Back to Oaxaca, Mexico where I lived 2006-2008. Hasn't lost any of its exotic charm...
The inspiration of travel always pushes me towards the surreal. Different moments collide and slowly form into a one interconnected image.
Drawn in the course of a day visiting Tlacalula market, the ruins of Mitla and the rug making town of Teotitlan.Those dark smears in the sky are from the Cochineal bug which is used to dye fabric and created the wealth that built Oaxaca in the 1500's-1800's
Monte Alban, was the largest city in Mezo America and sits on a mountain top a short distance from downtown.
It was abandoned around 750 A.D. for reasons they still haven't figured out. Not enough water? Not enough food? Stock market crash?
The one experience all living things face and yet it remains our greatest mystery.
My cover (after Roland Topor 1938-1997)
I have been co-editing WW3 off and on for 34 years. It's a magazine I started with Seth Tobocman while we were students at Pratt Institute. Since that time we've been joined by over a dozen new editors and hundreds of contributors. The 45th issue "Before and After" has just been published. I co-edited this one with Scott Cunningham.
Back cover by Thomas Woodruff
Some excerpts of the work from the issue...
Above 4 of my lost nine lives.
(more on page 2)
The Sixth is refers to the number of mass extinctions earth has experienced...we're in the middle of the 6th.
Hayley Gold's story of growing up anorexic
Murals from Egypt commemorating people who died in the Arab Spring photos by Tamara Tornado
Title page to a piece written by Mumia Abu-Jamal who spent 30 years on death row. Illustrations are by another prisoner
Title page from Seth Tobocman's
story about his mother
If you are interested in finding a copy of this 160 page issue it sells for a mere $7 in your local alternative comix shop.
You can also find this and other issues through our distributor Top Shelf
Also we have a website dedicated to the magazine that you can check out here World War 3 Illustrated
This Wednesday Sept 25th at the Society Of Illustrators/MOCCA
There will be an opening reception
For Drawn To New York, a show of my work inspired by NYC over the last three decades:
128 East 63rd from 5-10PM
Parking Space Hunt
Breakdowns from The System a graphic novel about interconnecting lives in Manhattan
Following Spanish and French language editions, I finally found a US publisher for my book Drawn To New York and it is available this week.
New York has inspired me from my first visit at age nine. I set my sights on moving here (from Cleveland) from that moment and at eighteen I stepped off a train in Grand Central Station. Drawn To New York includes some of my earliest drawings from the 1980's right up to work created a few months ago. From comics to sketchbook drawings, illustrations and paintings, Drawn to New York is a portrait of my thirty-four years on twelve miles of island with eight million people.
If you are in the New York area I'll be doing abook signing: June 13 —Thursday, 7pm-9pm —Desert Island Comics 540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn