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Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A commission i recently finished, had fun with this since "Planet of the Apes" is one of my all time favorite movies. Although General Ursus doesn't appear in the original film they wanted to include him in the piece, which is fine by me since he's awesome!
Also, anyone in the "Bean Town" area i'll be at the Boston Comic Con this weekend April 30th - May 1st in Artist Alley with fellow PCS members Scott Derby & Tom Whalen
Daniel Clowes (Mister Wonderful: A Love Story) with Ben Katchor (The Cardboard Valise) - Moderated by Chip Kidd
When: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7:30PM
Where: Central Library 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
No tickets required. For Info: 215-567-4341.
Called “the country’s premier underground cartoonist” (Newsweek) and “a bona-fide cult hero” (The New Yorker), Daniel Clowes is the multiple Harvey, Ignatz, and Eisner Award-winning creator of the alternative comic Eightball. His graphic novel Ghost World was adapted into an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated film directed by Terry Zwigoff and starring Thora Birch. With 40 pages of original material, Clowes’s new book Mister Wonderful collects the Eisner Award-winning story of hopeless bachelor Marshall as he struggles to impress his equally unstable blind date.
Ben Katchor is the author of the graphic novels The Jew of New York and The Beauty Supply District. His comics and drawings have appeared in Raw, Forward, Metropolis Magazine, and The New Yorker. Hailed as “the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip” by a reviewer for the New York Times, Katchor’s weekly comic strips include Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, Hotel & Farm, and Shoehorn Technique. The Cardboard Valise—his first book in more than 10 years—follows the intertwined lives of three characters who travel to the fantastical nation of Outer Canthus.
An art director at Alfred A. Knopf and editor-at-large for Pantheon, Chip Kidd's work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and is collected in the monograph Chip Kidd: Book One. He is the author of novels The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, and the nonfiction books Batman Collected and Bat-Manga! Kidd recently joined forces with Lisa Birnbach, the editor and one of the writers of the original The Official Preppy Handbook, on True Prep, an updated prep protocol for the modern age. Kidd's latest book is Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World's Mightiest Mortal.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Flyin' free as a summer breeze
Happy as a summer breeze
For this month's www.planet-pulp.com theme Saturday Morning TV...
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Hey Folks. Much of what I'm working on these days are comic colors which I can't share until the release, but I thought I would throw up some of the warm ups I've started doing each morning in the studio. These pieces are done from landscape photos of national parks, portraits, paintings and one drawing of a character from my webcomic, Lineage, but done in the style of awesome artist Emily Carrol.
They're not the best pieces, to be sure, but I've been trying to get a better sense of atmosphere and value, while relying less on linework and pencil drawings in my work. Enjoy!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Hey, all you party people!
I've got another t-shirt design coming from the awesome folks at Teefury.com, this time inspired by one of the greatest Zombie films of all time. "You've Got Red on You" goes live on Tuesday, April 26th for 24 hours only. If you're interested, stop by on April 26th and check it out!
Thanks for the support!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
By far though, I think the most fun item I will have at my table is a limited edition silkscreen printed gig poster I illustrated for Shad Fest's headlining act, Black Landlord. For those who don't know Black Landlord, they are a full-on funk/hip-hop group based here in Philly led by Maxx S-Williams (formerly of The Goats and Incognegro). There will only be 100 prints. Each will be hand-signed and numbered and up for sale at the festival.
I went over different concepts with Maxx. We discussed several versions. One was a spoof on "Where the Wild Things Are" with him in the wolf suit on a boat labeled "MAXX". But we decided this concept, inspired by Slim Pickens' famous Dr. Strangelove scene, was way more fun (except we had him riding a giant fish instead of a bomb). Joannie helped me out with the blue and orange color scheme. I wanted something festive that'd pop on the white background. The awesome dudes at AwesomeDudes are making the screens and will be doing the printing this week, so we can have them hot off the press by the weekend.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
In an attempt to do more editorial-type work, I have been keeping an eye out for stories in the news that I find particularly interesting...France's new Anti Veil Law is one of them.
If you're interested in seeing the story, here's CBS's take. I caught it Monday night on NBC's Nightly News, but couldn't find the clip.
Alternate color and original ink at my blog.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Some of you folks are familiar with Dave Rankin. Many in our circle were classmates, students or saw Dave's work at the last Deck Heads Art Show at Exit Skate Shop.
Dave is an awesome dude. He was one of the first guys (along with Jeffro and Bob Dix) to invite me behind a table at a comic convention. As an upper upperclassmen his work was often featured in the display cases at school. He was even nice enough to show me how to add a bit of crimson to the nose and cheeks of a figure to make them pop. He is gracious and extremely talented.
Dave has recently embarked on a business venture that is his dream come true. He is launching Effigy Skateboards. If you know him, you know this is what he's all about. If you've seen his work, you know its a perfect fit.
Above: Dave's Kickstarter video for the launch of his Summer 2011 line of Effigy decks.
For a while now I have been trying to compile (finish) all these weird portraits i have been doing since forever into one thing. So here is a small single piece of what has been taking up much of my free time (besides sleeping and building cardboard Conan swords).
Uncover what else is cooking in the crap oven
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I thought I would post a recent daily comic of his that featured a PCS get together a little while back. For the record Jeff's apartment isn't that small (it's cozy) and not everyone was drunk. If you really want to get to know Mr. Marcej check out his daily comic exploits here.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Creator of The Popularity Papers
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 4:00PM
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library
For additional event information, call 215-685-7424.
Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library | 125 South 52nd Street | Philadelphia, PA 19139-3408
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Twice in the last 2 weeks I have gone down to my studio space (a.k.a the two folding tables tables in my basement) and have resolved myself to draw something. Many sheets of paper later and the only things i bring to completion happen to be these two super hero pieces, one with characters I made up on the fly, one of the boy wonder himself Robin. For some reason the super hero drawings get me to finish up stuff...but I think I need to make myself branch out and try to finish up some pieces on different subject matter (and perhaps with backgrounds?).
Friday, April 8, 2011
Before we adopted Bob & Barbara's as our club house, we'd frequent a bunch of other clubs. So tonight I dug out a couple documents from the jazz haunts that me, Andrew and some of the PCS folks used to hit up in the early days of the group. Although it was high end, if someone like Freddy Cole, Andy Bey, or Ahmad Jamal was coming to Philly, it was worth forking out the dough to go to Zanzibar Blue on Broad Street. I think it's some kind of sports bar these days. But a short few years ago, it was a great place to see out of town big names in a closed-in setting. I did the pencils and inks of this drawing in a small sketchbook at Zanzibar when Andrew and I saw Ahmad Jamal there in 1998. I did the colors later at home in marker. Ahmad made that piano sound like an orchestra.
I did the flier below for the also sorely-missed Ortlieb's Jazz Haus. When Pete Souders ran Ortlieb's, I heard some of the best jazz Philly had to offer: Bootsie Barnes, Shirley Scott, Mickey Roker, Sid Simmons, Roger Prieto, the list goes on and on. We'd go to Ortlieb's a lot. It was a great hang with great music, good food. If you knew Ortlieb's, you can probably tell that the cat in this drawing is based on haus band bass player Mike Boone and you'll recognize the water buffalo from the taxidermy that hung over the bar.
Although I am told there are a handful of good jazz clubs around the city, I really miss these places. They were a significant part of the group's history. If anyone has any advice on good Philly jazz clubs where it's affordable and comfortable to draw, let us know. It's good to switch up the scene from time to time.
Chris Stevens knows his stuff and has a genuine love for the artform. He talks up artists from Charles Burns to Winsor McCay. Original art from Art Adams, Farel Dalrymple, and many other comics artists fill the walls. Locust Moon also has one of the best indy sections I’ve ever seen in any comics shop. Today, Eisner Award-winning comics letterer Todd Klein will be appearing at Locust Moon for a signing. Stop in and say hello. Looking forward to the Philadelphia Cartoonist Society’s “Septa Hobo” event in the spring where we will meet at Locust Moon at the end of the day for a BBQ. Stay tuned for more info…
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Though I'm not sure if I would ever call myself a "cartoonist", my work has been called "cartoonish" and I undoubtedly draw a lot of influence from cartoon greats. Two of my favorite artists are Raymond Pettibon and R. Crumb.
Here's a screenprint I did recently while in a silkscreen class at Fleisher. It was gleaned from a sketch from my college days. Hope you like it.
Prints available in my Etsy shop
Thanks for having me!
Monday, April 4, 2011
This is an "excerpt" of the story of Ganesh after his father, Shiva, chopped off his head, not knowing that it was his son since Shiva never met Ganesh. Shiva went out to fight a battle of the gods when his wife was pregnant with Ganesh. During that time, Shiva had a mistress, Kali, the goddess of time (depicted), which I like to associate as a goddess of death. She is very angry, shows no mercy, and she is hungry (literally) to destroy, for her tongue is always sticking out (she wears the heads of the dead around her neck).
All in all, when Shiva came back from the war, Ganesh, the god of welcoming, ironically didn't allow what he didn't know was his father to see his mother. Shiva, not knowing that Ganesh is his son, chopped off his head. Of course, he found out that it was his son, so Shiva went out into the jungle, only to find the hunted remains of an elephant. Long story short, Shiva took the head and replaced Ganesh's, bringing him back to life which he then continues to be the god of welcoming.
thats all folks!