maplekeycomics
maplekeycomics:

Maple Key 4 is coming very, very soon, darlings! Feast your eyes on the beautiful cover art by Sasha Steinberg.MK4 marks the debut of several brand spanking new three-part stories from Ian Richardson, Carl Antonowicz, Luke Healy, and Stephanie Zuppo, as well as the continuations of Ignatz-award winner Sophie Goldstein’s the Oven, Luke Howard’s Talk Dirty to Me, Joyana McDiarmid’s Hale, and Sasha Steinberg’s The Disappearance of Pepper Stein, and Rachel Lindsay’s Rachel Lives Here Now. PRE-ORDER ISSUE 4 TODAY!
Or, even better, save yourself $9 and get a subscription for issues 4-6.

My cover art for MK no.4

maplekeycomics:

Maple Key 4 is coming very, very soon, darlings! Feast your eyes on the beautiful cover art by Sasha Steinberg.

MK4 marks the debut of several brand spanking new three-part stories from Ian Richardson, Carl Antonowicz, Luke Healy, and Stephanie Zuppo, as well as the continuations of Ignatz-award winner Sophie Goldstein’s the Oven, Luke Howard’s Talk Dirty to Me, Joyana McDiarmid’s Hale, and Sasha Steinberg’s The Disappearance of Pepper Stein, and Rachel Lindsay’s Rachel Lives Here Now.

PRE-ORDER ISSUE 4 TODAY!

Or, even better, save yourself $9 and get a subscription for issues 4-6.

My cover art for MK no.4

neil-gaiman

toon-books:

It’s starting to look like Halloween in the TOON Books office! Head of Production, Sasha Steinberg, is using some terrifying scissors to build a model of a seasonal Hansel & Gretel window (look for it at McNally Jackson in NYC on October 16th)

Hansel & Gretel (by Neil Gaiman and Lorenzo Mattotti) will be released on October 28, 2014. Join artist Lorenzo Mattotti for a signing in NYC at McNally Jackson on November 1st at 11:30AM!

NBD, Neil Gaiman just reblogged my face. I love my job.

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!!)