Wednesday, September 28, 2011
It's Fall again, and that means that Alexander Stewart and I are getting all our ducks in a row for putting together this year's Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation! It will be happening in downtown Chicago on November 5th and 6th. I made this new little gif for the festival site. More details on the festival to come as we finalize the programs!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
I made some new prints for an upcoming show at the Hyde Park Art Center called Blaque Lyte. As you may guess from the title, it's going to be a show of all black light sensitive work, curated by crazy geniuses Paul Nudd and Chris Kerr. I drew these heads and screenprinted them with glow-in-the-dark ink (which also fluoresces under black light) and they will be installed in a vertical stack of 7 different heads, as a 7-foot-tall flat totem pole. Should be a very psychedelic show overall.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
This Thursday the 15th, Chris Sullivan will be showing a preview screening of his incredible animated feature Consuming Spirits, over ten years in the making! Chris was one of my animation teachers, and one of the main people who inspired me to start doing animation and comics. This is a little excerpt of his film, above. A couple years ago I animated a short hand-drawn scene for the film, and am really honored to have contributed a tiny part to this incredible piece. Anyway, if you are in Chicago, you'd be crazy not to go to see this! Info is here.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Dylan Williams passed away this weekend, and the world lost one of its most passionate, supportive, and selfless people. For those not familiar with Dylan's publishing company Sparkplug Comics, please take look at the wonderful and unique work that Dylan put out into the world. Here is a beautiful memory of Dylan from Austin English, and you can hear an interview with Dylan from a few years back here. And here's Nate Beaty's really sweet photo of Dylan. The positive impact he had on the comics community is immeasurable, as is the gap that is left in his absence. He will be very missed, and he continues to be an inspiration in comics and art, and as a model way to live one's life for however long we are here.
Monday, September 5, 2011
There's going to be an exhibition about comics called Cartoon Ink opening soon in Chicago, at SAIC's newly relocated Betty Rymer Gallery. The opening night has switched around a bit and now it looks like the opening is scheduled for this Friday, the 9th, from 4:30-7. I think there might also be a closing reception at some point... In any case, it should be up from sometime in mid-September through mid-October, and includes a lot of local cartoonists. I have some original comics pages and animation frames in the show as well as one of my artists' books on display. I have class until 6pm that evening but will then try to run through downtown to catch a little bit of the opening!