Cannonball Press

Friday the 13th was my lucky day. I traveled to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for Cannonball Press’s show, “Born Under a Bad Sign.” Cannonball Press artists Martin Mazorra and Mike Houston were on hand to meet their fans at the opening. 99% Gallery is on the ground floor a repurposed warehouse at 99 North 10th St, nearContinue reading “Cannonball Press”

Joe Lacey of L.A.

We got in touch with one of our most illustrious alums, Joe Lacey, to ask what he was up to. Joe works for the biggies: Mattel, Fisher-Price, Crayola and PEZ. He’s done packaging, books, magazines and ad campaigns in America and Europe. His sci-fi art is included in Spectrum Books’ “The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art,” and heContinue reading “Joe Lacey of L.A.”

Denise Bosler Explains SURTEX

…manufacturers were actively seeking work. Many exhibiting illustrators made deals on the spot.” Why illustrators should know SURTEX Every May, hundreds of art directors descend upon New York City’s Jacob J. Javits Convention Center to seek out new talent and new artwork to help their business and products to remain competitive in the market. SURTEXContinue reading “Denise Bosler Explains SURTEX”

McCloskey Visits Evil

In recent years the most interesting artists I’ve met have been print-makers. I visited the studios of Mexican masters. Last summer I had the good fortune to study with the amazing Endi Poskovic, when he team-taught at Kutztown. Wanting to become a better woodblock printer, I asked Prof. Evan Summer to recommend the absolute bestContinue reading “McCloskey Visits Evil”

The Sketchbook Project

UPDATE: 11/5/10 Sketchbook Project Deadline has been extended! You have until Nov 15, 2010 to order your blank sketchbook. At least a dozen Kutztown students and two professors are participating in the sketchbook project. The organizers, Brooklyn’s Art House Co-op also have two more participatory art projects in the works. One is a photo projectContinue reading “The Sketchbook Project”

Fan Art: Works for Tom Whalen

Fan art has been very good to me. A serious love of comics and movies is what got me into art in the first place and it has recently been the key to getting a lot of internet notice and freelance work. Fan art images I’ve created have tumbled around the internet for a fewContinue reading “Fan Art: Works for Tom Whalen”

Artist Stops Googling and Finds Meaning

James Sturm is halfway through his summer without the internet. Oddly enough, he is writing an illustrated journal about the experience for the online magazine, Slate. You can find his work in their offline section. Anyone interested in graphic novels should know James Sturm. He is an award-winning graphic novelist and a founder of theContinue reading “Artist Stops Googling and Finds Meaning”

Peter Kuper at Kutztown

Peter Kuper came to Kutztown at the end of spring semester and gave a well-received Powerpoint lecture on political art. Kuper is a graphic novelist and illustrator whose work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The NY Times, and Mad Magazine. A number of KU students, including Nick Eck, told Kuper they were fans of hisContinue reading “Peter Kuper at Kutztown”

James Pannafino’s Typographic Comics: Anti-illustration?

James Pannafino teaches graphic and interactive design at Millersville University of PA. I recall having James in my illustration class at Kutztown and he has a quirky sense of humor, – so I wasn’t sure if he was kidding about his next big idea:Typographic Comics. He must be serious, he’s lectured at Harvard! Looking at theContinue reading “James Pannafino’s Typographic Comics: Anti-illustration?”

2 Cents Plain by Martin Lemelman

Martin Lemelman, recently retired and irreplaceable KU illustration faculty member, has a new book, Two Cents Plain. Published by Bloomsbury USA, and soon to be available wherever books are sold, Two Cents Plain can be pre-ordered at Amazon. The book already has a You-Tube trailer and a Facebook presence. The reviews are glowing; Kirkus reviews callsContinue reading “2 Cents Plain by Martin Lemelman”