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BAM Too! printer's proof



I “meet” David Recine in early 2004. I had been doing a webcomic for about a year, but it proofed hard to update my site on a regular basis. So I started an online comic anthology called Your Comic Here to have people submit their one-shot comic to be published on my various sites. Many people never had a website of their own sent comics to be published, others sent comics to promote their own website. Either way we all had fun. Recine was one of the artists that sent not one, but two comics to Your Comic Here.

After college, Recine took on the impossible task of publishing the end all collection of mini-comics in “BAM! Big Ass Mini” in late 2006. BAM! was a giant anthology of mini-comics and other independent comics collected into a 500 page professionally printed trade paperback. It featured creators from all over the globe and from all walks life. Every kind of style and genre was there from comedy, satire/parody, gag, slice-of-life, journal, adventure/fantasy, manga inspired, and just plain artsy comics, all in one book! I found out about the book in 2008. I wrote a review for it at some websites and emailed Recine.

In January 2009, Recine stayed on as an advisor, but passed the publishing duties to J. M. Hunter and I became the submission editor and art director of the second volume, entitled BAM Too! We solicited some talented artists, like Ignatz Award winner Jeffrey Brown, Ignatz Award nominee Matt Bellisle, mini-comic legend Matt Feazell, ” Roddie” Best Cartoonist winner Wilbur Dawbarn, as well as artists Jerry Stanford, David DeGrand, Matthew Reidsma, Joe Decie, Edward J Grug III, Mark Campos, Jonathan Baylis, EdQuinby and about 60 other amazing artists.

Well, we got a lot of great submissions, however production hit a lot of roadblocks. We made some mistakes, had a handful of arguments, and had problems with various printers. But what really happened is that life got in the way. There were a couple of marriages, several babies were born, people were hospitalized, deaths in the family, and various production staff got burned out. I gave up when I was working 50-60 hours at job and coming home to five kids. But, Hunter never gave up. He and Barry Rodges picked up where I left off and did an awesome job.

Above it the printers proof. Now that means, expect to see the book on sale soon!!! It only took four years to produce, but we did it!!!
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What is art?



What is art? Art is not the paint on the canvas. That is just the product. Art is picking up the brush, or pen, or pencil, or whatever. Art is an action. Once you complete a piece, you show it to the world. Either to communicate a message or to get affirmation. You say, “look what I have done. Do you like it?” After that, the painting or illustration does not belong to you. You can only be an artist by picking up that brush and stare once more into that blank canvas and create another product.
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Draw Something and Tumblr



So ... yeah. All I do these days is stay home, watch the kids, and play Draw Something (the first version since Draw 2 does not work very well on my mobile device). At least I am getting some artistic practice. One of these days I will do a real illustration or maybe get brave enough to draw a comic. In the mean time, you can join me by searching the username: TheDavidAno

Also, I am posting most of my Draw Somethings like the one above on losttoy.tumblr.com
banjo Dave

variant

Signal boost ...
http://decentkid.tumblr.com/post/58978288848/variant-a-zine-for-non-binary-trans-people-im



variant: a zine for non-binary trans* people

i’m looking for submissions for a zine (working title ‘variant’) by and for non-binary trans* people expressing anger, joy, fears & generally sharing feelings & emotions around being trans* & non-binary, and how that intersects with other parts of our lives and identities.
the idea of the zine is to make something by non-binary folks for the consumption of other non-binary people. i’m looking for fiction, non-fiction, poems, stories, comics, illustrations, paintings - literally anything you can send in.
i’m happy to edit & put it together, but would love anyone with cut-and-paste or graphic design skills (or with reading skills who can help check content because i’m not great with academic language) who wants to help out to get involved too.
guide for submissions:
no 101-style introduction-to-being-trans* content. i don’t want a glossary of terms in this zine because i’m honestly sick of explaining myself. this is by and for non-binary people; not watered down material made for the consumption of cis people so they can ‘understand’ us better.
nothing racist, sexist, misogynistic, transmisogynistic, ableist or transphobic. that’s why i want help with peeps willing to read content - i have a lot of trouble understanding academic language and would hate to accidentally publish something discriminatory or hateful.
nsfw content is totally welcome and in general there’s no real restrictions on content.
literally any submission is welcome - stuff scanned from the back of a napkin, just a .txt file of some thoughts and feelings, etc. i’ll edit stuff together, so you don’t have to submit finished pages or anything.
pls submit any pictures in a relatively high quality, in a jpg or png format. make sure they work in a black and white format too.
i am not going to police anyone’s identity for this: if you identify as non-binary and trans* then cool pls submit!
submissions close 30 september (message me for deets, my askbox is open), and the zine will be released in an online digital format. :) it might be made into a print version if i can work out how to do that: tips are appreciated!
for more info please don’t hesitate to contact me. if there are questions or bits you don’t understand or whatever (or you wanna get involved!) then again pls contact me! :) i am also welcome to ideas from non-binary trans* folks who want to mold the zine in a different direction, i just really want to forge some community and do something together!
pls share and signal boost!!
variant: a zine for non-binary trans* people

i’m looking for submissions for a zine (working title ‘variant’) by and for non-binary trans* people expressing anger, joy, fears & generally sharing feelings & emotions around being trans* & non-binary, and how that intersects with other parts of our lives and identities.

the idea of the zine is to make something by non-binary folks for the consumption of other non-binary people. i’m looking for fiction, non-fiction, poems, stories, comics, illustrations, paintings - literally anything you can send in.

i’m happy to edit & put it together, but would love anyone with cut-and-paste or graphic design skills (or with reading skills who can help check content because i’m not great with academic language) who wants to help out to get involved too.

guide for submissions:

no 101-style introduction-to-being-trans* content. i don’t want a glossary of terms in this zine because i’m honestly sick of explaining myself. this is by and for non-binary people; not watered down material made for the consumption of cis people so they can ‘understand’ us better.
nothing racist, sexist, misogynistic, transmisogynistic, ableist or transphobic. that’s why i want help with peeps willing to read content - i have a lot of trouble understanding academic language and would hate to accidentally publish something discriminatory or hateful.
nsfw content is totally welcome and in general there’s no real restrictions on content.
literally any submission is welcome - stuff scanned from the back of a napkin, just a .txt file of some thoughts and feelings, etc. i’ll edit stuff together, so you don’t have to submit finished pages or anything.
pls submit any pictures in a relatively high quality, in a jpg or png format. make sure they work in a black and white format too.
i am not going to police anyone’s identity for this: if you identify as non-binary and trans* then cool pls submit!
submissions close 30 september (message me for deets, my askbox is open), and the zine will be released in an online digital format. :) it might be made into a print version if i can work out how to do that: tips are appreciated!

for more info please don’t hesitate to contact me. if there are questions or bits you don’t understand or whatever (or you wanna get involved!) then again pls contact me! :) i am also welcome to ideas from non-binary trans* folks who want to mold the zine in a different direction, i just really want to forge some community and do something together!

pls share and signal boost!

http://decentkid.tumblr.com/post/58978288848/variant-a-zine-for-non-binary-trans-people-im
dave1

NO MOAR UPDATEZ ... OS KAT IZ CORRUPT

What is up with all these Mac OS cats? Will they ever have an Mac OS 11,or will just keep on adding decimal points? "I am now using OS 10.23.72.8.12.6"??? I don't know a Jaguar from a Panther. They had Lion, but now it is Mountain Lion ... what is next, Sea Lion?



I am so curmudgeonly ... I am going over rants about them software companies and their updates!!!! "We have updated our software so you can't use your old computers anymore ... we have updated our computers so you can't use your old software anymore ..." I am sorry ... I just can't afford to update every damn month. None of these updates are actually necessary, nothing important has changed other than: now the windows are more "jell-like", now they are more "metallic". B'ah! get your damn updates off my lawn!!!



Also uninstall Java or else stray cats will enter your computer and eat your cheeseburgers!
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Personal Update

I don't tend to make personal updates much anymore. I have another journal that I dump my psychological ramblings. Although, I should at least say something here. I am alive, but not quite well.

Been going to a lot of doctor appointments recently. My blood pressure is way too high, as well as my cholesterol. I am "mildly depressed". They are also testing me for sleep disorders, and possibly sleep apnea. Stress is causing a lot of my physical problems, but now that I have learned of this, I only feel more stressed.

Work has been stressful. I am not sure what else I should say about that in a public post.

Kids are back to school after winter break. Everybody was sick during their vacation. Clara was in the Emergency Room all Christmas Day because she was dehydrated from throwing up so much. Wren went to the Urgent Care with an ear2 infection and got antibiotics. Everybody is doing better now.

The landlord says he intends to sell the house we are renting from him in about 3 years. Sydney is calling up a debt solution non-profit to improve our credit. We are going to start a rent with option to buy that will put aside 20% down in three years. Then we will get a mortgage so we can buy the house ourselves.

I saw the final proofs to BAM Too!. So, it has taken four years from when we all talked about doing a sequel to the first BAM! The Big Ass Mini-comic. We have made a LOT of mistakes and had a lot of fights along the way. After one delay after another. It is finally done. Now it just needs to be sent to the printers. I got to say ... it looks like an AWESOME book! I am not sure how to feel about it. It has been like a dream this whole time. Holding BAM Too! in my hands will be like waking up and finding the feather on my bedside table.

So I guess that is it for now.
dave1

More Michigan Madness

LANSING - The Republicans in the Michigan legislature have passed a bill today that would allow hospitals, nursing homes or any other health care center to deny services that run contrary to the religious teachings or conscious of its leaders. This so-called conscience objection bill would open the doors for healthcare providers, insurance companies and employers to disallow healthcare services to anyone they find objectionable, such as LGBT people and women seeking family planning services including birth control and abortions.

Sign the petition:
http://www.change.org/petitions/michigan-state-legislature-stop-senate-bill-975-religious-liberty-and-conscience-protection-act-2