of being assembled.

Which means, it will be ready for my Con appearances next month.

Also, now that I've stepped away from producing 5x5's for the foreseeable future, I've since been inventorying a bunch of original art from my past comics industry works. 

There's an absurd amount of really cool pieces that never saw the light of day, which I've now added to the Red Star Store.

So, there's that.


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Directional Redux

Ten months and two-hundred-forty-five 5x5's later, it's time for me to shift gears and move onto new things.

Added to the Store, the last batch of 5x5's that I'll be doing for a very long while.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Segue Panache

When I originally departed the comic book industry, I had a vision that I'd spend my days sitting on a front porch, sucking down iced coffees, while listening to the soul caressing melodies of Miles. 

But, apparently, that wasn't meant to be.

Having worked non-stop for the past year, I'm now on the verge of becoming like that proverbial goldfish, who will eat continously until it dies. But, I do have enough sense left in me (barely), to know it's time I truly stepped away from the fray.

At least for a bit.

With my mini-comic thing being completed, and about to be sent off to press, and the Store as fully stocked as it is, I'm going to focus on staring at the wall, and watching the paint peel.

Well, that's the intent.

For all I know, I'll be neck deep in ink in two days after the yelling in my head grows to a level that makes my ears bleed.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Just Around the Corner

Being creative should, in itself, be a defiance of the rules. 
No matter who says otherwise.
Because what I create is an expression of my rebellious self.
I draw whatever the hell is burning to be revealed, that it becomes so overwhelming, I can't work fast enough to get it out and onto the page.
At least, that's how I personally think art, in all its forms, should be. And not because it's going to be “liked,” or sell thousands, or be made into a crappy film, or any of the other countless ways personal integrity gets cemented over in favor of corporate-minded intent and purpose.
Point being, I never think “is this going to be a hit?” 
Or, “is this going to make me rich/famous/popular?”
Fact is, I really could give a rat’s ass about all that.
I just work.
Hell, I'll grab a friggin’ stick and find some sand, for Chrissakes.
And only THEN do I figure out what to do with it.
Not the other way around.
I remember this young girl who was being interviewed about what she wanted to be when she grew up. Without pausing after being asked, she responded with . . . “famous.” 
That pretty much sums up the way things are these days.
The truth is, typical is stagnation. 
And stagnation is artistic death.
Which leads me to my present work in progress.
I've decided to go in an entirely new direction, and start producing my own self-published mini comic(s).
Well, a “comic” might not exactly be what this thing is.
It's more like . . . a box of Lucky Charms cereal, minus the lame-o cereal bits.
All crazy-ass marshmallows.
Without a single solitary storyline, it's unlike anything I've done before. 
It's more a mixed-bag of non-consecutive sequences that are dictated by wherever the ink feels like going.
Meaning, I'm dumping every loose screw in my chaotic head out onto the pages, with absolutely zero rules, and even less limitations.

I'll have the first issue ready for my forthcoming con appearances, and then available through my Red Star Store afterwards.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

Everything Old is New Again

Having completed over two hundred and twenty-five 5x5's in the last nine months, I've now decided it's time that I refocus my attention, and get back to working on something a bit more . . . "sequential."

I'll have more to reveal about that subject in the coming days, but for now, I'm going to be stepping away from creating anymore new 5x5's.

I will say this much though.
If all goes as planned with what I'm working on, I intend to premiere it at this year's coming con appearances.

So, for time being, I'll be occasionally rotating older pieces through the Store, so that there's plenty of works available during my Store hiatus.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Standing in the Ashes

I feel that it's time to reinvent myself.

To start anew, without all the past baggage cluttering up the already convoluted pros and cons of what I used to do.

For too long I've relied on the comic industry to set the pace to how I produced my work, which is now finally starting to dissipate after months of doing 5x5's, and the recent bout of wood panel pieces.

And so, I've wiped my entire blog clean of all past posts, for no other reason than because I'm a person who focuses on the present. A present that no longer has me shackled to the limitations of industry procedures, or mainstream standards.

Therefor, with everything prior having either been addressed, expressed, and/or answered, it's time to move forward.

My thanks and appreciation to everyone who had a kind word to say, and the support that accompanied my departing said industry. 

But now, it's a new day.

A new road.

A new destination.

And that destination is for me to begin creating conceptions that are no longer defined as "comics", but as works that dictate whatever format calls for their telling. Be it single pieces of original art, or "bound" editions, sequential or otherwise.

Which means, there is no one direction that I'm heading in.

No single category for me to conform to.

So, this parabolic podium that is RED STAR, like the creative path I now find myself on, can and will be about almost anything that crosses my ever-grinding mind.

That is, anything EXCEPT politically laced mumbo-jumbo whining crap. There's already enough of that nonsense choking the internet as it is. And there are better qualified "experts" out there more suited for all that garbage, than I.