L.A. Weekly People Issue Is Out Now

LAW People

L.A. Weekly‘s People Issue is out now. It’s one of the biggest issues of the year and I’m honored to have contributed to it again. This year, I wrote about Sean Z. Maker. He’s a comic book creator who also founded Bent-Con, an annual LGBT-centric pop culture fan convention. It’s a great convention. If you’re in L.A., you can probably still find copies at your local newsstand/gas station/7-11/etc. Otherwise, check out the story online.

“Sean Z. Maker: Founder of Bent-Con, the LBGT Pop Culture Convention”

Speaking of conventions, last weekend, I headed out to Woodland Hills for BlasterCon. This is a new sci-fi and fantasy convention that emphasizes works from the 1970s and 1980s. It was a very small event, but also an incredibly fun and interesting one. You can read about it my L.A. Weekly column, Cult Stars.

“Retro Sci Fiction/Fantasy Convention BlasterCON Debuts with Small Crowd and Big Ideas”

IAMX played L.A. last week. Prior to the show, I interviewed Chris Corner for L.A. Weekly about his wildly successful crowdfunding campaign.

“Chris Corner Got Way, Way More Crowd-Funding Money Than He Sought”

Black Veil Brides has come a long way in the past few years. This week, I talked to Andy Biersack about the band’s past and how that’s affecting their present career. Check out the story in PureVolume.

“Q&A: Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides—’We Come From the Dream of Hollywood'”

As a kid in the San Fernando Valley, I loved Earth Girls Are Easy. Frankly, I think it’s the best Valley-centric sci-fi comedy around. Yes, better than Encino Man. Recently, though, I learned that I like Earth Girls Are Easy more now than I did in the late 1980s. I wrote about that for Geek Exchange.

“It Came from Netflix: Earth Girls Are Easy”

 

Jeaux J. and I just finished the second week of Los Animales: Nadarave. Our readership is growing and we’re pretty happy about that. Right now, I’m finishing up Chapter 3, which will probably start running sometime around San Diego Comic-Con. In the meantime, read the first 10 pages (11, if you count the cover) of Nadarave.

Los Animales: Nadarave

Things are pretty exciting on the DJ front as well. Last weekend, I played at Deadcadence, a monthly party held at Roberto’s in Chinatown. The sets went over really well. You can check out what I played and find out about the bands on the bill on my blog, Beatique.

“Set List: Deadcadence 5/11/13”

 

Not long ago, we did a goth party at Underground called Shadowplay. The response was overwhelmingly positive. In fact, it was so great that we decided to spin off Shadowplay as it’s own club. That’s going to happen on June 29. In the meantime, we’ll be doing another Shadowplay party at Underground on May 31. Want to know what this night is all about? Check out my set list on Beatique.

“Set List: Shadowplay @ Underground”

Thanks for reading!

 

Weekly Recap: Star Wars, Clue and More

Shag tackles Star Wars in a recent Gallery Nucleus show. This photo originally appeared in L.A. Weekly.

Shag tackles Star Wars in a recent Gallery Nucleus show. From my L.A. Weekly slideshow “A Saga in the Stars…”

It’s been a mildly ordinary week. The second chapter of our webcomic, Los Animales,  just finished its first week online. We somehow managed to get a bit of attention on Tumblr and are incredibly grateful for that. The first five pages are available for you to read now. Check out Los Animales: Nadarave.

Tomorrow night, I’ll be playing at Deadcadence, which is an amazing monthly party at Roberto’s in Chinatown. I’ll be spinning a mix of goth, coldwave and minimal synth tunes on vinyl. For more info, check out Beatique.

Last Saturday was pop culture overload. I spent the early afternoon at Golden Apple on Melrose for Free Comic Book Day, where I was able to interview famed writer Geoff Johns. That evening, I headed out to Gallery Nucleus to take photos of their special May the Fourth art show. Both assignments were for L.A. Weekly.

“A Saga in the Stars: A Tribute Event to a Galaxy Far, Far Away” (Slideshow)

“DC Comics Writer and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns Explains the Comic Books That Inspired Him” (Interview)

 

I did another “For the Weekend” interview for KCET. This time around, I talked to John Giovanazzi, who co-owns the fantastic Glendale bar/show space, Complex. John talks about everything from record stores to restaurants to the Dodgers in this interview.

“For the Weekend: John Giovanazzi”

Lately, I’ve been reviewing old movies and TV shows that turn up on Netflix Instant for Geek Exchange. This week, I tackled one of my childhood favorites, Clue.

“It Came from Netflix: Clue”

 

That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend.

L

 

Los Animales: Nadarave Starts Today, Plus Two Upcoming DJ Gigs

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(Crosspost with Beatique.net)
Los Animales is back. Today marks the beginning of Nadarave, the second story in the webcomic series that I created with my pal Jeaux Janovsky. I’m really excited about this story. It’s a little different from Fours on the Floor, our first chapter, in that it’s more of an ensemble piece. The characters look a little different too. That’s because we didn’t want the designs to get too static. You’ll see Manda, Dani, Pedro and the rest evolve throughout the series.

If you haven’t read Fours on the Floor, you should do that too.

In other news, I have two DJ gigs coming up this week. On Thursday, I’ll be playing at Zerox. This is a monthly club at La Cuevita (aka Little Cave) in Highland Park hosted by my pal Eric Dead. We’ll be playing a mix of underground ’80s tunes ranging from punk to new wave to ska to psychobilly. I’ll be digging up some of my favorites and hope to play at least a few jams that you haven’t heard in a while. This party is free. It’s also 21+. Check out the Facebook invite for more information.

On Saturday, I will be playing at DEadCADENCE, a monthly party at Roberto’s in Chinatown that focuses on death rock, minimal synth, post-punk, etc. I’ll be joining DJs Tony-X, Andy Smith and Juann Alternativah. There will also be live performances from Death Strip and Secret Society of the Sonic Six. This will be a very exciting show and I hope you can make it. This is a 21+ party and the cover is $5 before 10:30 p.m., $7 thereafter. More info on Facebook.

Big, Hopefully Not Terribly Tedious Update

It’s been a while since my last update here and a lot has happened in the past six weeks or so. Here’s the lowdown.

We completed Los Animales: Fours on the Floor, the first chapter in the ongoing saga of anthropomorphic animals/record store nerds that Jeaux Janovsky and I created. You can now read the chapter in its entirety for free on animalsoundsrecords.com. Response to the comic has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re so grateful for everyone who took an early interest in our project. We’ve managed to earn some early press, including interviews by Geeksmash, Defective Geeks and Ian/Yan. If you’re interested in contacting Jeaux & I for interviews, convention appearances, etc., email us at animalsoundsrecords [at] gmail [dot] com.  The second installment of the comic, Los Animales: Nadarave, starts on Monday.

Last month, I answered an ad that someone I know shared on Facebook and ended up freelancing for KCET. Yes, Facebook is good for finding work. Here’s the first story I did for the local television station’s website:

“For the Weekend: Jane Espenson”

I’ve also started writing more for Geek Exchange, the website for Geek Magazine. In the past few weeks, I interviewed Nilbog, an amazing local band who pays tribute to genre movie scores. I also re-watched The Crow and Chobits.

If you’ve followed my work for a while, you probably know that I’ve done my fair share of interviews with Andrew W.K. The latest one ran last week on Pure Volume. 

I’m still doing a lot of work for L.A. Weekly. In recent weeks, I had the chance to talk to Gilbert Hernandez and the team behind Teen Titans Go! I also checked out the latest L.A. show from Takashi Murakami and a group show dedicated to James Bond. In addition, I’ve been taking party shots for the Weekly here and there. Check out this slideshow from last weekend’s The Smiths/Morrissey Convention. 

On the club side of things, Underground is doing really well. We put together a very successful goth-y party called Shadowplay a few weeks back, in addition to other great events. You can check out my set lists on my blog, Beatique.

Somehow in the midst of all that, my longtime boyfriend and I snuck off to Las Vegas and got married. Seriously! I promised a few people that I would write a story about that experience too. It’s coming. Slowly.

Stay tuned for an update on Monday, as there is more news to share.

Thanks for reading.

L