Bizarro Con

October 26, 2009 at 11:34 pm (Uncategorized)

Every year we get a bunch of artists together who, because of how different the art they make is, are so used to being an outsider wherever they go.  And all the people who are going for the first time are nervous because they’re so used to not being understood for their eccentricities or outer-space-perception of the world, and five minutes into it everybody realizes that “Holy shit, I’m surrounded entirely by people who get everything I say.”  It feels like family.  I really love going to Bizarro Con and this year was no different.  A weekend of waking  up early and filling our head with new knowledge (this year Carlton Mellick led his high-concept story workshop again, and Eckhard Gerdes led one to help embolden our artistic missions and help us realize exactly why we do this the way we do it.  It ended up being one of the best three-hour conversations I’ve ever had on art), and then get drunk until very, very late and two hours later wake-up-and-be-serious again. 

kevin

The last night was the Wonderland Awards dinner – those who are familiar with me but not bizarro might remember the name from last year when This City is Alive was nominated for one – and I was so stoked about the dudes who took home the award (Kevin Donihe in the novel category for House of Houses and Mykle Hansen for his collection Rampaging Fuckers of Everything on the Crazy Shitting Planet of the Vomit Atmosphere) (yes it’s really called that) because they’re both incredibly unique and in their own worlds and deserve to be read.  House of Houses ties anything else for best book the bizarro genre’s put out and Mykle’s hilarious, though if you haven’t experienced him yet I would check out his Help! A Bear is Eating Me! first.  I’ve seen so many people who don’t even read books pick that up and read the first page and not be able to stop.  And coming from a literary mindset it’s just as amazing.

mykle

I did a performance Poetry Vending Machine and did some beatwork for my own and Eckhard Gerdes’ performance.  Then my laptop got stepped on and the crack in the screen is really depressing.  Anybody know how much this shit costs to fix?

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