I got the opportunity to table at Short Run Seattle this last weekend on Halloween. I always hoped that making comics would give me more reason to travel. I had never been to Seattle, but I’ve always understood the place as a station for comics creators. That certainly proved true from all the great material I saw at the convention. The biggest problem was that the show was only one day and the only time I could bring myself to leave my table for more than five minutes at a time was in the last hour of the show. I ran around like a fiend desperately looking for his next fix trading copies of Esoteric Dialogue for the coolest comics I could find.
From Pube Smoke 2 by Max Clotfelter
Cover of Eat Eat Eat by Tom Van Deusen
Cover of Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver
I also managed to stumble upon a dusty antiques shop underneath the Pike Place Market full of strange oddities like this 1962 issue of Masonic Quarterly that is brimming with free market economic philosophy and old ads about the Space Needle.
Edmar and Joe Tallarico thought it’d be a good idea to invite us to do a comic for Lumpen’s next comics issue. Naturally we accepted the invitation because when Lumpen invites you to contribute, you do it. The issue has a loose theme of “radio” that coincides with the launch of Lumpen Radio WLPN 105.5 FM (lumpenradio.com). We contributed “Ghost Dance” – a tale of a wizard bored with his radio.
There will be a party celebrating the release of Lumpen #126 tomorrow (Friday, 10/8) at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport at 7pm. Works from contributing artists will be shown along with blown-up versions of the comics.
The good people at Short Run deemed us worthy to table at the show on October 31 in Seattle. And, even though we didn’t win the Dash Grant, they gave us a little write-up on ShortRun.org:
“We were super impressed with Esoteric #1 and #2, floppy comics that are filled with weird and wonderful lizard people, aliens, eyeball creatures, the Illuminati, and incredible drawing (we thought at one point they got Kim Deitch to draw for them!). Matthew Salazar, as the illustrator, changes up his style in the different stories written by Scott Bufis. They are a great team!”
G-Man over at Comics Anonymous has delivered another thought-out interpretation of one of our books in his review of Esoteric Dialogue #2. While you’re over there, check out the other reviews on the site – it’s full of honest, critical reviews on an eclectic mix of genres and creators.
“The cult, underground vibe to Esoteric Dialogue makes this an intriguing title to read and then reflect on as an obvious tale for entertainment rests on the surface as a subtle slap in the face from reality bubbles under the surface. Great work again from the team.” -G-Man