James Jean: One-man art army

July 10, 2012 at 4:00 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , , , )

James Jean unedited interview/feature for Contemporary Art Philippines. Interview was conducted in January 2012, during Jean’s visit to Manila.

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James Jean in Manila

James Jean is tired after four full hours of signing for fans at Fully Booked, High Street, in the last leg of what has been a three-day marathon of giving talks and meeting with the country’s art and pop culture aficionados.

He admits that meeting such enthusiastic devotees of his work is “great for the self-esteem.”

“I think as an artist I tend to be very self-critical,” he says. “Working alone in the studio, your personal demons can tend to drive you a little crazy, so it’s nice to be injected back into society.”

The Filipino artistic society in particular, has embraced Jean so well that this is the second time he’s been invited to the country as a special guest of Fully Booked. But while Jean says it’s great to be back, the fan love he receives has taken its toll. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cracked.com’s John Cheese: How not to step in dog shit

January 27, 2012 at 7:51 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , )

An edited, sanitized version of this appears in the Philippine Online Chronicles (published January 2012)

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Readers of the American comedy website Cracked.com would be familiar with the columnist John Cheese (real name Mack Leighty).

In a website filled with raucuous jokes and references to male genitalia, Cheese brings a darker touch to his articles (while still bringing the raucuous jokes and references to male genitalia). They tend to have titles like 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Quitting Drinking, 5 Ways Methamphetamine Can Make You a New Person, or 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Poor. All are based on his own experiences.

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Neil Gaiman on writing

January 27, 2012 at 7:24 am (Articles / Interviews) (, , , )

Originally published in the Philippine Online Chronicles (April 2010). Neil Gaiman talks about being a journalist, speculative fiction, and which of his characters he’d rather be stuck with on a deserted island.

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Aspiring writers in the Philippines always face an uphill climb. There are entire worlds to be written out – stories, comics, or maybe poetry or opinions, but writing (as with most other art forms) is notoriously impractical to pursue, given that it is not very lucrative as a profession.

So when British fantasy, horror, and science-fiction writer Neil Gaiman visited the Philippines to announce the winners of the 3rd Graphic/Fiction Awards he co-sponsors with Fully Booked, the Philippine Online Chronicles (POC) took the chance to ask him what he had to say to those who have always wanted to get into writing.

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