Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Comics Art Show in Albert Lea THIS SUNDAY

It's a bit of a drive from Minneapolis, but definitely worth it. Zander and I, as well as Puny artists and Conspiracy members have art in the show.

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 5, 5-7pm

Here's the press release from Maxeem:

"Panel, Line and Letter: Black and White Selections from Modern
Widwest Comics"
August 5th - 30th (08/05 - 08/30)

Albert Lea Art Center
242 South Broadway
Albert Lea, MN 56007
(507) 373-5665

Free to the public.

Maxeem curates for the first time to celebrate his Minnesota comic brethren. Through the month of August, original pages by over a dozen Minneapolis and greater-state cartoonists will be on display in the historic opera palace of Albert Lea. See the frontier of the artform through the culture-piercing eyes of Steve Stwalley, Will Dinski, Kevin Cannon, Tim Sievert, Dank!, and many more. Opening on Sunday the 5th from 5:00-7:00PM.

Cartooning Tips and Tricks: How to Straighten Your Drawing in Photoshop

Whoops, you scanned your drawing in crooked. Here's how to fix it:
(click the images for full screen shots)

1. Choose the Measure tool

2. Click and drag the Measure tool against a line on your drawing that SHOULD be flat. Here I'm lining it up with the bottom edge of the drawing. Click and drag on either end of the Measure line in order to adjust the line. TIP: give yourself lots of space on either edge of the drawing -- this helps with accuracy.


4. Holy cow, Photoshop has calculated the exact measurement FOR you! Click OK.

5. You're done. If you want to quickly check whether it's straight, make a quick box with the Rectangular Marquee tool (press M on your keyboard).

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Call for Submissions: The Eric Lappegard Anthology

We know it's short notice, but please consider drawin' some comics for ALLEY CAT: CATS ON BIKES(with Ninjas) a tribute to Eric Lappegard, an anthology celebrating Eric Lappegard's life and interests. All money raised from the sale of the books will go toward his very steep hospital bills.

Here's the short of it:

1. SUBMIT ART TO THE ANTHOLOGY by August 15th. Details HERE.

2. SUPPORT THE LAPPEGARDS by buying an anthology, buying a compilation of Eric's work, or buying original work at the auction on September 8th. Details HERE.

Thanks! We can't wait to see your submission!

This is our 500th Blog Post!

...and we'll celebrate by posting this portrait of Ben Edlund.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Zander Cannon: Live from San Diego

Zander shipped himself off to San Diego yesterday, and you get to witness his Comic Con antics via his phone camera!

Kaimei pen- refillable. We need to get some of these.

Neal Adams

Stay tuned for more through the week and weekend...
(Is that Stuart Moore hiding on the left?)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Eric Lappegard update

We are truly sorry to announce that Eric has passed away. Here is the most recent journal entry from the CaringBridge website his family set up:

I want to let everyone know who was thinking and praying for Eric, that he passed away this morning about 3 AM. We are very grateful for all the thoughts and prayers Eric received during this time.

Big Time Attic: The Comic

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Scumbag Nation

What awaits you at this week's Comic-Con?

Hundreds and hundreds of free mustache rides.

Make sure to swing by booth 1830 and visit the great King Mini and the just-as-great, but taller, Sam Hiti.

OC Marsh's Digs

My wife and I drove through New England last week and had a great old time . We contemplated getting a photo of JD Salinger-with-shotgun at the end of his driveway, saw a great Maxfield Parrish exhibition in his home town, took walks along the seaside, and ate lots of crustaceans. (favorite menu item to say ridiculously = Quahog) We also drove into New Haven, CT to see Yale and stalk OC of the key figures in our graphic novel "Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards."

Our first stop was the prestigious Peabody Museum of Natural History build by Marsh's Uncle George Peabody at Marsh's persuasion. This building isn't the original Peabody Museum, it was demolished in 1917, but this one houses many of Marsh's finds and the famous Age Of Reptiles mural. (my second grade teacher gave me a huge copy of this that was supposed to go up in the classroom. It was a freebie which got me excited about going to school for a good half-year afterwards. Thanks Mrs Stevens!)

We then took a long stroll to find Marsh's house, also built with his Uncle's money. (Panel from page 134)

His house turned out not to be that hard to find. forgot to draw the air conditioners. This is now "Marsh Hall" and houses the School of Forestry & Environmental studies. The eight acres of grounds behind it is now the Marsh Botanical Gardens.

Unfortunately the interior had at some point been made institutional. This is the once great main room where Marsh entertained Chief Red Cloud and Alfred Russel Wallace. Marsh's antiquities and natural collection filled this house, it would have been beyond glorious.

120 years too late! (Panel from page 134)

A few areas give you a sense of how it may have been.

Like the view of New Haven from the third floor deck.

But there is little getting away from it being stale offices.

All the beauty is buried.

So is Marsh, not far from Eli Whitney and Noah Webster in the Grove Street Cemetary.

If you thought Marsh was a bit of a blowhard while living. (click image for larger view)


We ended up spending the night in New Haven at the beyond-great Hotel Duncan a few blocks from The Tomb, the headquarters of the Skull and Bones Society. It's easy to spot their nefarious designs for world domination in the work of their members such John Kerry, Gorge W Bush, and Paul Giamatti. We'll go soft on the discussion of the Bonesmen, as one of these three men bought a copy of Bone Sharps, (thanks!) and also so that we don't go bankrupt and die this week.

New Haven was also cool because they were filming the new Indiana Jones movie there. Here's an interior set of a dining hall that they decked out like a library that Indiana rides a motorcycle through. There are a bunch of great photos on Flickr that show how they 1950ized Chapel Street for the Film.