Hi! This blog is officially defunct :)
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THANK YOU to everyone who helped support this blog while it was up! I learned so much and I’m still making art (it’s just posted in other online places now). YOU ROCK!
Better late than never ;)
So, like a month ago my good friend Adrienne invited me to take part in this super cool blog activity called the WRITING BLOG TOUR! The general gist is that awesome creators answer a bunch of questions about their respective writing processes, then pass the torch to other awesome creators who answer those same questions. Of course I said yes, but then my computer broke :( As a consequence, it’s taken me a long time and then some to write my piece (a friend of mine calls this “real” time). I’ve tried to make up for the tardiness by being extra thorough in my writing today. If you’re curious about what I’ve been doing this whole time instead of writing this blog post: I’ve been working on various projects such as performing a Pecha Kucha event hosted by The Abundance Foundation, exhibiting a painting at the art showcase of this year’s Portland Zine Symposium, and co-curating (along with the talented Josh Hockensmith) an exhibition of artists’ books at the beautiful Daylight Project Space. What I haven’t been doing has been keeping up with various social media, writing long emails, and other stuff of that sort. I’m happy with this :)
Anyway, you should definitely check out Adrienne Nunez’s post and explore her website, because she totally rules. Now I’ll answer some questions!
What am I working on?
Lately I’ve been working on revamping my comics zine, JETTY. This mostly came about after creating a five page comic (you can read it below as the last item in this blog post) for the Swedish Comics Association‘s upcoming anthology, POSTAPOKALYPS. After finishing the pages, I looked at them and decided I like the general concept and would like to continue to explore it. I’m excited about making some weird tales that take place one billion minutes into the future!
I’ve still been working on my more “serious” comic, LOVE, CURRENTLY, but to say the process is moving quickly or smoothly would be a drastic overstatement.
On the other side of things, I’ve been sitting on material enough to put together about three new issues of my abstract comics zine, TABE. I just haven’t put any of it together yet. So for the three of you out there who enjoy abstract comics, you can look forward to some new issues coming out sometime in the near future (judging from my current track-record, that could be anytime within the next five years).
Additionally, I’ve been working on various painting/drawing projects including a number of larger pieces and some things that are more sculptural. I’ve of course been continuing to lead workshops and classes in the Triangle area and have been enjoying taking time off to spend time with me friends, to meditate, and to read. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about putting together series of posters and/or stickers.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, for one thing I work in a lot of different genres (and non-genres) and the couple of different stylings I do tend to seep into each other. The abstract comics (especially the various hatchings/cross-hacthings) always seem to make an appearance in one way or another. They meld into comics that wouldn’t otherwise have them and lately seem to have been getting kind of squiggly. As anyone who knows me can attest, I also love to draw monsters and am obsessed with various ancient art. If you blend it all together, add in some strange metaphysics, etc. I think it can come out as being pretty unique. Of course, whether people like it or not is a different story :)
Why do I write what I do?
This is something I struggle with constantly. What’s the point of it all? Is my work accessible enough? Am I representing life in a genuine and sincere way? I honestly don’t know. What I can say is that I very much enjoy what I do. It’s taken me a while to craft my life into a path where I can work on my various projects and still continue to explore other facets of the human experience. If I couldn’t create, I would be very sad. That being said, there’s always a push/pull going on in my mind. I often compare myself to different artists and authors I admire and wonder what they were thinking when they created. Could be anything. I guess the easy answer to this question is “what else could I do?” The harder answer is something I’m not prepared to come up with right now.
How does my writing process work?
I keep a lot of sketchbooks/notebooks and always have a lot of scrap pieces of paper hanging around. A lot of projects begin in various disparate parts, then I put them together when it feels right. Sometimes it’s like putting together a puzzle; I have to constantly rearrange things until they make sense or become cohesive at least in some way. Other times the parts flow together very easily and I can relax more. Very occasionally I dream something in my sleep and have to jolt myself awake in order to record it before it fades from my memory. I get my best work done in the very early morning, though I’ve been trying lately to force myself into something more of a nine to five routine so that my schedule can more easily coincide with my friends and loved ones. I work every day, but some days more than others. If I’m really in the zone I can work all day and not really realize that much time has passed. Sometimes it feels like the opposite. Like most artists (I think), I find that deadlines can be scary but often facilitate finishing projects in a timely manner.
Okay! I think that’s about it. I’ve enjoyed writing for you today, now it’s time for me to pass these questions on to some other creators so that they can tell you about their awesome projects:
M.R. Trower does some really fantastic and refreshing work. Always smart, with great line quality. Check out their blog and get inspired.
Whit Taylor‘s comics are awesome and insightful (I especially like the Madtown High series). Her narrative voice is distinct and appealing and her blog is full of regular updates on her work and the comics scene in general.
ALSO I’d like to give a special shout-out to my friend and fellow artist Brianna Gribben for letting me use her computer. Thanks!
FINALLY (as promised) here are the finished pages I submitted to the POSTAPOKALYPS anthology.Please enjoy and thanks for reading!
HI ALL!! I trust your week has been treating you kindly! DID YOU KNOW: That I currently teach a variety of classes in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area of North Carolina? Well it just so happens that I do, and today I would like to showcase a couple of those classes coming up (as well as show off some of my new art, as featured below :)
First class up! Starting TOMORROW (Jan. 28th) I will be teaching a brand new (and very special) session of Pen & Ink Instruction for adults at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. We’ll be learning about a variety of techniques involving nibs (dip pens) and also the proper care and use of pen & ink supplies. I’m really looking forward to this class as I think it will be fantastically fun and informative for all involved. Check out the class description and sign up HERE!
Next Class up is a GRAPHIC NOVELS course for kids that will be beginning on Feb. 6th! This is a part of the awesome Youth Art Blocks program, a series of fantastic classes by many instructors who specialize in many different media. This course will focus specifically on the story-telling components needed to create great comics and will show students in grades 4 through 6 how to create terrific visual narrative utilizing their own ideas for stories as well as classic tropes! No experience is necessary! Get more information and sign up HERE! Tell your friends!
FINALLY, I would like to thank all the kind and amazing people who have been giving me positive feedback on the changes I’ve been making to the blog. I truly hope to allow this website to be a window into my artistic world :)
Thanks so much for reading! If you live in the Carrboro area I would love to see you at one of my classes, either those featured here or some in the future. Have a great day!
Greetings! Happy New Year and all that! And happy MLK Day! Astute readers will have realized that I’ve been taking a hiatus from showing sketches/writing on this site for over a month now. This was intentional while I was figuring out the path and process I would like to proceed in for 2014. It’s been a nice break, but time to get on with it, yes?
As some of you may know, since the beginning this blog has been heavy on the images, light on text. For the better part of three years I’ve been posting regular images every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (please feel free to rummage through the “Categories” section and check some out). I’ve now decided to change the format of this blog in favor of something new and exciting:)
I sometimes get people asking me about my time-well-spent and all the things that go into the grueling task of being a professional creator. Starting today I’ve decided to write more and really give a better idea of my process, life, and artistic endeavors. Don’t worry, I’ll still be showcasing sketches and art that I make, but now there will be a lot more :)
So, for starters, how’s life my life? Pretty good. Those of you who follow my Twitter account probably know that I live in Carrboro, NC (a gem of a town!) and that I have many interests including pugs, music, hot sauce, cooperative living, and of course CARTOONING. You also might know that not only do I draw/produce zines and mini-comics, but I also paint/exhibit regularly and give a variety of workshops/presentations with titles such as Meditation and Narrative Art and Mindfulness and the Graphic Novel. I currently live at the Cedar Rock Co-op with a lot of wonderful people and animals who are pretty much the loves of my life :) I spend way too much time reading, and my hours are (currently) completely erratic.
As is evidenced from the new banner at the top of this blog, I’m in the process of revamping the look and organization of lightriot.com. One thing in particular to note is the tab at the top of this site entitled Love, Currently. This is a long-form graphic novel (a comic, duh) that I’ve been working on since last year and publishing in the pages of Au Courant magazine. I now have the first eight pages available for reading and am hard at work on writing/drawing more! Please check it out, and if you like it, SHOW YOUR FRIENDS! :)
I’ve also reworked my STORE page, now located at StoreEnvy. Be sure to check it out regularly to see all the cool goodies I’ll have for sale in the coming year. Additionally, I now have a Tumblr account mirroring this site, so if you’d like to follow me there, go for it!
SO, in summary, I’ll be making more long and rambling posts like this in the future as well as showing all the awesome peoples of the internet my new sketches and art. Please leave a comment and let me know what types of things you would like me to write about and don’t forget to sign up with your email address (under the SUBSCRIBE section to the right) so that you’ll never miss a post :) Thanks for reading, and I hope that 2014 fills your life with so much awesome stuff it makes your head spin!
Hi all! I’ll be working on a brand new project (a GIANT SIZED BOOK!) with the very talented book artist, Josh Hockensmith (of Blue Bluer Books) and we NEED YOUR INPUT in order to put it together! The book will feature a character called MR. MIRACLES who has the power to change the world! We will base the project off of input submitted to us by YOU!
So please tell us:
What can Mr. Miracles do?
- Who are his friends, supporters, and antagonists?
What are the titles of some of his most famous adventures, achievements, or parables?
You can leave your answers in the comments of this post, or email them to us at mistermiraclesproject at gmail dot com. The finished book will be exhibited in December at the awesome Carrack Gallery in Durham, NC. Thanks!
Please tell me: what is the nature of time and reason? Yes, today is my birthday, marking the two year anniversary of this sketch-blog. As you can see, way back when, I made a promise to update with new content every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So far I have kept true to my guarantee: hope you’ve been enjoying my efforts.
So what’s with the life? Well, I moved from White River Junction,Vermont to Carrboro, North Carolina, and I’ve been enjoying it very much. Been teaching at a local spot, giving guest lectures at the University of North Carolina, and now have a regular feature in the fine arts magazine Au Courant (be sure to check out the back issues).
In the past year my work has been exhibited at the Museum for Comics and Cartoon Art Festival in NYC, been published by both the National Cartoonists Society and the Swedish Comics Association, and received a great review on the High Low blog. Needless to say, I’m enthused and grateful.
Current projects include making more pieces to hang on walls, teaching classes on the exploration of the inner recesses of consciousness through art, and beginning work on a new graphic novel tentatively titled FUTURING PEOPLE (you know, because the future is a verb). In fact, beginning next week this blog will be showcasing preliminary sketches for my FUTURING PEOPLE work. The style is a bit different, but I hope you enjoy the cohesiveness of it all. Please leave as much feedback as you care to.
FYI, If you happen to be in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area tonight, please join me at This & That Gallery (118c East Main St, Carrboro) for my birthday celebration/opening reception. If you can’t make it tonight, stop by any time for the rest of the month to see some of my latest works. As always, the best way to keep up with my current going ons/exhibits/workshops is to follow me on Twitter: @rioaubrytaylor. Please enjoy your life!
Hello gentle reader! I’m just making this quick post to announce that my collection of abstract comics/zines, TABE Collection vol. 1 will be available for sale at the Sand Diego Comic-Con, July 12-15! You can buy them at the totally awesome SAWDUST PRESS booth located at table P-06 in Small Press. In case you didn’t know, Sawdust Press is the publisher responsible for releasing a rad anthology I was a part of called “I Was a Teenage Gargoyle.” If you haven’t already, you should pick up a copy of that too, as well as all the other fine goods available at the booth. I’ll post more information as I get it, but make sure to follow my Twitter account (located to the right of this post) in order to get the most up to date information on my art and workings. Thanks for reading!
Hi all! I’ve been extremely busy these past couple months, so I just wanted to give a shout out to everyone who visits this site and give you a little glimpse into what’s been going on in my life. First, as you can tell from the headline, I’m now making available for online purchase the two works I debuted at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival in April, JETTY #2 and TABE COLLECTION.
To purchase and check out more info on these works, please visit my ON-SITE STORE ;)
In other news, I’ve finally graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies! Yes, after two hard years of work I now have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Cartooning. The graduation ceremony was short and sweet, and I’m glad (and a little sad) to be moving on to the next stage in my life. I want to give a special shout-out and thank you to all the students, faculty, and staff at CCS, ESPECIALLY Steve Bissette, Kriota Willberg, and R. Sikoryak, all of whom took me under their wings and showed me the ropes by allowing me to be their teachers’ assistant this final school year. I want to also thank my girlfriend, Maia, for driving a long ways to come and get me in Vermont. And now for some pictures.
For those interested, click HERE for a full video of the Center for Cartoon Studies graduation ceremony.
Finally, on a somber note, during my last stretch at CCS I heard unfortunate news that one of my best friends had passed away, an old wily pug named Julius. I would like to dedicate this blog-post to him and give a special thanks to my parents for taking care of him in his old age and for helping me to achieve my artist and professional goals. Here is a picture of Julius just after unwrapping his present from his final Christmas on this Earth.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a very nice day.
Hey all! Just making a quick announcement that I’ll be exhibiting (aka selling my comics and zines) at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival this weekend in NYC! The fest will be going from Saturday to Sunday, 11am to 6 pm at 69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue. More info on it HERE!
I’ll be exhibiting with my friend and fellow New College of Florida alumni, Morgan Boecher, who will be selling a collection of his awesome comic about being trans male, What’s Normal Anyway. You can (and should) read an online version of Morgan’s work HERE!
I will be selling an assortment of various comics and publications new and old, including (but not limited to):
JETTY #2 and TABE COLLECTION (both debuting at MoCCA):
I’ll still have copies of JETTY #1, which you can check out HERE!
LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE
And of course, I’ll be selling LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE, of which I recommend you read this flattering review of in the Comics Bulletin HERE!
I WAS A TEENAGE GARGOYLE
This is an awesome anthology featuring my work and recently release by SAWDUST PRESS. You should totally check it out HERE!
PLUS I’ll have a number of odds and ends with me and will be included in at least two other new anthologies that will be floating around the festival!
So, in conclusion, if you’ll happen to be in the NYC area this coming weekend (April 28-29, 2012), please come out to MoCCA Fest. It’s bound to be a blast!
Hi all! I figured I’d give you a sneak peek at the two main projects I’ve been working on for the past couple months: JETTY and TABE! Both will be debuting at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival in NYC on April 28-29, and then will be available for online purchase.
First, JETTY #2 is finished and I’m in the process now of printing copies up. This issue is a little more linear than the first, containing two complete stories. I’ve been working really hard on it, and I hope readers enjoy it and consider it a step up from the first issue :)
Second is the TABE collection! Since about Nov. of 2011 I’ve been making these small abstract comic-art-‘zines under the moniker of TABE and giving them to my friends around town. Now I finally have enough issues for a proper collection: ten ‘zines in all. As you can see in the picture below, they are all different, and some are folded in radically different ways than what people generally think of when they think of a ‘zine or mini-comic. This started off pretty much as a side project, but has blossomed into something that I’m really excited about.
Okay, that’s it for now, check out the pics and let me know what you think! More info on my appearance at MoCCA Fest in a future post!
Yo! Just want to show everyone some projects I’ve been getting into! As some of you may know, I’m currently an MFA candidate at the Center for Cartoon Studies, frenziedly working on my thesis! What I’ve been posting on this site has been mostly sketches/single images of art, but what I’ve been working on for the past five months has been a brand new one-man-anthology called JETTY!
Yes, I am starting a new comic series and the first issue will be released in February! I’m not doing any pre-orders for this one, but I figure I’d give everyone a sneak-peek just the same.
I’m showing here the cover, plus a few promotional patches (featuring two of my favorite writers, Virginia Woolf and Lynd Ward, in case you’re wondering). Included also is the cover to a super-secret side project I’m working on called TABE (expected to be released way later in the year)!
As for me, I’m heading to Florida and Tennessee to see some family and friends during my winter break. But don’t worry, I’ll continue to update new art to LIGHTRIOT.COM every Mon, Wed, and Fri as usual! Please enjoy the previews and be on the lookout for JETTY #1 in February 2012!
Hi everybody! As some of you may know, the pre-order special for my comic, LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE, is now over. Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered, and expect to receive your copy (plus thumbnail art!) in the mail shortly! This means that LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE, is now officially on sale! Yes!
If you’re interested in sampling the first three pages and/or purchasing it, please go here. Remember, you can buy this comic any time by clicking on the “store” tab at the top of this page :)
In, other news, MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) was last week, and it went great! Special shout-outs to my table mates Adrienne Nunez, Donna Almendrala, and Melanie Gilman! Thanks to everyone who showed up to the table!
This weekend, beginning tomorrow, I’ll be tabling at ICAF (The international Comic Arts Forum), which is being hosted right here in White River Junction, VT! What an honor! As you can see from the schedule, the panels begin today, but the market place opens up tomorrow. I’ll be selling my wares with the talented Jesse Durona, so be sure to stop by if you’re at the conference!
Thanks again to everyone who pre-ordered my comic and for everyone in my life who has been supportive in my artistic efforts! The amount of support and appreciation I’ve been receiving has been truly astonishing!
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!
Hi all, I’m currently in New Hampshire and Comics Camp is going great! Just wanted to show everyone a piece of my art that’s being featured on the Ink Panthers Show podcast! Please enjoy this portrayal of Inky the Domesticated Panther and then click on the link below and listen to a great podcast!
Hi all, I have two items of interest to let you know about.
First: Beginning this Monday in Manchester, NH, I’ll be helping out with a week-long comics summer-camp led by the wonderful Marek Bennett. Marek leads a program called Comics Workshop (http://comicsworkshop.wordpress.com/about-2/), and he’s being kind enough to take me under his wing and show me the ropes of teaching comics. I’m very grateful to him for this opportunity, and I plan on making a special mini-comic to commemorate the event. You can check out all of Marek’s art-related actions at his website http://www.marekbennett.com/ .
Second: I am now making my BRAND NEW comic-book, LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE available for pre-order. I am very excited about this and can’t wait to start mailing out copies on Sept. 28th. I’m offering a special incentive to pre-order now, so here’s the details right out of the STORE section of this website.
Note: I WILL be tabling at MICE (http://www.masscomics.com/) this year, so if you’re going to be in the area, bring your pre-order receipt and I will hand you your comic/tumbnail-sheet EARLY! This is a special incentive to come out to the Expo. Tell your friends!
Brand new: LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE
A short story in the sequential art medium (yes, it’s a comic!) by Rio Aubry Taylor! Officially on sale September 28, 2011: Pre-order now to receive the SPECIAL OFFER!
Special Offer for Pre-Orders Only:
First 28 purchases will come with an ORIGINAL tumbnail page/layout sketch! These are the ORIGINAL SKETCHES that the artist used to plan and execute the creation of LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE! They will be distributed FOR FREE on a first-come-first-serve basis to the first 28 people who order before Sept. 28, 2011! These ORIGINAL SKETCHES are in limited quantity, so once they’re gone, THEY’RE GONE!
Please enjoy these sample pages to whet your appetite. Click below to enlarge:
LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE is the story of one man’s spiritual quest as he tries to deal with his earthly problems by escaping to the moon. A comic by Rio Aubry Taylor
LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE
24 pages b/w with full-color cover
7.5″ by 10″
$4.50 USD post-paid
UPDATE: PRE-ORDER IS OVER!
GO HERE TO BUY LIGHT RIOT: DEPARTURE!
International orders contact me directly for shipping options (rioaubrytaylor at gmail dot com)
Hey all! Hope your summer’s been going great, just like mine has! What have I been doing? Well, I’ve been working on my skills: drawing, drawing, drawing! When I created this site last February, it was with the intention of showcasing my art and (hopefully) putting the pressure on myself to get better and better. With that in mind, I’ve been struggling to improve so that I can show you all the best! Thanks to everyone who’s been checking it out, I hope you’ve been enjoying (and continue to enjoy) my artful striving. :)
In other news, expect this blog to get a nice make-over in the upcoming months. I’ve been reading up on all sorts of ways to improve it and I can’t wait to get into the nitty-gritty of it all. I’d really like to turn this space into an interactive and artful experience. Keep your eye out and add my feed to your RSS if you haven’t already done so. As always, I’ll continue to update with new art every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and I’ll keep you all posted on improvements to the site as I make them! I truly love what I do. Thanks again!
Hi all, I haven’t been able to link to other artist’s pages properly for a while, but that problem is solved! Please check out the links page at the top right-hand corner of this blog to see work from other members of the Center for Cartoon Studies community (and beyond)! There’s only a few links there now, but rest assured that the list will grow much more in the future (so check back often).
As per usual, all views and opinions expressed on pages linked from mine are the views and opinions of their respective artists and not my own.
Also, I’m a firm believer that art should be talked about, so please, SPREAD THE LOVE!
Check out this write-up that the guys from Secret Acres did on CCS after visiting us for our annual Industry Day:
This past week James Kochalka became Vermont’s Cartoonist Laureate (the first of his kind for ANY U.S. state). In commemoration, he came to give a talk at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Check out the strip he made about it in his daily comic diary: