Thursday, April 30, 2009

interviewed by Broken Frontier

I got interviewed by Bart Croonenborghs at the Broken Frontier website awhile back and it's now online. Bart asked some great questions:

Friday, April 24, 2009

Bird Hurdler

Bird Hurdler is out now! It's a free comic put out by my friends at Sparkplug Comics, Tugboat Press, and Teenage Dinosaur. Check out the beautiful cover by Andrice Arp! It features 6 Portland cartoonists, including me. Here's a page spread from the story I did for it, though it's a little hard to tell what's going on from this photo. The book should be in comic shops all over by now, being given away for free, but you can also order one for a penny plus postage from , but while you're at it, check out all the other fine books available there too! Sparkplug is one of my favorite comics publishers. Dylan Williams (the man behind Sparkplug) always manages to find interesting, unusual cartoonists to publish. A couple of my most recent favorites are, Department of Art by Dunja Jankovic, and The Airy Tales by Olga Volozova.

Friday, April 10, 2009

The Astronomer's Wonderful Instrument

I've got a bunch of stuff coming up, all revolving around the Stumptown Comics Fest, which will be on April 18th and 19th from 10am-6pm at the Lloyd Center Doubletree, here in Portland, Oregon. I'll be selling my work at Table #70 all weekend. I'm also going to talking on a panel from 2:00-@:245 on Saturday the 18th. It's called Art and the Small business, and I'll be talking along side Dylan Williams, publisher of Sparkplug Comics and Jason Leivian, owner of Floating World Comics.
The night before all that (Friday 17th 7-11pm) there will be a comics party at Guapo Comics and Coffee on 6350 SE Foster Road! I've contributed a couple of pieces to the Space themed art show hanging there now (see above picture) The Party will be a book release for 6 or 7 new publications including Bird Hurdler, a free comic that I contributed a 6 page story too. There's also going to be readings from some great cartoonists and beer from Mactarnahan's brewing. It's going to be a fun night!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Back from ArtFest

I just got back from an amazing time teaching two all-day Drawing workshops at ArtFest in Port Townsend, Washington. My students were everything I hoped they would be: adventurous, good humored, and incredible company! They were sporting enough to wear the funny blindfolds I made for them while they drew without looking for the first ten minutes of class:

It was wonderfully surreal to have a room full of people wearing masks with giant unblinking eyes, all sitting in a room together. I couldn't help but want to snap a few pictures...
I told my students that they could all keep the masks if they promised to wear them in public within the next 10 days. I expect to be emailed photo documentation from each and every one of them any day now.
The last evening of ArtFest ends with a gallery show of all the work that was made by the 500 plus students over the long weekend. It's mind blowing! I tried to take pictures of all of the awesome work my students did, but the lighting didn't allow for the best pictures. The image above is by Jim Sorensen from my Saturday class. You can't really see the beautiful fine lines and textures he made from this photograph but you can get an idea.
These ones are by Josephine Chan from my Friday class. I wish you could see all the interwoven words and characters in this photo. She told me she didn't draw at all before this, but has now started to keep a sketch book! I hope I'll get to see more of her drawings sometime! She was an inspiring person to talk to.These pieces are by Karen Scudder, from my Saturday Class. I love those people and animal characters that emerged from the lines in that piece on the left. Very cool.
This one's by Peggy Duffner from my Friday class. It's beautiful! I wish I could show everything that my students did. They were unstoppable! ArtFest is one of the most amazing and inspiring events that I've very gotten to be a part of, and I feel pretty lucky that a goofball like me can end up in front of a classroom full of people willing to do silly things to explore their own minds.
Here's a photo of my good friend and fellow ArtFest teacher, Keith LoBue carrying a very strange painting. There's a story behind it: A few years ago, Keith and I, along with our other excellent friend, Tracy Moore, looked at this painting in an antique shop in Port Gamble, Washington. The painting is very haunting and creepy, yet strangely intriguing and funny. Definitely the work of some unknown outsider artist. The three of us rashly vowed that if the painting was still there the next time we were in that town, then we would each pay 1/3 of the price and co-own it together. I had thought that we were joking, but this year Keith called upon us to make good on our vows, and I now proudly own 1/3 of the painting. We've been taking pictures of the painting in various locations in order to document the adventures of these mutant children. Once every year the painting must change hands, and be hung somewhere in our house as part of our co-owner's duty. Keith gets it first. He lives in Australia, so I'm safe for a little while. Before I had to catch my train home to Portland, I got to spend half a day with a group of Tracy's excellent friends who were visiting from New York and California to help at ArtFest. We went wandering around at Gassworks Park in Seattle, which is filled with the most amazing antique machinery. This place gets me thinking about all kinds of ideas.
I'm probably going to have to draw a 3-eyed character with a gaping mouth, based off of the above piece of machinery.
Well, time to unpack my bags and get back to work on my other projects now!