Greg Pizzoli -Printmaker Makes Good!

I tabled at ALA in Chicago to promote my new Toon book, Something’s Fishy. ALA is the American Library Association’s mega-convention. Over 10,000 librarians and hundreds of authors and illustrators roamed the aisles. Anchored to my table, I still managed to meet some superstar illustrators as they passed by. In front of my display, GregContinue reading “Greg Pizzoli -Printmaker Makes Good!”

RED NOSE STUDIO animation workshop

The insanely-talented Chris Sickels came from rural Indiana to rural Pennsylvania with a suitcase full of strange characters. He let me play with his dolls. – Me and a roomful of artists attending his workshop for the UCDA Summit at Kutztown University. Chris Sickels is Red Nose Studio. The studio is known for 3-D illustration and experimental animation.Continue reading “RED NOSE STUDIO animation workshop”

Illustrator Awards at Kutztown U

Each year Kutztown University presents awards to the best of our Communication Design Graduates. This year the illustration honors went to Heather Fox and Meredith Shriner.  Meredith Shriner’s 3-D sailor, above, graced the poster of the K U Children’s Literature Conference. Created under the tutelage of Prof. Elaine Cunfer, it has been selected for exhibition at theContinue reading “Illustrator Awards at Kutztown U”

The Big Feminist But in Kutztown

Joan Reilly makes comics. A established illustrator she moved last year from Brooklyn to Kutztown. Imagine that! She is co-editor along with Shannon O’Leary of the acclaimed comics anthology, The Big Feminist But. Originally published via Kickstarter, the book has been republished twice by Alternative Comics. An exhibition of artwork from the book is now appearingContinue reading “The Big Feminist But in Kutztown”

Star Illustrators at KU Kid Lit 2017

Bryan Collier is coming to Kutztown. The ‘Kid Lit’ in the headline is shorthand for “The 19th Annual Kutztown University Children’s Literature Conference” on April 1, 2017. Collier is a stellar illustrator, best know for his vibrant collage work focusing on the African-American experience, such as Uptown and Rosa. He’s won The Coretta Scott King Honor and Ezra JackContinue reading “Star Illustrators at KU Kid Lit 2017”

Puentes, Si! Muros, No!

Puentes, Si! Muros, No! –Bridges, Yes! Walls, No!  is at Kutztown U’s Student Gallery until Feb 9. Five Kutztown art students joined me for a 17-study abroad course in Oaxaca, Mexico. We just got back last week. Woodblock prints they made in Mexico are on display along with prints from prior Mexico study-abroad students and noted Mexican artists. I am proudContinue reading “Puentes, Si! Muros, No!”

Oaxaca’s Painting Biennial at MACO

MACO stands for Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca. We had the good fortune to visit during the XVII Rufino Tamayo Biennial Exhibition. Tamayo,  born in Oaxaca, was one of the great Mexican painters of the 20th century. The exhibition of 50 artworks ranging from abstraction to realism is a juried show of painters working in the region. The witty mixed-media work  byContinue reading “Oaxaca’s Painting Biennial at MACO”

Matt Twombly’s Leap to Freelance Illustration

KU Grad Matt Twombly posted on Facebook that he had left his job at National Geographic and begin freelancing in 2015. He was a stellar student and won the Don Breter Illustration award when he graduated in 2008. So, I was curious about his transition and sent him some questions. 1. What was your job title at NationalContinue reading “Matt Twombly’s Leap to Freelance Illustration”

Strange Cards

Christopher Irving sent me a deck of strange and colorful cards. He is an historian of pop culture, especially comics, and co-author of the book “Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics.” In Spring 2016 Christopher Irving launched a Kickstarter to create Four Color Trading Cards “celebrating public domain comic book characters from the 1930s throughContinue reading “Strange Cards”