The cover I drew for Scene Magazine’s second annual “Comics Issue”, back in January. Here’s the link to the section on their website. Though, there’s no credits or links to the artists, here they are in order: Brandon B., myself, Jake Kelly, Jessi Zabarsky, Liz Velasco, MJ Robinson, and Nate Ward.
I’m really proud of this issue. I’m going to post my page from it next. I’m happy with how this all turned out.
I would have posted this sooner, but I’ve spent the last couple months fighting devil dogs, and winter demons. Mostly devil dogs. I think I’m almost done with those for a while though, so expect more art posts. I’ve done a bunch of work that I haven’t posted yet.
Soooooo I went and made one of those Patreon pages. It’s an experiment! If you enjoy The Secret Voice, check it out and maybe think about signing up.
Gary Groth @ PIX 2014Founder and Publisher of Fantagraphics Books, widely considered the most important publisher of independent, creator-owned comics in North America, Gary Groth, together with the late Kim Thompson, helped create and nurture the independent comics scene that emerged in the mid-1980’s and is thriving today. As Mark Frauenfelder said on BoingBoing.com “His influence on the state of the contemporary American comics industry and on the art-form itself is difficult to overstate.” Fantagraphics introduced many readers to the Hernandez Bros.’ Love and Rockets, Dan Clowes’ Eightball, Chris Ware’s early Acme Novelty Library and Charles Burns’ Black Hole series. They have also published beautifully designed collections from iconic cartoonists such as Charles Schulz (Peanuts), George Herriman (Krazy Kat), Carl Barks (Donald Duck) and Robert Crumb.Gary was also the founder and original editor of The Comics Journal, the publication that introduced serious criticism and analysis to the American comics industry.Gary’s appearance at PIX is underwritten by ToonSeum Executive Director, Joe Wos. Gary will be interviewed by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist, Tony Norman as part of PIX’s slate of evening programming, followed by a question and answer session.PIX 2014
Saturday 22 March 2014
10am - 5pm + 7pm - 11pm
10 South 19th St.
Pittsburgh PA 15203
• Farel Dalrymple
• Theo Ellsworth
• Gary Groth
• Danny Hellman
• Ed Piskor
• Trina Robbins
• Jim Rugg
• Tom Scioli
• Craig Yoe
The CAKE Exhibitors List has been launched, go take a peek who is coming out this year. This list is continuously being updated as more folks confirm that they are coming out, so keep checking as we inch closer and closer to CAKE 2014!
Koyama Press’ Publisher and Owner Annie Koyama is interviewed by The Artist as Entrepreneur. Run by Lezley Davidson, The Artist as Entrepreneur is a multifaceted blog dedicated to helping artists succeed.
Listen to the whole interview here!
The Visual Language of Comics
People have used pictures to tell stories for a long time — dating back to cave paintings and seen most prominently today in comics. Despite their fundamental role in human expression, little research has explored the structural and cognitive underpinnings of these types of visual narratives.
A new book by UCSD’s Neil Cohn (The Visual Language of Comics) presents a provocative theory: that drawings and sequential images are structured the same as language. Building on contemporary theories from linguistics and cognitive psychology, the book creates a broad architecture for thinking about the language of comics, drawing, and graphic communication.
"I’d say a lot of the complexity [of comics] is not recognized — certainly not the idea of grammar," says Cohn. “That is controversial, and people often are very surprised by the results that I show.”
In one of his studies, he measured the neural responses of test participants (using electrode caps) as they read various types of comics:
"[Cohn] found that participants reading a "normal" comic strip showed the same brain activity that people show when processing semantics in standard sentences. He also found that participants reading an abnormal comic — with a blank panel inserted mid-strip, to interrupt the underlying structure — showed the same brain activity that people show when registering grammatical violations.”
Lewis Trondheim draws Calvin and Hobbes in light of Bill Watterson winning the Grand Prix at Angouleme 2014, an honor that makes him president for the 2015 festival.
Cleveland cartoonist Kevin Czapiewski gets interviewed on the Scene podcast, talking about this year’s Comics Issue, Genghis Con, and the Cleveland scene in general: http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2014/01/14/scene-podcast-the-comics-issue