Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
This weekend I traveled with four of my favorite guys: Chuck, Jose, Gabby, and Max to Montreal for Expozine! It was my first time at this convention, and I really hope it won't be the last. I loooooove this show. It's cheap as heck to get a table, people are really nice and into trading and excited about other people's work, there are no name-tags, it's free to get in...etc etc. The only bad part was when it started to smell like old gym shorts.
The other thing that made this weekend so great was getting to hang out with some people from L' Employe du Moi, a collective of comic artists in Brussels that Max (de Radigues, who is the current fellow at CCS), is a part of. In Brussels they share a studio and collaborate on comics, and publish beautiful books as well. Most of them also have day jobs, and they are funding these projects themselves out of pure love for comics. It's so inspiring so see what they do, especially because they are always thinking about what good storytelling is, and because they are so supportive of each other. Sacha Goerg spoke with Max in our class about Employe du Moi, and I got to see some of his comics this weekend, they are absolutely beautiful, as are Max's.
All the people on the Grand Papier website, where they get a lot of submissions for the massive anthologies they've been putting out, are amazing (most of it's in french, but what I understand looks amazing!) We also got to hang out with some cartoonists who live in Montreal and work in a studio together, where last week they all drew and printed an entire newspaper comic to give out at Expozine! And it's beautiful! (See cover above, drawn by Sacha and Max).
*For a way better post about Expozine, read this!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
GO NEW URBAN ARTS!!!!
Today NUA (Above, two of my favorite people respresenting for NUA: Jason Yoon, the executive director, and Rosalia Velis, alumni student and Studio Team Advisory Board Chair) received a Coming Up Taller Award, in Washington D.C., in PERSON from first lady MICHELLE OBAMA!!!! From NUA:
"A project of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the Coming Up Taller award is the nation's highest honor for the field of out-of-school time arts and humanities programs."
And only 15 programs in the whole country receive the award each year!
New Urban Arts deserves every ounce of recognition it gets and more. Being a part of that program has completely influenced the direction I'm taking in my life. It's incredible!
For more information about NUA and about the award they received, click here.
And SO MUCH LOVE AND CONGRATULATIONS to all of the New Urban Arts community!!! I've got chills.
Here's a picture of one of the workshops they did as part of an Art Ambush on the National Mall while in D.C. (Hope you guys don't mind I swiped this photo from your flickr)
Sunday, November 1, 2009
From a 4 page comic I just did based on a dream I had, with bleeding baby animals and dark forests and monsters. I think I will prooooobably have copies at Expozine...and hopefully for sale soon!
For Alec's Professional Practices Class, which kicks my lazy brain in the ass once a week (in the best way!) we have to do a final project, and mine will focus on getting my comics out there and also making my blog not look so lame. I don't know what's wrong with this template, but it freaking sucks to use.
P.S. My friend Devlin is in a frikin AWESOME band called Nuclear Power Pants, and they're on tour right now with Dan Deacon! So go!!! They are about to start the Canadian/New England leg of the tour. We still haven't decided which one to go to yet...