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  Say what? A comic book festival run and organized by ladies!? It really exists! The Short Run Comix and Arts Festival on Saturday, November 15 at Washington Hall, is probably the coolest, most fun, and inexpensive thing to do with your weekend in Seattle. The main event is free and open to the public and features a ton of amazing indie comix, small press and emerging artists, cartoonists, publishers, zinesters, authors, animators and more! This DIY-centric festival has plenty that is pleasing to the eye and the brain. Read More
I’ve always thought that once I get my hands on a time machine, one of my initial trips will be to 1979 to see if my mom would think I was cool enough to hang with her in Des Moines. “If I Had Known My Mother Back Then” is a more accessible experiment in the same vein. For her latest project, artist Danielle Delph edited herself into photos of her mother as a child and teenager. The result is touching and the pieces are seamless: it is not even immediately obvious who is the mother and who is the daughter. Read More
“Black Moon New York,” opening this Friday at Sloan Fine Art’s site/109, celebrates the fabulously freaky artwork of four female artist friends. Marion Peck, Camille Rose Garcia, Elizabeth McGrath, and Jessicka Addams. The group collaborated with gallerist Alix Sloan last year in Los Angeles with a two-day exhibition, “Black Moon,” that was inspired by their successful and satisfying careers and their rich relationships with each other. Now they are bringing their sisterhood of the traveling paintbrush to the east coast. Read More
  My first encounter with the work of Chloe Fay Worth Smith came in the form of large mounted color print of a mattress stained with menstrual blood. In a group show at Sarah Lawrence College, the work was magnetic and alluring, its uncomfortable subject matter elevated by its aesthetic beauty. The vision, so ordinary in the context of girlhood humiliations, became unfamiliar through her lens, emerging like the mysterious remains of some remarkable event. The image remained emblazoned in my memory, alternately unnerving and liberating me from the abashment that stirred within. Read More
  We are still obsessed with French singer/actress Soko and you should be too! She is currently an opening act for Foster the People, on tour this fall. (Find out when she is coming to your city here.) Soko released her debut album I Thought I Was An Alien in the US in June 2013. The album has fourteen tracks of lush beats, synthetic drums, and keyboards. They have an undertone of melancholia but are swept away with Soko’s soothing voice. Read More
    On Saturday, Sept. 20, The Theater at The Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles held an art gala with proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood. Radiating a poetic elegance from every angle, the venue reiterated the contextual nature of the beast, the SEXY BEAST, that is; an antiquity built with a solid foundation—restored in the name of modern progression. Oh, the metaphors! SEXY BEAST was organized by Davida Nemeroff and Mieke Marple of the esteemed Night Gallery. Read More
I have been brainstorming for years the best way to react to catcallers, and I think Caroline Tompkins has found it. Her creative and powerful photo project titled “Hey Baby” turns the lens on her verbal assaulters. The 22-year-old art student claimed walking around her own neighborhood was unbearable and she would constantly be harassed. In taking photos of the jerks that think they are in the right, she is able to turn around and confront the situation, and say, "if you take comfort away from me, I can take comfort away from you. Read More
If you aren’t already familiar with Female Force or Bluewater Productions, the new issue featuring Liza Minnelli is the best place to start! The 24-page vibrant and action-packed comic book biography features the legend of Broadway, film, and television. Liza’s superstardom becomes immortalized in a super cool collaboration by a cover artist Keaton Alexander Kohl, (who created 4 awesome collectable covers), writer Michael L. Frizell, who has creative and creative non-fiction talents, illustrator Rafael Cordeiro, who brought visual life to her story, and publisher Darren G. Read More
  This year has been a landmark one for the band Blondie. Not only have they celebrated their 40th anniversary, released a greatest hits album, Ghosts of Download, and went on a world tour, but now cofounder and guitarist, Chris Stein, has a new photo book out, Me, Blondie And The Advent Of Punk, published by Rizzoli and containing fab photos of the band’s adventures in it’s early days (some never published before!). Read More
Tim Burton, the king of spooky cool and curator of '90s kids’ favorite movies from childhood, is coming out with a new lady-centered movie, Big Eyes.  The film is a true story about Margaret Keane, an artist from the 1950s played by Amy Adams, who specialized in painting images of children with freakishly huge eyes. But her husband Walter, played by the charming Christoph Waltz, is not such a charming character. In fact, he’s kind of a jerk.  When Margaret’s paintings gain recognition, Walter takes credit for them and achieves fame and fortune. Read More