Islands of Brilliance Write-up in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A very brief, but somewhat exciting, update: a program I was a part of was featured in the May 28th, 2013 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. While I was interviewed for the article, unfortunately none of my comments were featured. Still though, it would be worth reading about. Click the link below to see it.

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Kenosha Festival of Cartooning Recap

Last weekend, I went to the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning. Unlike last year, most of the presentations were at the Kenosha Public Museum, but this year was extra special, as one of my favorite cartoonists made an appearance: Stephan Pastis of “Pearls Before Swine” fame. I gave him a copy of “Drannik & Lizzep” while I was there. Whether he’d be into the comic or not is another story. Anyway, here are a couple of photos from different events that took place:

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Milwaukee Animation Group going to see Brave on July 7th

Taken directly from the Milwaukee Animation Group’s website:

On Saturday, July 7th the Milwaukee Animation Group will be gathering to see Pixar’s latest animation extravaganza: Brave.

We’ll meet at the Majestic Cinema¬†between 1pm and 3pm (exact show time to be announced).

So, if you want to come with to see this movie, stop on by.

In unrelated news, I’ve updated the books section, plus added some more stuff to the portfolio.

C2E2 Recap

Unrelated update: I have added some new links, as well as some new stuff to my portfolio. Also, I’ve made the portfolio tab in the menu above clickable in case the drop-down function doesn’t work.

Last Saturday I went to C2E2, which is a huge comic convention down in Chicago. While most people there were there to purchase comics from the big names such as Marvel and DC, as well as dress in silly costumes and the like, I was there to gain some comic career advice, support the indie comic creators, as well as spread my name (as well as Drannik and Lizzep) by giving some leftover copies of Drannik & Lizzep #1 to the vendors around the con (after I bought something, of course). Here are some photos from around the con:

I only went to two panels, but I did take some photos of one of them:

I also took some video of various goings on around the con:

I got to meet some other fellow indie comic creators, including Anthony Del Col of Kill Shakespeare, as well as Trevor Mueller again, whom I last saw at a con over a year ago. Here are just a few of the books I purchased along with the names of the creators:

By David Gruba and Rene Castellano:

By Various Cartoon Creators:

By Matt Chic, a Milwaukee native:

By Russell Lissau and Marvin Perry Mann:

By Trevor Mueller and “Gabo”:

Also By Various Cartoon Creators:

Finally, I got some autographs from Gail Simone, Dan Slott, and Robert Atkins. Also, Autodesk had a booth where they were giving away trial versions of Sketchbook Pro. I got to try out the program, as well as the 21-inch Cintiq they had to demo it. Having only used a Cintiq once, and even then only a 12-inch version, there is something about using a monitor to draw directly onto a computer as opposed to having to get used to a disconnect with a tablet like an Intuos.

All in all, C2E2 was a pretty good time. If ever you want to go to it, make sure you take public transportation like I did, as it is in the heart of Chicago and Chicago is a nightmare to drive through.

Event Recap: Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities Grand Opening

“The Rita”, as it has been dubbed, had its grand opening on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. “The Rita” is a massive expansion of the old Communication Arts Building, and from what I saw tonight it’s a massive improvement.

There were a lot of different activities and events going on throughout the event, including several different art exhibitions going on in the different galleries, as well as airbrush painting and live performances.

There was also printmaking demonstrations, and what you see above is sort-of an example of that. What we did was we had this pan filled with oil, then dunked and swirled in some color, and finally put a piece of paper in and wash it in water. Considering what little it took to make, I really like how it turned out. I might use it in some form as a background for future comics or something (especially since it looks so psychadelic). My friend and I worked with an airbrush as well, but I let him keep that considering he did quite a bit on that one.

All in all, “The Rita” is quite the nice expansion to UW-Parkside’s creative departments. I only wish it was there when I went, and I also wish I had my camera to take photos. Well, maybe I’ll put some up before the week is out, as I’m likely going to visit again.

Site Update: If you’ve seen the header bar recently, you’ll have noticed it’s less cluttered and more organized. I’ve placed the animations and books under a drop-down under portfolio to clear some space, plus they fit under portfolio anyway. I’m hoping to do some more with that when the time comes.

Edit: Here are a few pictures I took a few days after the event. Hope you enjoy.