Wiggle while you work.
The world is watching, White America.
FIGHT TERRORISM, STOP COPS.
Don’t forget. This is still happening. This has continued to happen.
It will continue to happen if we look away.
Stay alert. Keep watching.
I got asked to draw a 3 page, wordless Hello Kitty comic for a book celebrating her 40th birthday. It was fun.
Let me tell you, knowing that this is a thing? That, that is a treat on this Tuesday afternoon.
NEXT WEEK IN PITTSBURGH:
Wottaweek in this town!
made for comicsworkbook
Back on the horse.
Incredible. These comics have breath control!
Pirate Scouts!! Real risograph, faux-CMYK!!
SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2014 • 7:00PM TO 9:00PM@The Copacetic Comics CompanyAvast, new self-published comics are on the horizon in Pittsburgh this September! Small press aficionados are sure to be pleased by the arrival of Dog City #3 and Maple Key Comics to the city of Pittsburgh.
Join Dog City Press and Maple Key Comics in celebrating the release of the third issue of Dog City and the third issue of Maple Key Comics at The Copacetic Comics Company.
You’ll have a chance to chat with comics pals and peers and to enjoy food, drinks and limited editions goodies. Editors Joyana McDiarmid, Simon Reinhardt and Juan Fernandez will be present to discuss these ongoing projects.
And, of course, you can pick up copies of both publications, hot off the press!!
♥ All zine and comics lovers welcome. ♥
Maple Key Comics is a comics anthology magazine, released bimonthly. Dedicated to featuring the work of talented emerging cartoonists. Focusing on serialized stories, Maple Key Comics brings you the joy of new installments of your favorite stories with the convenience of having them all in one book.
Dog City is a small press comics magazine dedicated to publishing quality minicomics. Each issue of Dog City consists of a curated selection of minicomics packaged in an artfully designed cardboard box.
Tonight at Copacetic!
Come on by! Can’t make it but want a box?
Pre-order a copy here.
Yerr gonna die. That’s okay.
Have a little taste of my exclusive, screen-printed fold-out triptych poster for the one and only Dog City anthology! You may be able to discern my chosen theme. C: You can preorder issue #3 - a whole dang box full of the finest mini comics by up-in-coming indie artists - and follow dogcitypress to see more.
Laurel Lynn Leake!
new 14 page Fütchi Perf story coming at you for SPX
*EDIT: Technically it’s a new 12 page story with a previously seen 2 page backup*
Kevin’s doing such wonderful things in his Fütchi Perf series. Stories occupy the same imagined time and come out with the rawness of mundane human life carefully observed.
In short, my favorite kind of futurism. Pick up a copy from him when you can!! I can’t wait to pick up mine.
This is important.
From the "Unbored" website: Drawing tips from the great GARY PANTER!
Get a book-size (or paperback-size)d sketchbook. Write your name and date on an early page and maybe think of a name for it — and if you want, write the book’s name there at the front. Make it into your little painful pal. The pain goes away slowly page by page. Fill it up and do another one. It can be hard to get started. Don’t flunk yourself before you get the ball rolling.
You might want to draw more realistically or in perspective or so it looks slick — that’s is possible and there are tricks and procedures for drawing with more realism if you desire it. But drawing very realistically with great finesse can sometimes produce dead uninteresting drawings — relative, that is, to a drawing with heart and charm and effort but no great finesse.
You can make all kinds of rules for your art making, but for starting in a sketchbook, you need to jump in and get over the intimidation part — by messing up a few pages, ripping them out if need be. Waste all the pages you want by drawing a tic tac toe schematic or something, painting them black, just doodle. Every drawing will make you a little better. Every little attempt is a step in the direction of drawing becoming a part of your life.
1. Quickly subdivide a page into a bunch of boxes by drawing a set of generally equidistant vertical lines, then a set of horizontal lines so that you have between 6 and 12 boxes or so on the page. In each box, in turn, in the simplest way possible, name every object you can think of and draw each thing in a box, not repeating. If it is fun, keep doing this on following pages until you get tired or can’t think of more nouns. Now you see that you have some kind of ability to typify the objects in your world and that in some sense you can draw anything.
2. Choose one of the objects that came to mind that you drew and devote one page to drawing that object with your eyes closed, starting at the “nose” of the object (in outline or silhouette might be good) and following the contour you see in your mind’s eye, describing to yourself in minute detail what you know about the object. You can use your free hand to keep track of the edge of the paper and ideally your starting point so that you can work your way back to the designated nose. Don’t worry about proportion or good drawing this is all about memory and moving your hand to find the shapes you are remembering. The drawing will be a mess, but if you take your time, you will see that you know a lot more about the object than you thought.
3. Trace some drawings you like to see better what the artist’s pencil or pen is doing. Tracing helps you observe closer. Copy art you like — it can’t hurt.
4. Most people (even your favorite artists) don’t like their drawings as much as they want to. Why? Because it is easy to imagine something better. This is only ambition, which is not a bad thing — but if you can accept what you are doing, of course you will progress quicker to a more satisfying level and also accidentally make perfectly charming drawings even if they embarrass you.
5. Draw a bunch more boxes and walk down a sidewalk or two documenting where the cracks and gum and splotches and leaves and mowed grass bits are on the square. Do a bunch of those. That is how nature arranges and composes stuff. Remember these ideas — they are in your sketchbook.
6. Sit somewhere and draw fast little drawings of people who are far away enough that you can only see the big simple shapes of their coats and bags and arms and hats and feet. Draw a lot of them. People are alike yet not — reduce them to simple and achievable shapes.
7. To get better with figure drawing, get someone to pose — or use photos — and do slow drawing of hands, feet, elbows, knees, and ankles. Drawing all the bones in a skeleton is also good, because it will help you see how the bones in the arms and legs cross each other and affect the arms’ and legs’ exterior shapes. When you draw a head from the side make sure you indicate enough room behind the ears for the brain case.
8. Do line drawings looking for the big shapes, and tonal drawing observing the light situation of your subject — that is, where the light is coming from and where it makes shapes in shade on the form, and where light reflects back onto the dark areas sometimes.
9. To draw the scene in front of you, choose the middle thing in your drawing and put it in the middle of your page — then add on to the drawing from the center of the page out.
10. Don’t worry about a style. It will creep up on you and eventually you will have to undo it in order to go further. Be like a river and accept everything.
Thanks to our pal, M.A.G. for bringing this to our attention
Wiggle yerr fingers. Clap your hands.
Do what you do, what the pen demands!
Something wonderful is coming.
Annie is onto something…
|White people:||You have to wait for the facts before you talk about Ferguson!|
|Eyewitnesses:||He was on his knees with his hands up.|
|Medical examiner:||There was no gunpowder residue on Mike Brown, no sign of struggle, and there were entry wounds on the inside of his arms and the top of his head, implying he was on his knees with his hands up.|
|Convenience store owner and clerk:||There was no robbery and we didn't call the cops.|
|Ferguson PD:||Okay, we admit it, Wilson didn't know anything happened at the convenience store and we determined no crime was committed.|
|White people:||Nobody can say what happened! We still have to wait for the facts to come in!|