If you like characters, comics, weirdos or dressing up, then you'll love WonderCon, slated to invade San Francisco's Moscone Center April 2-4. Come and see some of our fave indie designers, publishers and brands such as Gama-Go, Suicide Girls, Conduct Happiness, Baby Tattoo Books, Sweet Meats' Lauren Venell, Mr. Toast, Spicy Brown and Giant Microbes! Marvel at grown men dressed like Pokemon and tiny kids dressed like wizened Obi Wans. We will be there next week at booth #1242 with all our gutsy wares available for gawking and fondling. We'd love to see a friendly face or two, so please drop by or tell a friend! Details on exhibitors and entry fees at the ComicCon website.
Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was charged with obscenity and jailed after she built a kayak modeled on a 3D print of her vulva. It took $10,000 in crowdfunding to build the vagina kayak, but it may cost a lot more: Igarashi is facing a possible sentence of two years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
We have been lucky enough to team up with Hospital Anthology, a collection of artist books in Japan that asks artists to create works based on a medical theme. The anthology's creator, Dendaira Kotaro, was frequently ill and dreamed up a series of art and music while in and out of the hospital. We were humbled and grateful that she blended I Heart Guts characters into the work of such awesome indie Japanese artists and illustrators such as Daiyou-Uunome (with gallbladder), Iroro (with stomach), Hachimilion, Myna and more! Hospital 5 is a series of collectible cards -- on one side, there's a collaborative drawing, and on the other is information about one of your organs! Awesome and educational, you can check these out at Comic Con International in San Diego next month July 18-21 at booth is #4433, so please stop by!