Monday, November 18, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In Search Of

In the not too distant future-May/June 2014, I will be exhibiting with fellow Minneapolis artist Edie Overturf at the up and coming Public Functionary gallery. This will be the largest show either of us has participated in and I'm looking forward to working side by side with her on a show titled In Search Of that references ideas of folklore/ mythology/ fables/ legends/ religions etc. It's a large space, mammoth actually, and we've started a modest kickstarter to offset the costs of framing and various supplies. In my mind though, framing will be the bulk of it as big oil paintings, drawings, woodcuts and lithos are expensive to package. Any help on your end will be rewarded with various prints or drawings. It's an important show for the both of us, we're excited to see what happens next. Hopefully you are too.

Monday, November 4, 2013


Currently prepping ideas/materials for a new oils show. More on that later. In the meantime, a piece from a few years back..

More pages from the book in progress: Dig The Nature Scene

Synchronicity 3

sketchbook buffoonery..

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Official Eel Mansions No.2 Pre-Order Info From Uncivilized Books

Eel Mansions No.2 By Derek Van Gieson is coming!

Issue number two features the further noir happenings of semi-retired demonic cultist Armistead Fowler, Tales of Abstraction House, The Negative Orphans, Janet and Frank, Doomin’, Record Store Guys, Secret Agent Types, and the Lizard Lords.

PLUS we take things into 2nd gear with Buffalo Ruffs, The Death of Jazz, Anthony Hopkins vs. Dennis Hopper, Post Punk, Nub Nub’s Bar and Grill, along with a few random head scratchers.

The 2nd issue is even thicker than the first! If you have the first issue already (and if you don’t there’s a nice deal on the site if you would like to order both) you know how chock full of stuff it was (and if you don’t believe us, check out this intense roundtable sparked by the first issue!). We will be debuting at the Autoptic Festival in August. In the meantime, you can pre-order the book from us here.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Eel Mansions No. 2 (Available In August) Triple Preview

Last night I finished drawing the last page to another 38 page issue of Eel Mansions for Uncivilized Books. The editing and scanning part is happening now and once that wraps, issue No. 3 commences for release in September. That's right, back to back releases. oof

Check out two other Doomin'/No. 2 previews here:

Eel Mansions Blog

Sasquatch Verde Blog

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jingle Jangle Jungle Junction

I've been writing lots of songs lately, most of them for the band I'm in (Marriage At Nevers) but sometimes stuff just doesn't fit right or just seems really off. I'm now putting out a few of these fazed and not so fazed cookies. The first coupling finds me indulging my sweet tooth for evil folk music. 12 string guitars, melodicas, ebows, reverb and triple tracked vox. Think early Tyrannosaurus Rex meets Bauhaus. But more crispy. You know, like it was recorded in my tiny office with a shitty condenser mic filled with the spirits. You can find them here.

EEL MANSIONS Index Fig.6 (The Floyd)

And I give you more in the "too much information" department.

Eel Mansions No. 1 available from Uncivilized Books.

Need convincing? Read this hilarious and wickedly entertaining roundtable review over at Comics Bulletin.

Friday, February 15, 2013

On Cooking Brussel Sprouts

As Promised...and cooking is always good with a soundtrack by Swell Maps..

The Haps 2/15/13 Edition

Hello- brief update on what's cookin'.

In fine art news I've started doing oils again and will debut a few new pieces in tandem with plenty of new pen and ink work. The show is still being set up and so I'll have to dish details on that laters.

In music news, Marriage At Nevers (Chris White & I) are putting the finishing touches on the last song for our 7" EP this sunday. Then it's off to get mastered and then to the pressing plant. Finances pending. We've got about 12-15 more songs just lying around in various stages. We are a prolific bunch.

In comics news, work on Eel Mansions No. 2 has now started in earnest, as I had to rewrite the second issue more than a few times. The first issue was more of an introduction to some plotlines and all of the characters. The next several issues will explore the chracters one by one until they all reconverge for the rest of the story. This is just to flesh everybody out and to give some character development. Probably the order will be such:

No.2=Janet Planet
No.3=Armistead Fowler
No.4=The crazy orphans
No.6=The Lizard Lords
No.7=Record store guys
No.8 will resume all characters

Every Tuesday over on the Uncivilized Books Tubmlr page I'll be running a serialized index to all of the references in Eel Mansions. Here's a few excerpts to get you interested/started. Later today I'll post a tutorial on cooking Brussel Sprouts.Trust me, they're good.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Eel Mansions No.2

I change my mind alot. Anyways, issue No.2 of Eel Mansions will center on Janet Planet, the hard drinking cartoonist who's been in the business for... a while....
Includes further excerpts of Doomin' and Claudette..

Thursday, February 7, 2013

In The Works

This is the rough front and back cover design for my new group's 7" EP that we're looking to put out. It's a four song record that will include a download code as well as 16 page silkscreened booklet. Limited to a 100 copies. Raising money to fund these extracurriculars is always tricky, but I recently posted 39 original ink drawings and watercolor paintings of varying price ranges and sizes over at Just look for my seller name which is dvangieson. Collect some art, fund some art. It's an idea anyway.

New Drawings 2/7/13