Jen-A-Fusion is stuck at 96 fans on Facebook! A free 'Earth Tip Per Day' calender for the 100th fan.... and, no, you can't delete yourself and then re-add. Sorry! ;(
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Thank you to all that already fans! More funness coming in the future~Jen
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Sometimes, going new places will take you even further than you might have imagined. Going to new shows and festivals will do that for me. I get exposed to customers and other vendors that I would otherwise never have encountered.
This definitely happens when I have gone to the DC Counterculture Festival. This show is mostly comic makers and graphic novelists, with a few crafters and artists thrown in for good measure. Two years ago, I met Joe and Rusty as they were right next to me at DCCF. They are really fun loving guys that take the most odd moments that life has to offer and create comics, zines, keychains and the like. They don't take life or their art way too seriously, which they really can't: their characters are stick people! Now, that's my kind of drawing.
So, for a laugh out loud kind of Q&A, read below to find out more about two guys that create fun.
Q~ How did you get started?
Joe~ I make kitten scarves. I got started when my kitten's neck got cold.
Rusty~ I started doing comics in 1996 after seeing other self-publishers at the Small Press Expo and realizing "Hey, I could do this!" At some point Joe started signing his name to my stories, so I included him as well.
Q~ Why do you continue?
J~ Feline hypothermia.
R~ I'm not sure how to take this question. Are you inferring we should quit?
Q~ What is your greatest success story?
J~ February, 2005 - I was kitten-sitting and my water heater stopped heating. I knit a scarf big enough to keep six kittens' necks warm.
R~ September, 2008 - A dude pissed me off so bad that we wrote a comic about it. We did not name the dude in the issue and were thus able to actually sell him a copy.
Q~ What is one of your greatest failures?
J~ I didn't have enough yarn for kitten number seven.
R~ Not making the 1998 Winter Olympics team for Comic Publishing. I made the Summer team in 2000, but it just wasn't the same...
Q~ Where do you get your inspiration?
J~ Human scarves. Specifically, humans that look like kittens that wear scarves.
R~ Many times I find inspiration in my friends and fellow comic creators. They really push themselves and make me want to work harder. Other times I trip on acid.
Q~ Why do you make/create what you do?
J~ I love comics.
I mean kittens.
R~ I love sharing stories with people.
Q~ Where is your favorite place to sell? Or Favorite show?
J~ SKX. Small Kitten Expo
R~ I personally prefer SPX, the Small Press Expo. It's an annual show held in Bethesda, MD for independent comic publishers. It's where we were first introduced to the world of self-published comics and where we've made many friends. I don't like the crowd at the Small Kitten Expo. Kinda snobby.
Q~ What is the one thing you love about your business?
J~ Felting my yarn.
R~ I don't know if I'd call it a "business", so much as an "empire"...
J~ That's not an answer.
Q~ What is one thing you loathe?
Jose~ Me. I don't really knit kitten scarves. I made that up. I've grown very tired. I almost spell it "grone". I just wrote "almost spell it".
R~ I hate having to work with Joe when he has one of his "episodes" and starts spelling things wrong.
Q~ What is your dream about your art?
Jose~ Something about comics and kittens and scarves and winning an award.
R~ I'd like to win an Ignatz.
Q~ What is your mission?
J~ To do something productive with everything that goes through my mind and the crazy crap that Rusty and I come up with.
R~ To keep making comics and expand our stories into other mediums.
Q~ Where are you based?
J~ Trunk of my car where my kittens and comics live.
R~ We are primarily based in Hyattsville, MD. However, with Joe's trunk attached to his car we're able to move our base of operations at any moment.
Q~ Where would you live if you could live anywhere?
J~ Someplace with an inside. Or 1800's France.
R~ New York or 1800's Spain. Then we could be penpals in the past!
Q~ What would you be doing if not this?
J~ What I'm doing right now: talking about it.
R~ Making purses.
Q~ What is next?
R~ It's hard to say. There are so many possibilities for where we can take our art from this point. I guess...yeah, probably porn.
Q~ What is your favorite question to ask people?
Jose~ What's this smell like?
R~ Where the hell did you come from?!?
Q~ What is your answer to that question?
J~ I want a manhat. I mean: Heaven.
Q~ What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen sparrow?
J~ I'm really very sorry about my answers. I haven't really made a comic in over a year. I'm plain awful. I like drawing stick figures because it's both a blank canvas where one can fill in the details regarding emotion and motion as well as an easy vehicle to tell stories based around the ideas we come up with more so than any actual storytelling. I love that there's a low barrier for entry in the comic world where anyone with an idea and paper can go to Kinko's and be as relevant as the biggest of companies. The proliferation of webcomics shows this to an even greater degree where you have people foregoing printing entirely and yet still finding an audience to share their stories. I don't know that everyone should make a comic but I like that anyone can.
R~ What he said.
J~ I buy gas that's unladen.
R~ That's not very green of you.
J~ I'm not the jealous type.
R~ Double touche'.
For more Full Sanction craziness, including more bio info, comic issues and other unexpected items, visit their website at www.fullsanction.com
Hope the new year is treating you well so far. ~Jen
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
New Year resolutions are tradition for many people. Me, I think that a person could change at any time they want. However, I know this a very convenient and clear time to do this.
When making your NYR, did you think about your green resolutions? Even the most conscientious of us could improve. I know it is hard to change everything at once. So, don't!
Take one point in your lifestyle and improve in that area. Think perhaps your gasoline bill is too high each month? Save money while being more eco-friendly. Walk for errands, out to dinner or to a friend's house, if you can. Combine trips by making lists of places you need to stop. Tack these outings onto transportation runs to get or drop off kids.
Perhaps you feel you need to switch over to florescent lights, to save on electricity. Don't just buy all new lights and then chuck the 'old' yet still usable ones. Perhaps buying a pack of compact florescent to have on hand as ones burn out would be a simple switch over method. Also, consider just switching out the lights that you use the most, and that would have the biggest impact on your total energy usage.
The point is that you won't have to do it all at once. Pick one area and work on that until it is second nature and then work on the next thing. Don't beat yourself up on what you aren't doing, if you are making deliberate and concerned steps toward improvement.
Good luck! I'll be working on my own 'stuff' too!~Jen
Green Tip~ Recycle those trainers!
Lots of resolutions have to do with being more active, and thus many new pairs of sneakers are bought around this time of year. What to do with those old ones? Recycle them, of course!
Nike runs a program that takes apart athletic shoes and reuses them in new sports related ways. They are able to use old ones, along with their manufacturing scrap, to make basketball and tennis courts.
For more information, click on www.nikereuseashoe.com