We've only just begun
We are honored and humbled with the news that we will be exhibiting at this years San Francisco ZineFest on Sunday, Sept. 4th, 2016 at Golden Gate Park. For more information go to sfzinefest.org . This is our first time getting out there and sharing the work we have been polishing for a several years now. Come by and say hello! It’s Free.
WHERE THE STORY BEGINS
From an Old West Texas Town.
It’s Art, Dad is the collaborative work of two Texas natives, Enrique Barrios and Tommy Busch. They met at age 14 when they were both volunteering for Comida Para Vida, El Paso’s chapter of Food Not Bombs. The two reconnected in the Bay Area in 2008 to work on stories that Tommy had been brewing for years. These are those stories. Told through different formats like comics, zines, books, posters, music, and videos, Enrique and Tommy find blissful joy in sharing a bit of their insanity with the world.
Friendzone is a typographic and illustrative story that depicts the pains and horrors of the ever so evil and common Friend Zone. When the one you love, just doesn’t feel the same about you. We’ve all been there and regardless of which side of the coin you stand on, these stories resonate with the hopelessly emotional folks out there who were always shooting for the stars but ended up only touching the clouds. Issue 01 explores the beautifully tragic relationship between author and designer Enrique and his first High School crush, Carla.
The first incarnation from the It’s Art, Dad family are stories that began this whole journey. Taken from the mind of Tommy and penciled in by Enrique, these stories chronicle the trials and tribulations of growing up in El Paso and now living in the Bay Area.
Handmade from the obscure and deep in the pits of pain and love, the zines explore a range of themes, formats, and mediums. These stories explore the growth of clouds and the dark and dreadful realms inside the friend zone.
The 100 Faces From El Paso Book is a dedication to the beautiful people of El Paso, Texas. A town filled with strangers, weirdos, cholos, friends and family. A chronicled journey of 100 days of making, portraits, hand-drawn on matchbooks accompanied by fictional stories based on real people that live(d) in El Paso.
From totes to poster to hopeful new ventures like music, we’re cranking them gears to create more pieces with our friends at It’s Art, Dad.