Thursday, April 28, 2011

A trip to Eugene, or Why sometimes you just gotta get out of Portland

     I haven't posted much on here of late, due to the fact that I've been out of town in Eugene visiting with my little brother, his fiancee, and my other close friends. So today I thought I'd make up for it by posting an old flyer from my days living in "The Euge", and  kinda talking about why sometimes its a great thing to get out of town for a while. Granted, I didn't drive across the country or anything like that, but even the 2 hours on the road in my new (to me) ride was a much needed break from the day to day of Portland. It was great running into old friends and seeing them making changes and generally improving there lives, and it was super fun meeting my brothers fiancee and staying with them for a few days.
     I'm particularly fond of Eugene, as it was my second "home" after growing up in Why-oming. Its ironic that when I first pulled over, I instantly stopped at the 17th and Lincoln, Cornucopia for a beer and some sketching while I waited for my brother to get off work and take me back to his pad. You would think I would have searched out a new spot, somewhere that I hadn't been before, but sometimes the comfort of familiar grounds can be a nice transition when you haven't been back for a while. This was my longest visit since my girlfriend and I last came down. She was attending a Ukulele Festival, and I was just generally bumming around. That's pretty much what I did this time, but, man, sometimes we all need that.
     We get a little too caught up pushing through projects, goals, work. We get bogged down paying bills, rent, whatever. I wholeheartedly support a quarterly, shit monthly trip to somewhere even if its just for the day. Get away my friends. Remind yourself of why you are where you choose to be, right now. Refresh your memory as to why you enjoyed those past places. Move a little because stagnation serves no one. I miss everyone down there, but I'm happily somewhere else in my life. However, I'm not afraid to admit that without a good stint in the granola, hippie, college town bubble that is Eugene, I'd never be here now, making comics, meeting kick-ass illustrators, and just generally taking my life in a better more progressive direction.  It's a process, a road, if you will, and sometimes it just fun to seek out those old haunts, get drunk with old friends, and appreciate where that stop led you to.

Get out my friends, while you still can!!
Daniel DePaolo

Monday, April 18, 2011

Post Stumptown Winddown

      It's Monday afternoon, and the 2011 Stumptown Comics Fest is one to be put down in the books. A few months ago our frustration and annoyance was at a peak level, when it appeared that the "selection process" for this years show was going to shut us out as exhibitors. However, a turn of events and a few connections with people we call good friends (I a'int gonna name drop here, but they know who they are) found a way around the seeming favoritism that runs too rampant here in the Portland art scene in general. Long story short, we got a great table with a prime location and made the most out of what marks the first year for Stumptown in its newer (and in my opinion better) location at the Oregon Convention Center.
      I had a great time with the team of super nerds/friends (Ben Perkins, Jason Zachary Pott, and Allen Bennett) I choose to work for and with, and both days flew by. We experienced brisk sales of books, posters, original artwork, and got in some much needed face time with friends (both old, and new). While we may not have broken the bank or made our first million selling properties to some muckity-muck who'd probably fuck it up making it into a movie anyway, the point of this show was never completely lost on me throughout the weekend. You wanna know what that is? I know you do...
      ...for those of you who don't spend hours in a cramped space churning out creative commodities, it may come as a shocker that creating ANYTHING is a shit load of work. Unfortunately, living in this digital society filled with constant opportunities for instant gratification, we forget the hours that someone spends alone in an all too often over priced space, making things that will garner them little to no monetary profit, and even less notoriety. We do not just whip out a piece of paper, pens, and pencils and POOF!! you've got comic gold(well some do, but I hate those f'ers). In fact, the supplies are the least of our work. There is time spent creating concepts for the worlds our stories take place in, time spent hashing out what our characters look like, and time spent figuring out where the hell that story goes (realize this little list, too, is an oversimplification of the process). It's the same for anyone making anything that can't be taught in a manual and mentally regurgitated at the appropriate time. I think this fact is lost on a vast majority of the populace. I mean why pay for something original when you can get framed art at Ikea, or Target? Isn't that the same thing? 
        ("Yeah, yeah" you say "But whats the point man? What is a small indy show like Stumptown all about? Wrap it up!!") 
     The point is, its an opportunity for us to come out of our collective caves, to touch base, hang out, and show off the ends we're working towards. Its a way to kinda keep tabs on your development, when compared with where you were one year ago. It's an opportunity to celebrate the reason every visual storyteller has for getting into the game in the first place, the love of, and the progression of the media. Granted its one of the few industries that can generate so much capital off what most others would term "Slave Wages", but that's not the point man. You wanna be a millionaire? Be a fucking doctor, a lawyer, a Fox News nut job, but give the decorators of your world their due and always remember, we had to start somewhere. The ones that forget, are the ones poisoning the well...that's all I can say about that.

Daniel DePaolo

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New Prints available just in time for Stumptown

      Hey...Its three days from Stumptown 2011. I'll be tabling with the guys at Neo-Trash Comix and hangin' with Allan Benett of Black Box Comix, and look forward to seeing repeat fans and meeting new ones... I'll also have ten seperate images as prints available for sale as well. Come down to the show if you want anything for cheaper than it'll sell on my Etsy shop...Hope to see some of you there.

 Daniel DePaolo

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Comic Show at the Peoples Art of Portland

As a nice little add on to this weekend's Stumptown Comic Fest, I will be displaying artwork at The Peoples Art of Portland Gallery in the Pioneer Place Mall. Its on the 3rd floor, and the opening night is Friday April 15th from 5-10. As Skylaar and I both have a concert engagement to make in the Brooklyn Neighborhood, you'll probably see us out at the show in the earlier hours of the opening. I should have up to 8 pieces hanging on the walls, and a variety of posters and my comics from Neo-Trash available for sale in the gallery itself. Hope to see as many Portlandians out and about as possible that night and this weekend at Stumptown. There will also be a costume party associated with the opening night festivities with prizes going to the best dressed (not sure what the prizes are, but you'll get something). So get your butt out this weekend and celebrate your inner geek with artwork and comics all weekend...hope to see you there.

Daniel DePaolo

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Etsy shop up and ready for perusal

Etsy shop is up and running!! Posting two new things each day to space out and get some more exposure, but here's a link to it...if you're the monkey

Creeper Plant and Stumptown 2011

So...this is my first blog. If this seems like amateur hour to you, please be patient as it will only get better with time (I hope)...For all those living in the Portland area I will be tabling at Stumptown Comics Fest next weekend with my good friends from Neo-Trash Comix, and Black Box Comix. Come by, pick up some books and just say hey to us because we are so very lonely...Thought I'd start with a recent image that will be available as a nice 11x17 print at the Fest next weekend. I call it Creeper Plant, I hope you call it "Awesome in Green"