The Drips by Taylor McKimens

Art, Books, zines — Doctor Ninja on December 29, 2006 at 1:59 pm

I really like this book, but I was having some trouble reviewing this until I had a talk with my good friend Alan Watts. Then it all became clear. The Drips is a good look into the conflict of the wiggly world versus the prickly world. Man, with lots of numbers, facts and straight lines, constructs the prickly world. Architects are prickle people. Lawyers are prickly people. Politicians are prickly people but they do a lot of wiggling to capture the hearts and the minds of the gooey people. Artists tend to be wiggly types with their romantic ideals, non-linear thinking and gooey globs of paint. When it comes down to it, life is really about gooey prickles and prickly goo. Life is about the sea’s wiggly waves splashing against straight shores. It’s about the rays of the sun bouncing off the hard concrete in a heat wave.

The Drips consists mostly of portraits of people melting in an atmosphere of straight lines. Taylor has told me he wants to live in the desert. The only prickle things there are the cacti. And the cacti are only prickly to protect their gooey insides. People are like this too. We are all just fleshy blobs with big brains that make think we can rule the world. When in fact, we are all just melting under the sun. As prickle people poke holes in the ozone we all melt. The mighty rays of the sun melt the poles of the ends of the earth. Then the ice drips, the rain drips, the mud drips and our skin drips.

My favorite drawing in this book is of a cassette melting out of a dilapidated car stereo. The molten hamburger is awesome too. Taylor’s book leaves us asking the question “Who left the cake out in the rain?” or better yet “Who left your face out in the rain?”

The Drips by Taylor McKimens

2006, hand-made, two-color zerox plus inkjet. About 50 of these were made, and dropped off at locations like Jim Hanley’s Universe on 33rd St. in NYC, Rocketship Comics in Brooklyn, and Trance Pop in Kyoto, Japan. No copies currently available, not sure when or if more will be made, but look here for updates… www.taylormckimens.com The Drips comic book is available from www.pictureboxinc.com

Cartoon Workshop / Pig Tales by Paper Rad

Art, Books, zines — Doctor Ninja on December 28, 2006 at 9:52 am

It took me awhile to figure out why I didn’t read this the instant it was thrown into my sweaty palms. There was something wrong. Something VERY wrong. Paper Rad is known for their high output of awesome shit. You can’t blink without some new awesome Paper Rad thing magically appearing before your face. Don’t get me wrong this is yet another sweet book by the mighty, mighty PR…but it has a nice glossy cover and the inside pages are printed on newsprint. Now, I like glossy & I like newsprint, but for Christ’s sake don’t combine the two! Okay, enough of my aesthetic snobbery. Half of this book is a reprint of the beautifully produced zine Pig Tales. That came with a silk-screened cover with a jewel glued to it; of course I’m going to be disappointed by a new version. Jessica Ciocci wins the funniest comic panel of the year award for…Wait. Comic panels don’t make sense if you don’t know what the previous panel was, so the runner up for the funniest comic panel of the year… “Blonde haired piggy lady reaches into bookshelf”! And now! The award for “funniest comic panel of the year” goes to DJ Jazzy Jess for… “piggy holding book entitled “HOW TO Draw MANGA Dicks”!!!

Okay now for the other half of the book, the third installment of Ben Jones’ Cartoon Workshop. Again with the color newsprint…I would have preferred to read this on black and white zerox paper, or color zerox paper, or black and white newsprint. Come to think of it…there’s nothing wrong with the pages at all. It’s the glossy cover I hate!!! I’m going to tear it off right now! Now I’m tearing up that damn oversized UPC symbol! Ben probably thought it would be funny to make it extra big, knowing that everyone would hate it. His graphic design has a sadistic side to it. So do his comics. There are a total of 25 completely blank panels in Cartoon Workshop. What’s is this “The Wisdom of Lobo”?!? Okay BJ is a comic genius so he’s allowed to take liberties. “Lazy Comet” is a brilliant strip. Pages 34 (“How Low can You Go?”) & 35 (Twig & Twag) are awesome as well. They remind me of the comics that R. Crumb made with his brother Charles when they were kids. In “How Low can You Go?” The Narrator (my favorite BJ character) hits us with another classic line: “What?!? You’ve never ass-bonged?” I’ll stop comic snitching now. Just go buy the book already.

Cartoon Workshop / Pig Tales by Paper Rad

http://artbook.com published by www.pictureboxinc.com 2006

COMPULSION a novel by Meyer Levin

Books — Doctor Ninja on December 26, 2006 at 11:11 pm

How cool would it be to randomly kidnap someone and kill them?!? That’s what two incredibly wealthy child prodigies thought. And they did it in 1924. Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr and Richard A. Loeb thought of themselves as Nietzschean supermen. Leopold spoke 15 languages and graduated from the University of Chicago at eighteen and Loeb was the youngest graduate in the history of the University of Michigan. The author of Compulsion, Meyer Levin, also graduated from the University of Chicago at eighteen. He became a reporter for the Chicago Daily News. Little did he know when he was assigned to the kidnapping/murder case that the perpetrators were acquaintances of his.
This book is a novelization of what was called “The Crime of the Century” and it’s a fantastic read. It’s not one of those “Hey! I was there. Here’s my new book, give me a million dollars!” true-crime tell-alls. Meyer Levin spent over thirty years thinking about the murders before he wrote Compulsion. He really delves into the psychology of the two criminals as he retells this amazing story. How could two geniuses from such good backgrounds commit such a heinous crime? Levin poetically attempts to explain this in the hopes that “…it may be of some help in widening the use of available knowledge in the aid of human failing.” So if you think you’ve got “the perfect crime” you should read this book first, smarty-pants.

Art is a Smile that Gives You a Hug by Andrew Jeffrey Wright

Art, Books, zines — Doctor Ninja on December 26, 2006 at 7:56 pm

Andrew Jeffrey Wright makes the most over-produced zines on the planet. I’m not talking about glossy pages & slick graphic design. I’m talking about silk-screened pages, LOTS of silk-screened pages, full color zeroxes, hand cut stickers, glued in drawings, fold out posters and guest artist homework assignments (I’m a proud contributor to a few of these “sharpie & white only” portrait drawing projects). I guess Andrew is kind of “the king of zines” due to the work he puts into his books. Anyway, Andrew has a crazy sense of humor so this is filled with funny comics & photos. The centerfold has a drawing that’s a total copy of the cover of Retard Riot #12 (which I gave him while he was working on Art is a Smile) very flattering…

Art is a Smile that Gives You a Hug is a catalog for a show he did at Giant Robot over a year ago and it’s a limited edition of 200, so good luck finding a copy. Rumor has it that he’s working on one for the 2006 BUTTON BATTLE show, so maybe you can cop one of those. It’s funny that he calls them “show catalogs”, cuz he usually finishes them long after the show is over. What-ever.

Find AJW in Philadelphia at www.space1026.com

macho peanut by Misaki Kawai

Art, Books, zines — Doctor Ninja on December 26, 2006 at 7:13 pm

Misaki’s collages & drawing are both cute & weird at the same time. Its the kind of cute & weird cartoon style that is seen through out a lot of Japanese culture. Well, Misaki is Japanese so that explains thatwhatever…this little book is rad! Her characters are sort of South Park style collage dudes and her drawings are semi-retarded. I hold semi-retarded things in the highest regard, mind you. There’s a lady whose fart blasts her sky high, ripping a hole in her pants and gassing a little blue dude down below. The page before that has some little dude licking milk off the side of a giant tit-mountain, on the other side of the super boob is another little dude holding a cane with a shit-eating grin on his face. Pineapple heads, pipe smokers & other weirdnessfunny, funny, funny. There’s a great page depicting a balloon headed fellow, bent over, having his spotty butt sprayed with perfume by a green character. There are too many cool pages to describe; you’ll just have to see for yourself.

24 pages, soft-cover, full color, 2006 http://www.misakikawai.com/

HENRY ROLLINS – spoken word DVD

Movies — Doctor Ninja on December 26, 2006 at 6:05 pm

“Noah, thanks for the interest and all. We don’t send out promos really. Thanks and good luck with your stuff. Henry”

Henry Rollins is available at http://21361.com/

Grand Sichuan St. Marks Place

Food — Doctor Ninja on December 26, 2006 at 5:46 pm

It is a Jewish tradition to eat Chinese food on Christmas. So like a good Jewish boy I went to Grand Sichuan St. Marks to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. I don’t judge a book by its cover, but I judge a Chinese place by its dumplings. Grand Sichuan serves the Cadillac of dumplings…the soup dumpling! No, this isnt dumpling soup we’re talking about, this is soup dumplings! I love dumpling soup, but soup dumplings have the soup INSIDE of the dumpling. They are awesome. Be careful not to bite right into one or you’ll get a face full of hot soup! Take the tongs & place a dumpling into a spoon. Then suck the soup out of the little hole in the top! I recommend the pork dumpling as opposed to the crab & pork; they just kind of smear a little crab paste on the top, which blocks up the hole. They cost more too.
Everything else they serve is as delicious as their dumplings. My favorites include the bak choi & the spicy dry chicken (which is filled with those dry red peppers that will kill you if you eat one. Well, not literally but they’re fuckin’ hot and you’re not supposed to eat them.)
I’ve eaten Chinese food basically since I was born. It’s great. It wasnt until about five years ago that I discovered Sichuan Chinese food. It takes Chinese to a whole ‘nother level. As opposed to American style Chinese food, it doesnt leave you with that deep fried, not so fresh feeling. It’s cooked hot and fast. And, mmm…Spicy! There’s another thing I really like about it. It’s a very communal dinning experience, with big circular tables & large bowls of food for all to eat from. They also have a menu called “Mao’s home cooking”. Sichuan. Do it! Do it!

Grand Sichuan. 19-23 St. Marks Pl. (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.) Manhattan, NY 10003 212-529-4800 theres another Grand Sichuan at 229 9th Ave & 24th St. NYC 212-620-5200

Boot Camp Clik: Video Surveilance

Movies, Music — Doctor Ninja on December 23, 2006 at 9:00 pm

This compilation is a great introduction to the Boot Camp Clik for the unfamilar and a treasure for the true souljahs who have been down from day one. The B.C.C. are like a lesser known Wu-Tang Clan, a super group spawned from the early 90’s underground hip hop scene. From grimy streets of Brooknam, they rep the real raw shit. No frills, two turntables and mic hip hop. Peep over 32 videos including classics like: Black Moon’s “Who Got the Props”, “How Many Mc’s”, “I got U Opin”, “Buck ‘em Down”, Smif-N-Wessun’s “Bucktown”, “Let’s Get it On”, “Sound Bwoy Burial”, Fab 5’s “Leflah”, Heltah Skeltah’s “Operation Lockdown”, O.G.C.’s “No Fear”, and more. These aren’t your typical rap video’s either. You’ll find no groupies pourin’ Dom P by the pool, no fake dancers and no bling bling. They’re low budget, creative and mad real. They’re shot in project hallways and parks after dark, the places where hip hop was born.

This DVD is the complete music video catalog of the B.C.C.
Over 2 hours! available from www.duckdown.com

Peter Saul – Recent Paintings (2006)

Art, Books — Doctor Ninja on December 23, 2006 at 8:00 pm

To the Viewer:
“I like to walk around N.Y. to see the art shows, particularly of pictures of something dramatic or exciting. That’s my art taste. Even though I love viewing the stuff the ideas that prop up Modern Art are the dumbest in the world. Especially the notion that painting is about itself and the way it’s made. Sure, try reading a book about itself, or going to a movie about itself, not a lot of fun.”

That’s from Peter Saul’s introduction to the catalog of his recent exhibitions at David Nolan Gallery and Leo Koenig Gallery. I couldn’t agree more with his sentiment. The 90’s art scene in NY made me want to puke. Everything was “conceptual”. Conceptual meaning that you had to read a book about it before you could enjoy it. Did I say, “Enjoy it”? What I meant to say was “before you could be bored to death by it”. 10 years later things are brightening up here. Art is exciting again.

Forget the last decade, Peter Saul has been exciting for the last 55 years. His new paintings are as fresh and invigorating as they were in the sixties. They’re colorful, cartoony, surreal, sentimental portraits of politics, propaganda, and pornography. My favorites include “Around Here You Need a Sense of Humor”, “Execution of Jesus”, “Bush at Abu Ghraib”, “Chinese Businessman Lands on Wall St.”, “Sardanapalus”, “Hitler’s Bunker” and “Self Portrait as a Woman”, a true story about Peter & his wife being mistaken for two women, on four different occasions!!! Hmmm. That makes 7 out of 10 paintings my favorite. The other three are great too.

This is a beautiful catalog with ten tipped-in color plates. That’s old school quality for an O.G. artist. Soft cover, 34 pages, available from www.davidnolangallery.com and www.leokoenig.com

Vomit Style by Sergio Palacios

Art, Books, zines — Doctor Ninja on December 23, 2006 at 5:58 am

Before this zine reached my hands it was smuggled across the Mexican border inside the stomach of the infamous El Coyote. The cover boldly states “#1″. I hope this means it’s the beginning of a series of books by Mr. Palacios. This issue (or top rated book as it may be) is a story written in paintings, vomit style. They don’t smell like vomit or even look like vomit for that matter. They are portraits of menacing creatures with sadness in there eyes. Like beasts that are actually more afraid of you than you are of them. Two pyramids look towards an oil-blackened sky. Under blood-spattered skies, a lone bicycle hurdles through the air while an ominous tank sits in the background. Googley eyed civilians wonder why oil is dripping from the sky. There’s a shy gorilla. There’s a wooly mammoth bewildered by a human fly. Big Foot hides in his own shadow. Our world has turned to vomit and only the extinct know it. Sergio leaves us with these final words: THIS MEANS WAR!
Painterly Palacios, a student of great American painter Peter Saul, combines harsh brushstrokes with intense washes with killer results. I was once at a museum and over heard an elderly lady comment, “His use of color is quite beautiful”. Mmmm…Quite.

5.5×11″ 12 pages full color 2006
If you can track him down, maybe you can get one of these gems from mrelcoyote@hotmail.com

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