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"Blood Diamond" áby Mike Smith
The Josh Sullivan Art Show áby Nolan B. Canova
On a Personal Note: The Return of Doug Deal áby Nolan B. Canova
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Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our seventh calendar year!
Number 350  (Vol. 7, No. 49). This edition is for the week of December 4--10, 2006.

The Globe Coffeehouse Hosts
The Josh Sullivan Art Show

             By Nolan B. Canova

The World's Most Beloved Comics Gnome
Long-time readers of PCR may remember that I first wrote about South St. Pete underground comics wonder Josh Sullivan as a mention way back in PCR #211 with a more full-fledged write-up after our first meeting in PCR #223, followed later that year by a Nolan Radio interview, all of which occured in 2004.

Yes, 2004 was very Josh-intensive.

The next face-to-face wouldn't happen again until 2005's MegaCon event where Josh had a table. (He was at 2004's, but I didn't know that until after the show.)

After that, Will Moriaty and I became semi-regular patrons of The Globe Coffee Lounge (532 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg), where Josh still works to this day. The Globe is THE place to hang out for artist-types in that area and frequently hosts exhibitions and musical acts. This article is about the second of two shows there that I'm aware of that catered strictly to 25-year-old Josh Sullivan and his art, this one on Thursday, November 16th, 2006. (The first show, late in 2004, I was unable to attend.)

Josh Sullivan (arrow) mans his table at the Globe Coffeehouse art show.Globe patrons sit underneath the pastiche display of Josh's artwork hanging neatly in rows on the wall.

All Roads Lead To The Globe
The initial turn-out was quite modest when Will and I arrived, but like so many things we go to, attendance seems to swell quickly after we settle in for a while (I've concluded most artists types are not exactly known for their punctuality). The right side of the building was tiled with Josh's original art, all framed and ready for perusal and sale. The patrons seemed more interested in their usual coffee/chat/communing that art-perusing, but then again, this type of thing isn't all that unusual at The Globe.

Josh's "booth" was a small table off to the left side just before you enter the main bar/counter area. It was covered with books, pamplets, buttons, comic collections and T-shirts, all Josh-centric. Pint-sized Josh himself beamed as we entered, we haven't seen each other in a while, I'm sure Will and I were beaming, too.

Super crappy picture (sorry) of me, Josh and my purchases. Better images of the art can be seen on his website.Long-time area comics underground artist Andy Nukes, left, poses with his Josh-art purchase. I (on right) had only met him moments before; really nice chat we had, I hope I have opportunity to run into him again.

Within seconds of our arrival and reunion with Josh, The Globe's owner, the delightful JoEllen (yes, she of WMNF's "Art in Your Ear" program) came up to offer us some home-made cookies, which we accepted and were awesome. Thanks, JoEllen!

Besides marketing his own brand of child-like-primitive-yet-deliciously-over-the-top-offensive comics in every form imaginable (including "Best ofs"), Josh has had work published in Ink 19, Weekly Planet, STASH Magazine, and Sink Hole. To say nothing of his commision work, which is steady, thank you very much.

After hanging out a while, Will and I purchased some T-shirts from Josh and I bought some original art. The ones I got were among my favorite gags seen on his website's gallery, the mutually booing ghosts, and the alien ass-sex. (While these are not copies per se, Josh does re-draw particularly popular pieces from time to time, and these are always noted. The framed originals he sells are just that...hand-drawn originals.)

By the end of our visit, business was moving along pretty briskly at Josh's table. We were barely able to get in our goodbyes and our pledge to try and meet up again at next year's MegaCon.

Josh's website is www.joshcomics.com and his ska band Can't Do It (who he sings for and whose shirts he also sells) is on www.cantdoit.net

All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ę2006 by Nolan B. Canova.

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