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I am not dead yet!

24 Jun

Oh em god, you guys, I am so sorry about the long delay in updates! I didn’t mean to ignore the blog for so long, but this is what the last month has felt like for me:

All my worriesI’ve been having a good time, but with HeroesCon, moving drama, Drawn Out Storytelling prep and performances, computer failure, preparing for my camps next month, and trying to print a bunch of books and stickers, my mind has been in, like, eleven different places at once! I think that I should be back on track with a decent updating schedule now, though. I’m in NYC for the next week doing shows for Drawn Out Storytelling, which you guys should totally come see if you’re in the area! We’ve got three shows coming up:

The Adventure to MisadventureFriday, June 24 at 8:45 pm

Featuring stories by Jeff Simmermon (illustrated by Paul Swartz), Adam Wade (illustrated by Bailey Sharp and myself), and Kevin Allison and Adam Newman (illustrated by Bailey Sharp and Pat Barrett).

Rubber and Glue: Stories to and from Geeks, Dweebs, and LosersSunday, June 26 at 8:00 pm

Featuring stories by Ben Lillie (illustrated by Paul Swartz), Seth Lind (illustrated by Ben Horak), Leslie Goshko (illustrated by Pat Barrett and myself), and Erin Barker (illustrated by Ray B.).

Identities: The Secret Fantasy of Our RealityWednesday, June 29 at 8:45 pm

Featuring stories by Cyndi Freeman (illustrated by myself), Steve Zimmer (illustrated by Pat Barrett), Ophira Eisenberg (illustrated by Paul Swartz and myself), and Jefferson (illustrated by Pat Barrett and Ray B.).

All of these shows will feature musical accompaniment by Mike O’Malley, Ray Gehring, Steve Lipshutz, and Carson Moody, and they’re all part of the Comic Book Theater Festival at the Brick Theater. Tickets are $15, and you can get them online here or at the door. We’ve been working super hard on this show, and we’d love it if you could stop by!

Speaking of which, it’s about time for us to head over to Williamsburg and do some prep work before tonight’s show. If you have a chance, please come say hi! You’ll be treated to a delightful combination of live storytelling, music, and illustrations such as these:

Illustration for Joanna Bradley's storyThis is an image I did as practice for Joanna Bradley’s story last week. I’ll be working in a different style tonight, as the story I’m illustrating is slightly less classical and Sapphic, but I promise it’ll be fun. Hope to see you there!

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Little doodles and big news!

27 Apr

Hi, guys! Thanks for all your feedback in regards to my crests. I’m still making my final decisions, so I’ll leave the polls open for a few more days in case you’re still interested in voting. I’m planning to screenprint them sometime in the next two days, so I’ll let you know what the results are then!

As you can probably tell, things are getting to be super hectic here. I haven’t had a chance to do much non-thesis work, but I do have a little doodle for you today:

Thesis Warrior

I’m not just busy with thesis stuff, though! I’ve also been working with Nisse Greenberg and Paul Swartz to organize a pretty awesome show called Drawn Out Storytelling. Check it out:

Drawn Out Storytelling

Drawn Out Storytelling is our entry in the Brick Theater‘s Comic Book Theater Festival. It’s a show that combines live, note-free storytelling–the kind you might hear on Risk! or The Moth podcasts–with comic art! Performers like Nisse (and several others that I can’t reveal just yet) will tell their stories on stage, accompanied by either live drawing or a prepared slideshow of illustrations by artists like Pat Barrett, Ben Horak, Bailey Sharp, Paul Swartz, and myself. We’ll also have live musical accompaniment by Mike O’Malley, Jonathan Anderson, and possibly more. We’ve got four shows scheduled:

Saturday, June 18th at 5:30pm

Friday, June 24th at 8:45pm

Sunday, June 26th at 8:00pm

Wednesday, June 29th at 8:00pm

Interested in coming to the show? You can buy tickets here. Want to help us make the show happen? Check out our Kickstarter! You can donate as little as $1, and we’re offering some great prizes in return for donations. (Can you say, ‘custom original art’? AWW YEAH.) Even if you can’t attend or donate, we’d love it if you’d help spread the word. I’m really excited to be a part of this show, and I hope it’ll be a big success!

This is your brain. This is your brain on no sleep.

30 Mar

Ugh…I need to stop pulling all-nighters on blog update nights, you guys. I forgot to update because I spent all of Monday and Tuesday feeling like this:

guhhhhhhhh

CCS Industry Day is tomorrow, and I was determined to go all-out. I spent most of Monday making Leftovers Are Good Luck, a collection of my short comics that’ll be replacing Eat Up, Cat in my MoCCA debut lineup, and most of Tuesday fighting to stay awake and failing.

But hey, speaking of MoCCA, we finally received our table number! Bailey Sharp, Ben Juers, Max Mose, Paul Swartz, and I will be at table M10. We’ll have Em Sauter, Ryland Ianelli, and Jesse Mead on one side, and Beth Hetland, Ben Horak, Pat Barrett, and Josh Kramer on the other. (What an awesome sandwich!) We’ll also be in the same row as many other lovely CCSers, such as CJ Joughin, Canto, Billage, Andy Warner, Melanie Gillman, Nate Wooters, Dakota McFadzean, Holly Foltz, Denis St. John, Nomi Kane, and many more! If you’re going to be there, please come say hello!

I also mentioned in my previous entry that I’ll be teaching two comics workshops in Springfield, VT this summer. Some of the details have changed since the last time I mentioned it, so here are the final details:Let's Draw Comics with Lena!

Making Comics with Lena!

Come learn all the basics of making comics! We’ll pencil, ink, and letter our own comics starring our very own characters, and at the end of the week we’ll put it all together into a finished book. No experience necessary– if you like to draw, we’d love to have you!

The first session is for students 10-12 years old and will take place July 11-15 from 9:00-11:30 am. I’m going to be covering the basic terms, materials, and methods of making your own comics, including character design, backgrounds, and lettering. Plus, we’ll doing some really fun drawing activities, and at the end of the camp I’ll put the students’ work together into anthologies for everyone to take home. I’m so excited about teaching this!

The second session is for teens and older students and will take place July 25-29 from 9:00-11:30 am. I’ll cover the same basics as in the first session, since they can be beneficial for students of all ages, but I’ll be going into more detail and doing some extra activities. I’ll also put the students’ work from this camp into its own anthology for students to take home.

If you or someone you know is interested in either camp, you can find out more on the Vault Gallery’s website or at the gallery itself at 68 Main St., Springfield, VT. :)

All right, I figure I’ve talked your ears off enough for now. I’m off to Dr. Sketchy’s to draw some clowns in corsets! It’s gonna be tons of fun, so if you’re in the WRJ area, you should definitely stop by! :)

Dear Mayans: thank you for inventing hot chocolate.

10 Dec

Seriously. It’s gotten so cold here that I’m practically living off the stuff! If there was a way I could get this stuff intravenously, I would absolutely not do it because I am terrified of needles but metaphorically I would be in total favor of it.

…I just reread that last paragraph and am thinking that maybe I should cut down on my intake a little bit.

Chocolate beverage addictions aside, here’s the next set of sketches of the CCS class of 2011:

Ben Horak

Ben Horak will be completing a new issue of Grumptoast, his one-man anthology, as well as redesigning the cover of the first issue. He’s also designed some sweet merchandise featuring some of his recurring characters.

CJ JoughinCJ Joughin is continuing work on City of Cards, her story set in an extremely capitalist, corporation-run future. So far, transparent scrum halves have only made an appearance on her fantastic shirts from Japan and Korea, but I can only hope they show up in her comic as well.

Paul SwartzPaul Swartz is continuing work on The Magnificent Mockingbird Presents: A Vanishing Act (the first chapter of which was his mini-thesis last year) as well as compiling a monster alphabet book and beginning work on an as-yet-unnamed project about a young man trying to revitalize his tiny hometown’s economy by faking a UFO landing.

That’s all for this week! If I haven’t sunk into a sugar-induced coma by Monday, I’ll post more work then. :)

Why can’t I stop listening to the Monsters, Inc. theme?

12 Nov

Seriously, I’d like to know.

But while you’re pondering that, here’s a visiting artist sketch:

John Brodowski

This week’s speaker was John Brodowski, creator of Curio Cabinet and elementary school teacher. John kindly invited Kevin Uehlein, Jesse Mead, Max Mose, and myself into his classroom last week, where we spent a super-fun few hours talking about CCS and doing jam comics with his 5th grade classes. John is a really nice guy, and he gave a fun lecture. His comics focus heavily on communicating a story through mood and gesture, so they feel kind of dreamy as a result–not in the “idle fantasy” way, but more in an “is this real?” way, since they often have a creepy or weird element as well. As an added bonus, he showed us several clips of amazingly bad horror films that inspired him as a kid and talked for a while about Jason Voorhees. Good times, my friend. Good times.

Speaking of good times, do you know a surefire way to have a great 2011? The only method I’ve stumbled upon so far is to pick up a Beefsteak calendar, the CCS guys’ answer to our Peep Show calendar. Beefsteak was edited by Josh Kramer and includes work by (*takes deep breath*) Rio TaylorCantoPat Barrett, Jesse Mead, Kevin Uehlein, Ben HorakCasey Bohn, Tom Casteel, Jai Granofsky, Monty MontgomeryNick Patten, Carl MefferdAndy Warner, BillageRandall Drew, Dakota McFadzeanCat Garza, Jon FineJosh Kramer, Jan Burger, Max Mose, Paul Swartz, Katie Moody, and Melanie Gillman. That’s 24 contributors in all, so you actually get 2 cartoonists per month! It’s the same deal as Peep Show: each calendar is $7 (including s&h) and contains 12 hilarious (and sassy) drawings. You can order your very own copy from just about any of the dudes listed above–I know for sure that Canto and Paul have a few to spare. If you don’t feel like you can choose between the two, you can order both calendars for a total of $10. I’ll be receiving another 1o copies of Peep Show 2011 in just a few weeks, so those will be available again soon.

Okay, that’s enough blatant advertising for one day! I’m off to doodle some stuff and poke around with some watercolors. :)

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