As you may already know, our award-nominated Lucky In Love artist Stephen DeStefano also has quite the background in animation, working on such favorites as The Ren & Stimpy Show, Earthworm Jim, and The Venture Brothers (a personal obsession for me and Mike). There is a reason he is regarded in the industry as "The Guru of Storyboarding"!
And New Yorkers are in luck, as his popular MoCCA class "How to Do Storyboards for Animation" is back and expanded to four sessions, happening every Monday this month from 6:30 to 9:00 pm! While the class will focus on storyboarding for TV animation, you can bet DeStefano will touch upon other formats as well. I mean, clearly, he is a master at both!
Are you kidding me?! One of the few things I love as much as comics is fashion, so a dress featuring a print designed by artist Ray Fenwick is almost too much for me to handle.
Titled "Toothpick Swarm," this cotton jersey dress from Threadless.com features Fenwick's immediately-identifiable illustration work in a bold tomato-red print.
And fellas, Fenwick has you covered, too, with the "S.S. Aimless" tee, also available through Threadless.com. Um... I kinda want this, too.
Of course, if you'd rather read it than wear it, just click here to get your copy of Mascots, if it's not on your bookshelf already. More of Fenwick's energetic work in his signature surrealistic style, and less laundry.
Heroes Con is this weekend, June 3rd through 5th, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. And while Fantagraphics won't be there ourselves, a couple of our awesome artists will be in attendance!
Visit Drew Weing in the Artists Alley at Booth 423! According to his Twitter Account, it's your chance to get one of the last few precious copies of the first printing of his acclaimed debut novel Set to Sea. He'll also have some mini-comics and original art for sale.
As the clock strikes midnight, we invite you to join Jim Woodring in the shadows of the sculpture garden...
No, it's not the plot of a Kubrick film; it's Nightshift, a special dusk-to-dawn event at the garden of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN!
This unique event features live music, collaborative drawing, bedtime stories, and even a Busby Berkeley–style sleeping bag choreography!
And at midnight, Jim will be giving a demonstration of the infamous giant pen. Stop by the Walker Cinema room to observe and converse with this artistic genius!
Nightshift begins at 9:00 PM this Saturday, June 4 and runs until 6:00 AM the next morning at the Walker Art Center [1750 Hennepin Ave.]. The event is completely free, and you'd be a lunatic not to go.
Residents of San Francisco should head over to the Cartoon Art Museum tonight as they welcome author Monte Schulz! Schulz will talk about growing up with his father, Peanuts artist Charles M. Schulz, and how "Sparky" influenced his own writings. It's sure to be an engaging evening for all!
Following the presentation, Schulz will be signing copies of his latest novel, The Last Rose of Summer. The Cartoon Art Museum is located at 655 Mission Street in San Francisco. The event runs from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and is free and open to the public!
Meet Stan Sakai this weekend at the Phoenix Comicon 2011, kicking off Thursday, May 26th and running through Sunday, May 29th. He'll be there all weekend, signing at Booth #427!
You can also catch him on Friday, May 27th at 1:30 pm, in the panel "Nuts and Bolts of Comics Creation," where he'll talk about how to take a comic book concept from idea to reality, alongside some fellow pros in the industry.
And you can hear him again on Saturday, May 28th at 1:30 pm, in the panel "Rockstar Animals in the Comic Book World," as he discusses having animals as the lead character in a comic book!
It sounds like a great weekend to get your Usagi Yojimbo box sets and books signed! (And while you're at it, be sure to wish Sakai-san a "Happy Belated Birthday"! It was this past Wednesday!)
Olympia, WA is a city well-known for its DIY ethos, so it's perfect that the guest of honor at this year's Olympia Comics Festival is Megan Kelso, an artist who self-published her influential mini-comic Girlhero throughout the '90s.
And, it's also appropriate that we will be debuting the reissue of her collection Queen of the Black Black at the festival! YES!
Queen of the Black Black compiles Megan's early Girlhero strips, along with a few other things, into a wonderful redesigned volume. The original limited edition pressing of this came out nearly a decade ago and has been long, gone, out-of-print, people. On a personal note, I'm just overjoyed that Fantagraphics is getting to reprint it. This is a book that NEEDS to be out there.
And there are so many opportunities to hear more about it, and all her books, from Ms. Kelso herself, this Saturday, May 21st!
Not only will Megan be there, but Mome artist (and another DIY champion herself) Andrice Arp will be at the festival. I'm waiting for Olympia to explode from the awesome when Andrice and Megan do their panel.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM // Capitol Theater [206 5th Ave. SW] Introduction and live music by Spiritual Successor(us) Interview with Paul Chadwick Rick Perry presents a classic animated short Super Fun Contest Interview with Megan Kelso Stand-up comedian Morgan Picton makes comics funny again Why Not Do Some Improv About Comics? Interview with Larry Gonick Unintentionally Funny Comics Closing Remarks
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