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MONSTARK RISING
2013.NOV.25

Haven't made a monstark.com update in some time, but you know, life happens. And while it has been happening, I hope you have been keeping up on my latest work, shows, products, etc. at the Monstark Fan Page, Instagram, Store and so forth. If you haven't, you've missed a lot of cool stuff.

There are a lot of things I could mention here, and in doing so ramble for a while, but suffice to say that it's been a very interesting year for me. I went in a lot of different directions and gained inspiration from many things and people. I hope to focus on a particular larger work next year, but for now I'm wrapping up some loose ends and getting a multitude of smaller things out of the way.

Always check out the sidebar for my upcoming shows! There are some new and rather marvelous places at which I'll be appearing late 2013 through early 2014. Until next time, this is your gentleman-beast signing off...

 


 

IN WITH THE NEW
2013.MAR.21

The first few months of this year have been utterly saturated with creative juice! I suppose that's why I've been neglectful here...heh. It's probably a good idea to visit my Fan Page for the most current photos, weird pub drawings, paintings and the occasional art giveaway.

I recently returned from the Emerald City Comicon, which was even better than last year's! I loved seeing my friends and returning fans, and meeting some inspiring new people. It's strange and beautiful, seeing the talented creatures from everywhere that just happen to find their way to this show.

March and April are proving to be very busy months here in the lair of the Monstark. New comics and paintings are happening right now, and more are coming next month. I'll have new stuff at both the WonderCon and Stumptown shows. Is anyone out there sleeping? Does sleep still exist? Perhaps one day I'll work that back into my schedule...

 


 

FARE THEE WELL, 2012
2012.DEC.31

Friends, fans and patrons,

I'd like to thank you all for your support in 2012. For me, the good parts of this year have really revolved around my art, and all that has come out of it - new friends, art buddies, fun experiences and awesome projects. Whatever else has been thrown at me the past year, I've realized that my creative life has been the one thing I could count on, the one element of my life that's been most fulfilling. If you are reading this, most likely you have been a part of it all, and I appreciate that.

I look forward to seeing you again in 2013! Cheers!

-Mark

cheers from Monstark Studios

 


 

BACK IN BUSINESS
2012.DEC.15

Yes sir/madam/insert your gender identification, monstark.com has been rather inactive this last quarter of 2012. Your friendly neighborhood Monstark has been beset on all sides, and all at once, by some of the most productivity-sapping vexations linked to life on this planet - but I have come through all of it ready to TCB ("Take Care of Business," for the Elvis-impaired)!

Monstark Studios has moved! I have a wonderful new studio space, and some new creative tools to go with it. This means that (and here's where the plural "Studios" part of the name comes in) you'll soon see/hear some video/music creations from yours truly. You'll laff, you'll cry, you'll throw double-fisted metal horns!

I have 2-4 new comics/zines planned for 2013. For my early 2013 shows in California and the Pacific northwest, I plan to unleash a couple of them, and we'll see where things go after that.

More fun stuff is always happening at my Facebook page and profile. Join us...

 


 

ON JUXTAPOZ.COM
2012.SEP.28

Today the Juxtapoz Magazine website posted a short article featuring some of my work. Marvelous! Thanks, Juxta-people!

See it here: The Illustrations of Monstark


Here's the image they chose for the cover and for their Facebook page:



You can always go to my Store to see my newest stuff. I've just added a couple of new limited-edition art prints:



 


 

CATCHING UP, PART TWO
2012.SEP.16

In September I returned to the San Francisco Zine Fest, a show I always look forward to. I was so excited, I spontaneously wolfed out!


Photo by Cait Adkins.

A week after Zine Fest, I traveled to the east coast for the Baltimore Comic-Con. Baltimore was beautiful, and I loved the crowd and the great creators I met. I can't wait to do another east coast show!

APE in San Francisco is coming up soon, and I'll have new things to announce for that show. Meanwhile, I'm always posting on my Facebook profile/fan page and Twitter, including my weird, near-daily doodles.


Near-daily doodles.

 


 

CATCHING UP, PART ONE
2012.SEP.16

I've done a lot in the past 4-5 months, I've just been terrible about mentioning it here!

In May, I exhibited at FanimeCon, which as usual was smashing. I also had a piece in CRAYnial, an art show at Big Umbrella Studios, for which I transformed a cute little Boombot speaker into a "Meate Beaste."


Before, After.

In June, I returned to Sacramento for the first time in a long while for Sac-Con. One of the highlights (actually, part of the reason I was there) was getting to meet Vince Locke, artist for Cannibal Corpse, Deadworld and many other things!


That's me on the left. Then me again, living dead version, on the far right.

I spent the rest of the summer working on some fun stuff I'll write about later!

 


 

MONSTERS & DAMES/MINTCONDITION
2012.APR.09

Thanks, Seattle and Anaheim, for all the love!

Here's a (bad) photo of my image on the Monsters & Dames book (back cover):



And here's a photo of "I Want Your Skrulls," my piece for the MINTcondition art show at Ltd. Art Gallery (yes, that's a Skrull transforming by ripping off his human face):



There are still a few Monsters & Dames books left here, and my "I Want Your Skrulls" original 12"x16" painting is for sale if you contact me. Both images are now available at shows as limited art prints!

 


 

WONDERCON / EMERALD CITY COMICON...AND SPELLING
2012.MAR.14

I've got two big shows in a row, with a couple of special events!

I'm exhibiting at WonderCon in just a couple of days, at its new location (Anaheim, CA). I'll be in the Artists'* Alley, table 130 - with my new red monster mask! I think I'll be positioned right next to a fire extinguisher station, so if you're in the LA area, want to see some monstrous new art and suddenly find yourself on fire, come find my table!

Two weeks after WonderCon, I'll be at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. I'll be in the Artist* Alley, at table G-19. Think of it as your winning Bingo number.




There are two special events I'm involved in that coincide with Emerald City Comicon:

First, my art will be included in/on/under/around the annual Monsters & Dames art book! Sales of the book go to support the Seattle Children's Hospital. The book itself includes work from a ton of marvelous artists, is exclusive to this show, and will surely sell out!

Second, I'll have a piece in MINTcondition: a Comic Book inspired art show at the Ltd. Art Gallery! Opening reception is Friday, March 30 and the gallery is within stumbling distance of the convention center.




Closer to ECCC I will unveil the new art, and after the show I will have prints available of both images! Oh - and if you were my Facebook friend, you would know that I've already been posting previews of the new stuff there. *hint*

I've got more shows lined up already, so I hope to see you out there!

*seems to be spelled a different way at every show. Don't start to notice it, though, it'll drive you insane.

 


 

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