Sunday, February 27, 2011

Bureaucrat Spotlight- Gina Siciliano


In our single year of existence the Bureau has attracted a wide variety of cartoonists into the group, and a handful of them are genuine Luddites, perhaps owning phones or tin cans with strings, but not yet ready to make the plunge into a full web presence. One such web-invisible Bureaucrat is Gina Siciliano, cartoonist, painter and drummer extraordinaire.

While living in Portland, Gina was perhaps best known for her zine/sometime-comic So What, reviewed here by the Bird's Nest Library.

The Roaming Heart: So What #8

This zine is dark yet beautiful. It's hard to describe it as "good" when it presents such a strikingly honest look at one young woman's life of unfulfilling and destructive sexual relationships. It's definitely one of the most compelling stories in our collection, and an undeniably amazing work of art. Illustrated with sketches and arranged comic-style, this issue has amazing flow and intensity. Author Gina Siciliano reveals parts of herself on a level that we could only dream of receiving from our closest friends. There's an unbelievable depth here. This is an essential, yet extremely difficult read.

Gina is currently well into her debut ballpoint pen graphic novel epic Summer Time. The first chapter made its debut in Combo # 1, the Bureaucrat box set currently available at the Fantagraphics store in Georgetown, or at a Bureau show near you.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to Create Some Failed Tales

Ever wonder how the Bureaucrats create their illustrious, eloquent illustrations? Well, Bureaucrat and Explorer in Residence, Tyler Hill, has peeled back his skull-cap to let you have a peak at the process that went into creating his illustration, Failed Tales of Romance. Click this link and come along for the ride...

...and, if you still haven't made it down to Fantagraphic Books to check out the Bureau's "Lovesick" art show then: Shame on you. Shame. Now go!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Drink 'n' Draw lives again!

The Bureau of Drawers is ecstatic to host Seattle's own weekly Drink 'n' Draw.

Join us at Cafe Racer on Roosevelt Avenue every Wednesday night from 8pm-10pm to socialize, doodle and generally relax with other cartoonists and artists of all varieties. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

two romantic nights of Bureaucratic Bliss


This upcoming week marks the opening of two Bureau art shows, one at our delightful home at Cafe Racer, and one at the equally delightful Fantagraphics store in Georgetown.

The first show, Like Like, will open at Cafe Racer on Thursday, February 10th, at 7:00 pm. Deviating from our Valentines shows of the past, we will be presenting a pretty broad selection of artwork, organized under the general theme of "Stuff We Like."

The following Saturday will be the opening night of the second show, entitled LoveSick. Here's what the Fantagraphics website has to say about the show-

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery loves local comix! Saturday, February 12 features the opening of "Lovesick," an exhibition of emerging and established artists from the Bureau of Drawers cartoonist collective. The show includes original art, handmade books and prints by 16 Seattle comix artists and illustrators. Exhibiting artists will be present for a festive reception at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, February 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM — just in time for Valentine's.

The Bureau of Drawers formed in 2010 as an alliance of independent local alternative cartoonists. They meet weekly for an informal salon at Café Racer in Ravenna and have participated in high profile events at the Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot, and Urban Light Studios. The group includes accomplished cartoonists like David Lasky, Tom Dougherty and Scott Faulkner as well as promising young talent like Nikki Burch and Marc Palm. Other participating artists include Breanne Boland, Billis Helg, Tyler Hill, Calamity Jon Morris, Sean Robinson, Mark Stockbridge, Ed Trumbule, Adam Watson, Dalton Webb, and Stevie VanBronkhorst. Expect an eclectic mix of topical works on the loose theme of unrequited love.

This event coincides with the 3rd anniversary edition of the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring adventurous — and amorous — visual and performing arts events throughout the historic neighborhood. For more information and a participant map visit: Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.) just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Third Vaportron Cartoon has gone Live!

Bureau member Mark Stockbridge has completed his third animated installment of his creative addiction Vaportron. Is it on YouTube? Why yes it is...

Herr Stockbridge's other Vaportron-related deeds can be witnessed at