This weekend I’ll be working on a 24 hour comic from Saturday until Sunday at the Toonseum in Pittsburgh.
I’ve been thinking about what to do and one of my goals is to create a work that has a loose, fast and expressive ink style. That might or might not happen.
I’ll probably stick to a uniform frame format, so as to not have to reinvent the wheel on every page, given last year’s failure. I had some lofty aspirations that weren’t. Nevertheless, despite those lofty aspirations, when I went back to work on the comic a week later, the ideas in the work simply weren’t strong enough for me to continue investing time. It was great as an exploratory work, but a failure in any and all other respects.
Surprisingly, I’m not saddened when I look back at this failed comic. This is because of all the work that I’ve been able to churn out in the past year. Stories like Lionel and the Punks and Old Conrad, and explorations in caricature have allowed me to make a great deal of progress. What’s a failed comic in a sea of finished ones?
I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the developments this weekend, but don’t expect any live coverage via tweets or facebook. I don’t do that shit.
I discovered Andy Bleck’s abstract comics 2 years ago, bumbling through the internet via Bill Boichel’s aggregated links on Copacetic Comics. The moment I saw them, I knew that there was something special. I saved a couple of files on my computer, not knowing that a year down the line, I’d be using them to explore the concept of abstract narration and drawing as the filtering of moving form.
Here are two examples of his work. take your time and then breeze by the comics to get a satisfying picture of the form. Can you feel the transition between panels? Does your world feel a bit more solid, piece by piece, each time a new figure appears in the second comic or is its delicate balance thrown out of place? You tell me. Learn more about Andy Bleck. Or simply check out many of his works.
A tasty treat can be found here: The drawings are of the Angouleme Festival of 2003. Frank Santoro had some links up on Comics Comics, but the links are no longer valid. I’ve never been to Angouleme, so I can’t make any judements on the validity of Frank’s comment regarding the ability of Bleck to capture the amount of time and focus that is spent during these festivals n the often unglamorous act of drawing. No costumes, just artists doing their thing. For me, Bleck’s line and the sheer amount of drawings show an emotional and tonal transparency. The energy felt makes its way on paper…
Courtesy of PIX:
PIX HAS BOOMERANGED BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION AT 2839 LIBERTY AVENUE IN THE STRIP DISTRICT! (Google Map: http://g.co/maps/8s292 ) IN OTHER WORDS, PLEASE IGNORE OUR PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT A NEW LOCATION. THIS IS NO LONGER THE CASE. JUST ERASE IT FROM YOUR MIND AND PRETEND YOU NEVER HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT IT. PIX IS PROCEEDING AS ORIGINALLY PLANNED.
Just making sure to keep you posted!
As an aside, my application for the Center for Cartoon Studies is in. Let’s see where things go from here. I’ll keep you posted.
The Pittsburgh Indy Comics expo has moved locations. The Expo will now be happening in the heart of the cultural hustle and bustle of Pittsburgh that will be happening on the weekend of the 8th of October.
So what will be happening?
Small Press Fair: http://www.spfpittsburgh.com/
Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo (PIX) :http://homepage.mac.com/bem/PIX/index.html
Pittsburgh Record Convention : http://www.cratekings.com/pgh-record-convention-pittsburgh/
VIA Music Festival: http://via-pgh.com/
The amazing thing is that they’re all within walking distance of each other.
If there isn’t anything on the above list that doesn’t interest you and you live in Pittsburgh, then I wish I were as high brow an intellectual as you! If only I knew what quarterly periodicals you read!
Amazing people are doing amazing things for you, Pittsburgh. Put on your sunday best and greet this brave new world of culture.To Recap:
PIX: The Pittsburgh Indy Comics Expo
WHEN: Saturday, October 8 & Sunday, October 9, 2011
from 10:00am to 5:00pm, both days
WHERE: The 5,000 square foot ground floor & loading bay of the Guardian Storage facility at 5873 Centre Ave. in East Liberty – right across the street from Whole Foods.
WHAT: Independently produced, creator owned, self published, small press and handmade comics from Pittsburgh and around the world
If you can’t contain yourself and need some stuff to gobble up to distract you from the interminable wait, check out :