Quick and Dirty Printing: PARAFIGHT

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Last night I whipped up and printed these posters for my friend, Will Payne.

He’s working on an underground tape worm fighting ring comic right now. I thought I’d celebrate his story by making a 2 color boxing match style promo for his story, PARAFIGHT. I made 12 of these and gave them all to Will.

I used the Knockout type family for the majority of it and printed on a textweight yellow stock. Doing this, I learnt a little bit about typographic history. Particularly about the idea of how wooden type sets were designed as  series before the idea of the rational typeface.

It was really fun to step up to the challenge of knocking this out, quick and dirty. I’m typically very finicky and careful when it comes to screen printing, but for this poster I let myself go to town and did away with registration marks all together.

It was nice to do this as quickly as I did, because it allowed me to learn first hand why these kinds of posters look the way they do in terms of the color interactions. With a poster like this, registration was, in the words of my printing teacher Jon Chad, like shooting fish in a barrel.

The tapeworm photographs come from Gregory S. Paulson’s online archive of electron microscope photography. The design itself is my attempt at recreating what you see when you do a simple image search on Google for “boxing match poster”.

Coming up for Air

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I’m now in Pittsburgh, coming up for air, finally able to look back to the wacky world of comics I’ve been knee-deep in for the past couple of months.

It’s been quite a spring. For now, the dailies are on hiatus, I’m teaching kids how to hone their comics making skills, working on some large screen prints, doodling daily and trying to wrangle some longer form stories.

As you may have heard, I’ve been editing a new comics magazine called Dog City with two friends Luke Healy and Simon Reinhardt. The first issue is out!

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It feels like we’re on the right track with Dog City, seeing as how some folks have even liked it enough to write about the first issue. Steve Bissette gave his detailed impressions on his blog and Jose Luis Olivares even named it his “book of convention” in his write-up of the Maine Comic Arts Festival just a few weeks ago!

Here’s a look at what you can find in this first issue.

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This self-published magazine aims to curate a collection of minicomics of the highest calibre. We’re really excited by the work of all our contributors and we hope Dog City will help make their work more widely available to readers around the world.

This first issue contains the following stories:

Pigs Incorporated by Iris YanLanding by Ben EvansLuke HealyJosh Lees and Iris YanAll Set by Simon ReinhardtVisits by Luke HealyHelene by Me!, Dead Bulb by Mathew NewStarship Booby-Prize by Eleri Mai Harris and Restricted by Ben Gowen.

Though we’re starting out small, we have high hopes for Dog City.

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The first finished box.

Dog City has been a great project for honing my screen printing skills. With as many screen-printed objects as we included in the collection, it seemed inevitable that I’d become a proficient printer.

The decision to hand craft so many of these covers stems from the printing culture at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Self-publishing, both physically and digitally is a huge part of the ethos at CCS. You make a comic, you print a comic.

Instructors like Robyn Chapman and Jon Chad  and graduates like Sean Knickerbocker provided invaluable support in making this potpourri of books a possibility. Countless thanks goes to them for their advice and support.

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Working with Simon and Luke has been an invaluable experience given that the three of us are quite different. We think differently, we work differently, we read differently. Despite that, a shared love for quality cartooning and top-notch storytelling trumps these differences.

We provide great checks and balances to each other while trusting each other editorially. It’s very satisfying work.

If you’re interested in picking up a copy of Dog City Issue 1, hop on over to our shop!

Besides Dog City, this Spring saw me spend a lot of time crafting an 80 page full color book of 4 panel comics, but I can tell you about that another day!

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A weekend of printing

I would be lying to you if I told you I wasn’t pooped.

The semester is coming to a close here at the Center for Cartoon Studies and that means that the First Year Anthology Deadline is rearing its little old head up on the horizon. As such, I’ve spent the past days this weekend screen printing a good number of covers for an upcoming project. No drawing, no writing, just printing and trouble shooting(lots of that!).

Alongside 3 partners, I’m creating 11 little booklets that will be bound together by a bellyband (that’ll be a wearable “communicator”). You can see some of the covers below.

As mentioned in earlier posts, each of the stories will work together to create the notion of a Time Travelling Parcel Service, that is, the TPS. Each story is thus the delivery of an important object in history. The deliveries range from Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to a water bottle to the last human being on earth. It’s been enormously interesting to see how much this project has slowly changed from the onset.

We began with the idea that the anthology would be a collection of facsimile objects that a traveler who was unstuck in time would carry around. There would be napkins with messages, letters, sketchbooks, but we found cohesion across narratives to be difficult achieve. Details on that and a future iteration of that are for a later date…

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Until our next encounter on the internet, friend, I leave you with a few winter themed drawings I did during a little drawing party at CCS, along with the sweet sounds of Air’s Talisman.

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