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Comic Book, New Paintings

I did some live painting down at Ice Cream Gallery, and I did 4 new paintings in 2 days at Cinema Wasteland with a painting in my lap, a pallet balanced on my knee, and paint cup between my feet. Below are 3 of them.

I returned home inspired to reboot my old comic book, since I found that there was a good amount of enthusiasm for it at the horror convention, and because Bethalynne has always been trying to encourage me to get back on it.

I had abandoned the project a long time ago, not because I did not love doing it, but because it seemed the web didn’t like it much. It took no longer caring, for me to go and work on the site, and when I did I found that my “buy now” button had been broken since its very first launch… which makes it very hard to judge the enthusiasm of others on sales.

So, I updated very little… moved some boxes and bubbles around for better flow and easier reading… got rid of all the ads and extra credits inside the covers… prettied up the front cover just a touch, and everything else is pretty much the same. Crazy how ahead of its time it must have been that now it feels almost current.

Anyway, if you would like to read the comic, you can do so here: http://someghoulswanderbymistake.com/horrorcomic/

I have also added the new paintings to my store (page 9 has most of them, you can scroll back to see the others if you are interested).

Those links are here:

https://mykeamend.com/new/tagged/voodoo/

https://mykeamend.com/new/tagged/kitteh/

https://mykeamend.com/new/tagged/skerl/

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Axel Brötje’s “Kiss of the Scorpion”

If I had a daughter, this would probably be her….

A wonderful short film about a delightfully dark girl on a train.

Short Film - Axel Brötje's terrific short film Kiss of the Scorpion
Short Film - Axel Brötje's terrific short film Kiss of the Scorpion

More wonderful and amazing things like these can be found through: Superpunch, the intarwebs’ premier supplier of awesome links.

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New Site for SGWBM

I am revamping the page for Some Ghouls Wander by Mistake. So, if you were linked to the old preview, you may want to update your links.

If you have not yet been there, it is a dark comedy project, and a rather insane one at that. If you haven’t been offended in the past by South Park, JHTM, or Lenore …or if you like being offended, it might be something you’d like.

Please take the time to check it out, and please share the link with others. I am doing this myself without a publisher or any commercial marketing behind me – my online friends *are* my marketing, and I could use your help.

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Progress: Done

Available for presale now.

It is here in the store, at the Miskatonic Archive, and of course at SGWBM.com

There is a free 21-page preview here: SGWBM.com.

CAVEAT: It is not for everyone. It is very dark comedy, chaotic, and random – and potentially offensive to most anyone who has ever been offended before. There are adult themes and situations, harsh language, graphic violence, political incorrectness, and banality are just a few things that may be found within the pages (depending upon your own personal definitions and limits).

If you have read Chumble Spuzz, Arsenic Lullabye, Sandman, Death: the high cost of living, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Lenore, I Feel Sick, or Lackluster World – or if you have watched South Park, Frisky Dingo, or Metalocalypse without blinking an eye… this might be okay for you.

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Countdown

All pages are drawn. I have two pages remaining to shade. Then I have to draw the cover, put the ads sections together, figure out what sort of extras I want to squeeze in there, add my credits and thank yous, and will probably need to write up a lot of legal clauses about “please do not try this” as well as statements regarding various parodies within.

It is really a shame I can’t use the middle through last pages as my preview – the thing with this being my first comic book is that my comic style is improving with leaps and bounds for both coloring and lineart as I go – making the overall art a bit inconsistent – but in a neat”I can actually see him getting better” sort of way. And the pages that leave me laughing, are of course the very last – making me already wantto go back and rewrite the entire thing, for the fifth time – but no, I won’t.

In some ways, I really dislike releasing or selling anything. the reason being that within a week or so of doing one thing, it is already far worse that what I am presently capable of… and not only have people seen it, but people have it, and other people are seeing it… if I want those works to be un-seen, well, there are a lot of large black trash bags involved by that point and it is really too much work anymore.

As you can tell, I have been up for a while – working 36 to 48 hour shifts with 6 hours between, for about three weeks now. So, before I say too much – here is an invisible picture of Ted Kopple with a rabid cat for a forehead.

And… thank you for reading, but please forget you ever saw this.

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Sale continuing.

Beth and I, through work for clients, and a few sales here, managed to get together the money needed to get her out to Michigan – where she is taking care of a large number of animals which were hoarded and terribly in need of, well, everything.

Several weeks in, all but 7 of the cats are gone, and she is starting to see some headway on the rest of the project as well, but, I still need to do what I can to raise funds to get her back here.

On Sale, are a number of prints and even originals, drastically reduced for this purpose. There you will the remaining limited edition giclees and metallics for “the Rescue” (painted for Robert of Abney Park), as well as a number of other limited editions, and variations on “Conception” (featured just recently at Brass Goggles).

the Rescue

Also, I would like to direct you to my comic preview, now up. Some Ghouls Wander by Mistake (sgwbm.com) is an Art Noir comic book set between a fictitious Lovecraftian Town, Cincinnati Ohio, New Jersey, and Hell.

Some Ghouls Wander by Mistake

If you have ever been offended by anything, I would highly recommend never going to that site. However, if you have a terrible sense of humor, like me, you might find it worth checking out.

Some may call it gothic, or steampunk, or punk rock, or horror punk, or deathrock, or any number of things such as “terrible”, “hideous”, “uncalled for” or “just plain weird”, but mainly it is a dark horror comedy with a lot of characters from subcultural groups, set in a story which revolves around all sorts of pulp horror stories and cult classic movies.

Therein you will a lot of death and destruction bound together by bad ideas and general silliness,  but the overall primary purpose of the project is simply to make everyone in the world rather mad or otherwise imbalanced, through a sort of harmful sensation. If you have read the “King In Yellow”, the actual stage play, not the stories about it, you probably have no idea what I am talking about.

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Beth is away in Michigan taking care of some cats that needed her.

I’ve been working 24 hour shifts between the comic and for-pay work, napping out for 5 hours at a time, and planting myself back here again. I felt too tired to work today, BrassGoggles forum is still down, and everything else seems rather dead – I spent part of today putting together a preview over at Some Ghouls Wander by Mistake, otherwise I have refreshed pages and email all day.

There are better paths in life to take than being an artist type. It has been years since I have been a part of the real world, always hidden away with my face planted in a canvas, or this screen; ‘always something that must be done; ‘always one more project to go before I let myself rest.

This video, beautiful as it is, pretty much meshes with my current mood. I guess I am feeling a bit down and discouraged today; It will pass.

Taken from Porphyre’s LJ, a music video for Little Dragon’s “Twice”:

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Coming Soon

Here are some brief details about things to come, and a even a handful of things that were.

Artworks as Prints, Old and New:

Old: I have found some art I thought forever lost. I have also remastered some older works to print more boldly and brightly, and have taken to refining some of my older digital works. Some of these are things I’ve previously sold open edition prints of – about one to ten total for each of these, making those older versions incredibly unique – though their existence undocumented except for here in this entry and previous posts about them. For the newer remastered versions, I plan on making some limited editions out of them – on fine art paper, with signatures, and certificates.

Books:

In September, I am slated to share pages with Bethalynne Bajema, Brom (wow!), and other fantastic “gothic artists” who are not Brom (wow!), in an art compilation book. When published, I will have links to that book from this site. I am unsure what details I can disclose at this point, but cannot wait to talk about it.

My comic book, “Some Ghouls Wander by Mistake” is currently in the pre-press stages, and on its way to print. Release date is mid to late September, just in time for Halloween. I have worked on and dropped this project many times over the past years, beginning anew each and every time I picked it back up… meaning I have been talking about it forever, ad nauseum. Be relieved, very relieved, that I will soon be talking about its release in present and past-tense.

My spooky, crazy weird children’s book, which will probably plant a lot of bad ideas, and therefore should not be read by, to, or around children – that will be out by the end of 2008. At which time family-oriented groups will protest outside of somewhere, in celebration of this great work. Previews will be here when I go to press.

Also, I am working out the details on illustrations for two novels: one horror and one fantasy, which will likely be done under the same general agreement.

In October, Bethalynne will be gracing the pages in another wonderful art compilation by Goth Magazine, it is a Steampunk Compilation featuring over 100 amazing artists from this genre.

“Goth Magazine is producing a full-color oversized bound book of steampunk fashion, gadgetry and artwork.  Featuring the costuming of Enigma Fashions, Heavy Red Clothing, and editorials by Derek Caballero, actor Crispin Glover and more than 100 more artists, this will be the largest collection of steampunk imagery in one book…” 

“…It will be available via GOTH Magazine, Barnes and Boble, Walden Books, Borders Books and retailers worldwide.”

I am not quite sure yet whether I will be on time to catch this boat, but go Beth!

Music:

Bethalynne Bajema and I will be jointly creating a new piece of artwork for another great Steam Punk icon, their name to be disclosed at a later date. All I can say is that I am thrilled to be working on this new piece, and will be doubly thrilled to see it released in a few months. Available here will be fine art prints and limited editions (95 giclees on canvas, 195 metallics, and 395 giclees on art paper) .  “Branded versions” (versions with the band’s logo) will likely be available as poster prints, Cds, t-shirts, desktop graphics, screen savers and/or other things through the band’s site come October.

Pictographs: 

Long, long ago, my coming was told in a rather non-flattering series of images crudely carved into stone with poorly engineered tools. The perpetrator, being human, is by now surely dead, and it serves him right.

Movies:

“Quench” by Zack Parker, is soon to be released everywhere on DVD October 28th, 2008 by Vanguard Cinema.

My artwork makes a good number of cameos in this piece, as many of my paintings make a personal appearance set design and props in this renowned, dark spooky, Modern Gothic Tragedy. If you are interested in pre-ordering a DVD, you can do so at Amazon for only $17.99

Diary of the Dead – I watched it last week, I didn’t like it, for many reasons. I disliked it so much, that I erased from my mind that I had even seen or rented it – and now I owe late fees, which I should bill to George Romero accompanied by a request for a refund on my $3.99 rental fee, and a bill for the time I spent hoping it would get better.

WikiPedia!

I am not on Wikipedia. In order to do so, I would probably have to do something incredibly important for humanity – like hitting myself in the balls on camera, being obese on camera, getting killed by a squirrel, stapling things to my butt, or begging the public to leave some famous celebrity alone. I will likely be doing all of the above soon, and in that order.

Stay Tuned!

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A Thank You, and Special Offer

For those of you who visit regularly, or irregularly, or are subscribed to my rss feed, I’d like to apologize for being so scarce here, and explain what I’ve been up to.

There is a chance within this posting for you to score some free stuff, and you need not promote me, get votes, or any of that silly nonsense – more on this later.

In September, a book will be coming out – a collection of dark artists – myself, Bethalynne Bajema, Brom, and others are included. I can’t give any more details on that yet.

In October, a Movie called “Quench” will finally be released. You can view the trailer [here]. Note that in the trailer you can see at least five of my paintings in various scenes. They have a rather significant part in the movie I hear (Some of these paintings have not yet sold, and are available through my store).

In Late August/Early September, I will have my promotion in place and be ready to ship my new comic book, “Some Ghouls Wander by Mistake“, hopefully.

This comic book just may cause my extended family to change their last name, or perhaps change mine – but from what I have heard, it is quite funny – though anything but the sort of intelligent humor some would expect from me. It is a dark comedy, with lots of death, gore, bad language, spooky stuff, chickens, and everything else needed to merit being hidden behind the counter at your local comic store.

Long story short: Car trouble. I could use some sort of financing – and since I have no breasts to offer peeks at, I would really appreciate (in compensation) some more sales through here, Through Etta Diem’s Etsy shoppe, or through the Miskatonic Archive.

How much would I appreciate sales? Well, the first twenty purchasers spending $30 or more either here or at the archive, or at the Etta Diem Etsy store will be put on a list. All you have to do is mention in your payment details that you’ve read this blog, or say that you would like to be added.

People on that aforementioned list will receive a special hand-signed, hand embellished, hand-doodled upon printing of this comic book. Yes, I will hand -decorate the cover, doodle some things on the inside cover, and sign it to you.

This offer ends when I have reached twenty such sales, or when the book goes to typesetting, whichever comes first. In which case I will post here that this offer has ended. Anyone who has purchased before I make that post, will also reap the same rewards as the twenty anticipated takers.

Though I would prefer this offer be made only to people who actually visit my site – You are welcome to share details of this offer with others – because I cannot stop you from doing so.

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*gasp* an update!

Anymore, it seems my life can be summed up by a ‘to do list’, which I suppose is much better than the past decades where I could have used a ‘not to do list’ to work by.

Once in a while, I think to myself that I must have been more interesting as an insane person, and possibly even more likeable for some bizarre reason… but that thought is whimsical, fleeting at best – not because I think it is without merit, simply because I would much rather be the self who is typing this rather mundane entry, than any alternative. 

This is about as far as I am going to go in expanding upon that thought – because it likely sounds a lot like “blah blah blah me”… which I guess is a symptom of journaling in general…

anyway…

I’ll be in Chicago next week – June 26th through 30th – at the Wizard World Chicago convention.

I am not quite sure, but I am mostly confident that there will be people in robes, turning things and people into chickens, which means it should be pretty exciting. I will however be very wary of anyone wearing a robe.

Aside from this, Bethalynne Bajema and I will have a table, and we will be selling things and signing things as if we were celebrities or something. I will not be showing my new comic book to anyone but co-conspirators, but I will be returning home ready to print … meaning I should probably find a quick and cheap way to make some sort of promotional whatsits with a release date on it… though I would always rather be doing than promoting things done… hence my lack of content here…

The last days, the next days…

I spent the 5 hours a day for two days and the last 22 hours programming and tweaking some super cool thing so I could get paid… only to find that there was a mixup and I was not supposed to start on it yet. Not that the job wasn’t approved… I will see my monies eventually… but the payment I was anticipating is not the instant reward I was anticipating in those hours I feverishly worked to get it done. I am kicking myself for not concentrating on other pressing things *hint* *hint*  I could really use some people buying some stuff to make up for my miscalculations.

Also hopefully be going to Salem to see those other printers and get that Abney Park painting back so I can ship it off to them.

This also means I will be able to offer prints of that piece soon (below).

It is called “The Rescue” and incorporates Vernian overtones with a lovecraftian feel, slight peril to keep it interesting but not too busy, the HMS Ophelia (Abney Park’s Airship), a somewhat Nautilus-like submarine, and of course Tentacles – otherwise the elders would never grant their seal of approval. I hate to say it is “steampunk” because the intention of the piece is to illustrate a story, and to make art – timeless art. I’d hate for it to only be seen for that, as much as it does apply.

If you would like to buy a 32 x 22 inch giclee on canvas at a very limited time presale price, I am selling two for $165 a piece plus S&H.

They will be Shipped between July 3rd and July 7th.

One is for sale here, the other here

The Rescue by Myke Amend for Abney Park