Thursday, August 8, 2013

Go On "Comic Crawl" Self Guided Tour in L.A.: Also Good For Comikaze / Anime Expo Attendees

All comic books mentioned below are $1 each.

This post will let you know where you can continually find comics for $1 at different storefronts all in one area just West of downtown. Bring a friend, or 4, for a comic crawl adventure on a Saturday, or any weekday for that matter. You will be supporting local businesses and stimulating the economy in a low-income area of Los Angeles with just a fist full of dollars.

(this is also the perfect side mission for Comikaze and Anime Expo attendees since this area is near the Los Angeles Convention Center. Point values listed next to each mission location) 

1. Velasco's Video Rental  + 10 pts per visit 

Velasco's is a new store, current google image: 2nd door in red brick building
1433 Pico Blvd. L.A. 90015
  -1 short box is always present on the front counter with about 150 various titles replenished          once a week regularly
  -Regular store hours: 10am to 8pm 7 days a week
  -Street parking only, but easy to find

Yes, this is an old school video rental store still in operation in Pico Union serving the mostly Salvadoran and Guatemalan neighborhood. The owners are friendly, and if you don't know Spanish this is the perfect opportunity to learn some vocabulario.  
+ 10 pts if you locate the $1 comics box and prove it by posting a picture of you and the comic box in the comments section of this post
+ 15 pts if you bring home a movie related comic book from the $1 box

2. World 8 video games 
 + 20 pts per visit for traveling this far

1057 S Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 389-5212    World 8 Yelp Page
  -1 short box with about 150 various titles replenished once a week regularly
  -Regular store hours: Mon-Sat 11 am - 8 pm Sun 12 pm - 8 pm
  -Small parking lot available
If you're a gamer in L.A. and you don't know about World 8 yet you need to take a break from the PC or console and make yourself aware of this amazing game shop. They know everything there is to know about all platforms and games. Their stock reaches back to many blasts from the past like the old school brick Game Boy to obscure games from every platform that you haven't been able to play since you were 8. They have a very comfortable gamer's lounge where you can challenge other customers on your favorite PVP and gain neighborhood champion status... if you're good enough. 

+ 10 pts if you locate the $1 comics box and prove it by posting a picture of you and the comic box in the comments section of this post
+ 15 pts if you bring home a video game related comic book from the $1 box

3.McManus & Morgan Artist Papers 
 + 15 pts per visit for the journey

2506 W 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 387-4433    McManus & Morgan Yelp Page
  -9 long boxes of $1 comics. Replenished regularly. This is the comic book hunter's dream.
  -Regular Store Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm Sat 10 am - 2 pm
  -Metered street parking so consider a bike and backpack combo
This art paper supply store has been around L.A. since the 20's. If you like drawing comics you'll do well to learn the owner Gary's secrets. Speaking of secrets, there is a hidden treasure in every corner of this small shop. They specialize in paper so they carry: all kinds of unique paper from all over the world, new/used/vintage books, ephemera for collage, Art Trading Cards for trade by local artists, envelopes, old post cards, creepy old assoreted family pictures, and much much more... believe me. Have a blast in this slice of L.A. history.

+ 10 pts if you locate the $1 comics box and prove it by posting a picture of you and the comic box in the comments section of this post
+ 15 pts if you bring home a non super hero comic book from the $1 box

UPDATE: Sadly this location has closed down. Thank you Moon for your service to our neighborhood for so many years

4.A & B Video Rentals
Corner of Valencia St and 6th in the shopping plaza on the South West corner
  -1 short box with about 150 various titles replenished once a week regularly
  -Regular store hours: Mon-Sat 11 am - 8 pm Sun 12 pm - 8 pm
  -Small parking lot available
This is yet another old school video rental store, and it is very small with two arcade games crammed in the corner. The owner is a very nice older man named Moon (not sure on the spelling). The neighborhood loves him and often rents videos just to visit with him for a while. If you're here you might as well stop in the Thai restaurant a few doors down in the same plaza- it is the kind of eatery only the locals know about, and with amazing lunch specials, you'll be glad you know about it too. 

If you're still looking for more
5.Blue Elephant Cafe  + 30 pts per visit- You have journeyed to the farthest reaches of this side mission Congrats!

2024 W Washington Blvd Los AngelesCA 90018(323) 641-0466
Blue Elephant Cafe Yelp Page
  -1 short box with about 150 various titles replenished once a week
  -Regular store hours: Mon-Sat 9 am - 8 pm    Sun 10 am - 6 pm
  -Street parking on a near-bye residential street is suggested
Blue Elephant is a relatively new yet friendly neighborhood conscious cafe. Many of their ingredient and product suppliers are local businesses. You'll find the short box of comics on a table near the counter. 
+ 10 pts if you locate the $1 comics box and prove it by posting a picture of you and the comic box in the comments section of this post
+ 15 pts if you bring home a Marvel comic book from the $1 box
+ 15 pts if you bring home a DC comic book from the $1 box

This network of comic book sales is another 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

ACEO and 9"x12" Original Print Auctions

Both auctions have a starting bid of .99 cents. The first House Sparrow: Neighbors is an Art Card Editions And Original (ACEO) 2.5" x 3.5" of a House Sparrow family that lives next door in the crevice between a pipe and the wall of an apartment building. This is a black and white linocut print with hand painted watercolor embellishments signed, titled, and numbered. Number 10 out of 19.

The second original print auction is number 2 from a limited "off-shoot edition" of only 4 prints. La Lavandaria On Pico is a linocut print on 9"x12" tan paper depicting my observation on a typical Saturday visit to the lavandaria (laundromat) in my L.A. neighborhood of Pico Union. The larger black and white edition (not offered in this auction) had 31 total prints offered to my monthly subscribers. Be among the first to receive a print from my monthly editions by subscribing: (online order form). Prints are shipped or available for local Los Angeles, CA pick-up on the 10th of every month.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Two Major Announcements


For the last week I have been working on a screen print serigraph edition as an artist in residence with Master Printer Joe Apuche at the historic Self Help Graphics in East Los Angeles (Boyle Heights). This has been a tremendous honor to print in such a hallowed place with the great Joe Apuche. Some of my favorite artists ie Gronk, John Valadez, El Mac, Sonia Romero, Fabian Debora and others have held the same residency here. Like the artists who have gone before me, the result will be a color serigraph edition that will be collected by institutions like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the National Museum of Mexican Art among other museums archives and collections. If you follow my facebook art page John Tallacksen Studio you can follow the progress and view pictures taken while working in the studio. More details to come.


John Tallacksen Editions are open to subscribers! You can receive one of my original prints every month either by mail or by local will-call pick up. Prints from the serigraph edition mentioned above will be sent to subscribers one of these months in the near future. The first 10 subscribers will pay only $50/print even if they renew their subscription later. Once the 10th customer has been paid for their account, the monthly cost will go up for the the 11th and so on. This is your chance to own multiple original works, some of which will be collected in museums around the U.S., for the same amount of money you would spend on one painting in the average selling gallery. Go to to order now. There are 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month options available. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

I Got It At Goodwill

Production cel from The Thief And The Cobbler
I bought this production cel from the legendary animated film The Thief and the Cobbler by Richard Williams from a Goodwill store in Los Angeles for $8.

lower right corner
It appears that this particular cel is from a sequence where Princess Yum Yum (the character in the image) says, "Oh father."

upper right corner
In the upper right corner there is writing in marker which says, "530/405 Used in 530/161." I'm sure this is the scene number and the number of the cel for it's sequence.
Lower left corner
I'm not sure what these markings say, but they almost look like signatures.
Back view
The back of the mat board and cel shows both the peg holes and the tower with golden balls cut out for the background.

Can anyone tell me if they believe this to be an authentic original?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Original Print Auction Fund-Raiser For Art Division

  Following the success of the Twitter Art Exhibit (which is still going strong) I am auctioning a postcard size original linoleum block print to benefit the same cause as the exhibit- Art Division.
  The auction starts at $15 plus $4 flat shipping rate and will end Saturday morning January 26th.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Twitter Art Exhibit 2013

The annual international Twitter Art Exhibit (@Twitrartexhibit) is in Los Angeles, California U.S.A. this year and all of the proceeds benefit an art school for inner city youth that I am working with called Art Division. The show is today! There are two pieces of mine in the show that I have donated for the cause. Please support both the show and Art Division

Saturday, January 12, 2013 | 7-10PM
Show runs January 12 – February 10, 2013
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, January 4th, 2013

Exhale Unlimited (E.U.) Gallery
953 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Nat George, Virginia Arce

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Art Market: Is It Healthy? Is Art Worth Investing?

  As of writing this, prices are high, or "bonkers" as some would put it (see link below), on contemporary art at auction. Look at the sales in December's Art Basel in Miami Beach or the attention Andy Warhol's work is maintaining - The Real Debate About the Art Market's health Go to Art Market Monitor Article 

My Response: 
  "... art ... something that has no real economic value."  After reading the article linked above I have to say that artists are the spear-heads of culture. The economy often follows culture or what people need and want. We have no idea what the future holds for us on so many levels, and we need creative people who can help navigate things like the economy and business through uncharted times. Here's Sir Ken Robinson to expand on my point further... 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Matthew 1:23 Postcard Size Print Sold At Auction

Matthew 1:23 linocut print
Congratulations to Blainnoe for winning my latest auction on ebay. I hope you enjoy the new print in your collection!
The Oystercatcher piece in my last post still has just under 4 days left in the auction as of this writing. Check back often if you are a savvy original art collector.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Starting A New Year With New Art And Toys

After a hiatus due to a story too complicated to explain I am back. Part of the reason I haven't posted in a while is because I have been exploring other social media outlets. Please join me on these shiny toys:

For all the bird watchers out there I have a new ACEO on Ebay and a block print as-well.