Wertzeen. Issue #012. October 28, 2015.
This is an inbox zine from the desk of Michael S. Wertz
concerning Illustration, Printing, and Things of Note.
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The weather's finally cooling down,

and I'm tentatively eyeing the sweaters stacked in the closet. Will I be able to wear one soon, or will there be another 5 weeks of heat? The sweaters have no answers for me. Right now I'm listening to some past episodes of Argyll (more of that later) and thinking about Halloween, which is mere days from now. The SOMEWAGS opening (more about that, later, too,) was super fun, and it was good to rest for a second afterwards. It was a ton of work, and you'll see some of the prints available here in good time. But now, some exciting news: in a few short weeks, I'll be at Bookshop Santa Cruz interviewing Maira Kalman about her new book, Beloved Dog. She's one of my heroes, and I'm buzzed as all-get-out about it. 

Bzz bzz bzz,
I want to thank everyone who came out to the SOMEWAGS opening. That was a truly delightful evening! Thank you to Special Ghosts who played a few songs, thanks to my wonderful nephew Kellen who serenaded everyone, thanks to Mudhoney who played a rockin' set at GR the day after and threw my work all over the inntertubes. 

If you'd like to take a peek at SOMEWAGS, there's still time. Getcherself down to Glama-Rama Salon, 6399 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California
Here's a print I created for the CCA Illustration Alumni and Faculty Show. Inspired by WPA-style posters (thank you Owen), here's a friendly reminder: A navy shower (also known as a "combat shower", "military shower", "sea shower") is a method of showering that allows for significant conservation of water and energy by turning off water during the "middle" portion. An initial thirty seconds or so are used to get wet, followed by soap and lather without running water, which is then rinsed off in a minute or less. Speedy! 
And! Wow! Hey! On November 14, 2015, I'll be at Bookshop Santa Cruz interviewing artist and writer Maira Kalman about her new book Beloved Dog. The event page is here with all the details. 
I had to think about what to put first back there: artist, or writer? To me, Maira Kalman's paintings are like writing; her writing is like painting. This new book is about the dogs in her life that changed her life, in particular a dog named Pete who helped her family grieve the loss of her husband. For Maira, dogs represent so much: they are her muse, her companion, her personal trainer. A question: what would you ask Maira Kalman? Let me know
And Now. Here are some Things of Note. SF, Oakland, Elsewhere.
This fellow took an old tv of mine that was just collecting dust, removed the innards, and made it into a gif-bot for the Maker Faire.
• Some sad news: it's time to say goodbye to the Argyll Adventure Tree. We had a good run (25+ years!), and maybe someday we'll be back. Our last show will be on November 5, at 5 pm, on 9th Floor Radio. For you, dear reader, I dug up a few of my favorite Halloween shows to get you ready for this weekend. If you are closing your curtains and hiding from the tiny sugar-fueled demons, may I suggest The Divas Show that we did early this month? I'd like to thank Melissa, Aaron, Das, and Ninah for making us feel so welcome at the station. We will miss you.
• Here is the band ALO performing in front of their new banner featuring the album cover I made for them. My largest piece to date! 
What you might find in Issue 13: An interview with Isabel Samaras (really really!). Phyllis Diller. Show and tell. Pillows? Totes? 
Wertzeen is the inbox zine that you are reading right now. It is a monthlyish publication by Michael Wertz, and we're grateful for your time and your eyeballs. We would love to hear from you! Ideas? Addendums? Omissions? Submissions? Send 'em my way. If you know of someone who would enjoy this zeen, please send them this link. Thank you. 
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