Last Friday saw the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art open its doors for a great little opening, a twofold exhibit featuring Lethbridge installation artist Troy Nickle in the main gallery and fifty pages of comic from the Kelowna Comics Jam in the Members' Gallery. The turnout was good, the food was excellent, and the comics-inclined among us had a blast laughing at the jokes, gags, and impromptu death scenes we and our friends had written together. For those of you in Kelowna, or passing through this week, the show is still up! It comes down Saturday evening, so there's still time for you to come in and enjoy it. And if you can't make it, well, we've got you covered; we collected all fifty of those pages digitally for your entertainment.
Comics! Sketches! Art! ...actually, I'm calling these guys Pub Scrawls, because the wordplay appeals to me and they were quite literally scrawled onto a pocket pad while sitting at the bar during a funk show last night. That one on the left is the first abstract piece I've ever done of my own volition, and if you like it, you should check out Andrei Molotiu's abstract comics blog. Pretty cool stuff. The one on the right looks like it clawed its way out of Ralph Steadman's ear while kicking terminal cancer in the face. I can live with that.
Nothing terribly exciting to post today, except a plug for my other blog. Watercolour Horizons (the most ineptly-named comics blog on the web) has been dormant for a couple months, basically since I started running this site as a place to post artwork on a more regular basis. But I started writing over there again a couple of days ago, and it sort of took off. Yesterday morning I typed out this piece about the appropriation of Jaime Hernandez's Love & Rockets no. 24 cover by the tour organizers for Portland alt-rock group Everclear. It was picked up by both Tom Spurgeon at ComicsReporter.com and by The Comics Journal, and in 24 hours has become the third-most read post I've ever written. So, shout out to Tom and the guys at TCJ; thanks for the plugs! Clearly I need to keep writing, and stay on top of comics news.
Good morning, all! I'm here this morning to remind you that the Kelowna Comic Jam will be at K-town's annual Keloha Music & Arts Festival all weekend. We're gonna have a table set up on Art Ave. from 1pm til 6:30-ish on Saturday and Sunday with pages just waiting to be drawn. Everyone stopping to draw a panel (and add their name to our "Roll Call" sheet) will also have the opportunity to put their name in for the Pulp Fiction Coffee House t-shirts we're giving away each day. I know live music, comics, and beer on the beach sounds like terrible weekend, but we'd appreciate you making the effort to come out anyway. Come scratch that sketching itch.
I'm also (finally) posting some pages from last Saturday's session. Enjoy!
Well, it's been five days since my last post. I'm slipping, guys. This is unacceptable. So allow me to make it up to you. See the new tab that's appeared in the navigation bar up there ^, the one that says "M.O.C.K. - Anaglyph Comic Installation"? I highly recommend you click on it. For all of you who have been following the M.O.C.K. panels I was posting on a vaguely daily basis, this is your lucky day. For those of you wondering what the hell art students actually do in their degrees, this may be a moment of enlightenment for you.