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Fridge-Mag.com? Wasn't this site fridge-mag.net?
Yes, yes it was. I recently made a nice new .net page header and everything. Unfortunately the .net domain got lost in transit when I moved the site to a new host. So now it resides here, at the less cleverly-named fridge-mag.com.
On the bright side: I moved to new host because I have plans to do more with this site in the coming year: new projects, new content; a new URL is only fitting. Please update your links and bookmarks and stay tuned!
Yes, this site has come back to life! A little, anyway.
Here's what's going on right now:
I will have a half table at the 2010 Small Press Expo, September 11-12, in Bethesda, MD. If you're there, stop by and say hi. I'll have new Ball Point comics to give away and the latest Turtleneck Boy for $1 (in addition to all my old stuff)
The big comics news around Hamtramck this year is The Amazing Cynicalman: The Movie, a live action feature length film written and directed by Matt Feazell. We just wrapped up filming and entered post-production. The movie features most of your favorite characters from the Cynicalman comic and stars a lot of famliar faces on the Detroit-area minicomcs scene (Jim Mackey, Sean Bieri, Aaron & Pete Trudgeon, Michael Marcus, Gary Freeman... and that's just off the top of my head. I play Lizard Girl. Check into Matt's website periodically and watch the progress!
I have a few pieces up in galleries right now:
Graphic Stories is a collaboration between Green Brain Comics and Oakwood Healthcare's Arts for the Spirit program. Participants in Oakwood's creative writing workshop wrote pieces to accompany art by area cartoonists and the resulting works have been touring around the Oakwood hospital system all year. Catch it at Annapolis Hospital (33115 Annapolis, Wayne, MI) until the end of the month.
Mirth, Mockery and Mayhem: The Michigan Comics Show is a traveling exhibition from Eastern Michigan University and features an impressive collection of cartoonists from the"tri-costal state". Catch it on its final leg of its statewide tour at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson Now through October 31.
If you're anywhere near Hamtramck between now and July 12, head down to Cafe 1923 (2287 Holbrook, Hamtramck) for the latest Hatch exhibit, The Art of Dr. Sketchy Detroit: An exhibit of drawings & photos from the Detroit chapter of Dr.Sketchy's Anti-Art School. I have a number of sketches on the walls, and I'm in the company of some very talented local artists. The opening reception's this Friday, June 6, 6pm - 9pm, with figure drawing in the courtyard, so bring your own sketchbook and join in the fun! For more information on Dr. Sketchy Detroit, head over here.
All the New News is Old News By Now.
Okay, I'm back. If you kept this news page in your browser bookmarks for nearly 2 years waiting for me to update, I am in awe of your patience and I thank you.
Here in Hamtramck...
Hatch: a Hamtramck Art Collective is still going strong. We just took control of a city-owned building and are currently working toward transforming it into an arts center.
I've been an officer and a board member with Hatch for 2 years now. I also write the newsletters, so if you need proof that I'm actually capable of updating something on a regular basis, you can sign up for the "Hatch News and Events" mailing list. Also, check out my online gallery and our shoppe with items for purchase by me & my fellow members.
Gallery Shows, 2006-2008
Getting involved with Hatch has also gotten me making art to hang up on the walls. I had a couple of collage pieces accepted into 2007's juried show, "Hatched!" and participated in last summer's Exquisite Corpse show, described here.
In addition to these, I had the honor of participating in a few great comics-themed group shows. The exhaustive "Leapin' Lizards" ran at Eastern Michigan University from November 2006 to January 2007. Read about it here. This winter, the Creative Arts Center in Pontiac, MI hosted "The American Comic Book: A Detroit Perspective" which saw the debut of eight small watercolor pieces by me.
365(+) Days Late
Fans of Otis Fodder's 2003 365 Days Project probably know this already, but it came back, bigger and better, in 2007, hosted by New Jersey's legendary radio station WFMU. I didn't do the accompanying art this time around, but I contributed a number of records from my collection (to find them, look for "Suzanne Baumann" on this page).
I did, however, create a cover image for this record about toilets. Plus, I illustrated and designed the packaging for a 365 Days-themed data DVD given away as a WFMU premium last year. (The premium's long gone now, but you can read about it at the very bottom of this archived page).
Can't Forget Printed Matter !
In 2006, I had the privilege of interpereting the overheard conversation that gave I Keee You!! A Collection of Overheards its title. The book features real conversations illustrated by over 40 cartoonists, and of course I think it's awesome. Just check out these endpapers!
Not My Small Diary #13, a two-volume issue centering on the theme of "luck", came out in late 2006. I had a 3-page story in there, and just sent in a 2-page story for issue #14 (dating) so be on the lookout for that soon!
Whew. That's about it for now, I think!
Wolver(Zine): Its a new zine fest. I don't know what to expect; all I know is I'll have a table there, 10am - 3pm this Saturday the 26th! If you can't make it there, Im also going to SPX in October, possibly Canzine Toronto, and of course SNAP! in November. Will I have anything new ready for these shows? Hopefully. Im working on it.
Wouldnt You Like to Be a Sketchy, Too?
Several Hamtramck artists & I have been hard at work since winter trying to bring a new arts organization to town: Hatch: a Hamtramck Art Collective. Not much info on the site right now, but be sure to watch this space, as we have big plans! In the meantime, heres the blog for one of our side projects, a Detroit chapter of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Big thanks to Sean Bieri and Sparkly Devil for putting this together.
More Hamtramck goodness in my contribution to the latest issue of MungBeing.
As Eavesdropped, Vol. 2 was released in May. Eight more overheard conversations for your reading enjoyment, only 50 cents! Order here.
While youre checking out the ordering page, why not take advantage of this offer? I had to hike up the price a bit, to keep up with today's postage rates and my ever-expanding catalog, but this new price averages out to $1 per item, which is still pretty good deal, I think.
This section of the site is more like a scraggly desert these days, I know. But sometimes I find something that really needs to be shared. Here ya go.
Comfort Stand: Popping Out
All good things must come to an end, and March 3 and 4 marked the very last Dondero High School Pop Concert (which you may remember from the 365 Days Project). To celebrate, Ive released 7 years worth of earlier concerts on Comfort Stand. The sampler is a good place to start, but that's only the tip of the iceberg. Check out the full concerts on this page.
This is also significant as the eightieth and last release for Comfort Stand Recordings. The hours upon hours of free music will remain online for you, though. Thanks on behalf of the whole staff to all of our enthusiastic, supportive visitors through the years. Now go out and start your own netlabel.
In Other News
Sean Bieri has started a blog! Sean freakin' Bieri! You know, the Popeye-Jesus guy. Go here.
A Little UpdateOld cartoon in the new MungBeing.
Its scaled down considerably for the web, but you can still kinda make out this latest Metro Times illustration.
Comics and illustrations by Sean Bieri, Matt Feazell and myself are on display on the third floor of Hamtramck City Hall (3401 Evaline, Hamtramck) from now through March. Thanks to Chris Schneider and the Hamtramck Beautification Commission for continuing to bring local artists to the attention of the community (and vice versa).
SPACE will be taking place on Saturday, May 13 this year. Yes, I have a table. Do stop by!
The Inevitable Has Finally Come to Pass
Yep. Im posting a picture of my cats. Here they are staring straight into your soul. Thats Tato on the left and Tari on the right. They make a cameo appearance in Turtleneck Boy #5, and Tari shows up in the latest MungBeing, so I figured it was time to show you what they really looked like.
And this page sports a recent (non-cat-related) Metro Times illustration I did, for your holiday enjoyment. Happy new year!
Super Mega Fridge-Mag Update Action Time Fun!
dozens of creators who will happily to talk with you. Brought to you by the good folks at Green Brain, naturally. Read all about it.
New Comics & Illustrations!Okay, Here's the rundown:
Turtleneck Boy #5, 20 pages, nine wonderful cartoonists, only a dollar!
The Beasts of Ball Point, crazy made-up animals with cool names Id never give a real character. Totally free and online!
I have a one panel wordless cartoon in the upcoming 5 OClock Shadow too. Keep yer eyes peeled!
Trick or TreatSpooky Stuff for Halloween:
In the mood for a bizarre low-budget Christian-themed horror movie packed with gratuitous cartoonists? Aw, come on, who isnt? Check out Hamtragic; a new DVD by Janet Komp Hyson and Lisa creator Aaron Trudgeon. Shot on location right here in Hamtramck, MI, Aaron was generous enough (or crazy enough) to cast a bunch of his cartoonist collegues. If you ever wanted to see me dealing drugs on a street corner, here is your chance!
If you missed it last year, you can once again download 2 CDs worth of monster music from the always amazing Oddio Overplay. The comp is called Ghouls With Attitude, I did the cover art, Otis did the mix.
I Bear-ly Remember Drawing This...I met the masterminds behind Strange Thingks Publishing at AMC 2 years ago, and they asked me to contribute to their Post All postcard project. Theyre still accepting submissions, apparently, and the finished ones are up on this page. Scroll all the way down to my contribution, inspired by a student who uttered the immortal line Rarr! Im a bear with pants on! at the 2003 Dondero High School Pop Concert, recounted here.
Speaking of Dondero, this sad bit of news was passed on to me last week. What does this mean for the future of the A Capella Choir? Sheesh, if they take away Pop Concert and the Main Art Theatre, Ill have no reason to go to Royal Oak anymore...
More Hamtramck Graffiti.
Ah yes, good old-fashioned gang rivalry.
Ye hast seen nary an update in 6 months time, but I be back! Thanks to neighbor Katherine for the above photo; shot here in Hamtramck, a rusty treasure island floating in the middle of Detroit. I love living here and, if I were actually good at updating my website, I'd start a blog filled with photos and stories about this place. Luckily, others have had the same idea. It's not all pirates & aluminum siding, you know.
New ComicsMany projects have crossed my drawing table in the past few months. Here are some you can check out right now:
Not My Small Diary, the legendary comics anthology edited by Delaine Derry Green, has now reached its 12th issue. Its huge! I mean, check out all these contibutors. I return after a 5-year absence (maybe 6? I don't remember) with a real late night diary entry written at age 14, newly illustrated in pretty black and white gouache.
I recently completed a comics adaptation of Navajo Lady, the signature song of self-proclamed country music superstar, Mar-tie. The comic appears in the second and latest issue of MungBeing, a big new web magazine thats totally worth your time. Otis Fodder and I represent Comfort Stand Recordings in this section all about outsider music.
Also, check out my panel in the latest issue (no. 16) of Dale Martins comic book, Watusi, the Talking Dog. Dale does the first and last panels of every story, and other cartoonists fill in the middle, one panel at a time. You never know who or what will show up next!
More updates throughout the summer, knock wood!
(Window in a strip mall. Redford, Michigan; 1998)
Looks like someones gotten a little too big for his retail space...
Slow News Month...Thought Id give everyone a peek at where I do my work:
This was taken last May, but things still look about the same. Just picture that little blue table cluttered with inks, pens, and brushes; and picture that chair replaced with something more, um, wheely.
Oh, and the philodendron over the drawing table? Bad idea.
Hello!Poking my head in to direct all you folks to a couple publications where you can see my work right now:
The current issue of The Furnace features Tappity Thump, a one-pager about a guy with a hammer. That's a little detail from the comic on the left.
If youre in Detroit, pick up a copy of the Metro Times and check out the astrology section: I'm drawing the Zodiac symbols. Scorpios in there now, Sagittarius is coming soon. (theyre in the print edition, but dont appear on the MT website. Sorry, out-of towners)
Thats all I got for now. Thanks to everyone who attended the gallery show last month! -SB
October 20042-disc mix CD to get you in the mood. Even if you dont download everything, at least check out the covers, okay? More details here.
Anne Mallory recently approached me with a fun freelance project: draw my interpretations of the caricatures described in her new book, Masquerading the Marquess. Shell be putting them up bit by bit on this page, so take a peek!
Random VegetationI happened upon this note just this morning; scrawled on the back of an old button card, inside a big box of secondhand buttons a trash-picking friend dropped off at my place months ago.
September 2004Padzieski Gallery exhibit From Wham!tramck to Yipes!ilanti, which you can still check out until November 6.
After the seminar, be sure to join us at Green Brain Comics for a 3-hour comic jam (that's where I draw one panel and pass the page to you, you add the next, and by the time the sheet reaches the end of the table we've made a whole story. It's fun.) Bring your pen!
SPX is coming up fast! I have a table and will be there the full 3 days. And please try to catch the Women in Comics panel on Saturday, October 2 -- Ill be speaking!
August 2004press release on Green Brains site. Order page.
I take Paypal payments now, too. This should make things easier on international types and lazy Americans who wont even get up to mail an actual letter. (Actual letters are still welcome.)Incredulous yet, might I suggest starting with the July/August 2004 issue? Youll find a substantial 4-page interview with me in there, among many other delights. Find out all about Ringo and his Lucky Charms. Ordering info here.
You, Only You is Everywhere!...Or so I am told. Apparently, there was a review of my 2002 free mini You, Only You in The Comics Journal last month. Did anyone catch it?
The same comic has also been reprinted in the summer issue of Rosco Magazine. Pick it up for free, if youre in Toronto!
In Other News...I made a magnet. It features a baby alien eating slop. What more could you ask for, really?
July 2004All the files are back, free for the downloading. There are some stunning sounds in there, and a few came from my personal collection (including 2 separate instances of grown men spreading the word of god in a fake little kid voice... hunt for them). Hosting comes courtesy of the incredible UbuWeb, where you could get lost for days in their Outsiders section alone (and you know you wanna). Planet Peezo. In case you havent kept count, this brings the grand total of comics uploaded to this website to 10. Over the course of nearly 3 years. But theyre ten good comics, right?
High quality, low maintenence. Thats my motto.
Speaking of Mottos...Its Independence Day as I type this, but I think the sentiment expressed here is something we Americans can appreciate year round:
(Snapped by me in Cape Town, South Africa; 1993.)
Plugs for 48 HoursHere are a couple takes on my comic, 48 Hours of Pure Entertainment.
A Summer of Appearances!Ill be traveling around all June long! MoCCA again this year, AMC for the first time in ages; heck, Ill probably poke my head into Motor City this weekend, too.
Id especially like to draw everyones attention to the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, OR June 6. Its their first year, and my old Midwest ex-pat pal Indigo Kelleigh is running the show. If youre in the vicinity, stop by and say hello. I think you can still even reserve a table for yourself if you act fast!
From "The World of Teddy Ruxpin: The Airship", published in 1985. I picked this up in '98 as reference for 'One-Lip' Larry but didn't notice this ad copy on the back until now. Apparently, Ruxpin likes the Grunge.
Random VegetationSorting through old clippings lately and found this:
Ernie Bushmiller, of course, 1960s-era, I think. I cut it out years ago to hang in my college dorm room. Im sure it had three more panels, and most likely three rocks. I no longer remember how the full strip goes, but no matter; it works well on its own.
Lotsa news here, and Im scrambling to catch up. Whats been keeping me away all this time? Well, a good cartoonist always lets the picture tell the story...
Photo by Carrie Williams, via the Hamtramck Firefighters site.
the old Fridge-Mag HQ on the right, a little over 3 months ago. Ive
since relocated a couple blocks away, so you can still reach me this
Most of my previously-published comics, both the original art and the computer files, were recovered. Everythings been reprinted, so order all you want.
Unfortunately, many works in progress did not fare as well. A is for Ambroseburg will have to be completely redrawn. Im still not sure when Ill get around to doing this, but sit tight and Ill make it worth your while. Everyones Turtleneck Boy submissions are a little smoky, but in otherwise good shape. Look for TB5 and a new As Eavesdropped on the horizon fairly soon.
Theres also this new comic:
Hours of Pure Entertainment!
With a Cover by Me!
Download your very own copy, artwork and all, from this page, for absolutely free! No excuses: its from Comfort Stand, the record label that wants you to get their stuff for free off the internet. (But if you wanna pay somebody something, why not make a donation to help out with web hosting fees?)
Housewarming Gifts Optional.
Added another comic to the site: Puddin and Pie, which originally appeared in SPIME back in 1996. If those new, made-over Strawberry Shortcake dolls have you longing for the old-school weirdness of the originals, then this is for you.
Lost but Making Good Time
May 20033 Friends Sit Around & Drink Coffee: Film at 11
Theres a mighty fine article about the Hamtramck comics scene (three of us, anyway) in this weeks Metro Times (May 14-21). Mike DaRonco talks to me and the usual gang of hammock rats in Underground Triple Threat. Check it out.
3 is Free Comic Book Day.
Come Up With the Name...
Dont Live in Hamtramck?
Cool Cat-Eye Glasses Enter Retirement
February 2003Im #62! Im #62!
Im the 62nd inductee to the Musea Zine Hall of Fame, that is. And Im in excellent company. Speaking as a long-time reader of Tom Hendricks' esteemed zine, its a great honor to be recognized this way. Go spend a good chunk of time at the Musea website and let Dallas own Art S. Revolutionary show you all the wonders that wait beyond the corporate entertainment machine!
Suprise: I have a couple bits of music related news to share, strangely enough. (And rest assured, the music is strange enough!)
quickly observe its different as can be...
an Insomniac Man, Yeah!
January 2003Doin the Static Cling thing
For your convenience, Static Cling Distro now carries a nice selection of Fridge-Mag comics. Im very impressed with the way Dystatic is running things. Be sure to get some of her own work while youre there: appealing little books and zines. Mail art, too!
theres tons more where that came from...
December 2002Oh Joy! Turtleneck Boy!
Submissions for issue #5 are starting to roll in, but there's still plenty of space for you! Please consider doing something: just draw a 1-3 page comic (and I use the term draw very loosely) featuring a conversation between a boy in a turtleneck sweater and some other person of your choosing. Details on previous issues here. Or order your own copy here.
submissions to: Fridge Magnet Concoctions
I found this sticker in my box of Botan Rice Candy last week. You know about this stuff, right? Asian grocery stores sell it. It always comes with a free sticker and until now, I have always known those stickers to depict a cartoony animal head behind the wheel of a realistically drawn vehicle. An awful clash of clip art made brilliant by its obsessive attention to theme. Needless to say, I love them. I miss them. I dont know whats up with this bumblebee thing.
Websites been up for over a year now, and I can safely say that this is the most popular page, in terms of visits. Go figure.
November 2002Green Brain Comics! If you havent yet visited the store in its new Michigan Avenue home; Saturday, November 2 is definitely the time to go. Stop in and take advantage of their Ten percent off everything sale, benefitting WHFR fm. Ill be signing there from noon to 2pm, and Im told there will be great cartoonists and all sorts of fun and games throughout the day. See you there!
October 19: Review-O-Rama!A couple projects I've worked on received nice writeups on the web this month. Click the links if you dont believe me. No spoilers, I swear!
that team-up between Mills and Baumann work so well was almost worth
the price of admission alone.
still stands the test of time.
October 10Looks like its going to be a slow news month. Here are some new magnet designs to check out if youre bored. You get 2 color choices with the Serious Workout cat: a trendy, muted Martha Stewart palette or trippy power DayGlo tones. Liven up your kitchen for only a buck!
More news? Uh, okay. I had nothing to do with this, but Im just so happy to see a comic strip Ive long admired join forces with my beloved Hamtramck and give me something to link to. Ive taken countless evening strolls past that big neon weiner myself. What an honor it is to live in the only city in Michigan that Zippys visited. Heck, lll even forgive Mr. Griffith for mispelling desperate! :)
September 2002Otis and realize Im so not worthy of the crown. His web radio program, Friendly Persuasion, is always packed with the sort of obscure audio material that leaves me slackjawed in front of my computer, wondering how on earth he got ahold of it.
This week, though (September 16-22), some of it was supplied by me! And (if youll allow me to gloat a little more) by golly, it's good! So go now, crank up your RealPlayer, and have fun -- this week and every week!
Canzine. Its one of my favorite zine fairs in one of my favorite cities. Autumn just aint autumn without my annual trek to the Big Bop in Toronto. Corner of Queen & Bathurst. Free admission. Scores of cool creators. Drop in. Say hi. Leave with armloads of good stuff to read. You wont be sorry.
Read it here.
September 1: Attention Detroit Area Folks!If you need something to do today, head on over to happenin Hamtramck for the annual street fair. Ill be there under a tent with the rest of the Rat Hammock Comics Collective (Sean Bieri, Jim Mackey, Jerry Dombrowski and whoever else shows up) sketching, handing out comics, and generally keeping stuff from blowing off the tables. Were set up on Joseph Campau St. by the North Stage, next to the Senate Bar.
Special thanks goes out to Matt Feazell. He wont be there, but his stuff will!
August 2002Greetings, friends and mysterious strangers. Ive spruced things up here and there. Can you tell?
sure to check out Exuberant Vegetation (formerly
the virtual grab bag), where all sorts of lovely new things are in bloom.
Congratulations to all the finalists. I spent many a night pacing the floor and pulling my hair out trying to decide whod make the cut. Theres some amazing talent out there. If youre a cartoonist and dont already do so, please submit your work for consideration next year.
Serious WorkoutAnnouncing the latest concoction: Serious Workout, a 12-page mini which aint so serious after all. Its wordless, so you dont even have to read English to enjoy it. More info here.
May 2002Hi! Long time no see. Things have been nuts round here these past few months; but now its spring, the birds are singing, the mammals are shedding, and a little bit of order has returned to my life. So celebrate — get outside, have an ice cream cone, and when you come back, read Custard King, now on the web.
Oh yeah ... heres all the news youve been waiting for:
More Con Dates
Spiritual Scream Productions website. It contains all sorts of comic and zine info, including interviews with a diverse assortment of comics people great and small. And if you just cant get enough of me talking about myself, theres even an interview with yours truly. Enjoy!
2002 Con Schedule Shaping Up!Thats right, Ive started to scrape up money and reserve a couple tables. Barring any unforseen circumstances, you have at least two chances this year to see me in person:
November 2001Scott Mills that his forthcoming sci-fi anthology, Worlds Apart, is now at the printer. The book contains comics written by Scott and illustrated by nine different cartoonists. (My piece, The Astronauts Tyke, deals with bastard alien babies.) Check out previews of the book here and expect its release some time this winter!
Broken Pencil. To convince you further (or to enlighten those of you who have no idea what a zine is), read this article from The Eye Opener, a Ryerson University webzine. It captures the spirit of the show pretty well and contains a surprisingly high percentage of quotes from me. Oh yeah, and they got my age wrong, in case you were wondering.
October 2001 Sequential Tart Saves SPX! Cancelled in the wake of the September 11 attacks, Expo 2001 never materialized. You can find the next best thing in Sequential Tart the October issue features a Virtual SPX, containing an interview with me and tons of other cartoonists you would have met had we all managed to make it to Bethesda.
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