I HEART SA
I've thought about leaving town more times than I care to remember because SA does seem to drive forward very slowly, while gazing myopically in the rearview mirror. More specifically, from my end of things, the art scene here is definitely limited in scope. It proudly embraces art that lives in a well-trodden past of gesture and kitsch (folk art, religious, traditional, Chicano, etc.), along with art that postures in the mirror all day (a mish-mash of contemporary art that often prides itself on theory over execution, on dogma over craft). Anything beyond that doesn't currently play in SA's art scene.
So why stay? Well, I guess someday I hope that I can be an asset to expand the scope of possibilities here and to contribute via my own art and interests to a community that might actually think it's cool to be literate and live in the 21st century. The good news is there's change in the wind, and cyber action percolating. So without further ado, some San Antonio-based blogs making a difference and worth checking out:
Emvergeoning: Supposedly monickered by the same guy that created the "Keep San Antonio Lame" slogan, but thankfully this blog's anything but lame because of the wide-ranging opinions of San Antonio-based bloggers who post here. I like that the blog oscillates between micro-content about the local scene all the way to a bigger world view and all spaces between.
Sanford Allen: San Antonio-based writer and up-and-coming horror author, who also happens to be the lead singer/guitarist for one of SA's greatest bands, Boxcar Satan. Sanford just overhauled his blog look and promises to update more often. I'm looking forward to it.
GeekSpeak: Rene Guzman runs this San Antonio Express-News blog. He loves heaping helpings of genre film, comics, and toys, and GeekSpeak is a regular stop for me every day. I'd like to see more genre literature and art coverage, but blogs are nothing if not a reflection of their author's views. Gotta respect a man who speaks from his gut and his passions. He's doing a great job as a one-man show. I dig his blog and hope it gets bigger, better and more comments.
SAFun: I just stumbled upon this blog yesterday. I'm not sure what to make of it yet, but it's one San Antonian's articulate, thoughtful view of her life and the world. So far, I like the wide range of content and I like what she has to say. I'll keep checking it out.
Worlds Collide: This is actually just a Meetup group of science fiction and fantasy fans. For the most part, they seem to be most motivated by events revolving around genre film, but there seem to be more than a few literary-minded folks around too, and I hope their numbers grow. I'll be really impressed when I start seeing folks fluent in sf/fantasy art too. :) The group started up in January and their energy and enthusiasm is exciting.
Any other good San Antonio-based blogs? Especially enthusiastic for art, books, film and culture?
(Pictured above: A cover illustration I did years ago for THE SAN ANTONIO CURRENT)