Feature articles on our wonderful contributors and links to see more of their work.
Gremlin Feature 26- Kara Joslyn
I’ve known Kara a LONG time. Since High School. Yet, I definitely never had to nailed down. Even though she was one of my life-bff John Arana’s neighbor, and though she would occasionally sit by that big weird art-piece me and my crew (post-HS somebody I knew said it was a clique… I don’t know, I could describe it in a much more complicated but (nope) won’t)) hung out at, she was on a way different path. I don’t even know honestly, I know she hung out with Justin Bisop Aaron Vaughan a lot and they were pretty interesting. And then she shows up at the Oakland college all my friends were at (I was in SF), and then suddenly she was this “new girl” that several of y aquaintes had crushes on, even asked me about.
“Who Kara? From my highschool?… Uhh.. Hm, I dunno what to say”.
Maybe that was the apeal. In college it was the same, knew each-other, interacted once in awhile, but I honestly felt we were both kind of defensive around each other, it generally felt Sassy. I could be wrong. I kind of remember accidentally mentioning the “colors” in her paintings and she was like “Don’t you mean Black and White?” and I then I thinking “why do I talk ever?”
I think even Post-Art School this level of friendliness continued, I recall seeing Kara working at the Art Store and thinking “sucker” but then never seeing her there again. Then I hear she opened a gallery next to Smokey’s Tangle and I thought “Huh… That’s interesting. That place is super cool”. And then suddenly she’s popping up all over the internet doing drawing nights and group shows and I was like “I didn’t know Kara was outgoing.” I knew she was sassy, but that’s a little different. She was getting Art-Nerdy, which she probably always was but I never got to see it in action before.
Then she was gone again, moved to SD, she was accepted for MFA program at UCSD. Then I didn’t hear about her for while. Until then out of nowhere I start seeing these black and white painting series popping up all over the internet… And I was then thinking “Woah… These are so sick…”.
I’m not exactly sure what that MFA program put her through but I can only imagine it took desipline to power through it. And it shows. Her recent works look like tight unified collection of work.some of her work were just aquired by Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, which is an amazing feat right outta school.
I am super stoked to at long last to have crossed paths creatively with Kara on my terms, Comix style, as she made a magificant contribution to Gremlin Vol 3 (Romantico). I look forward to keeping up with Kara’s undoubtedly long career
Gremlin Feature 25- Mary Delioussina
Here’s Gremlin 3 debut artist, Mary Delioussina, working on one of her paintings…
Mary almost seems childlike when she talks about working on art, so animated and full of joy. She currently works as a graphic designer by day and when she first was hired at her fancy office she was like “I don’t know about these posers… ” but a week into the gig repented “Ohhhh, I feel so bad now. Everybody there’s so nice to meee. I’m just sitting around making graphics and eating snacks all day”.
Hopefully she can just make exactly what she wants to make as a day job one day, but honestly I can’t feel bad about her choice of gig while sun is up. She seems pretty ready to work on her dreams while on her own time.
I met Mary at one of Daniel Rohlnik’s street festival. Seeing me walk up with merch tabel and goodies in hand, she took no hesitation in scotting her set up over so there could be room for me. I remember thinking, “what a cnsiderate young lady”. That day was particularly fun because of Mary’s chill-vibes and cooky sense of humor. She knew nothing about me but was very friendly and warm in her dialouge and I knew I’d want to reach out to her in the future. With her Gremlin debut she contributed not only her own comic-strip but co-interviewed Shannon & the Clams w me on our MUSIX section on the back of the publication.
Enjoying the style of her work and knowledge of cult films and art, plus just being a chill cool person I’ve asked Mary to come back as a Gremlin Regular.
Gremlin Feature 24- Tanya Brodsky
With The Gremlin Quartery vol 3 (ROMANTICO), I’m going to try a new thing in the paper with what I will personally call even if nobody else does… (drumroll) GREMLIN WALL
The GREMLIN WALL is/are the 2 pages in the center of the paper that opens up to one single piece of paper, which could for instance be hung on your wall as if it were a single Print. A particular person might hang the GREMLIN WALL on their wall because the GREMLIN WALL is where pieces that feel like they would look nice on a real-lie Gallery Wall will cluster. Not saying that other Gallery-Style pieces won’t exist outside of the GREMLIN WALL, it’s just fun to have a single space and curate a wall for more “Fine Art” pieces to work off each other’s energies. Fun right? Did anybody notice how many times I said GREMLIN WALL? Yeah, I worked in custo… .(we get it, move on). You’ll have to find out which artists made it onto this first attempt at the GREMLIN WALL when you get your copy of Gremlin Vol 3, but I can and will reveal that @TanyaBrodsky will be on it for sure.
I don’t know Tanya personally, she was referred to me by my friend, Kara Joslyn, who is doing great on the Fine-Art Hustle so I trusted her opinion. And Tanya nailed it out of the park with her contribution, it’s beautiful. And how appropriate for her to be on the GREMLIN WALL when her Gallery Showing credits include…Art Catalogues, LACMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Woodbury University, High Desert Test Sites and many many more… Her CV is simple, credits only. Because I don’t know the artist well enough to speak about her/for her I’m going to just present her work and say I find them extremely stunning to absorb and seems like an artist who could really take control of the space presented for her.
Gremlin Feature 23- Justin Gabbard
Looking forward to printing this dude’s work in the new Gremlin.
I will say I approached him both for his talents but also for personal reasons. In Art school I don’t think we liked each other much due to a story that would be more half-entertaining for some people half “Aint nobody wants to hear ittttt” for others so I’ll skip it. I remember quite a few sass-attacks back and forths, and then a realization of how dedicated this kid was, and coming to some kind of understanding.
I recall quite clearly peaking into what was going on in @J_gabb ‘s world, and seeing how much work he was producing even then, and with so much range. Not sure what was/is his personal Rosebud but the kid was HUNGRY. I still like to give props to Caitlin Kuhwald as the Queen of Illustration from that time cause she was running out the gate (Sorry guys, she earned it), but gotta say keeping up with Justin’s journey through his work while living in NY and now back in the Bay has been reall interesting to watch.
He’s done work for very high-end clients like WIRED, MICROSOFT, New Yorker and on and on.
His illustrations feel very modern, and feels very much like he does his homework, progressing his techniques, experimenting with colors, typography, anything to keep the audience engaged.
I know at the moment he has a full-time job creating Illustrations and Designs for Google. Can’t imagine what that’s like, I’d imagine its very demanding work, with much more people to keep happy then all those rad band art he’s made, where satisfaction of a job well done is easier and done with much more freedom. He’s got kids, a family though so he’s gotta be man enough to step up to a big-boy job like that.
Hopefully with his contribution to The Gremlin 3 he can enjoy a little of that fun energetic world of punk and music that I’m pretty sure he enjoys quite a bit. Don’t gotta do full-time jobs forever, printwork is always gonna be there when life gives you enough time to take your time and really enjoy your craft exactly how you want to. From what I’ve seen of what he’s done with Google looks super cool tho. That year of the Monkey piece was tiiiighhhtttt
Gremlin Feature 22- Kelly C Brown
Kelly C Brown, along w her work. Kelly is juggling A LOT. On top of real life living of working full-time jobby job, she has her hands full being a Rad Mom (meaning buying her kids skateboards, letting them play with her and her husbands instruments, taking them to art shows etc), while painting and creating Post-Modern Punk Goth music w her new band Esses
She says it’s the best sounding band she’s ever been and the hard work definitely shows when listening to it, shit sounds good, I actually listen to it (their new record, No Lights In This Fire) a lot. It’s dark but Glammy, meaning I have fun listening to it. It’s catchy. It rocks me out so it’s done it’s job as far as me a music liker is concerned. I’m sure there’s tons of subtle nods to the underground punk scene her and Kevin nerd out in.
Kelly mentioned thinking about going back to school for her visual art. I’d imagine she’d want to put her paintings in front of the more intellectual High-Art viewers types, so I guess she’d want to be able to know what she’s talking about when she discusses influences in her art.
I could imagine her experimenting and learning within a class can do wonders for her, extra if she can be disciplined to try new techniques… But she’s been making great work so far underground, and I could also see her just renting out some books from the library, keep on going to readings, galleries and doing what she’s doing being involved and doing well. I don’t know. That’s kind of a world i only creep in and out of. I don’t think you need a degree to prove you are an intellectual, you can do anything if you put your mind on it really. I definitely like to know what I personally am talking about when I talk about things I work in, and when I don’t I don’t even bother pretending I know, I just look ignorant and mabye slightly bored. Can you imagine my face when all my woodworking friends would talk about their work? Probably a lot like my old man when I talk about everything that goes behind what I do. But I don’t know.
Band, sounds good, she’s in the groove. She’s doing alright.
Gremlin Feature 21- David Ball
I think I may have mentioned before that the Art School I attended was very heavily focused on commercial art (Again, not making a judgement), but I did have a few teachers who were very encouraging of my work, even saying things like “It may take you 10-20 years to find success but I think you will if you keep going your path”. One of the most supportive teachers I found there was @DavidMBall . He taught “Eccentric Illustration”, which of course caught my eye in the class cataloge. I vaguley remember my first impression of David was that he was slightly surly and confident in something like a Professor Snape kind of way. He spoke bluntly but graded fairly, his assignments would often challenge students to try new mediums or ways of approaching illustration. I recall making a few pretty terrible pieces like my 3-d illustration I made using random supplies I got at East Bay Depot For Creative Reuse. But even in that piece which was truly ugly, David found something there of interest often making short but profound remarks.
Though of course the moment of truth wouldn’t reveal itself until we as a class finally got to see this mysterious character’s work. I do remember the day he brought in slides of his work, it was maybe the 2nd to last class of the semester. I was blown away. I didn’t know what to expect but what I saw it was really hard to tell whether they were collages or paintings. His mixed media works were emotional and expressive yet tight, works of a master.
The one assignment I felt I really nailed was working with clay-board, which I fell in love with, and used exclusively on a solo show years later that David himself curated. It felt great to show how much better I was able to control the medium, and get some approval from a teacher I admired and remembered well. And now I am further honored that David is contributing a grand piece to Vol 3 of The Gremlin Quarterly. Once he agreed (actually took a little convincing to try this medium), he was the first to deliver his piece and it is a stunning contribution I am very eager to print. Thank you David, a once mentor and now friend.
Gremlin Feature 20- Sam Hepburn
I’m normally not a fan of online comics, I prefer to read comics in physical form, tho I’ve heard there are many great ones out there.
Having said that, I’ve been really endeared by Sam Hepburn’s comic strips. They are always witty, heartfelt and very streamlined in execution. I would maybe use the word “Adorkable ” when describing her tone. There is a nice balance of cute, and doomed that I really enjoy reading on a daily basis. Kind of a like a quick fix to those little emotional hiccups or bursts of self doubt. Sam’s work is honest and self deprecating without ever being weighed down by despair, quite the contrast, her drawings gives me feelings of hope.
And what? She does work in print because her comic strips hv been getting syndicated! So officially living the dream, busting ass to meet deadlines all the time.
And to make the experience even better Sam is very friendly and sweet, often chatting with her fans and sharing her thoughts and feelings. In short, she’s cool. Good things ought come to good cool people.
Here’s an interesting fact… Sam worked as a copywriter for an ad agency for years before setting off to follow where her talents would lead her. I personally love stories like that. And she’s actually managing to pull it off. One strip at a time…
Who knows where she’ll be in another few years…
Thanks for the pick me ups, Sam. Look forward to seeing you in pages of Gremlin vol 3. I hear she might try to venture away from her signature AGENCY X storyline. I wonder what she’ll come up with!
Gremlin Feature 19- Gaby Felten
I went to school in SF but hung out more at the art school in Oakland, feeling more comfortable with the eccentric types there rather than the commercial orientated goals of my own school (both have their merits, I’m not making a judgement here. In fact I’ve been trying to find balance between 2 sides of creativity for years). One of the people I remember most clearly from the Oakland school is @gabyfelten . She was in the acquaintance category for sure, knew her enough she gave me one of those endorsements on Friendster, but not intimately that we hung out outside of parties much. Though I do remember going on a couple bike rides, and her fixing my bike. I also very clearly remember her loving Tom Waits and her talking in depth about loving to watch the trains go by (insert Tom Waits- TRAIN SONG here)
Gaby Felten was a great illustrator, I remember her animal rights painting series being very tight and emotional. More so I remember how kind and warm she was to people around her, the kind of person people would approach to talk to about they’re feelings and frustrations and not being turned away.
It was such a pleasure to reconnect with her and find she has a very similar and good habit of mine to write long rambling stream-of-conscious letters. I love when people are able to do that, makes me feel more comfortable to be totally open myself.
Gaby had moved to the Netherlands in 2007 and from what I can gather she sounds like the same Gaby, describing her first years there as everyone her age was married and she was like “Yo! Where are all the punk shows at??”. After sometime she seems to have found her community again and has been creating a lot of artwork, much more conceptual than her early illustration work. As you can see on her website, her work is still very largley fighting for political rights, trying new ways to ger her point across.
The Gremlin Vol 2.
Gremlin Feature 18- Liz Dunning
The Gremlin Quarterly is brought to you in part by Liz Dunning (lddw.blogspot.com) Design & Woodwork. In fact none of this would be possible without her. This drawing desk I do all my work on was handmade by her as a gift when I only had a nightstand in-which to draw on and we were jogging partners and she’d tell me all about her life pit-stops and I would just tell her the entire plot of Deer Hunter because I was a depressed banker. In fact I had given up drawing to try and be a normal working man, at the point I had met Liz. She heard I drew comics and asked me to draw comics for her parents, I forgot what function. Fathers day? One of these family stories I will be performing tomorrow on Dromebox 10pm I believe.
After that we embarked on an insane adventure of drawing out this drawn out friendship she had with a strange man named Marty into a graphic novel. We went from 6-pgers to an 80 pg saga. I think the volcano must have been plugged in for me and Liz is a chatty patty so there was plenty of details. I still think it’s one of the masterpiece projects I have been associated with.
Thank you for giving me the needs in which I can do my work. You are one of the very hardest working people I know and so passionate about what you do. Thank you for being alive
Gremlin Feature 17- Tommy Busch
Mark this down on a sticky-pad. We will screen contributor,@tomtombuschmeister ‘s feature film, BROOKLYN UNEMPLOYED about a struggling comix artist here in LA before the end of the year. It’s gonna happen.
Written by Tommy Busch & James Arrabito
Directed by: James Arrabito
Everybody knows and loves Tommy. I think Tommy has been spending a lot of time living to enrich his music and perspective. He lived in New York for many years and currently he’s back in Oakland as the cycle of life can sometimes bring you full circle. But then that circle can have a leak. Could be a large leak if poured out right. I want to do anything I can to help this humble, gentle man get his work out where emotional, deep thinking people like him can appreciate his beautiful thoughts.
Look out for Tommy’s next Gremlin comic strip coming up in the sophomore issue. I look forward to a long working relationship with this funny, intelligent, kind man.
Gremlin Feature 16- Kelly Froh & Max Clotfelter
I’m am F’n Stoked to have 2 such inspirational figures both showing new comix in the next issue ofThe Gremlin Quarterly. I almost thought it would be inappropriate to write about them together just because they are a power couple, but it seemed almost just as unfair not to point out how lucky we are to have them both in one place.
Kelly & Max are 2 of the most prolific forces of good in the Seattle Underground Comix Scene. Kelly works tirelessly to organize Short Run Seattle Comix & Arts festival each year and Max Clotfelter is one of the main hustlers for Intruder Comics, a comix newspaper magazine featuring Seattle’s hottest modern underground comic talent. But charity work aside, both are uncanny producers of work.
I might say Kelly has a softer touch in her artistic craft then Max’s dirty and vulgar approach to storytelling, but that would not be an accurate description when examining all the nuanced darkness in Kelly’s brand of humor. Her tales of her overly cheap grandparents had me rolling on the floor (ok, couch) laughing. And Max’s mind can go from amusingly humiliating to downright terrifying. Lucky that 2 such amazing talents can work and support each other to do so many great things.
When I went to Short Run, I felt more welcomed by the zine community there then I have ever felt before, due to the raw energy in their works. There was punk in the art and stories there, something I have wanted to feel like I belonged in for quite some time. When I got back to LA I longed for such a supportive group of people to create work with. It was with a lot of soul searching that I began the foundations of The Gremlin project. Sometimes you gotta build your own church if you want to do some preaching.
Both Kelly and Max were nothing but supportive and open with advice on how to get connect our project with readers, and I am so proud to have them both contribute work to our sophomore issue.
Thanks Kelly & Max, you guys are wonderful.
Gremlin Feature 15- Ellen Greider
Another interesting aspect of the Gremlin project is it’s potential to connect with artists from other parts of the world. Case in point this talented young woman from Swedin, Ellen Greider (@ellengrrr ). I have been thoroughly enjoying her work from her Instagram page and was happy that she accepted my invitation to make a comic for our 2nd issue, coming soon.
Her style is very graphic and straight forward with some goth/punk whimsy. Just the kind of work I can see translating to a rad mural on a cafe wall…. Now, If only I can read Swedish… because her comix look very personal, emotional, maybe humorous too? Just my cup of coffee! Dang!
Well, lucky for us. Her comic for The Gremlin Vol 2 is in English!!! Look forward to it.
Gremlin Feature 14- Edo Rosenblith
Remember when I said if Alika Cooper gives me advice I will take into serious consideration?
Well, I’m very excited to have Edo Rosenblith making a comic for the 2nd vol of The Gremlin Quarterly, an artist recommended by Alika.
His stuff looks amazing. Kind of reminds me of early MAD, CRACKED or even WEIRDO (which was influenced by the other 2 listed anyways) in style, very illustrative, dark, sureal with a touch of humor.
Looking forward to seeing what Edo comes up with… I’m sure it’ll be amazing.
Gremlin Feature 13- Jim Tozzi
The internet is an interesting thing. April Wolfe (contributor) compared it recently to Jedi/Darkside power, you can use it for good or you can use it for bad. When you’re using it for good you can make some very interesting connections.
Case in point, Jim Tozzi, I didn’t know who he was and I have yet to meet him in person. But we connected via, Instagram and I found that he was very supportive of my postings and enjoying his artwork I returned his. I invited him to contribute to The Gremlin Quarterly based solely on the drawings and paintings he had been posting, not knowing how much he has already accomplished as an artist.
I didn’t know that Jim designed the puppet for Wonder Showzen or that he produced the Adult Swim show, Xavier: Renegade Angel. Or that he has directed commercials for Miller Lite, TV Land, Playstation or even that has direted music videos for Moby and Mercury Rev.
All that I did know was that he seemed very friendly and professional and engaging with him has been nothing but a pleasure. And that he continues to create interesting art that mixes dark, often sexual themes with child-like images ala, Sesame street or Disney.
Recently I met with some folks that were interested in working with The Gremlin on some broadcast work, and mentioned being big fans of Jim’s work. So whatever he’s doing he’s been doing something right. And his following seems to be well deserved! Very nice having you on-board, Jim. Looking forward to your next comic. You’re first in Vol.1 was rad.
Gremlin Feature 12- LA Takedown
I want to tell you about one of our regular contributors, @LA_Takedown . LA TAKEDOWN is a band led by @aaronmolson which features musical talents Stephen Heath, Jonah Olson, Ryan Adlaf, Jessica Espeleta and the Wintner Brothers (Miles & Moses). It is a project that developed as a loving tribute to the soundtrack scores of Michael Mann Movies (HEAT, MIAMI VICE, MAN HUNTER) while maintaining Aaron Olson’s personal musical aesthetics he has been developing over a lifetime of dedication to his craft.
They have recently signed to @ribbonmusic and put out their first LP. An amazing self titled 1 track album. How does that even work, you might ask. Well, if you own the record you will find that Aaron brilliantly composed the song to have a intermission-like rest just at the point you would flip to Side B. It’s a gorgeous listen that after listening to it probably 67 times already I have yet to get tierd of.
LA TAKEDOWN graciously agreed to be an ongoing part of The Gremlin Quarterly Project, collaborating with @barbarianbloodbrother for an ongoing series which also pays nod to the Michael Mann influences. In this case, each strip features a story-line based on one of the more forgettable side-characters in the film, HEAT. In vol 1, the story focuses on the boss of Donald Breedan’s boss at the Diner he is working at while being paroled.
Look to The Gremlin Quarterly vol 2 to find which minor character becomes a star of their own comicstrip next…
Gremlin Feature 11- Alika Cooper
I’ve known Alika for quite some time now. Originally, all I knew of her was that she was a quiet girl from the dodge-ball games we used to have that one of my friends had a crush on. I didn’t really feel like I got to know her at all until I started following her artwork. I remember being impressed immediately. Her paintings were so deceptively simple, portraits and landscapes mainly but each one carried a haunting vault of emotions, colors and brush strokes I didn’t see in other young artists. I remember also, a mutual acquaintance of ours spoke badly of her before I got to know her, but I was much more drawn by her artwork then his so I ignored his opinions.
I’m glad I did, because Alika is a very intelligent, sensitive and ballsy woman whose artwork continues to evolve, yet always unmistakably always hers.
At one point she had an art show in SF where she made a surprising decision to stop working in paint, instead opting to work with fabric. I think my immediate reaction was, “Uh, what?”, but I nodded in support. I seem to recall that first show had a few mixed receptions from respectable persons. But it was most likely just growing pains as all doubt I had was distinguished shortly thereafter. I watched her new technique begin to take shape, her pieces begin to resemble those gouache paintings I loved so much. The composition, the shapes, the fabric limited paint gestures only now more dynamic with color and patterns. Alika has true artistic talent and she knows what she’s doing.
Aside from her work, I admire Alika as a person. She’s always been very honest and straight forward with me, showing me great support, buying my comix, introducing me to key people in my own work, participating in shows I’ve curated, even making poster artwork for one of my animated films (Deadly Garden). When I see her roam around the Los Angeles art crowd I can tell others feel the same. I’ve heard the phrase “She’s rad” from many-a-people I’ve mentioned her name to, probably because Alika carries herself like someone that doesn’t give a fuck what people think. She likes to throw words like “punk” and “grunge” occasionally, I’d say they are very fitting.
I respect Alika and will always take her advice and opinions in serious consideration, and always a fan of her artwork. When I first thought about beginning The Gremlin, she was the first person I reached out to. “Am I crazy? Am I stupid to be doing this?”. Her response “Comix Collective? Sounds pretty rad to me.”, and offered to contribute work to it. That was enough for me.
Thanks Alika, my friend and senpai.
Gremlin Feature 10- Jonah Olson
Jonah has worked in many different mediums in his life as an artist. When I first met him he was deeply in love with photography.
When I look at Jonah’s recent work, mostly mixed media on Tywek, what I read is his love for texture and his love for nature. To me, it feels like I’m reading illustrated journals on the gigantic hikes he loves to take. In fact, when I first approached him about the Gremlin he wasn’t sure what he would make. I suggested a possible comix strip that documented the epic trails he leads people on. When I think of Jonah, I see a born leader.
Jonah loves his tunes. The man has the largest record collection of anyone else in my core group. When I go to his house it’s fun to just chill and flip through his 7″ boxes, so many sweet looking covers.
I remember last time I was there he was saying “Uh I’m trying to be careful of what I’m buying. I don’t even have time to listen to these records! Why do I have all these records??”
Well, I think as far as collections go, it’s a pretty damn good one. And I’m sure they come in handy when he’s out there DJing. Yes, that is one of his musical passions. As well as curating Funk Fests (2nd Annual Modern Funk Fest, May 13th @theechola , performing in BARFTH , LA Takedown, FALA and of course karaoke!
Gremlin Feature 9- Spencer Hicks
I knew little about Spencer when I met him. I knew he used to date a colleague of mine, and I have to admit I found it surprising. That colleague is loud, Spencer seemed really quiet. I was told he had a band, Spencey Dude & The Doodles and I thought “huh, probably something really random, whatever”. It wasn’t until I saw one of his comic strips on his FB page that I took notice. I read 1, then 2, an then like everything I could find. They are brilliantly pitch black in humor and the punchlines are always perfect. Most are slice of life moments, random and self deprecating portraits of a a man fucked for life.
My addiction was getting so bad I couldn’t see one of his non comic posts without having to read it. In fact the other night at a party I couldn’t help but recite one of his apparent Diary entries that somehow leaked onto his FB page, in which he describes his walk to work, being assaulted by vagrant. He tested the defense of simply say “Chill Man!”, and was surprised to find the solution to be effective and continued to walk to work with the vagrant walking behind him. He was hoping everybody would see how cool he was for not having to look behind him to keep tabs on the vagrant but in reality Spencer was carefully watching the vagrant’s actions by the shadow cast by the sun behind them. The story continues, but in my retelling I kept breaking into uncontrollable laughter, with my party-mates saying “What? Wait what? I’m just watching you laugh”
I think Spencer Hicks is a diamond in the rough. I’ve read many comix in my day and IMO his comics are hilarious. From his illustrated recantations of his “Intellectual” coworker’s dialogues to his arguments with his girlfriend, Sonia Hayden (also a Gremlin contributor) I can’t get enough of his stuff and so happy to have him onboard as a regular contributor.
Spencer also has started a record/book publication which you can visit at californiaclap.com where you can pick up his comix, currently available in hard-print.
Gremlin Feature 8- Marci Washington
There are a lot of windows in Marci’s works, abandoned hospitals, mysterious mansions, dark seemingly empty homes, always only a glimpse to the story she’s telling. The picture she paints does not allude to a happy ending. But if her art acted as a window to her as a person, I would say you’d be pleasantly surprised. I’ve been friends with her for many years and can say she is one of the most genuine, sweet and kind persons I’ve ever met. The misfit Christmases she’d host almost every year for the suckers without a family close by to spend the holiday with were stuff of legends, her Halloween costumes, always the best but above all I find endearing is her loyalty to her friends.
I’ll give you 2 examples. Once at a zinefest a hapless young lady walked away with one of my publications without paying ($3 only but hella rude). I was willing to let it go cause shit happens, but not Marci. Enter Bulldog Marci, she snuck off to “use the bathroom” and when she returned she had the thieving young lady with her. “I think you were going to pay for that zine, huh?”. I was so embarrassed but also very impressed and touched. Another example, we have a member in our rouges gallery who is infamous for her unique karaoke style. Everybody loves it but one night at a karoke bar some bro started to aggressively heckle while she was performing. “Dude, you’re fucking up my favorite song! You’re fucking up my favorite song”. Oh boy, Bulldog Marci wasn’t having any of that! She leaped at him like some deranged panther, screaming “You don’t ever talk to my friend like that! This is her song, don’t you dare try to ruin her turn! We love her!!”. That totally sealed her true character to me, and as far as I’m concerned Marci can do no wrong as a human. Plus her art’s super dope.
Marci was kind enough to create a comic for the debut issue The Gremlin and you can find it right on the front page, looking stunning and wicked! We love you Bulldog Marci!
Gremlin Feature 7- Sonny Smith
If there ever was a musician who exisits in the world of underground comix, it would be Sonny. Though in recent years his songs have gained respect and admiration, having bands like The Shins covering his tracks, it wasn’t always gravy for him. He struggled for many years, performing and recording songs that saw little to no attention. Even then, creating masterpiece albums like Fruitvale and This Is My Story, This Is My Song .
The tides began to to turn when he created the ambitious project 100 records, where he recorded 100 songs and had accalimed artists such as Ed Ruscha, Esther Pearl Watson, William Wylie, Chris Johanson, Tucker Nichols, Emily Prince and many many more create the record art.
This is when I met Sonny, introduced by our mutual friend Alika and due to my comix making ways, Sonny brought me on to create comix illustrations for a documentary being created about his life up to that point. Sadly, the documentary has yet to be released publicly, but it began my love affair with his song writing. Songs like Broom & Dustpan, Weird Fantasy & Strange Adventure, Bad Cop showed such a dynamic range, pain, humor, charm, romance, suspense were intertwined in these records. I thought to myself, this guy is the real deal and have colloborated with him many times since out of admiration for the work.
Soon after, Sonny broke through the indierock scene with his album, Tomorrow is Alright and has been putting out consistently compelling work since.
His new album, Moods Baby Moods is to be released next month and their new video for Well But Strangley Hung Man dropped yesterday. I watched it 3 times in 1 setting, it’s rad.
Sonny and current Sunsets bassist, Shayde Sartin, created a comic for Gremlin vol 1, and we’re expecting them back for vol 2. There’s even a rumor of a new comix themed project in Sonny’s mind… fingers crossed.
Gremlin Feature 6- Justin Greenwood
Back in the art school days I spent most of my time in Oakland being incorrectly mistaken for a student at the more artsy school on the Eastside of bay.
The school I actually went to was in SF which was much more about discipline, structure at the cost of maybe individual creativity. I was called “Tim Burton” more than a few times, not all that flattering. My only real friend at my school was Justin Greenwood. We had several classes together and we’d often be in the back of the room. He had an outgoing personality but always had a book in hand, and we would nerd out on Tom Waits albums or interesting movies. It was always a pleasure to share a class with him, somebody I could have a deep conversation with. At the time his focus was to be an illustrator but I always had a feeling he’d get into comic books with his knack for action and drama.
Justin has been working feverishly on titles for Oni Press and then also Image comics on such books like Stumptown, FUSE, Resurrection & Stingers.
He is hard on himself which is in his work’s benefit as his skills have grown tenfold since the artschool days. I’ve asked him when he’s planning to hit up Marvel or DC but he says at the moment he is very happy working on independent titles. He has a long career ahead of him so I’m sure there’ll be plenty of time to draw Wolverine or Batman, Sandman or whoever else he’d like to take a stab at. His current more genre fused crime books are pretty bad ass.
It did not surprise me in the least that he took no hesitation to agree to create a strip for the debut issue of The Gremlin Quarterly.
I’m constantly impressed by his work ethic, both him and his (awesome) wife Melissa.
Miss you, Melissa, Laney & Cary so much!!
Gremlin Feature 5- Antwon Jackson
I met Antwon when I first moved to LA and at first I didn’t know what to think, he seemed kind of quiet but was eyeing me while me and this other gentleman were having long conversations about various topics. I was thinking “Oh boy, does he want to kick my ass or something? I certainly hope not, he looks bigger than me”. Turns out he’s a super smart, super hilarious and super talented print maker full of epically hilarious stories of the ups and downs of living in the city, trying to hold on to a sense of integrity while having to bust ass to pay the rent each month.
I honestly was so shell shocked transitioning to living in LA I’m not sure if I could have made it through without Antwon cracking me up on a daily basis. I can’t even count how many genius catch phrases we came up with out of sheer silliness. He’s been hustling with his own print making company, Good Karma Prints (goodkarmaprints.com) and I would love for him to continue to grow his business and stay true to his own voice.
Though he made an illustration for Gremlin Vol 1, we had the brilliant idea to collaborate on future projects to capitalize on his great storytelling and sense of humor. Hope I can do justice to his tales. I repeated his stories to quite a few of my friends and they were like “Who is this guy??”. Well, soon the world will find out. He’s a pretty rad dude.
Gremlin Feature- 4 Matt Hewitt
Matt is a personal favorite, a gem, whose creative output is outstanding. He has created over 75 short films over the years as well as epic music videos for LA Takedown and Barfth. His recent feature length films have shown extensive growth as a filmmaker. In films like Daddy’s Boys and A Goodly Way he displays Coen-esq humor and horror intertwined within a gallery of eccentric characters and situations. His pop-culture inspired drawings are equally as enjoyable as they are off putting.
In the Gremlin Quarterly he shows off his masterful approach to comix making. In Vol. 1 he created not 1, not 2 but 3 comics, he illustrated his own, a collaboration with L.A. Takedown and also a SEE/HEAR/READ 7″ record comic limited to 50 copies in existence.
As a comix maker he previously created the brutal CORKY BURGER, his sophomore graphic novel, BIKER PARTY will be released soon in full color.
Gremlin Feature- 3 Jessica Owen
Jessica’s work ethic is uncanny. As a costume designer she has created works for such high profile clients as Ty Segall, Tenacious D and Kim Kardashian. As an illustrator she has worked on cult shows such as Documentary Now & Comedy Bang Bang and for bands such as Feels & Peach Kelli Pop. If that weren’t enough she is currently busy rocking out with her own band Susan and formerly for L.A. TAKEDOWN. Oh, ho, that’s not even the end of it. Now she creates comic strips for The Gremlin Quarterly, her first in Vol 1 and she will again return for Vol 2. You’re on fire, Jessica!
Gremlin Feature 2- April Wolfe
April is an incredibly active writer in the Los Angeles community. A journalist, essayist, fiction writer, music writer, screenwriter, film director, editor, and designer she is also the founder and producer of the One Axe Plays collective from Women’s Center for Creative Work. And now she can add comic-strip writer to her resume as she created a tricktracts style comix for The GremlinQuarterly vol. 1
Apirl recently announced that she has been hired as staff movie review writer for LA WEEKLY and is currently working on a novel. Awolfeswolfworld.com
Gremlin Feature 1- Brendan Monroe
Brendan created a comic featured on the front page of The Gremlin Quarterly’s first issue. Brendan is an enormous talent creating master works in print, paint, sculpture and recently have been taking mural commissions all over the world. Of his work he says, “I think it’s important to constantly challenge oneself with new ideas and new mediums. My interpretations of the world are mostly rooted in science then executed through painting and sculpting”. You can see more of Brendan’s amazing work at