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”

comicsworkbook
ladiesmakingcomics:

Lady Creator Profile:
Tarpé Mills (1915–1988) was the pseudonym of comic book creator June Mills, one of the first major female comics artists. She is best known for her action comic strip, Miss Fury, the first female action hero created by a woman.
Born June Tarpé Mills, she signed her work by her middle name “Tarpé” to conceal her gender. She received her education at the Pratt Institute in New York. Mills created several action comics characters: Devil’s Dust, The Cat Man, The Purple Zombie and Daredevil Barry Finn, before creating her most remembered character, Miss Fury, in 1941.
The Miss Fury comic strip began April 6, 1941. A character based loosely on Mills’ own appearance, the artwork was created in a glamorous style with considerable attention placed on the heroine’s outfits. As the strip became more popular, it eventually became public knowledge its creator was a woman.  Timely Comics, predecessor to Marvel Comics, reprinted the Sunday strips in comic book form from 1942 to 1946.  Miss Fury ran until 1952, when Tarpé Mills mostly retired from the comics industry, though she briefly returned in 1971 with Our Love Story for Marvel Comics. She died in 1988.
[Source: Wikipedia]

The art inspiration for my "STONEWALL: Miss Venus" comic (click thorough the first issue). Very talented, interesting artist!

ladiesmakingcomics:

Lady Creator Profile:

Tarpé Mills (1915–1988) was the pseudonym of comic book creator June Mills, one of the first major female comics artists. She is best known for her action comic strip, Miss Fury, the first female action hero created by a woman.

Born June Tarpé Mills, she signed her work by her middle name “Tarpé” to conceal her gender. She received her education at the Pratt Institute in New York. Mills created several action comics characters: Devil’s Dust, The Cat Man, The Purple Zombie and Daredevil Barry Finn, before creating her most remembered character, Miss Fury, in 1941.

The Miss Fury comic strip began April 6, 1941. A character based loosely on Mills’ own appearance, the artwork was created in a glamorous style with considerable attention placed on the heroine’s outfits. As the strip became more popular, it eventually became public knowledge its creator was a woman.  Timely Comics, predecessor to Marvel Comics, reprinted the Sunday strips in comic book form from 1942 to 1946.  Miss Fury ran until 1952, when Tarpé Mills mostly retired from the comics industry, though she briefly returned in 1971 with Our Love Story for Marvel Comics. She died in 1988.

[Source: Wikipedia]

The art inspiration for my "STONEWALL: Miss Venus" comic (click thorough the first issue). Very talented, interesting artist!

HEY NEW YORKERS!
I’m pleased to announce my first solo gallery show, opening tomorrow evening at BE GALLERY NYC (15 West 39th St, 11th Floor)
I’m showing my best comics/illustration work of the last 3 years, and will be selling many affordable prints of everything ($10-$20 each), as well as comic books. This is also an exclusive chance to see all my new pieces for MAPLE KEY COMICS which aren’t available anywhere online yet! I’m very proud of all this colorful queer art, and would love to share it with everyone over a lovely glass of wine. Please share and promote!! 
SO If you are in NY and have a chance tomorrow evening (7-10pm), PLEASE stop by to shmooze and drink wine. If not, come by any time before May 8th to see the exhibit. 

HEY NEW YORKERS!

I’m pleased to announce my first solo gallery show, opening tomorrow evening at BE GALLERY NYC (15 West 39th St, 11th Floor)

I’m showing my best comics/illustration work of the last 3 years, and will be selling many affordable prints of everything ($10-$20 each), as well as comic books. This is also an exclusive chance to see all my new pieces for MAPLE KEY COMICS which aren’t available anywhere online yet! I’m very proud of all this colorful queer art, and would love to share it with everyone over a lovely glass of wine. Please share and promote!!

SO If you are in NY and have a chance tomorrow evening (7-10pm), PLEASE stop by to shmooze and drink wine. If not, come by any time before May 8th to see the exhibit. 

Getting some prints from Stonewall together for sale (8$ each, and soooo worth it!).
Come get some (and also watch a surprise drag performance by yours truly) at  The Brooklyn ‘LIVE ART’ Market TONIGHT at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope.
Featuring the art work of Me, aprilmalig, ma2yuki, and counterintuitivecomics, some of my best art friends in the world!! Come for the art, stay for the performances, the food, and the drinks!!
 The first of a quarterly event in 2014, ‘LIVE ART’ is a collaboration of some of the best alternative art practitioners in Brooklyn. Contemporary circus, production, physical theater, dance, visual art, and music will take over what was once Public Bath #7 at the Brooklyn Lyceum.  This dark, immersive event will engage audiences within a unique promenade style. The audience will be invited to traverse the Brooklyn Lyceum and discover exciting new work on a visceral level, sampling a variety of in-development work for many of the participating artists. 
Tickets are available for $15 pre-sale, $20 door, with doors opening to the public at 7:00pm on March 1st. To purchase tickets or find more information, please visit www.circletheaterny.org CTNY Is: PRODUCTION. MUSIC. ART. PARTY. @thectny #bkliveartwww.circletheaterny.org

Getting some prints from Stonewall together for sale (8$ each, and soooo worth it!).

Come get some (and also watch a surprise drag performance by yours truly) at  The Brooklyn ‘LIVE ART’ Market TONIGHT at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope.

Featuring the art work of Me, aprilmalig, ma2yuki, and counterintuitivecomics, some of my best art friends in the world!! Come for the art, stay for the performances, the food, and the drinks!!

The first of a quarterly event in 2014, ‘LIVE ART’ is a collaboration of some of the best alternative art practitioners in Brooklyn. Contemporary circus, production, physical theater, dance, visual art, and music will take over what was once Public Bath #7 at the Brooklyn Lyceum.

This dark, immersive event will engage audiences within a unique promenade style. The audience will be invited to traverse the Brooklyn Lyceum and discover exciting new work on a visceral level, sampling a variety of in-development work for many of the participating artists.

Tickets are available for $15 pre-sale, $20 door, with doors opening to the public at 7:00pm on March 1st. To purchase tickets or find more information, please visit www.circletheaterny.org

CTNY Is:
PRODUCTION. MUSIC. ART. PARTY.

@thectny
#bkliveart
www.circletheaterny.org

robkirbycomics
robkirbycomics:

qu33rrob:

Ok, one more time, the first event for the big QU33R anthology I edited is tonight, 2/28/14, at Jim Hanley’s Comics in NEW YORK CITY from 6-8 pm. Again: comics greats Jen Camper, L. Nichols, Eric Orner, Carlo Quispe, Sasha Steinberg, and Ivan Velez, Jr. will all be there. I hear they’ll even be signing body parts! (Upon request, of course.) Wish I could be there, it’s going to be a lot of fun!  

Go to this go to this  :O)

This is happening tonight!! Come support, mingle, and party!

robkirbycomics:

qu33rrob:

Ok, one more time, the first event for the big QU33R anthology I edited is tonight, 2/28/14, at Jim Hanley’s Comics in NEW YORK CITY from 6-8 pm. Again: comics greats Jen Camper, L. Nichols, Eric Orner, Carlo Quispe, Sasha Steinberg, and Ivan Velez, Jr. will all be there. I hear they’ll even be signing body parts! (Upon request, of course.) Wish I could be there, it’s going to be a lot of fun!  

Go to this go to this  :O)

This is happening tonight!! Come support, mingle, and party!

befluentnyc
befluentnyc:

WHEREDYA GET THAT OUTFIT?
It’s from all over. This bow tie and necklace are vintage. Black sweater and hat are H&M. I love these pants, but they are unfortunately from Forever 21. I think this is their third year. So they are near the end of their life. They are so comfortable, and I love the fabric. But as everyone knows, the clothes at that store are not well-made. I’ve had to stitch up at least three different holes in them. It’s worth it because I have never seen any pants like this. I think they look really fashionable. But 3 years is definitely a record for clothes from that store. Their clothes usually don’t last that long.

I love the pants in combination with the long button down shirt. Talk about “power-clashing!”
I found this shirt in a small vintage store in my hometown. It was only five dollars! I think it’s actually a woman’s dress from the 80s. It had shoulder pads in it when I bought it. But I think it looks really high-fashion as a man’s tunic. And it has a black and white tropical leopard print on it! What’s not to love?

How would you describe the style of this outfit? What is the fashion statement?
That’s a tough question. My style is definitely eclectic. But I think all of my looks have a 1920s or 1930s element in them. That’s why I have the bow tie and the gold bolo necklace today. And the leather shoes. So it’s vintage mixed in with a lot of modern, wild, clubby elements. And yeah, I love prints! So I would describe this look as: 1930s-inspired club kid. Maybe?

Sounds good to me! Why do you like the 20s and 30s?
I think that era was really elegant. The materials were high-quality, the designs were modest but fashionable. And they really had a flair for layering and accessories. So it’s perfect for winter! Also, fashion at that time (especially the 20s) was really revolutionary. Much more so than now, I think. They came up with crazy textiles and beautiful new shapes all the time. Fashion trends were actually newsworthy in those days. I think we’re more in recycling mode now. And obviously I’m recycling vintage trends too, but with a lot of admiration!
Why did you choose to wear this today?
I’m going to a party tonight after work so I needed something that would really transition from day to night. I love black and white patterns, because even if they are really wild, they still look kind of reasonable. I think this outfit stands out, but not too much. I feel very comfortable, but also elegant. And I feel playful, but also serious.

I love that. Enjoy your party! 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



A little fashion profile of moi for Be Fluent NYC (where I work). I wore this outfit to the drag race premiere in NYC!

befluentnyc:

WHEREDYA GET THAT OUTFIT?

It’s from all over. This bow tie and necklace are vintage. Black sweater and hat are H&M. I love these pants, but they are unfortunately from Forever 21. I think this is their third year. So they are near the end of their life. They are so comfortable, and I love the fabric. But as everyone knows, the clothes at that store are not well-made. I’ve had to stitch up at least three different holes in them. It’s worth it because I have never seen any pants like this. I think they look really fashionable. But 3 years is definitely a record for clothes from that store. Their clothes usually don’t last that long.

I love the pants in combination with the long button down shirt. Talk about “power-clashing!”

I found this shirt in a small vintage store in my hometown. It was only five dollars! I think it’s actually a woman’s dress from the 80s. It had shoulder pads in it when I bought it. But I think it looks really high-fashion as a man’s tunic. And it has a black and white tropical leopard print on it! What’s not to love?

How would you describe the style of this outfit? What is the fashion statement?

That’s a tough question. My style is definitely eclectic. But I think all of my looks have a 1920s or 1930s element in them. That’s why I have the bow tie and the gold bolo necklace today. And the leather shoes. So it’s vintage mixed in with a lot of modern, wild, clubby elements. And yeah, I love prints! So I would describe this look as: 1930s-inspired club kid. Maybe?

Sounds good to me! Why do you like the 20s and 30s?

I think that era was really elegant. The materials were high-quality, the designs were modest but fashionable. And they really had a flair for layering and accessories. So it’s perfect for winter! Also, fashion at that time (especially the 20s) was really revolutionary. Much more so than now, I think. They came up with crazy textiles and beautiful new shapes all the time. Fashion trends were actually newsworthy in those days. I think we’re more in recycling mode now. And obviously I’m recycling vintage trends too, but with a lot of admiration!

Why did you choose to wear this today?

I’m going to a party tonight after work so I needed something that would really transition from day to night. I love black and white patterns, because even if they are really wild, they still look kind of reasonable. I think this outfit stands out, but not too much. I feel very comfortable, but also elegant. And I feel playful, but also serious.

I love that. Enjoy your party! 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

A little fashion profile of moi for Be Fluent NYC (where I work). I wore this outfit to the drag race premiere in NYC!

maplekeycomics

maplekeycomics:

We here at Maple Key Comics are pleased as punch to announce the participation of Msr. Sasha Steinberg ( sahsashas ) in our humble publication! Steinberg’s contribution is a mystery story about queer New York club kids entitled “The Disappearance of Pepper Stein.” The game will be afoot for the first six issues of Maple Key Comics.

OMG SO PRO. From "The Disappearance of Pepper Stein" Pt. 1

Steinberg’s previous work has graced the pages of anthologies Queerotica, QU33R, and loads of others. Also worthy of note is his ongoing series Stonewall, a style-switching slightly fictionalized retelling of the events of the 1969 Stonewall riots. Steinberg’s previous work has been characterized by pitch-perfect imitations of classic cartoonists’ styles; but for this project, he says he’s been allowing himself to be a little more relaxed in his style.
“The Disappearance of Pepper Stein” definitely looks different then my other stuff…more modern, more high-fashion, more messy.” Steinberg said. “It’s either wonderful or terrible, I’m not sure, but i think people are going to enjoy it.”

Mosaic of images from "the Disappearance of Pepper Stein"

If the above images are any indication, “Pepper Stein” is going to be absolutely gorgeous.
You can see more of Steinberg’s work at his tumblr or at his website.
Help us get “The Disappearance of Pepper Stein” onto your bookshelf by backing our Kickstarter! We’d really appreciate it—and you’ll get mentioned in the first issue!

Check out some sample pages from my story in MapleKeyComics. I’m really excited about this, guys. Please support this anthology on Kickstarter and get ready for all its awesome stories!!!