Photo by Shahriar Shadab
"After the first glass you see things as you wish they were.
After the second, you see things as they are not.
Finally you see things as they really are,
and that is the most horrible thing in the world."- Oscar Wilde
2013 rolled in with promises of fresh start and delivered with a great big blow to the perceptions of illusion and reality. I called it absinthe soda. The Oscar Wilde quote summed it up but as the days turned to nights and hours into months, the horror turned to beauty and the great mysteries of the year unfolded. It seemed to be a year of open homes, wounds, and new ventures. It started and ended in the same physical space. There is a saying that whoever you spend your time with or whatever you end up doing on New Years will give insight to the outcome of the year to come. I believe this to be true and spend the night in the company of close friends sprawled on a canopy bed drinking champagne and recounting stories.
Summing Up 2013:
I was written up in The Guardian, NY Times, Hi-Fructose, Run Riot, Luna Luna, Digital Journal and did a panel on independent publishining for Bedford and Bowery and guest hosted Comic News Insider. I was featured in Force Field Fotocomix 01 by Seth Kushner, traveled to Chicago and did a tarot class at Madame Zuzu's. I had shows in Last Rites, Sacred Gallery, Skylight Gallery, Local Project, and Madame Zuzu's. I did the album cover for The Cold & Lovely, shot their music video, and my own video vignettes were featured as backdrops for their tour. I also did production design for Natti Vogel's "Cannibal video which was featured on Mtv Hive. Speakeasy Dollhouse got rave reviews this year as well and so it goes on another year. I also did a Speakeasy Dollhouse themed Dr. Sketchy's before it waved goodbye to it's NY chapter. After a trip to New Orleans I came back refreshed and Sister Enable and I started London Conjure. I also joined with Damon Stang to bring you "The Witches' Compass" at Catland Books.
2013 brought some sad news as well. My dear friend Taylor Mead passed away and forever took a piece of my heart with him. You were a brutal year 13, but necessary and I'm looking forward to all that 2014 has to offer.