Here’s a shout out to my classmate, Eleri Harris. She’s a real go getter. She’s trying to raise funds to jet down to her motherland, Australia. She’s doing so by selling a full run of 400 mini comics that document her forays in American Culture as an Australian cartoonist. She’s nearly halfway there.
Here’s a message from the cartoonist herself:
On June 1 my beloved friend Fifi is marrying a hippy name of Jarrah (he seems like an okay bloke) on a beach or something back home in Tasmania.
Clearly it’s important for me to be there – to live draw the entire event, tell embarrassing stories about Fifi’s colourful dawn of the new millennium youth and be a witness in the ceremony in a fancy frock.
The catch? I am a broke cartoonist studying for a masters on the other side of the planet and I can’t afford the airfare.
This is where you come in. I have made 400 copies of a mini-comic called #americanadventure detailing episodes of weirdness, humour and hi-jinx in the land of the free.
I need to sell all of them to cover my Qantas oriented debt!
They’re 16 pages, silk screen covered tiny things and they’re five bucks.
You can buy one here:
Eleri’s got a knack for humor and among my classmates she does some of my favorite memoir comics.
She’s already sent out the first 100 editions, so they’re going fast! Hop on over to Eleri’s Big Cartel shop and find out what the #americanadventure is all about.
During the last week that I’ve spent back in Pittsburgh, I’ve been repeatedly reminded by how invigorating its community of creators has been for me in my growth as a cartoonist. It’s a great place filled with some truly hard working creators.
One of the things that bums me out the most about not having been in Pittsburgh this past fall was not being able to attend the 2nd Annual Zine Fair. With a roster of exhibitors as juicy as the one that they organized, the event was bound to be a blast. Hopefully, the timing of the 2013 zine fair is conducive to me trekking down to the city.
For now though, I’d like to share a couple of photographs taken by Anna Lee Fields.
If you’d like to see more photos from this gathering, hop on over to the Zine Fair’s site.
Drawing Power will be a one day event celebrating and exploring the small press and self-publishing comics and zine community of Pittsburgh and its connection to the larger world. If you’re interested in the nitty gritty details, check ‘em out below.
Saturday, April 20th
Carnegie Museum of Art Theater (lower level)
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Moderators will be Bill Boichel from Copacetic Comics and Caitlin McGurk from the Billy Ireland Collection at OSU.
10:00-10:30am: Meet & Greet; tabling
10:30-11:15am: Panel 1
11:30-12:15pm: Boulet presentation
12:15-1:00pm: Big Feminist But presentation
1:15-2:00pm: John Porcellino presentation
2:15-3:00pm: Panel 2
3:15-4:00pm: Dash Shaw presentation
4:15-5:00pm: Panel 3
Panel 1: The Pittsburgh Scene, Bill Boichel moderator
Panel 2: Self-Publishing, Caitlin McGurk moderator
Panel 3: A Career in Comics, Caitlin McGurk moderator
On a different note, I would like to share a youtube channel that I’ve been watching recently, offtheLeftEye.
Sometimes we get too caught up in our own minds, concerned with how we compare ourselves to others. Those trains of thought often wind up hurting us. If you’ve ever grappled with your ego, you might enjoy the following by offtheLeftEye.
This comic was produced for the Time Parcel Service anthology in the Winter of 2012. I tried reverse engineering the landscape depictions from Kevin Huizenga’s Case 0003128-24, found in the collection put out by Drawn and Quarterly, Curses. I was exploring the idea of how it was that Basho arrived at the following haiku.
along the mountain road
somehow it tugs at my heart-
a wild violet
This comic was produced for the Time Parcel Service anthology in the Winter of 2012. This story is about one of my favorite anecdotal stories in the life of Yves Klein.
This issue that tells the adventures of the fictional family rock ‘n roll group, the Nowsills. It came together under the editorial guidance of Steve Bissette and was made in collaboration with fellow Center for Cartoon Studies students Simon Reinhardt, Eleri Harris, Ben Evans, Alexis Dexter and Aaron Shrewsbury. We each brought our best to the table to crank this puppy out and it’s safe to say that for two weeks, we were a bonafide bullpen.
For your reading pleasure, you can now download the full issue. For those that just want a quick peek, here’s a selection of what you’ll find inside.
As was mentioned in an earlier post, my fellow students and I are currently looking into finding a way to make this full color comic available for you to buy at an affordable price (~$3-4). I’ll let you know what we come up with.
If you have any ideas regarding cheap color printing options in New England, I’d love to hear ‘em!
A fellow CCS student and friend, Luke Healy, and I have started putting together a collection of Nancy gifs that channel our love for Bushmiller’s world. We’ve just started, but we hope to go far!
Here are some peeks at the animations that you can find at the Nancy Gif Experience.
Are there any panels of Nancy that you think are begging to be animated? Let us know and we’ll get on it. Until then, may your days be filled with Nancy!
(Big ups to the folks behind the Nancy is Happy tumblr. It brings me delight to no end! )