Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Mini Books for Sale

* New merch just in time for Spring *

DRAWN THRU is the first collection of my personal work I've printed up for 6 years. 6 years?! I know, it's been a while. But if people like this format then I'd love to print up other series, like the Africa illustrations.

It's 20 pages (color) and features artwork I made last year while I was drawing thru depression and existential crisis. (Which reads more optimistic than it might sound) 
It also features a special cut-out page!

SEALED was originally published on ACT-I-VATE online webcomix collective in 2009 as I was developing Page by Paige. In fact, this was the first comic I made that was more than a couple pages long!  It was my first exploration of comic page layout and lettering...and it reveals how I could not draw hands.

It's 16 pages (in classic avocado green) and is all about growing up TUPPERWARE, from a kid's point of view as well as an adult feminist perspective. Apologies if this is embarrassing for any members of my family!

*Shipping Note: It's just $1 per book to ship within the USA! If you place an order for someplace abroad, you can expect an e-request from me asking for an extra couple bucks to cover the difference.



Currently Reading: Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth...by Grant Morrison and
Dave McKean.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Recent Press!

* Justine Magazine *
WOW I'm featured in this month's Justine Magazine!! 
They interviewed different female writers and illustrators, including my Brooklyn comrade Colleen AF Venable.  You can see the ONLINE CONTENT here (which varies from the print magazine) and then the print version is below.

* Will & Whit makes Top 10 *
 I realize I never mentioned this here in my blog previously.....but Will & Whit was selected as one of the TOP TEN Teen Graphic Novels of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews!! It's an honor to be in esteemed company with authors like Gene Luen Yang.

* American Association of School Librarians *
 As part of School Library Month, I'm happy to be included in this online gallery of author quotes singing libraries' praises for the American Association of School Librarians. (And yes, Hurricane Whit was definitely on my mind when I made THIS comparison!)

Currently Reading: Benjamin Franklin : An American Life...by Walter Isaacson

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wrap-Up: Pilot After-School Program

The first ever Will & Whit After-School 
Graphic Adventure Club has been completed!
It took place over 8 weeks at Otter Valley Union Middle School in Burlington, Vermont with teacher Kim Hewitt.  (You can read more about this program's backstory and my visit to them a couple months ago HERE.)  The kids really enjoyed it, and so did us grown-ups! Each week students read a chapter from the book, followed by discussion and a hands-on activity.

For example, they drew a mini-comic and played different drawing games...

...they made collages and drew in their sketchbooks.

For the final session of the after-school club, I Skyped with the kids so they could ask me questions and show me drawings they had made.

And I even got some drawings in the mail, which I love! These were fanciful creatures they invented.

It looks like we'll hold this program again next year, so it'll be a nice opportunity to refine the program further in the same location with the same teacher. Thanks for helping us make this happen, Artners Kim and Larken! 

If you'd like to learn more or get involved, 
please visit the Will & Whit Website.
Currently Listening: Burn Your Fire For No Witness...Angel Olsen.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Upcoming: Awesome Con in DC!

Now that I'm back in the Washington, D.C. area 
I'm pleased to announce that I'll be a guest at  

April 18 - 20th @ Walter Washington Convention Center
Tickets: $30 sat or sun, $50 weekend, $60 all three days.
Fri: 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 7:00pm
Sun: 10:00am - 5:00pm

I'll be debuting some brand-spanking-new merch: 

I have finally printed my online comic Sealed: Growing Up Tupperware as a slick avocado-tinted 16-page mini comic! And I've assembled selected illustrations from last year into a colorful 20-page mini book called Drawn Thru: Drawing Thru Depression. This is the first time I've printed my personal "real" drawing style in 6 years, so it's long overdue. ($5 each!)

You can find me in 
Artist Alley Table D15 & These Special Events:

Mini-Comic Workshop
...with Laura Lee!
Sunday 12:30-1:30 (room 203A)
Want to make your own comics? Mini-comics are a great way to get started! Laura Lee gives a mini crash-course in comic storytelling basics using interactive discussion, live drawing, and sketchnoting. You will fold your own eight page mini-comics as well as receive helpful handouts (covering topics like camera angles) to inspire you to make your own. This will be fun and informative for both kids and adults! Ages 8 and up.

Representation is Important
...with Jeremy Whitley, Amy Chu, Alex Simmons, and me.
Saturday 2:30-3:30 (room 209B)
Comics have a reputation for being for white guys of a certain age. However, we live in a world where a young black boy can be Spider-Man and a Muslim girl from New Jersey can be Ms. Marvel. Come and learn what comics creators are doing to help the diversity of the world change comics and hopefully help those comics change the world.

Comics, Not Just for Adults Anymore!
...with Jeremy Whitley, Jamal Igle, Mike Raicht, and me.
Sunday 2:30-3:30 (room 209B)
The days of being able to buy comics from a drug store spinner rack are long gone and parents can't hand their kids any issue of Batman off the shelf anymore. But the grim and gritty hasn't taken over the entire comics market. Come have fun and learn about the comics that you and your kids can stay up late reading in bed!

Currently Reading: American Born Chinese...by Gene Yang.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Karat's New Street Art Etchings

Karat Has Reappeared!

Who's Karat? She's my street art alter ego, a true Agent of Whimsy.  Karat specializes in brass/copper etchings, wheat pastes, glitter bombs, and other creative capers. You can see pics of ALL Karat's artwork from NYC and abroad in this Street Art Flickr Gallery.

So back in 2009 Karat made a bunch of brass etchings at Madagascar Institute. Due to procrastinating, the first few didn't go up around NYC until 2011. Those you can SEE HERE.

The rest of the etchings just appeared in New York over the past couple months. They're historical markers made of brass, which I invite you to visit if you're in the neighborhood! Hopefully they're still there...

* Etching #1 *
 Empire Fulton Ferry Park

LOCATION: Successfully installed in DUMBO in Brooklyn, at the corner of Adams Street and John Street on the East edge of Empire Fulton Ferry Park.

* Etching #2 *

LOCATION: Successfully installed in the Lower East Side in Manhattan, 154 Orchard Street.

* Etching #3 *
 Metropolitan Museum of Art

LOCATION: Successfully installed in the Upper East Side in Manhattan, North of the museum where 84th and 85th street converge just inside Central Park.

* Etching #4 *
 McCarren Park

LOCATION: FAIL! Installation didn't hold up in McCarren Park (Brooklyn) but etching survived so it might be reinstalled in the future.

Etching #5:
 Spaeth Design

LOCATION: FAIL! It disappeared from its West 54th Street location (Manhattan) after installation.

* Thank you Juliet Trail, Diana Arge, and Daniel Kadin for your photos and whimsy! *

Currently Listening: Haim...Days Are Gone.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Recap: Bergen Street Drawing Party

Here are a few photos from a couple weeks ago when I held a Drawing Party 

I mean, just look at this crowd. They are the cutest.

In the afternoon we held the kids event, where we played a few rounds of drawing games.  These were big on animals and high on the silly-scale. These kids were so clever and creative!

In the evening we held an adult event where we had a casual discussion about our work and behind-the-scenes insights. We had a great crowd, which included a bunch of young cartoonists who are starting out like Steven here.  Inspiration was in the air.
I'm so glad I got to do an event with Raina and Dave before I leave town, as well as the opportunity to hold it at Bergen Street Comics. Thanks for such a lovely going-away event!

Note: These photos were kindly swiped from from Raina, Steven Paulino, and Matt Elliot.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Upcoming Virginia Homecoming Event!

The Will & Whit Musical Artners are uniting 
for a special homecoming event!

Local author and Eisner Award nominated graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge (Page by Paige) will lead an interactive discussion about her work and how Charlottesville was an influence on her latest book, Will & Whit! Featuring door prizes, original artwork on display, and book signing.

Laura Lee will be joined by Artners
Lauren Larken (who is flying in from California!), Juliet Trail, and Ceci Vaughan who are developing Will & Whit as a DIY musical for young people as well as an after school club. We will discuss the project, lead a collective body-of-sound activity, and hold a live performance by local teens who will debut songs from the upcoming musical!

Sat. March 22nd 
Telegraph Gallery 
110 4th St NE Charlottesville, VA
Facebook Event