The Bookfest was loads of fun. I shared a table with fellow funny men Keith Knight and David Malki ! Keith or Keef is a nationally syndicated cartoonist with a daily that is very funny called The Knight Life. David is an online success who makes his living doing the cartooning bit. His strip, Wondermark is a compilation of 18th century clipart and his wry sense of humor to bring you the most absurd and hilarious strip. Definitely give this two guys a look see.
Jose Cabrera, Keith Knight and David Malki !
As far as the festival itself it was packed with hungry readers of all ages! Who says that books are dead! And if they hadn't heard about Crying Macho Man before they sure do now! To all you fellow cartoonist out there, I recommend trying to get into the show next year, it's worth the investment and it's loads of fun.
Photo courtesy Jim Lujan
My great friends Jim and Leann Lujan
The mobs of people
Thanks for all your support! Can't do it without you guys!!!
For all you book lovers out there, I will be at the LA Times BookFest on Saturday April 24th and Sunday the 25th. I'll be sharing a booth with fellow funny men Keith Knight (K-Chronicles, (th)ink, The Knight Life) and David Malki ! (WonderMark). If you haven't been get tail over there its loads of fun and its FREE.
To learn more about the festival click on this link and check out the video!
You can find me at:
Booth #: 704
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm
OTHER NEWS I'm debuting 3 new comic books at the LA Times Festival of Books. Come by and pick up your copies and a FREE Gift!
Calling on all fans and cartoon aficionados to spread the word about Crying Macho Man! If you know of anyone who likes to laugh send them over to my facebook fan page and tell them to follow me on twitter. The bigger the fan base the closer I come to my dream of making it REALLY big in this business. Thanks for the supports guys!
Sarah from LuShae Jewelry came through with flying colors. I got it 2 days later after I aired the strip and made my wife a very happy woman. Here's what I got her. Okay down to some funny business! Another installment of 'He Said She Said'. GROCERIES
This weeks cartoon was inspired by an interesting email I got from a woman who owns a Jewelry shop (LuShae Jewelry) based out of Tasmania, Australia. She asked me to blog about her jewelry line and give her a review-- good, bad or even ugly and in return she'd give me any piece of jewelry off her website! I thought it was a phishing scheme but when I emailed her, she was on the up and up and was even open to letting me create a cartoon with a joke about jewelry. Plus she doesn't have access to my bank account ;)
Now in all honesty, I'm not a jewelry kind of guy but I looked at the stuff on her website and it wasn't that bad. I might get the solid gold brass knuckles LOL. Anyway I think Sarah is a very creative sales woman and I like her marketing strategy. Kudos!!
Now that I've held up my part of the bargain, we'll see if she actually comes through with a little treasure my way. I'll keep you posted if she does or doesn't.
Good Morning Everyone. Over the past year I have been creating strips from jokes I've heard either at the water cooler or at parties. By the end of the day I'll have a pocket full of jokes which I transcribe to my computer or risk losing them in the laundry.
People have asked me when am I going to start writing my own stuff again and I say "I'm having fun doing these strips for now, when I stop having fun then I'll stop."
One guy left this comment on one of the websites (Buzzle) that runs my strip (which I thought was very funny): "When's this guy gonna start writing his own jokes instead of recycling the ones that are old enough to get Medicare?"
I've talk about this 'recycled joke' kick I'm on with some good friends and they all agree that I should go with my muse. A good friend of mine and fellow funny man Jim Lujan equated it to doing 'covers of the oldies' but giving it your unique touch. Another dear and close friend Michael Aushenker also agrees that it should be fun and laugh out loud!
Well with all that said and done, I'm inviting anyone to send in a or two joke they'd like to see turned into a strip. You'll get full credit and it'll be seen by thousands.
This cartoon was created at a live art show that celebrated Sal's birthday owner of Geeks in Whittier. The Cartoonistas where in attendance all taking turns drawing up a storm. I had never done a live art piece with on lookers let a alone a gag cartoon. It was loads of fun. Here are some picts of me in action.
Jose was born and raised in New York City in the upper part of Manhattan. His community was predominately Dominican and throughout his early school years he was surrounded by friends who loved to draw. His love for art got him accepted to La Guardia H.S. of Music and Art near Lincoln Center were he was exposed to the world of fine art.
After graduating from High School, he went to Baltimore and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. He studied everything from photography to environmental design and got a huge spoonful of Art History. Some of his influences include Henry Moore, Amedeo Modigliani, Lucian Freud, Giacometti, Paul Rand, Ansel Adams, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, R. Crumb, John Romita Jr., Sal Buscema, John Byrne, Jack Davis and the list goes on. This gave him the inspiration and the cojones to create Crying Macho Man.