AMAZONA- a graphic novel, by Canizales Review by Kevin McCloskey 1/23/22 Translation to English by Sofía Huitrón MartínezU.S edition, Graphic Universe, Lerner, pub date: April, 2022 The graphic novel Amazona, like Disney’s animated musical Encanto, takes place in Colombia. Two stories of refugee families forced off their land by violence could not be more different.Continue reading “AMAZONA”
Albert and the Whale: Albrecht Dürer and How Art Imagines Our World by Philip Hoare Pegasus Books, NY, 2021, 304 pages. There is some achingly beautiful writing here. I will read anything about Durer and the sections about Durer’s life and work are wonderful. Other parts seem to be very personal digressions. On several occasionsContinue reading “Albert & Lots of Other Things”
Omair, You landed a job as an illustrator. Congrats! Q: What exactly is is your job description? I’m an illustrator/designer with the in-house publishing department at American Reading Company. We create literacy curriculums for K-12 readers. I design and illustrate books about various subjects ranging from non-fiction (science and history) to fiction (fairytales and fantasy).Continue reading “Omair Ali Makes His Marks”
I bought a copy a new kid’s book illustrated by Kutztown University student Joey Strain. The Little Wolf Who Howled at the Moon is written by Dr. Curtis Herr of the KU English Dept. Not every college student can illustrate a high-quality hardcover children’s book, but Joey pulled it off with distinction. I wrote toContinue reading “JOEY STRAIN, Illustrator, still in College.”
Walter Tevis, the author of the novel, The Queen’s Gambit, was my creative writing teacher at Ohio University in 1970. I don’t know anything about the origin of the Beth Harmon character, alas. I do recall Prof. Tevis spoke about his earlier novel, The Hustler. He insisted that he created the character of Minnesota FatsContinue reading “Queen’s Gambit : Season II”
Weekly shopping trip can be exciting.
More Kutztown Students comics reflecting on The New Normal.
Kutztown University of PA was founded in 1866 as Keystone Normal School. Throughout the U.S. colleges that educated teachers were known as “normal schools.” When KU shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic we had to abruptly adjust to a New Normal. CDE 253, Illustration 2: The class is making zines this semester. We gotContinue reading “NEW NORMAL SCHOOL”
I once handed a comic book by a student to a professional cartoonist. He opened it and then closed it instantly saying, “It’s computer lettered. I only read hand-lettered comics. Lettering is big part of the art of comics.” He has a point. On the other hand, he is not very prolific and computer letteringContinue reading “LETTER BETTER”