Class: A Story I'd Tell a Million Times: Comics Rooted in Activism and Personal Experience
When: Sun, April 22, 2018 1pm – 3pm, continuing each Sunday at the same time until May 27 Where: Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria, 2113 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10032, USA (map) Description: We all carry stories around with us, stories we we - no, need - other people to hear. Because they can be made by one person, without expensive equipment or advanced skills, zines, comics and graphic novels have a long history of being a fertile venue for frank, revelatory storytelling. They have also been made and used by activists for decades. In this six-part class, we will take a look at the history of nonfiction stories in comics, and create our short, nonfiction comic from scratch. Please come to class with ideas for a personal story - either a personal narrative you would like to capture in comics form, or a cause you would like to discuss in comics form.
This class is open to folx aged 14 and up. There is a nonrefundable $40 fee for this class, payable at the first session, which includes a donation to Word Up Community Bookshop. Scholarships are available.
My new zine tells, in comics format, the forgotten stories of women in baseball - plus interviews and quizzes for the fans of today.
The first issue includes a 16 page biography of Joan Whitney Payson, the founding owner of the New York Mets. Growing up as a New York baseball fan in the glory years of the early twentieth century, Mrs. Payson never dreamed that her city would lose two teams - the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers - in one fateful year. Her story of is one of hope and faith in a city that seemed to be poised on the brink of self-destruction.
This issue also includes an interview with Marisol Cruz, who grew up in the neighborhood where the Giants once played. As a Yankees fan, Marisol has some salient words about the rivalries and drama in modern-day New York baseball.
I worked on the illustration for this weekend's 6th anniversary party at Washington Heights community bookstore Word Up Books with designer Mary Ann Wincorcowski - the party's going to be great, come check it out!
Thanks so much to Sara Woolley for the invite to be a part of this amazing group of women, talking comics and entrepreneurship at City Tech CUNY last night! And thanks for all the City Tech students and faculty, as well as members of the public, who came out to listen. Here's the link for the exhibition, curated by Sara.
Front row: Paige Pumphrey, Ellen Lindner, Lara Antal Back row: Marguerite Dabaie, Sara Woolley, Micheline Hess, Laura Alvarez, (the legend) Alitha Martinez, Regine Sawyer, and Alice Meichi Li.
This is me and my former studio neighbor Lara Antal talking some serious comics business...and then losing it. That's my girl.
In other news I am fundraising for The Strumpet 5, and working on a new book proposal...good stuff takes time, but I'm eager for this to get out in the world and into editors' hands!
Thanks as well to the wonderful Aaron Williams, who interviewed me for his super-informative podcast, The Comics Manifest! Aaron has interviewed some amazing people lately - Johnny Ryan, Calista Brill, Robin Ha, Andres Vera Martinez and Reilly Brown to name just a few - and I feel really privileged to have my thoughts up in the Comics Manifest with theirs! Listen here - thanks, Aaron!
But I haven't been just talking and fundraising lately (though those are important)- I've also been working on a new book! AND....drum roll please...attending my favorite NYC figure drawing session, Drink and Draw NYC, run by Mosaic artist (and karaoke legend) Khary Randolph. The models are always great - out-there costumes, ambitious posing, total dedication - and Amy Rose was no exception. See you there next time!
Hey! I entered the NoMAA Uptown Arts Stroll contest and while I didn't win, I had a lot of fun doing this drawing of three ladies out enjoying the Arts Stroll. *Plus*, it was good experience drawing on the Cintiq.
Congratulations to Alexis Agliano Sanborn, who took home the prize! See you on the Stroll!
My first pass at coloring a strip of famed kids' illustrator Gary Northfield's for National Geographic Kids.
Every freelancer is a Jack-or Jane-of all trades, and one of the more enjoyable secondary careers I've pursued in comics is that of coloring stellar work by other creators (I'll tell you about the others some other time! :) ).
Over the years I've done quite a bit of coloring for my former studiomate, Gary's Garden, Terrible Tales of the Teenytinysaurs and Julius Zebra author Gary Northfield.
Often Gary has multiple deadlines at once, and the man can't do everything (who can?) So I occasionally step in and do the first pass on color for his illustration work.
Do you need a creative colorist to take the brunt of coloring a large job? Or do you have a complex short comic you need to complete on deadline?
Email me and I can quote you some rates for jobs of differing complexity!