robkirbycomics

robkirbycomics:

The book I edited, QU33R (2014, Northwest Press) has been nominated for an Ignatz Award, in the Outstanding Anthology or Collection category, at SPX this weekend!

Here’s another smattering of excerpts from the book that I’m running this week to celebrate. Today’s theme is DRAG QUEENS, as lovingly depicted from top to bottom (snigger) by the lovely Sasha Steinberg (aka Sasha Velour), glamorous Eric Kostiuk Williams, and brilliant Michael Fahy (who also drew the amazing cover art). 

QU33R will be on sale at SPX both days from the great ED “Wuvable Oaf” LUCE at table K7!  

Yes! Drag is the best theme!!

vymmagazine
vymmagazine:

lgbtq-spx:

Greetings and Adulation from the House of Velour!
We (Johnny and Sasha Velour) will be debuting our first joint publication at SPX, Vym. Vym, is an art magazine about drag! In Vym, we want to present drag as both a stylized art form and a political action. It is an act rich in both theatre and theory, tied to legacies of sequins and masks, but engaged with issues of gender, race, and class. Drag is something that everyone recognizes, but not everyone knows. We hope to change that. 
Our preview issue is 36 color pages full of essays and art (comics, photography, and collage) and will be found with us at table L6! It features works by both LGBTQ and Allied artists: Jon Chad, Laurel Lynn Leake, Eric Kostiuk WIlliams, and John Lisle to name a few!
About Us:
Artistic Director: Sasha Velour (Sasha Steinberg) is a comics artist and drag queen. Sasha is particularly interested in developing queer literary comics, and is currently working on an epic graphic novel about the Stonewall uprising of 1969 which he is releasing serialy. His works can be found in QU33R, Comics Workbook Magazine, Suspect Device (#3 & #4), and Maple Key Comics.
Editorial Director: Johnny Velour (John Jacob Lee) is a stage performer who spent the majority of his twenties dancing across the country in a pair of gold high heels. He received warm notices for his portrayal of George in the stage version of The Wedding Singer (a role created for the screen by Alexis Arquette). He also acts as choreography consultant, personal milliner, and boyfriend to Sasha Velour. This is Johnny’s first and Sasha’s third time exhibiting at SPX.
Pop by (L6) and give us a kiss, Darlings!

We are so proud to be part of the queer presence at SPX this year! 

Thanks tonybreed for putting together this list of wonderful queer people!

Very excited about this! Can’t wait to share VYM with the world, we’ve put so much love and so many ideas into this project!! Yay dreams come true!

vymmagazine:

lgbtq-spx:

Greetings and Adulation from the House of Velour!

We (Johnny and Sasha Velour) will be debuting our first joint publication at SPX, Vym. Vym, is an art magazine about drag! In Vym, we want to present drag as both a stylized art form and a political action. It is an act rich in both theatre and theory, tied to legacies of sequins and masks, but engaged with issues of gender, race, and class. Drag is something that everyone recognizes, but not everyone knows. We hope to change that. 

Our preview issue is 36 color pages full of essays and art (comics, photography, and collage) and will be found with us at table L6! It features works by both LGBTQ and Allied artists: Jon Chad, Laurel Lynn Leake, Eric Kostiuk WIlliams, and John Lisle to name a few!

About Us:

Artistic Director: Sasha Velour (Sasha Steinberg) is a comics artist and drag queen. Sasha is particularly interested in developing queer literary comics, and is currently working on an epic graphic novel about the Stonewall uprising of 1969 which he is releasing serialy. His works can be found in QU33R, Comics Workbook Magazine, Suspect Device (#3 & #4), and Maple Key Comics.

Editorial Director: Johnny Velour (John Jacob Lee) is a stage performer who spent the majority of his twenties dancing across the country in a pair of gold high heels. He received warm notices for his portrayal of George in the stage version of The Wedding Singer (a role created for the screen by Alexis Arquette). He also acts as choreography consultant, personal milliner, and boyfriend to Sasha Velour. This is Johnny’s first and Sasha’s third time exhibiting at SPX.

Pop by (L6) and give us a kiss, Darlings!

We are so proud to be part of the queer presence at SPX this year! Thanks tonybreed for putting together this list of wonderful queer people!

Very excited about this! Can’t wait to share VYM with the world, we’ve put so much love and so many ideas into this project!! Yay dreams come true!

befluentnyc
befluentnyc:

WHEREDYA GET THOSE NECKLACES?

These are made by an amazing artist I met about a month ago! She lives in Brooklyn. Her name is Becca, and her brand is called “Ultra Terrestrial.” I actually met her at a comics convention in Chicago, but she sells all of her stuff online.

What does “Ultra Terrestrial” mean? Is that like “extra terrestrial,” an alien?

Well…I had to look it up in the dictionary, but apparently it’s anything that’s supernatural but NOT an alien. It has to come from this planet. So it’s a mix of the familiar and the strange. It’s a pretty intriguing name, and I think it suits the art style perfectly.

How would you describe the style?

It’s definitely a mix of pop art and psychedelia. You get these bright colors and cartoony lines, which are so pleasing to my eyes! Some things seem a bit vintage, or maybe they just remind me of my 90s childhood, when everything was a million colors at once. There’s a mystical element too, and I kind of see these necklaces as power totems, too.

Are the necklaces made from wood?

Yeah, they are laser cut from wood. I think it adds a really interesting earthy organic-ness to them. The typical material choice for this style of jewelry would probably be plastic. So I think making them out of wood is kind of surprising. It makes it feel very handmade, like a countryside craft, or something. I was reading that the artist designs the jewelry out of Shrinky Dinks, first, and then has them produced in wood.

What are Shrinky Dinks?

Shrinky Dinks were a children’s toy and activity kit that were really popular in the 80s and 90s. They are basically large flexible sheets of plastic that you can cut and color by hand. Then you heat them in an oven, and they shrink to small hard plates without changing their color or shape. It can be a really simple and stylish way to make your own jewelry. I haven’t done it since I was really little, but I want to try it again!

You should! I’m curious why you decided to wear these necklaces today…

I’ve really been in an all black mood recently. I always kind of lean in that direction, but for the last few weeks I haven’t wanted to wear my colored shirts or pants at all. People joke about New Yorkers wearing all black, but it actually makes a lot of sense to me. Black is extremely stylish, and it’s so easy to wear. I think it’s perfect for summer, because it doesn’t show any sweat! But you have to spice it up, or it looks unoriginal. So I try to wear unique silhouettes. And I always gravitate toward colorful accessories. My socks are always bright and fun, I have my red glasses, and I love necklaces like this. Also, this is a secret, but I always match my underwear to my accessories too!

Wow! Ok, last question: do you have a philosophy about fashion, any advice for people?

I don’t think there are any rules about fashion. Fashion shouldn’t be work, it should be play. You should enjoy picking out what you are going to wear, and then enjoy wearing it. I know that not everyone enjoys fashion equally, but for me, it’s part of what motivates me, and makes me excited about the day. Even if it’s just my socks, I try to always be wearing something that I love. I also think that it doesn’t matter what size or color you are. If you want to pull something off, all you have to do is tell yourself you look good, and wear it with intention!

I love that! Such a positive message! Thanks, Sasha!

"Wheredya Get That?" is a weekly feature on the Be Fluent NYC tumblr. If you would like to be interviewed and photographed for this feature, please speak to Sasha, Masha, or Courtney!

Images and Text © Be Fluent NYC, 2014



Interview I did at work today!

befluentnyc:

WHEREDYA GET THOSE NECKLACES?

These are made by an amazing artist I met about a month ago! She lives in Brooklyn. Her name is Becca, and her brand is called “Ultra Terrestrial.” I actually met her at a comics convention in Chicago, but she sells all of her stuff online.

What does “Ultra Terrestrial” mean? Is that like “extra terrestrial,” an alien?

Well…I had to look it up in the dictionary, but apparently it’s anything that’s supernatural but NOT an alien. It has to come from this planet. So it’s a mix of the familiar and the strange. It’s a pretty intriguing name, and I think it suits the art style perfectly.

How would you describe the style?

It’s definitely a mix of pop art and psychedelia. You get these bright colors and cartoony lines, which are so pleasing to my eyes! Some things seem a bit vintage, or maybe they just remind me of my 90s childhood, when everything was a million colors at once. There’s a mystical element too, and I kind of see these necklaces as power totems, too.

Are the necklaces made from wood?

Yeah, they are laser cut from wood. I think it adds a really interesting earthy organic-ness to them. The typical material choice for this style of jewelry would probably be plastic. So I think making them out of wood is kind of surprising. It makes it feel very handmade, like a countryside craft, or something. I was reading that the artist designs the jewelry out of Shrinky Dinks, first, and then has them produced in wood.

What are Shrinky Dinks?

Shrinky Dinks were a children’s toy and activity kit that were really popular in the 80s and 90s. They are basically large flexible sheets of plastic that you can cut and color by hand. Then you heat them in an oven, and they shrink to small hard plates without changing their color or shape. It can be a really simple and stylish way to make your own jewelry. I haven’t done it since I was really little, but I want to try it again!

You should! I’m curious why you decided to wear these necklaces today…

I’ve really been in an all black mood recently. I always kind of lean in that direction, but for the last few weeks I haven’t wanted to wear my colored shirts or pants at all. People joke about New Yorkers wearing all black, but it actually makes a lot of sense to me. Black is extremely stylish, and it’s so easy to wear. I think it’s perfect for summer, because it doesn’t show any sweat! But you have to spice it up, or it looks unoriginal. So I try to wear unique silhouettes. And I always gravitate toward colorful accessories. My socks are always bright and fun, I have my red glasses, and I love necklaces like this. Also, this is a secret, but I always match my underwear to my accessories too!

Wow! Ok, last question: do you have a philosophy about fashion, any advice for people?

I don’t think there are any rules about fashion. Fashion shouldn’t be work, it should be play. You should enjoy picking out what you are going to wear, and then enjoy wearing it. I know that not everyone enjoys fashion equally, but for me, it’s part of what motivates me, and makes me excited about the day. Even if it’s just my socks, I try to always be wearing something that I love. I also think that it doesn’t matter what size or color you are. If you want to pull something off, all you have to do is tell yourself you look good, and wear it with intention!

I love that! Such a positive message! Thanks, Sasha!

"Wheredya Get That?" is a weekly feature on the Be Fluent NYC tumblr. If you would like to be interviewed and photographed for this feature, please speak to Sasha, Masha, or Courtney!

Images and Text © Be Fluent NYC, 2014

Interview I did at work today!

These glamorous “Stonewall Heroines” will make the perfect decoration for your boudoir, office, vanity. Be inspired by both real and fictional figures (including Sylvia Rivera, Tammy Novak, and the recently passed Storme Delarverie) who bravely questioned the rules of gender and sex, of law and order, and of freedom itself in the late 1960s and beyond. Each poster is approximately 11x11 inches, and features an excerpted panel from one of my STONEWALL comics.The posters will be available in a limited artist print run at CAKE in Chicago this weekend, and after will be available at my website. At just 10$, these are truly a steal. Take it in darlings, take all of these posters in!!

These glamorous “Stonewall Heroines” will make the perfect decoration for your boudoir, office, vanity. Be inspired by both real and fictional figures (including Sylvia Rivera, Tammy Novak, and the recently passed Storme Delarverie) who bravely questioned the rules of gender and sex, of law and order, and of freedom itself in the late 1960s and beyond. Each poster is approximately 11x11 inches, and features an excerpted panel from one of my STONEWALL comics.

The posters will be available in a limited artist print run at CAKE in Chicago this weekend, and after will be available at my website. At just 10$, these are truly a steal. Take it in darlings, take all of these posters in!!

Come one, come all! Check out all my best books this weekend (TOMORROW) in Chicago ILLINOIS at CAKE [located conveniently right in the heart of Boystown:)]. 
I’ll be selling all three published volumes of my STONEWALL series (each one is a complete “story” within a 9-part multi-strain queer epic).
Also, for the first time in America (‘cause I already sold out of the first print run in Canada)…I proudly present “Sasha Velour,” a mini-anthology about the drag queen persona I kind of invented for a comic in Rob Kirby’s QU33R, but have since turned into in real life. Lots of new stuff in many different styles (including my first ever hand-painted comic [pictured above]).
Come find me at CAKE (TABLE 87A, right next to counterintuitivecomics…we will be selling the next issue of maplekeycomics together!!)

Come one, come all! Check out all my best books this weekend (TOMORROW) in Chicago ILLINOIS at CAKE [located conveniently right in the heart of Boystown:)].

I’ll be selling all three published volumes of my STONEWALL series (each one is a complete “story” within a 9-part multi-strain queer epic).

Also, for the first time in America (‘cause I already sold out of the first print run in Canada)…I proudly present “Sasha Velour,” a mini-anthology about the drag queen persona I kind of invented for a comic in Rob Kirby’s QU33R, but have since turned into in real life. Lots of new stuff in many different styles (including my first ever hand-painted comic [pictured above]).

Come find me at CAKE (TABLE 87A, right next to counterintuitivecomics…we will be selling the next issue of maplekeycomics together!!)

counterintuitivecomics
counterintuitivecomics:

I’m going to CAKE in Chicago this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited!  Just look at this amazing neighborhood of comics friends I’ll be tabling next to - dogcitypress, redinkradio, sahsashas, geewebber, and kevinczap, just fer starters. I’ll be there with copies of my Deep Forest series, All Rumors Are True, L3no2, Maple Key Comics, prints galore, and my brand spanking new mini Poly Morphous ta boot, which you’ll be able to purchase at the Counterintuitive Comics Store once the show is over.    
If you’re in Chicago this weekend, you head into CAKE for, oh, NO MONEY BECAUSE IT’S FREE and then strooooll on over to our neck of the woods.  We’ll give ya free stuff C: 

Yes indeed! Come see me and these other cuties at CAKE!

counterintuitivecomics:

I’m going to CAKE in Chicago this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited!  Just look at this amazing neighborhood of comics friends I’ll be tabling next to - dogcitypress, redinkradio, sahsashas, geewebber, and kevinczap, just fer starters. I’ll be there with copies of my Deep Forest series, All Rumors Are True, L3no2, Maple Key Comics, prints galore, and my brand spanking new mini Poly Morphous ta boot, which you’ll be able to purchase at the Counterintuitive Comics Store once the show is over.    

If you’re in Chicago this weekend, you head into CAKE for, oh, NO MONEY BECAUSE IT’S FREE and then strooooll on over to our neck of the woods.  We’ll give ya free stuff C: 

Yes indeed! Come see me and these other cuties at CAKE!

befluentnyc
befluentnyc:

WHEREDYA GET THAT RING?
Art Show Edition: Featuring SASHA VELOUR

Oh this? This is just a powerful crystal from the planet Quorzen (also known as “New Earth”!). It’s from the future. Very “Science Fiction,” I know. But it’s all true. Everything on Quorzen is made of crystal, even the people.

Are you made of crystal?
Of course! That’s why I look so flawless! Ha ha! But seriously… This ring is amazing. And it’s not just beautiful… It’s actually vibrating microscopically, which produces a large amount of energy. Very, very powerful. This ring was originally part of my spaceship’s engine, but I stole it. Here on earth, I’ve discovered, it can actually shoot lasers. So it’s extremely useful, as you can imagine.

It shoots lasers!? So it’s a weapon…
Not at all! The lasers don’t hurt. I’m told that they kind of tickle. The lasers shoot vibrations into the crystal structure that underlies all matter here on earth. Humans, animals, plastics, wood, stone…everything has its own kind of crystal structure. The vibrations from my ring can rearrange the crystals in any form, and turn it into something more…ummm…glamorous.

What? This ring can transform things?
Absolutely. Just the other day I shot lasers at a Wal-Mart and turned it into a fabulous jungle with palm trees and lots of beautiful crystals. And I transformed a boring little man into a perfect unicorn. Improvements all around!

So you’re a kind of glamour terrorist…
Thank you.

Ha ha! You have a very distinctive look: wig, heels, fur. How do you describe your style?
Well, most people call me a drag queen. I like that just fine. I wear many kinds of looks…feminine, punk, dandy, vintage…none of them are really “authentic.” I think that all of my looks could be considered “drag.” I mean: I’m not a man or a woman. I’m a genderless time-travelling crystal alien from the future. But that sometimes overwhelms folks.

I can see why…
And the real truth is that I’m just like you. And just like you, I have many different identities…professional, romantic, casual, social, etc. Fashion is one significant part of how I construct those identities and make them real and distinct. I think that’s always the purpose of fashion. It’s always a kind of drag.

Where do you get most of your fashion?
Mostly by stealing. Really! I steal as much as I can. It’s a kind of art form, to steal from big companies and make yourself beautiful. Sometimes, though, I also make my own clothes or forge them with this ring.
Of course! Where can people see you or learn more about you, if they’re interested?
I always love to make new friends! Right now, the best way to learn about me is by checking out the “What’s Your Drag” gallery show at Be Fluent NYC (15 West 39th St, 11th Floor). It features three different stories about my life. I’m all over that place!

Everyone should check it out! Thanks, Sasha Velour!

"Wheredya Get That?" is a weekly feature on the Be Fluent NYC tumblr. If you would like to be interviewed and photographed for this feature, please speak to Sasha, Masha, or Courtney!

Images and Text © Sasha Steinberg, 2014
 


Check out this fun interview “Wheredyagetthat?” did with my comics character and drag alter ego “Sasha Velour”

befluentnyc:

WHEREDYA GET THAT RING?

Art Show Edition: Featuring SASHA VELOUR

Oh this? This is just a powerful crystal from the planet Quorzen (also known as “New Earth”!). It’s from the future. Very “Science Fiction,” I know. But it’s all true. Everything on Quorzen is made of crystal, even the people.

Are you made of crystal?

Of course! That’s why I look so flawless! Ha ha! But seriously… This ring is amazing. And it’s not just beautiful… It’s actually vibrating microscopically, which produces a large amount of energy. Very, very powerful. This ring was originally part of my spaceship’s engine, but I stole it. Here on earth, I’ve discovered, it can actually shoot lasers. So it’s extremely useful, as you can imagine.

It shoots lasers!? So it’s a weapon…

Not at all! The lasers don’t hurt. I’m told that they kind of tickle. The lasers shoot vibrations into the crystal structure that underlies all matter here on earth. Humans, animals, plastics, wood, stone…everything has its own kind of crystal structure. The vibrations from my ring can rearrange the crystals in any form, and turn it into something more…ummm…glamorous.

What? This ring can transform things?

Absolutely. Just the other day I shot lasers at a Wal-Mart and turned it into a fabulous jungle with palm trees and lots of beautiful crystals. And I transformed a boring little man into a perfect unicorn. Improvements all around!

So you’re a kind of glamour terrorist…

Thank you.

Ha ha! You have a very distinctive look: wig, heels, fur. How do you describe your style?

Well, most people call me a drag queen. I like that just fine. I wear many kinds of looks…feminine, punk, dandy, vintage…none of them are really “authentic.” I think that all of my looks could be considered “drag.” I mean: I’m not a man or a woman. I’m a genderless time-travelling crystal alien from the future. But that sometimes overwhelms folks.

I can see why…

And the real truth is that I’m just like you. And just like you, I have many different identities…professional, romantic, casual, social, etc. Fashion is one significant part of how I construct those identities and make them real and distinct. I think that’s always the purpose of fashion. It’s always a kind of drag.

Where do you get most of your fashion?

Mostly by stealing. Really! I steal as much as I can. It’s a kind of art form, to steal from big companies and make yourself beautiful. Sometimes, though, I also make my own clothes or forge them with this ring.

Of course! Where can people see you or learn more about you, if they’re interested?

I always love to make new friends! Right now, the best way to learn about me is by checking out the “What’s Your Drag” gallery show at Be Fluent NYC (15 West 39th St, 11th Floor). It features three different stories about my life. I’m all over that place!

Everyone should check it out! Thanks, Sasha Velour!

"Wheredya Get That?" is a weekly feature on the Be Fluent NYC tumblr. If you would like to be interviewed and photographed for this feature, please speak to Sasha, Masha, or Courtney!

Images and Text © Sasha Steinberg, 2014

 

Check out this fun interview “Wheredyagetthat?” did with my comics character and drag alter ego “Sasha Velour”