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  • Discussing Comics and Progress with Come Find Out Press

    I’m digitally catching up with my friends and collaborators, Anjelica Colliard and Kelsey Westphal, the founders of the Bay Area zine, Come Find Out. The year 2014 ended in the triumphant release of their 11th zine, Paradise — no small feat considering the artist wrangling, deadline management and the production of this beautiful and entirely self-funded artist publication.

    Come Find Out Press, Oakland California 2014

    In the New Years’ spirit of reflection and resolution, we will discuss their year in comics and their vision for Come Find Out.  Meet the hardest working print and comic book artists in the East Bay.

    J. Sayuri: How are you doing? What have you been up to in life and comics?

    Kelsey Westphal: I’m swell. Right now it’s vacation and I’m so deeply stoked to be in California that I can’t wipe this silly grin off my face! Life is comics right now — studying ’em, makin’ ’em, writing about ’em. It’s kind of nuts.

    Anjelica Colliard: Hello! I am making many things, working at my friend Max Stadnik’s lithography studio and also trying to set up a studio in my garage, working on my Jungle Girls series, and working on zine projects, including Come Find Out, of course.

    JS:  Anjelica. I hear you were recently at the East Bay Zine Fest.  Who did you meet? What was the most exciting thing you saw? What did you learn?

    AC: It was sooo awesome! I received such positive feedback about the new CFO issue -#11, Paradise. Traded with a lot of amazing artists and zinsters as well. It was my third year vending at the East Bay Zine Fest and I always really enjoy the event for its supportive and passionate crowd. It is one of the few zine scenes remaining in the Bay that is still mainly about sharing one’s art, not selling the most product.

    JS: Kelsey, I hear you are studying comics in France. Making new friends? Making new comics?

    KW: New friends yes! New comics yes! Lil’ moody French kids drawing in a paper-mill turned art school. Angouleme is mighty cute but I gotta admit I missed the shit outta Oakland.  The best part about the program is the stuff we do outside of class, to be honest. It’s all a bit too theoretical and not as practical as I hoped, but all the collaborations are student-initiated, which kind of keeps it more funky anyway!

    The best thing going on right now is that next semester I’m going to start illustrating V Vale’s biography (of Search & Destroy & RE/Search publications)! It’s gonna be really challenging but awesome! So I’m feeling excited! Overwhelmed and intimidated but excited.

    JS: Tell me a little bit about the inspiration for your latest zine, Paradise. Why Paradise?

    Come Find Out's Paradise: Front Cover
    Come Find Out's Paradise: Front Cover
    Front Cover of Paradise. Anjelica used iridescent gold ink and neon yellow. Apt for a paradise aesthetic.
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    AC: I believe we started thinking about the idea of paradise after the number 11 – eleven, heaven? Something like that. It was going to be either paradise or infinity, and we took a poll between some of our close friends as to which was more inspiring.

    KW: It started out as just kind of a rhyming thing with 11…Heaven…Paradise, but the more we started to talk about it the more I started to see references to paradise everywhere–its such a common trait of societies in turmoil to project a perfect place into the future or into the past, but the reasons why and ways how vary so much depending on the culture and individual imagination, it seemed like an ideal theme!

    JS: Paradise is your 11th zine. How do you keep going? What keeps you motivated to keep making zines? How have you two developed as collaborators on this huge project?

    Zine Self-Portraits

    AC: Haha, I’d say it’s all Kelsey that keeps us going! She is always the one to say it’s time to start the next one and get us on track. But I do feel that we’ve come this far with CFO and have built a pretty strong standing, so why stop now? We have a good system down between us now in terms of managing submissions, sending out deadlines, and putting the issue together.

    KW: My deep and undying love for Anjelica and my belief that independent and alternative publications MUST exist in this crazy world so that original and challenging ideas can circulate among people! And making things with other people is the greatest pleasure in life so I can’t see why I would ever stop. Making this zine has been really important in keeping Anjelica and I close even while far away. It’s so awesome because there’s no end in sight to our friendship and that is directly connected and reinforced by Come Find Out! And the better Come Find Out gets, the better our friendship gets. Woooo!

    JK:  Your work is based deeply in the collaborative artistic spirit. Why have you gravitated towards collaborations?

    AC: Collaborations are such an amazing way to think of ideas you would have otherwise never come across. In terms of the zine, it has always been all about sharing between different types of artists and seeing where various art forms intersect or blend together. We never know what we are going to get and that is the most exciting part.

    KW: Solitude is for losers! Just kidding, I guess I love collaborating because you create things that would never be possible on your own. The third mind that emerges from different visions colliding is what makes our zines so fun to make—there is not a conventional continuity because our submissions come from all over, but a new kind of horizontal view of ideas is available and I’m into that.

    JS: What are your plans for the next zine? Or is it top secret?

    AC: IT IS TOP SECRET! You will hear more soon though! Stay tuned for our call for submissions with comefindoutthezine.tumblr.com.

    KW: TOP SECRET! Also undecided…but it’s going to be sick.

  • RAW:Hollywood presents Visionary (Come see my new work!)

    RAW:Hollywood presents Visionary

    I am excited to announce that I am a featured artist in the upcoming RAW arts showcase in Hollywood, California on January 23, 2015! I was scouted by the showcase director of RAW Artists to participate in RAW:Hollywood presents Visionary.

    RAW is an international arts event that thrives off the creative and collaborative spirit of artists, musicians, filmmakers, photographers, fashion designers and jewelry makers.  RAW’s goal is to provide the tools and exposure for budding artists to successfully present, market and sell their work.

    This is an especially exciting event because RAW is organized by artists for artists.  Unlike most art markets and events, artist do not have to pay booth fees at RAW events. Instead the artists must sell 20 tickets. With that out in the open, please support the arts by purchasing a ticket here! I’ve come a long way since my first art sale in the weird streets of Venice Beach.

    Here are the event details:

    Where
    Boulevard3
    6523 Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90028

    When
    January 23, 2015 : 6PM-10PM

    What
    RAW is an international arts event that brings together visual artists, musicians, fashion designers, filmmakers and performers (P.S. THERE WILL BE AERIAL DANCERS!)

    Dress Code
    Cocktail Attire

    Price: $15

    I will demonstrate my 3-pendulum harmonograph (rather than my 2-pendulum) so prepare to be hypnotized.

    I will hypnotize you.

    I will also debute some of my latest works, including my Animal Brain series:

    Animal Brain - Bottlenose Dolphin

    Portraits of Friends series: (This is my dad)

    Portrait of My Dad as a PickleMusical Melodyian Stencil Series:

    Melodyian Stencil Series : Daboo

    And various pragmatic items like jewelry and t-shirts.

    I hope to see you at Boulevard3 on January 23, 2015 from 6PM-10PM!

  • J+C Magazine: Special Christmas Edition (Issue 3 of 6)

    J+C Magazine: Volume 3, Page 1
    J+C Magazine: Volume 3, Page 1
    The special Christmas Edition. I believe we made this over winter break.
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    Check it out! Issue 3 of J+C Magazine-Christmas edition: the fabulously bitchy self-published tabloid magazine made by my dear friend Carolyn and me in the early 2000s.  Armed with nothing but tabloid magazines, pens, paper and a wicked imagination, our twelve-year-old selves created these art/collage/yellow journalism pearls of wisdom.  Enjoy and make art passionately and write honestly. The world needs passion and honesty.

    See J+C Magazine Volume 1 here and J+C Magazine Volume 2 here

    Whatever you do: remember to keep on keepin’ on. Happy holidays!

  • J+C Magazine: Glitzy Girls (Issue 2 of 6)

    J+C Magazine: Volume 1, Page 1
    J+C Magazine: Volume 1, Page 1
    Front page of J+C Magazine: Glitzy Girls issue!
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    Here it is! Issue two of J+C Magazine. Please comment and share with your friends. I also encourage everyone to publish the funny things you made as a kid.

    Check back next week for issue 3 of J+C Magazine: Christmas Edition!

  • Thank you for funding!

    I’ll keep this post short and sweet since I need to finish up my holiday comic card for 2014.

    Thank you to all my generous friends, family and mysterious fans who donated to my GoFundMe to print and mail beautiful full color comic book cards for the holidays. I do this every year and I was overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the people in my life.

    Thank you for helping me reach my goal!

    Here’s a sneak peek at what I will be sending this year.

    J Sayuri Holiday Comic Book Card Sneakpeek

     

    Cheers and happy holidays.  If you would like to receive a snail mail of my holiday comic card, please send me your mailing address here!