As this autoposts, I’m wending my way northwards to Toronto for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, this Saturday and Sunday. There I’ll be selling all manner of my own books and prints, and will be on hand to sign copies of Nobrow #8, which will be debuting there. I’m very proud of my story “H.”, the last panel of which you see here. It’s a weird little thing, equal parts fussy and manic, in keeping with the theme of the book, “hysteria.” If you can’t make it to TCAF, you can preorder it here.
I’ll have the 16 original pieces of art that comprise the 40 panels of the story for sale, and I expect/hope that they’ll go quickly, so I would suggest hunting me down on Saturday rather than Sunday. Also on Sunday afternoon I’ll be interviewing Nao of Brown author Glyn Dillon as part of the festival, so mark your calendars accordingly. Wish me luck!
JIM GUTHRIE’s new album Takes Time premieres today, and it’s fantastic. You can order it (and/or stream it free) on Bandcamp (which presumably nets him more moola) and iTunes. I was able to get an advance copy and have worn electronic grooves in the mp3’s for the last few months: it’s really something. I discovered Jim’s music through the incredible Sworcery soundtrack, and then immediately started working back through his catalog. Now More Than Ever is an especial favorite, and his last solo studio album, nearly ten years old. I can’t recommend Jim as a person or as an artist highly enough—his music has become a really really important part of my life, and I’m the better for it.
The above comic is from a future series of diary comics, which I thought I’d have done by now, but no. But I couldn’t help sticking it out there to celebrate Jim’s new album, and hopefully drum up some new fans for him. Pass it along!
I’ve opened these up again for sale, though I’m still working on the last few from the last time. If you don’t mind waiting between 3 and 5 weeks to get yours, there are 10 available now, but probably not for very long.
I’m going to be doing a summer correspondence course. The focus will be on advancing your understanding of layouts, color, contour line drawing, and printmaking for producing comic books. The 8-week class is $500. Payment plans available. This class is limited: only ten students will be accepted.
Who the hell am I? I’ve been drawing comics since 1988 – and writing about comics since 1995. I’ve taught drawing at Parsons. My work has been exhibited at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. I have worked as an assistant to fine arts painters such as Francesco Clemente, Dorothea Rockburne and Gary Panter. Many of my paintings are in the collection of Bruno Bischofberger. My comic Storeyville is, allegedly, one of Chris Ware’s favorites. I’ve collaborated with Ben Jones. I was in a drawing contest against the French master Blutch – and it was deemed a tie! I have appeared in two volumes of Kramers Ergot. I am working with Dash Shaw on an animation project. I worked for the silkscreen wizard Frank Kozik. I am friends with Yuichi Yokoyama. I got into a yelling match with Brian Chippendale because I’m against photo-referencing. Jaime Hernandez taught me where all the freeways meet in Los Angeles. Gilbert Hernandez said my comic Pompeii was “pretty good”.
-3 figure drawings done on 3 x 5 index cards
-3 landscape drawings done on 3 x 5 index cards
-3 still life drawings done on 3 x 5 cards
-specific url links to any comics work you have done.
Applications due by June 1st. Email me - capneasyATgmailDOTcom - and I will send you an invite to the course blog so you see what it’s like. Check out my “Layout Workbook” series over at The Comics Journal. Overseas students welcome. Payment plans available - I will work with you to make it affordable. Thanks! -Frank Santoro
Frank is the best. I don’t know how his brain is wired up like that, but it’s wired up pretty good. I’ve come close to taking this class before, but I’ve never had the time. If you have the time, take it and let’s mind meld afterwards.
H.: Birds, Birds
BOXES (detail). I was about to go approve the proofs for this new giclee print I’m doing, but my truck won’t start. *sound of me trying to start it for 30 minutes* Sales on this print have been slow, which is not your fault. But if you were thinking of getting one and were on the fence, or just would like something colorful for your wall, something made by a 38 year old man who I guess is going to have some auto bills in his future, something that’s taken from a story that he’s very proud of, though it was painful to make… well this is your chance!
And don’t forget that I’m having a sale until Monday morning, meaning you can enter discount code SPRING during checkout and get 30% off this and anything else in my store you’d like, as long as you hit a $20 minimum. Thanks in advance for your orders, and if you don’t feel inclined, feel free to share and that’s good too. Or, do nothing at all: you’ve earned it!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. This Saturday, May 4, I’ll be a guest at Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find’s Free Comic Book Day extravaganza. It’s going to be, frankly, bananas, with over 20 artists signing autographs and doing sketches, including guys like Brian Stelfreeze, Adam Hughes, and Tony Harris, who I know from experienced are going to have super heavy duty lines.
SO if you’re in the Charlotte area Saturday, drop by between 1 and 5 and get a free sketch from me! They’ll be on a little 4.25” x 5.5” piece of cardstock, as pictured above, and will be probably in ink and watercolor, depending on how many people are waiting behind you. No charge, although I may have a few prints for sale, depending on how cheeky I’m feeling, and I’ll definitely have a tip jar.
My contribution to Nobrow 8 - Hysteria
This is amazing.
H.: Roach, Worm
Preview from my four-page story in the upcoming Nobrow #8, “Hysteria,” available for preorder now. I’ll be running two panels a day over the next month, leading up to its release at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.