In Popgun Presents, Show Sketches on October 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Not as many as I would have liked, and I missed some of the killer later bands (and my second chance to draw the Stepkids.)
I ended up pulling my back during this show, and evacuated myself promptly. Which sucked. Images from this post can be found on Yourstru.ly’s site. Woo! Some from Anika are on there, which is venue appropriate, but yeah, don’t get confused!
Drawn in crayon.
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In Show Sketches on October 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm
In news on October 25, 2011 at 3:19 am
So sorry for the delay. Soon I will actually have a scanner inside my house, which will automate this process nicely.
Until then, I’ve got awesome webcam mode for a few favorites I discovered among the 66 pages of drawings from the weekend.
Dead Heart Bloom
I wish I had done more. My back was my limit for this first CMJ. Limits are made to be broken.
In Writing on October 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Posted on Hooded Utilitarian, 10/21
Throughout high school, Craig Thompson’s Blankets was the only comic book in my collection that people repeatedly asked to see and borrow. It’s telling that I didn’t technically own it, having borrowed it from another friend. I felt a little jealous on the part of the other comics I owned—Blankets was fantastic, but it became the only comic people asked about. My mom read it, and then our neighbors read it. People wanted to tell me that they had heard about this sophisticated ‘graphic novel.’ I chalked it up to a few things: its technical skill justified it as being art (wrongly), its length meant it was serious, and by this point, the name rang a bell. My friends and parents and parent’s friends were used to hearing me talk about comics as a serious form of expression, and now they heard Time or NPR bring up Blankets. I got sent newspaper clippings about it from relatives. People were curious, willing to spend time with the book, to be in the know about something critics declared both revolutionary and emotionally relevant. I was grateful, but again, a little jealous for all the other comics I was reading.
With Habibi on the horizon, I’d set my hopes on Craig Thompson championing virtuosity as a sophisticated and subtle storytelling vehicle, providing a powerful devil’s advocate to the linguistic or minimalist approaches to comics making that seemed, oftentimes, more effective. But I was anxious about the Orientalism foreshadowed by Thompson’s comments, or the remarks of better-informed friends.
A month ago, opening Habibi on the long bus ride back from SPX, I was more than baffled. It was, after all, an Orientalist book. But Habibi—even for a decades-spanning romantic epic—followed a shocking amount of familiar tropes from American melodrama. In fact, it perfectly enunciated not one but two different ‘cluster’ definitions of melodrama. (I had studied narrative at Carleton College, which, yep, I just graduated from.) Two foundational theorists, film scholars Linda Williams and Ben Singer, admit the impossibility of finding a melodramatic work that embodies every commonality they high-light, but Habibi comes pretty damn close… continued.
In Studies on October 13, 2011 at 3:53 am
After graduating, I wanted a way to say thank you to all these people who have supported me growing up. What better way to thank people than with pictures of puppies, which due to the internet, are more popular than ever before. And here was Kiki, tiny German Shepherd extraordinaire. I hope this explains why I was really late in sending these off– and still have a few to do. Yours is really special, A & C!
In Show Sketches on October 13, 2011 at 3:16 am
In Cartooning on October 12, 2011 at 5:23 am
10/12/11: Right now I’m working on 20 or so pages that precede these ones. I think it will help the narrative flow better, and better contextualize the not-yet-published end.
Click here, and not the images, for the full size.
In Popgun Presents, Show Sketches on October 10, 2011 at 3:30 am