We spent the morning at the Dinosaur Coffee shop in Silver Lake with cartoonist Sina Grace. Now before we jump into all things Sina, let's give a shout out to Dinosaur Coffee who were gracious enough to let us take up a couple seats, for more than a couple hours. A beautifully designed store, not as many dinosaurs as we would have thought. Truth be told was expecting something out of Land of the Lost with a name like Dinosaur Coffee but the coffee was not disappointing so they are forgiven. A couple cups of coffee and a cinnamon bun and we were chatting like a couple of old hens.
Now we could give you the whole back story on Sina, where he grew up, how he got his start, his artistic influences, but that can be found in any one of his interviews. (Check out Daniel Barron's interview) And honestly is any of that info going to make you go buy his new book? no, why would it? What is going to convince you is seeing some of his work.
A metaphor for relationships:
Sina drawing in a coffee shop is a common occurrence
For all of you that are emo fans, there is his work on Lil' Depressed Boy
A personal favorite if you've ever worked retail is, Not My Bag. To crudely sum up this book would be to say an artist who is forced to take a job he doesn't really want in order to pay the bills, and who can't relate to that.
And Sina's latest release Self Obsessed published by Image Comics. A collection of personal stories, ideas, musings, thoughts, you get the idea.
3 Facts about Sina that he wished you knew about him:
You can find more of Sina's talent in a story in November's Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures comic. Is there anything this guy can't do?