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Educational Work

SPECIAL BEGINNING OF FALL UPDATE!

Hey everybody, I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and is enjoying the transition into autumn! I figure I’d take some time in this post to say hi and update everyone on what’s been going on in my life.  This summer has been hectic! I’ve been making still images, working on comics to submit to anthologies, and trying to develop my growing style as far as I can. Additionally I’ve been gearing up for my last year in attendance at the Center for Cartoon Studies, where I’m an MFA candidate.

THIS SATURDAY (Sept. 24th) I’ll be exhibiting at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) in Cambridge, and I’m very excited! I’ll be tabling with friends, and fellow CCS students, Donna Almendrala, Melanie Gillman, and Adrienne Nunez , so stop by our table and say hi! ALSO, the organizers of MICE have kindly written a blog-post to spotlight the debut of my comic, LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE. Awesome! In addition to my new comic, my work will also be appearing in TWO anthologies premiering at the show: Hot Tea, Cold Water #3 and the latest from the Trees and Hills collective, entitled Woods. Check them out!

At this point I’d like to sincerely express my thanks to everyone who’s been pre-ordering LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE, you all are great! To everyone else, though I’ll be selling LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE in person at MICE, it doesn’t go officially on sale online until Sept. 28th. Those following my blog might know that I’ve been having a special pre-order special in which early purchasers get free thumbnail art that I used in creating the comic. As it turns out, when it goes officially on sale online I’ll also have to raise the price by about a dollar, so if you want the cheaper price (and ORIGINAL THUMBNAIL ART) now is the time. Thanks!

In other news, school started three weeks ago with a bang, and I’ve hardly had time to think! This year I’m working intensely on my final thesis project in addition to serving as a teachers’ assistant to Steve Bissette and Kriota Wilberg‘s Drawing Studio class.  It’s been great so far working with CCS’s first year students and getting some actual teaching experience. Both Steve and Kriota have been extremely kind and supportive in showing me the ropes and generally taking me under their collective wings. I have a feeling many great pieces of art will come out of this experience :)

Okay, I guess that about wraps it up; I’ve got to go get ready for the coming weekend. Thanks for reading, and I hope your Autumn season is pleasant and beautiful. See you at MICE!


Special Sunday Update: Comics Camp!

Greetings! This past week I had the pleasure of traveling down to Manchester, NH in order to help out with Marek Bennett’s awesome Comics Camp, hosted by the Currier Museum of Art. It was a great experience!

The age group of the camp was 10-15.  All the students were very dedicated, and extremely motivated workers! During the course of the week Marek showed the kids how to put together their own books from beginning to end, and I gave a talk about my experiences studying cartooning at a grown-up college (yeah right :0). Long-time readers might remember that I’m an MFA candidate at the Center for Cartoon Studies, so this experience was actually part of my summer internship.  Be on the look-out for a small comic that I’ll be making to document my thoughts on the experience and don’t forget to check out Marek’s Comics Workshop blog for more pictures and his take on the past week.

Special thanks go out to Marek for graciously showing me the ropes, and also to Steve Bissette, who introduced us and suggested I get as much experience as I can in education.  I’ll be assisting Steve in the classrooms of CCS as a teacher’s assistant this fall, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates!