Monday, September 16, 2013
Animator Edwin Rostron (who has some really good work online that you can watch here) has started a shiny new website devoted to experimental animation called Edge of Frame. He just posted an interview he did with Eyeworks and it can be read here. Thanks to Edwin for talking to us about the festival, and I'm really looking forward to keeping up with his site as it grows.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
What a fantastic festival! I've been wanting to go to Finland forever and am a big fan of the unique and gorgeous comics being made in Finland right now, so it was an absolute pleasure to be a guest of the Helsinki Comics Festival this year. Alexander and I spent the week in Helsinki and had a blast.
The festival begins!
This intimate pop-up theater was right next to the festival tents, and we showed an Eyeworks animation program twice per day for those who dared venture into The Black Box.
We got this eye-poppin' batch of comics at the festival, looking forward to sinking my teeth into these beauties.
Dormire Nel Fango, out from Canicola... Without a doubt this is one of the most lovely dedication drawings I have ever had in a book.
Huuda Huuda table.
Shadows in Paradise is one of my very favorites, so you can imagine my glee at finding out that the Kaurismaki brothers were the bar owners! It's like my fantasy of Helsinki was right on the money.
Joe Ollmann drawing) that this painting in the bar was of either a very beloved body guard or a hitman, it was unclear.
We had some time to explore around town and peek into shop windows, too.
MOOMIN EVERYWHERE, DREAM COME TRUE
Suomenlinna Island, a sea fortress which began being built in the mid 1700's. It sits across a group of six small islands and visitors can wander the cobblestone streets and explore and crawl around on everything.
The last night of the trip, a group of us ended up at a country western themed bar with some live music, and it was a perfect note on which to end the festival!
The next day Alexander and I flew from Helsinki to Stockholm, but due to foggy weather our connecting flight home to Chicago was delayed a full day. So it turned out that we had an extra night of our trip to wander around Stockholm. We spent the evening bumbling around the medieval area of Gamla Stan.
Monday, September 2, 2013
I'm very, very excited to be a festival guest at the Helsinki Comics Festival this year! I can't wait to read and get my mitts on more Finnish comics. I made a new screenprinted / foil stamped, two-sided accordion book for the festival, called Hoo Dunnit. I'll have these with me and a bunch of other stuff at the festival this weekend.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
a piece in the Sunday Review of the New York Times today! It's about economics and the sciences making (or not making) accurate predictions about the future. Thanks to AD Alexandra Zsigmond!