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The hardest-working man in Columbus comix, Ken Eppstein, is curating an exhibit about the process of creating comic books from script to print from Feb. 7-23 at the Ohio Art League. The show also functions as a pop-up shop for local creators, including yours truly.

But you don’t just want to see art or buy comix. You want an experience, man. Ken’s got you covered for that, too.

Thursday, Feb. 7. 5-8 p.m.: Reception. It’s also your first chance to cop Nix Quarterly No. 5!

Reception event on facebook

Saturday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m.: The History of Ohio Art with Caitlin McGurk, Engagement Coordinator at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library
https://www.facebook.com/events/317464941706194/

Rumor this will be people bitching that Daryll Banks doesn’t get more work, and Bob Corby drunkenly demanding royalties from everyone.

Saturday, Feb. 16. 4 p.m. Diversity Among Comic Creators in Columbus Panel Discussion led by Victor Dandridge, Vantage Inhouse Productions
https://www.facebook.com/events/544977282181328/

Friday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.: Using Journalism to Create Comics presented by Derf Backderf
https://www.facebook.com/events/333822736732650/

This features Derf, whose “My Friend Dahmer” landed on Time Magazine’s list of best nonfiction books. Not best nonfiction comic books. Best nonfiction books.

I know Matt Kish will appreciate this:

Notebook Nerd – A Solo Exhibition Featuring 50 NEW Ballpoint Pen Drawings on Notebook Paper

Comic book artist Jim Rugg (“Street Angel” and “Afrodisiac” ) has a solo show at the iam8bit gallery in Los Angeles.

Sorry about the late notice, but I have a couple of pieces in a group show tonight at Skylab (Columbus).

Show runs from 6pm till 11pm.

 

Just a quick note about a great comic book related event that will benefit a charity right here in Central Ohio: many of Columbus’ comic book creators are banding together under the banner of the Columbus Comics Creator Coalition (C-4). And to kick off our first event, we’re putting on an art show (including live art sketching) at the cool WHAT THE ROCK?! boutique in Columbus’ Short North, this Saturday, June 4, from 5-9 pm.

The evening will feature a raffle with various prizes, including original artwork and comic books by area writers and illustrators. Raffle tickets will be exchanged for cans of food or sold for $1 apiece. All funds will benefit the Mid Ohio Foodbank.

Hope you can make it.

Comic book cover artist Phil Noto created this shoe for a “custom sneaker art show” at Bold Hype Gallery:

I’d like to see more superheroes wearing shoes like this. Imagine getting kicked in the teeth by that!

(via boingboing)

This past Sunday, fellow PANELista Ross Hardy and I headed down to the Columbus Museum of Art for their temporary exhibit, The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis. The exhibit features every single page of original art from Crumb’s Book of Genesis, the graphic novel project wherein he illustrates all 50 chapters from the Old testament. At over 200 pages, laid out in order in a serpentine pattern around several exhibit spaces, the collection is something to behold in person. It took Crumb 5 years to finish the project, and looking at the art, you know why.

I was initially struck by the insane amount of detail in his illustrations. You’ve probably already seen many scans online, but to look at each page and each panel, with the thousands of tiny, intricate pen strokes is just awe inspiring. And then there’s the amazingly perfect hand lettering, nearly extinct in this age of computer lettering.

Of course, even a master craftsman makes errors, so it was interesting to note the white out marks here and there. Also, given the sheer detail, I was surprised to see that Crumb doesn’t work too big; the boards were probably around 11 x 16. I guess I was expecting Tom Williams size super-sized pages.

The exhibit also included a selection of Crumb’s reference material. It’s obvious that he researched the subject matter extensively, and the display case of references was filled with folder after folder of photos and magazine pages, with appropriate labels like “women,” “temples and buildings,” and “camels, horses, and oxen.” He also used a lot of stills from various Bible-themed movies, from The Ten Commandments to B-movie religious flicks.

On a humorous note, I jotted down a few comments left by the museum patrons. Throughout the exhibit (as well as in the museum’s other halls) there are little “Join the Discussion” stations set up, with questions relating to the artwork on display, pads of sticky notes, and a board where patrons can post their comments. Judging by the handwriting, most were left by children (or school field trips, one presumes) and while many were insightful, some were just funny. For example, on the board asking for thoughts on the Biblical characters depicted in the work, this note under the character Eve caught my eye: “Everyone always blames the girl! Unfair!” Another note read “What happened, happened…get over it!” And finally, in a bit of meta-textual commentary, there was a sticky note reading “My favorite was the space tower,” but upon this someone else had stuck a narrower sliver of paper with a “thumbs up” picture drawn next to the phrase, “Tara likes this”.

The exhibit was truly amazing, and if you’re an artist yourself, you’ll be impressed and more than a bit jealous. The sheer amount of work and craft that Crumb has put in each page might make you want to just give up. Then again, he had 5 years to work on it, living rent free in a house in Southern France that he got in exchange for a suitcase of original art.

On a somewhat related note: while perusing the museum’s other collections, I ran into Jeff Smith. He was there with his wife and a friend to check out the Crumb exhibit, and we chatted for just a bit. It’s funny, even though I’ve met him several times now, both on and off the convention circuit, I still get all nervous and flustered talking to the guy. But come on, the guy’s a hometown hero, and to me, every bit as talented and iconic as Crumb.

It’s Baby Qee’s 15th anniversary. To celebrate, the Rivet Gallery asked a bunch of local artists to paint or mod a couple of figures. Show runs all through April. The opening is on April 3rd from 7-10pm. A portion from the art sales goes to the Ronald McDonald house.

A while ago I had bought a Qee and didn’t know.  So I’ll have three of these bad boys painted up at the show. Wish I knew more about modifying these things. You definitely do not want to cook these with Sculpey.  Other artists include locals Andrew Bawiddaman, Clint Reno and Chas Ray Krider.

*the rabbit piece changed radically from the above pic.

I’m one of the presenters at Pecha Kucha Columbus. My slide show will be about comic books, from early influences to my latest projects. There will be 9 other presenters, with topics ranging from labor and fashion, to detention tactics, to wine! There will also be music, food, and entry is a mere $2 donation.

The event is Thursday, Feb 11, starting at 7 pm. The location is the OSU Urban Arts Space at 50 West Town Street.

More information and directions can be found here.

What is Pecha-Kucha?

Pecha-Kucha Night, devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo, was conceived in 2003 as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Pecha-Kucha (which is Japanese for the sound of conversation) has tapped into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown, without having to rent a gallery or chat up a magazine editor. This is a demand that seems to be global – as Pecha-Kucha Night, without any pushing, has spread virally from Tokyo to over 160 cities world-wide.

Curious? See pecha-kucha.org for more info.

What is the format?

As a presenter, you are allowed to share 20 slides total, and you get 20 seconds during each slide to talk. Slides should be timed… 20 slides at 20 seconds each gives you a total of 6 minutes 40 seconds to speak.

If you haven’t caught it in the Dispatch this weekend (or read this blog), Jeff Smith’s show at the Wexner is this weekend. Friday night is the Spring opening for both shows on view from 6-9pm, if I’m reading it correctly it is open to the public. The reception (ie the booze) opens at 8 and is for members only. Saturday is the free talk at the Mershon, beginning at 2pm. I would advise getting there early, if it’s anything like the Harvey Pekar talk. It will pack the place. Jeff in conversation with Scott McCloud as moderator.

Both Steve and Jeff have been posting some great behind the scene pics of the show going up. Some crazy big blowup’s of the art. Can’t wait.

Wendy saw this on Columbus Underground and forwarded it to me. Basically, a Columbus art show where every piece will be priced at an even $100.

“The Cnote Art Show will take place at Junctionview Studios on March 7th and 8th 2008. The C Note show will be a price point art show with all original artwork of every medium being sold for the sweet price of $100 each. There will be no restrictions on size and some people have already entered some very large pieces for the price point. Every artist that submits will be able to show their work and there is a voting process in place on the website that will offer certain artists special hanging options.”

Deadlines are as follows:

February 20th – Registration closes
February 24th – Image Upload closed
March 1st – Artwork drop off date and hanging
March 7th – preview night
March 8th – main event

More info at C-Note Art Show.


Some really nice work I stumbled across on over at Juxtapoz. Check out Dave Kinsey‘s site. The profile on Juxtapoz covers his show at BLK/MRKT Gallery in Culver City.


The lovely Lisa sent me word that the prints made their journey to England alright. The print show will be up at the Travelling Man Coffee Bar in Leeds. For more info go here. The coffee bar serves up graphic novels and lattes. A model that I think would be interesting to try stateside as well.

She’s also heading up the Thought Balloon Festival in Leeds. Interesting mix of indie and mainstream.

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to donate some art to help out Bill Mantlo. A writer from the old days of Marvel. I remember him fondly from Rom and he also penned the Micronauts I believe. He was in a pretty bad car accident in the early nineties which left him in a Brain Injury nursing home. Probably for the rest of his life. If you can, come on out to Floating World on December 6th. Art by Frank Miller, Bill Sienkiewicz, P. Craig Russell, Sal Buscema, Steve Ditko and others.

thanks,
Tom

SPACENIGHT – ROM TRIBUTE SHOW

A Collection Of Digital Prints & Original Art To Benefit Bill Mantlo
DECEMBER 6TH, 2007 – 1ST THURSDAY OPENING, 6-10PM
FLOATING WORLD COMICS
20 NW 5TH AVE 101
PORTLAND, OR
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