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Long time, no see!

16 Sep

Hi, guys! I missed you! The reason I’ve been MIA lately is that I’ve been hard at work (along with Paul and Nisse) on Drawn Out Storytelling.

…What’s that, you say? There’s a link there? Why, yes there is! We launched our brand-new website just a couple days ago! It’s already got a few videos up for your viewing pleasure. We’ll be adding one episode of our video podcast at the end of every month, each of which will feature two brand-new stories (paired with, of course, custom artwork and music) plus some commentary and bonus artwork from myself, Paul, and Nisse. The site also features artwork from previous shows, producer bios, and information about our upcoming shows. LIKE THIS ONE:

Drawn Out Storytelling: Experimenting with Exploration (version 1)This poster actually comes in two different color schemes. I wanted to experiment with using non-literal color (e.g., not always coloring the sky blue and the grass green), and I couldn’t decide which version I liked better, so I printed them both! Here’s the other:

Drawn Out Storytelling: Experimenting with Exploration (version 2)Yeah, I know the grass still turned out green in this one, but I tried, okay? :P I’d be interested in hearing which poster you guys like best. If you have a strong preference, feel free to let me know in the comments.

If you like what you see, you should definitely come to the show! Paul and I will be collaborating on Naomi Azar and Aaron Wolfe’s story, plus I’ll be doing some artwork for Mimsy’s excellent experimental segments of the evening. It’s gonna be a really great show, so I hope you guys can make it! If you can’t (or, heck, even if you can!), you can also follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook. That’s almost as good. :)

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Rain, rain, come and stay…

25 Jul

Finally, a little bit of relief from the heat! White River and the surrounding areas had lovely overcast weather all day today, plus a little bit of rain in the afternoon. It feels absolutely heavenly after last week’s fire and brimstone! It was a nice treat for the first day of my second comics camp at the VAULT Gallery. I have nine great students this week, and I can’t wait to see the characters and comics they’ll create!

Anyway, considering today’s weather, I figured it’d be appropriate to post this today:

Rainy Day

Overall, I like how this one turned out–especially her outfit. Drawing fashionable (or even semi-fashionable) clothes is really difficult for me, and I rarely try to add patterns to the stuff I do draw, so this was a tough image to finish. I feel like I succeeded on both counts there, but I kind of wish I’d used a different method to color the rain. It turned out a little too uneven for my tastes; if the streaks were just a little neater or if I’d colored it digitally I think I’d be much more satisfied with it. The weather forecast’s calling for rain most of this week, though, so I should have a lot of time to practice!

It’s not the heat…it’s the humidity. AND the heat.

22 Jul

Okay, when I mentioned the heat in my last update, clearly I did not understand what I was talking about. If I had, I would have known that it could get so much worse–which, over the course of these past few days, it totally has. Walking around WRJ has turned into an endurance test. How far can you walk without stopping to sit in the shade, have a cold drink, or go stand in the river? (I actually did the latter today with Jesse Mead, Sean Knickerbocker, Jon Fine, and some other lovely folks, and it was delightful.)

In keeping with the smoldering heat theme the weather’s had the past few days, here’s something I drew earlier this summer:

Suntan

I am the sort of person who always wears shorts to the beach, so I end up with some ridiculous tan lines. I’ve never had one quite this bad, but let’s just say that I didn’t have to extrapolate too far.

I’m really happy with how this one turned out! It’s one of my favorite things I’ve drawn this summer. I’m thinking about branching out into the wide, wonderful world of sticker production soon, so what do you guys think? Would you like to see this melanistically-challenged young lady on a sticker? Please let me know what you think in the comments, especially if there are other images you’d like me to put on stickers!

I can’t beat this heat!

20 Jul

I just got back from a very brief (but very fun!) visit home, and man oh man did I forget how muggy Vermont is! My folks live near the water, so even when it’s hot the air is nice and dry when I come to visit. On the East Coast, though, it was so humid when I got off the plane that I practically had to swim to my car! But enough of that–here’s something I drew on the flight back:

Faaahhshion~I always default to drawing short, hourglass-shaped girls whenever I’m doodling, so this time I tried to branch out and draw someone a little different. (…Well, she’s taller, at least!) I’m also trying to learn to draw clothing better. A lot of my characters dress in T-shirts and jeans, probably because that’s all I wore up until a year or two ago, and I want to be able to draw clothing that fits them better. I like how this one turned out, though–maybe I’ll color it later.

Speaking of liking things (and isn’t that a smooth segue?), here’s something I overheard at lunch today:

Overheard at the Polka Dot

So far, that’s the best retaliation I’ve heard to a child not liking something. I look forward to having the opportunity to use that line myself!

Welp, I think that’s about it from me for tonight. I’m gonna get back to the important things, like doing laundry and draping my body over the box fan in the living room.

That’s a wrap, folks!

15 Jul

Phew! Today was the last day of my first week-long comics camp at the VAULT Gallery. I had a really great group of kids who were all hardworking, funny, and great artists! They made some really fantastic illustrations and comics this week–I was totally blown away! I had a lot of fun teaching them, and I hope they had fun, too.  Here’s a picture of all of us:

VAULT Gallery Camp Week 1

From left to right, that’s Sasha, Josh, Gabriel, me, Jacob, and Rileigh. They’re all holding the diplomas I designed especially for the camp. Here’s a closer look:

VAULT Gallery Camp Diploma

Overall, I’m pretty proud of how it turned out! I’m pushing myself to get better at digital coloring (especially at establishing and working with a limited palette of colors). While I didn’t try anything too crazy with this, I still feel like it was a success.

If you’re in the Vermont area and the idea of comics camp sounds interesting to you (or someone you know), why not sign up for the next camp I’m teaching? It goes July 25-29 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am, and it’s for students 14 and older. The VAULT Gallery’s website has details on how to register here. We still have lots of room, and I’d love to have you as part of the class!

Okay…I had a pretty long day today and have to get up early tomorrow morning, so I think I’m gonna call it a night. See you on Monday, faithful readers! :)

Scratch that–who’s got two thumbs and her master’s degree?

21 May

Spoiler alert: it’s THIS GUY again! :D

Sorry for the extreme delay in updates, you guys! I was completely wrapped up in my nervousness about meeting with the thesis committee, and after that I was busy celebrating the fact that I TOTALLY PASSED! In fact, every single member of the class of 2011 passed, making this a first in CCS history! I’m pretty proud of us.

We had a fantastic commencement ceremony featuring speeches by Lawrence Lee Derks III (whose blog is brand-spanking-new) and Francoise Mouly of RAW, Little Lit, and The New Yorker fame! You can watch a video of the ceremony, including a somewhat-impromptu dance number, here (courtesy of Bailey‘s dad). While you’re at it, you can also check out our amazing diploma drawn by–who else?–my fantastic advisor, Aaron Renier! I’m gonna do a post gushing about everything next week (and reflecting on my time at CCS), but for now you’ll have to make do with this picture from the graduation reception:

Me and the fam!

That’s me with my mom, dad, and grandma. My grandpa is, as always, the one behind the camera. I’m wearing the smile of someone whose life suddenly includes sleep, showers, and chocolate-covered pretzels! (My grandparents brought me boxes of Sarris chocolate-covered pretzels all the way from Pittsburgh…and if you’re from the ‘burgh, you know how great those are!) I had a fun time showing them all around WRJ and introducing them to all my friends.

Now that they’ve gone home, I get to kick back, relax, and–oh yeah–get started on work for Drawn Out Storytelling! Pat, Bailey, Paul, and I all headed to NYC earlier this week to meet with some of the storytellers and plan out our illustrations. We’ve got a fantastic lineup for these shows! Kevin Allison (of The State and Risk!) Jeff Simmermon (of The Moth and And I Am Not Lying), Peter Aguero (of The Moth and The BTK Band), and Ophira Eisenberg (also of The Moth and As Is) will all be there on varying nights, plus a bunch of other incredibly talented storytellers, artists, and musicians! Check out the full lineup on our Kickstarter here.

And, speaking of our Kickstarter, guess what? We are 93% funded! :D Thank you guys so, so much for your support–it means everything to us! We’re just $125 away from our goal, and we’re incredibly excited. If you have a spare dollar or two, please think about sending it our way so that we can make this show the best it can be!

I’m about to wrap it up for tonight, so here’s a little drawing I did during one of our many summer thunderstorms this week:

rainy run!As someone who’s lived in California for the last eight years, summer rain is a new and wonderful phenomenon to me. I love it! I assume that someday the idea of it being 80 degrees and pouring rain will become normal to me again, but right now I’m content to spend a lot of time staring out the window, fanning myself and marveling.

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!

We’ll eat coconuts and mangoes under the next waxing moon.

21 Apr

Just a short update for you guys tonight! I’ve been super busy working on my thesis project, but you know who else has been busy? My thesis advisor, Aaron Renier! He’s been providing me with lots of great feedback throughout the year, and he’s also been hard at work on the second volume of his comic The Unsinkable Walker Bean. Recently, the nominees for this year’s Eisner awards were announced, and guess what made the list? That’s right: The Unsinkable Walker Bean, Vol. 1!

I’m a big fan of the book (and not just because Aaron’s my advisor–I read it and loved it before we were paired together), so in my excitement over its nomination I drew some fanart.

The Unsinkable Walker BeanGenoa’s one of my favorite characters in the book, so of course she was the one I chose to draw. I hope it’s clear what she’s got in her hands! It was a real challenge to do the background in this image because of my attempts to mimic Aaron’s use of black and attention to detail (specifically, the wood grain and all the little objects on the shelves), but overall I’m proud of how it came out. Maybe if I have time later I’ll add some color. That would be a lot of fun, too. :)

Why is tonight different from all other nights?

19 Apr

Because I finally remembered to update, maybe? I am trying so hard to end this streak of starting all my posts with an interjection and an apology for missing posts, but it turns out that that habit is pretty hard to break since I keep missing blog posts! These past two weeks have been super busy–I had to do a ton of printing for MoCCA, then a bunch of reprints for Paint & Pixel Festival, plus thesis work and attending classes (including Lynda Barry’s writing workshop last week)! Things have calmed down a little now–or at least as much as they’re going to–so hopefully I’ll be more timely with my posts (I say, writing a post after midnight). Things are gonna get crazy the closer it gets to May 2nd, the due date for our thesis projects, so there may be fewer updates around that time. Don’t say you weren’t warned! :P

Anyway, enough of that. As you guys probably know, today was Passover. I don’t practice any particular religion, but my grandmother’s family is Jewish and I like to keep in touch with that part of my culture when I can. (I like to tell people I’m Jew…ish.) Here’s how I spent the holiday:

How I Spent My PassoverSadly, tonight wasn’t all that different from all other nights for me. I still slept too late (as a result of staying up too late) and stressed out about my thesis and will go to bed far too late again. I’ve just been much more aware of my lack of matzoh brei than usual!

Matzoh brei is basically my favorite Jewish food. (For those who aren’t familiar, it’s the delicious product of matzoh–unleavened bread that bears resemblance to crackers–soaked in scrambled eggs and fried in a pan. Delicious!) Last year a bunch of us CCSers had a big Passover dinner, and I made enough for 12 people. It was a considerable challenge to keep from eating all 12 servings myself! This year we were all too busy to put anything together, so I didn’t have a chance to make it. As a result, my thoughts today tended to go in this direction:

Matzoh brei~

Once my thesis is turned in, I’m gonna go on a cooking spree. I think matzoh brei is first on the list of things to make!

MoCCA Report!

12 Apr

Hello again, guys! Sorry for not updating much last week–I was caught up in a whirlwind of MoCCA prep, which involved a lot of frantic printing and assembling of books. It was totally worth it, though! I got to hang out with a bunch of my favorite people. For example, here’s a drawing of Nisse Greenberg, who let us crash on his couch:

Nisse Greenberg

Nisse is one of Paul’s good friends and a pretty great storyteller. We’ll be doing a show with him later this summer called Drawn Out Storytelling that involves live collaboration between cartoonists and storytellers. It’s gonna be awesome, and I’ll let you guys know more details as soon as they’re available!

I also met a lot of new people at the con, including Matt Madden, Yuko Ota, and Ananth Panagariya. I got to reconnect with KJ Martinet and Josh Weisbrod (two of my old CSSSA classmates), and I saw Scott C., Megan Baehr, and Maggie Siegal-Berele again! Seeing Maggie was totally unexpected, since she and I didn’t recognize each other at first but then realized that we had totally traded comics last year.

Meeting (or re-meeting) people is absolutely my favorite part about cons–aside from the bit where people give me money to do what I love. I get really excited about talking to people who come to my table, even if they don’t buy anything. We met some pretty great characters this year–my favorites were the little Russian kid with blue Lego glasses who were totally entranced by Paul‘s stickers and the middle-aged woman who told us that temporary tattoos used to be called “cockamamies” and about all the celebrities she’d run into on the street as a kid. I got to have some pretty fun conversations, too! A high school girl who was a member of her school’s comic club asked me if I had any comic-making advice, which was super flattering, and an Indian girl at the end of the day totally recognized that I had an Indian name, too. Her name was Sumana, which is a pretty rad name that reminded me a lot of my sister Mana. I wonder why? :P

I spent most of my time behind the table, but I did get a chance to run around and check out the other tables a little bit. These are all the minicomics I’d accumulated by the end of the show:

Lookit all these great comics!

Not pictured are my copy of the Johnny Wander book and my super-rad Russian Scrabble piece ring. :D I can’t wait to read everything! Maybe I’ll do some reviews of my favorites. Is that something you guys’d be interested in reading, or would that just be super boring?

Okay, I’m off to do some rapid-fire pencilling before I go to bed! I’ve gotta be in tip-top shape for Lynda Barry‘s workshop tomorrow! I am so crazy excited, you guys…I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep!

…Aww, who am I kidding. Yeah, I will. MoCCA wore me out! :)

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