Saturday, May 22, 2010

Crumb's Genesis at the Portland Art Museum

This show at the Portland Art Museum was made possible by the persistent efforts of one assistant curator. Unfortunately, I can't remember her name. My uncle helped in the effort as well and I was happy to see free tickets to the opening night arrive at my door yesterday. This should be a great show and it sounds like this is the first time the Portland Art Museum has curated a show on comics.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

new ideas

I've been kicking around some new ideas for another early reader comic. Here's just a couple drawings for one of the ideas I'm liking the most. It's called Boris and Jasper. Or Boris and Jasper are Brothers.

I'm also doing a new autobiographical comic based on my relationship to guns and why I hate them so much. I recently reread Big Plans #1 and I was laughing the whole time I read it. I was also impressed by my early drawing ability. I had a lot more detail and thinner lines. I will try to capture this energy again with these new comics. Smaller panels and more detail. This comic will probably be done in a month or two. I don't know what I'll do as far as publishing yet.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

L'âge dur drawing

I just did this drawing for Max de Radiguès and a new issue of his comic l'âge dur. The drawing is supposed to be of some random teenagers but they somehow ended up looking like me and Ariel again.

Ever since Max started as a fellow at the Center For Cartoon Studies he's been crankin' out the comics. Check out his site to read his most recent comics from The Stumptown Comics Fest, which includes hanging out with Alec Longstreth's beard and admiring the tall bikes. My French is weak so I'm not sure if this is correct. My apologies to Alec and the obvious beard joke.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thanks Theo!

Earlier this week I asked the creative genius behind Capacity and Sleeper Car, Theo Ellsworth, if he'd come to my class to do a reading and guest lecture. Theo did a great job with the kids. The whole time he was reading they were mesmerized. I'm not sure if they've ever seen anything like his work before.

After a Q and A session we asked him if he'd make a drawing for us on the white board. Here it is. After that all of my students began to hound Theo for his autograph and to take pictures of his drawing. Thanks Theo!

If you've never been exposed to Theo Ellsworth before then I don't believe you. Either way you should still go here!