Massive Music to ink by
WRCT Pittsburgh, my radio alma mater, is putting together their annual Massive Music Weekend broadcast. The fine folks at 88.3 FM will be curating 120 30 minute blocks of the finest musical selections that they can get their greasy paws on.
I highly recommend tuning in online and live streaming the broadcast this weekend at some point. It’s a great way to get an immersive dip into the many worlds of pioneering musicians. It’s a weekend like no other at WRCT that culminates in a live musical(see:noise) performance by the stations many volunteers.
AND as with all fine music, you’ve got to have your fine prints. The ladies at WRCT know what’s up.
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The Nancy Gif Experience
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! )Read more >>
Crinkled Dailies: Week 2
Last week, I wrapped up an intense project here at the Center for Cartoon Studies. I , along with 5 collaborators were to time travel back to 1966 and create a teen musical comedy that abided by the Comics Code and that would sell like hotcakes, knowing what we 21st century cartoonists knew about the medium.
I had the privilege of working under the invaluable editorial guidance of Steve Bissette with fellow students Simon Reinhardt, Eleri Harris, Ben Evans, Alexis Dexter and Aaron Shrewsbury. It was a doozy of a project, but everyday was a genuine pleasure to work with these folks. Here’s a peek at the cover that we came up with for this 32 page issue of the Nowsills!
Right now, I’m trying to ready the files so as to have something that I can send to an offset printer to genuinely print these bad boys in conjunction with my collaborators. Once that’s ready, I’ll certainly have something that will be easily readable online for your perusal, AND something physical for you to purchase.
Given the intensity of the above mentioned Silver Age assignement, you might see some of the stress slip into some panels.Read more >>
Noise to work through
I thought I’d share a pairing of experiences that I’ve recently enjoyed combining during late night drawing, particularly when silence doesn’t cut it.
Of those bits of code he’s written, my favorite is acid static. Once you download and install the application, acid static runs full screen behind all of your applications and on top of your desktop. Here’s a screenshot of how it transforms your screen. It’s truly a beautiful bit of cellular automata. (The gif doesn’t do it justice, as I had to reduce it down to 5 frames…)
What kind of patterns (visual or auditory) get your mind reeling?Read more >>
Crinkled Dailies: Week 1
Greetings from the Crinkled Corner.
If you haven’t heard, I’m doing daily comics. 4 panels every day.
My jumping off point for much of these strips is channelling my love of Pablo Holmberg’s Eden, Liniers’ Macanudos and Nicholas Gurewitch’s _Perry Bible Fellowship. _Who knows where they’ll go from there!
You can expect 7 comics posted here everyweek. If you want the convenience of daily updates and you’re a tumblr user, just follow me there. That’s where I initially share these. Hope some of these will make you smile.Read more >>
Relaying a Public Service Announcement from 4CP
This afternoon I came across a message from Half-Man Half-Static, who runs the great little online galleries 4CP(Four Color Process), Comic Book Cartoraphy and Supertype!, a comics typography gallery.
I’ve mentioned 4CP in the past, so forgive me if you’re already familiar with what Half-Man Half Static has been up to. The post was regarding the likely loss of his public galleries due to Twitter’s acquisition of Posterous. I highly recommend you visit the galleries to gander at some wonderfully curated crops of the magical 4 color process. Download what you like (and be sure to jot down the source notes. That’s always pretty useful!)
Here are some examples of the recontextualization that Half-Man Half-Static works with:
And the post:
It looks all but inevitable that Twitter, who acquired Posterous last year, will be eliminating the blog platform. This means that all my blogs will vanish, which is a shame, because all my blogs are actually compendiums of very specialized comic book material, meant to be permanent galleries, available forever. It’s possible that I will reinvent the 4CP gallery elsewhere, as I continue to be interested in making images of that sort, and feel strongly (given my aesthetic interests) that the Web ought to contain a big library of this kind of material. As far as I know, 4CP is the only one, and it seems to continue to delight new and returning fans from a variety of backgrounds. However two other galleries will not be recreated, if Posterous folds. I encourage you to check them out now, if they sound interesting to you. COMIC BOOK CARTOGRAPHY compiles approximately 120 large scans of mid-20th Century comic book maps, diagrams, and cutaways. As with all my blogs, you can download the full-sized files easily, if you want to keep them around. SUPERTYPE! is an extremely narrow gallery, containing nothing but the mastheads from comic book covers from the late 1930s through the 1970s. It’s a compendium of comic book typography at its most blown-out. What motivated me to give it a week of evenings in the first place a the particular Posterous template that makes the blog look like a giant magazine rack, with just the titles peeking out. It’s a combination of my scans and images sourced from the Web, but they’re all reasonably large and ready for graphic design pirating. Please alert interested parties If you know of others who’d be interested in my blogs, or have a social media platform that will reach such people, I’ll be grateful if you’d spread the word, while the blogs still exist. I made them because I thought the world needed concentrated material of this sort, with one-stop convenience, and I’m bummed that my work has turned out to have a very short lifespan. Such is the inevitable fate of anyone who relies on a free service in a corporate culture that doesn’t feel any responsibility to non-revenue customers. Given all the content, time, sweat, and love people put into their work on blog platforms, summarily shutting down a platform – because it no longer comports with a business plan – strikes me as something like a book burning. Incidentally, I’d be very interested in connecting with digital gallery owners who might be interested in mounting a 4CP exhibit. The scans look great on very large screens, and given that I’ve made at least 500 of them, a well-curated selection would surely be a visual treat on that scale. People often suggest a 4CP coffee table book, but I can’t imagine how awful the copyright issues would be in such an undertaking. A gallery exhibit seems doable. Thanks to all who have enjoyed these galleries and who have corresponded with me over the last couple of years.
Again, check it out the blogs if you haven’t already.
If you’d like to see behind the scenes of the process, check out Blow up Your Comics. There are 30 posts where John Hilgart, Half-Man Half-Static, pulls back the curtain and shows you how you too can find bliss in the recontextualization.
If you like the projects that he’s been running and have some ideas for him, be sure to get in touch with him. It’s certain that he’ll appreciate the input.
Who knows what will happen to them in the coming months.Read more >>
doodlin' through the New Year
dearest crinkled comrades, as you’ve seen I’m not posting on here much, but I feel you should know the drawing’s still happening. I’m even getting better, dontcha know?
Just wanted to say I definitely won’t be around to give you tasty comics treats until January, so sit tight. Come January, though, y_ou’ll want to hold on to yerr butts_, buckaroos, because there’ll be a ground swell of posts that I’ve backlogged as drafts.
much love from the crinkled corner.Read more >>
Time Parcel Service Production: Going Full Steam
I’ve finished all of the screen printing for the CCS anthology! Now to buckle down and finish the comics!
Take a gander a the lovely little bellyband that we’ve made for the 11 minicomics. That’s right, it’s going to be a wearable communicator!
I’ve been experimenting with ink techniques on my story about the delivery of Sumi Ink to a poet and I feel that I’ve finally found something that works. Each page will have a landscape with an excerpt from the letter that the protagonist is writing. I’m healthily reverse engineering the landscape depictions from Kevin Huizenga’s Case 0003128-24, found in the collection put out by Drawn and Quarterly, Curses.
It’s a fun process trying to figure out how he made those pastiches of Asian landscapes. I want to add details with the medium Faber Castell pen’s while not trapping the grays in too much. Later I half-tone the sumi ink, which gives a nice uniformity and wispiness to the grays. Ideally, there’s a good deal of levity in the drawings. The trick here is to not overdraw them and to savour the drawing of individual lines slowly. The letter is pretty meditative, after all.
In the case of my Yves Klein, Claude Pascal, Armand Fernandez story, I’m working in the clear line style that I know how to rock with the Pilot Precision V7’s. I’ll show you some process real soon, folks.
In the music land, Blockhead keeps me pushing into the night when I really need to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvcHGu95XGMRead more >>
Support my friend + Updates
My friend, Rachel Dukes, is running an Indie Go Go Campaign to reprint some old work along with some brand spanking new comics. If you’re a fan of Coffee, Cats or Comics you’ll definitely want to check out her work. She’s got a spritely line that sits on the page like a familiar friend. She warrants paying attention to.
Have a gander at Coffee Cats to see if her work tickles your fancy. If it does, why not help financially support her comics making endeavors? You can find more of her work on her site, Mixtape Comics.
Speaking to my own work, below you’ll find a selection of a couple of my favorite illustrations that I did for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pocket Guide For Upper Valley Teens.
The goal was to revamp The Pocket Guide for Upper Valley Teens, a resource Put together by Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and distributed at all area middle and high schools, reaching VT and NH teens, parents, and schools. I did 36 simple water color drawings included for the pocket-sized paper guide (and the accompanying website). I was brought along to complement the text and add color, interest, along with a youthful vibe to the new Pocket Guide. (The art had previously been clip art and stock photography.)Read more >>
A weekend of printing
I would be lying to you if I told you I wasn’t pooped.
The semester is coming to a close here at the Center for Cartoon Studies and that means that the First Year Anthology Deadline is rearing its little old head up on the horizon. As such, I’ve spent the past days this weekend screen printing a good number of covers for an upcoming project. No drawing, no writing, just printing and trouble shooting(lots of that!).
Alongside 3 partners, I’m creating 11 little booklets that will be bound together by a bellyband (that’ll be a wearable “communicator”). You can see some of the covers below.
As mentioned in earlier posts, each of the stories will work together to create the notion of a Time Travelling Parcel Service, that is, the TPS. Each story is thus the delivery of an important object in history. The deliveries range from Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to a water bottle to the last human being on earth. It’s been enormously interesting to see how much this project has slowly changed from the onset.
We began with the idea that the anthology would be a collection of facsimile objects that a traveler who was unstuck in time would carry around. There would be napkins with messages, letters, sketchbooks, but we found cohesion across narratives to be difficult achieve. Details on that and a future iteration of that are for a later date…
Until our next encounter on the internet, friend, I leave you with a few winter themed drawings I did during a little drawing party at CCS, along with the sweet sounds of Air’s Talisman.
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