The Man from The Thought Cloud Factory

We are all different, but Theo Ellsworth is more different. I met the artist at Pittsburgh’s Toonseum where his enchanting one-man show hangs through April 30. He calls his studio The Thought Cloud Factory. He came to Pittsburgh from his home in Montana to participate in PIX, the Pittsburgh indy press expo. Big Sky countryContinue reading “The Man from The Thought Cloud Factory”

AdHouse at PIX

Went to the PIX 2014 this weekend. PIX is Pittsburgh’s indy press expo of creator-owned, self-published, small-press, and handmade comics. Not the biggest expo I’ve seen, but I had a blast. One of the first people I met at PIX was graphic designer and publisher Chris Pitzer of AdHouse Books. Chris told me he launchedContinue reading “AdHouse at PIX”

SCOM: Man & Monsters in Mexico

SCOM stood in a doorway in Oaxaca and told us some hairy stories of his life as a graffiti artist. He grew up in L.A. His mother came from a remote village in Oaxaca. As a kid, he was George. Sometimes his Mom would bring him to visit family in Oaxaca. One day, his L.A.Continue reading “SCOM: Man & Monsters in Mexico”

Covarubbias, more than a Caricaturist.

You never know where you might find an illustrator. Museo Textil de Oaxaca is a jewel of a museum in the center of Oaxaca. The current exhibition, Gráfica textil de Miguel Covarrubias, focuses on the work of the influential Mexican caricaturist. Born in Mexico City in 1905, Covarubbias journeyed to New York City at ageContinue reading “Covarubbias, more than a Caricaturist.”

Daniel McCloskey, Smiling Artist Missing Teeth.

UPDATE: Dan’s Kickstarter got funded. Thanks. Julie Sokolow wrote a fine article at MichaelMoore.com that really helped. Full disclosure: That’s my boy! Daniel McCloskey is a cartoonist and founder of Pittsburgh’s Cyberpunk Apocalypse Writer’s Project. On Oct 22, Dan was riding his bike when his front wheel fell into a deep, narrow pothole. Dan flewContinue reading “Daniel McCloskey, Smiling Artist Missing Teeth.”

Bak’s Book: Island of Memory

The adventurous graphic novelist T. Edward Bak is coming to Kutztown University to speak about another adventurous explorer from the 18th century.  Bak’s ‘Wild Man’ tour includes stops at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont, SAW in Gainesville as well as KU. The KU event is Free. Boehm, Lecture Room 261, Tues. Nov. 19Continue reading “Bak’s Book: Island of Memory”

Paul Pope’s Battling Boy

Battlling Boy arrives to an earth-like place with some baggage, literally. He finds 12 T-shirts packed in his suitcase each bearing the image of a different animal. A smart kid, he realizes, “these were painted with inks made of pulverized moonblood! I am supposed to wear these into battle.” Each T-shirt imbues him with theContinue reading “Paul Pope’s Battling Boy”

Nils Balls and The Ship of Soiled Doves.

“Soiled Doves” is Civil War slang for prostitutes. Hold that thought. We’ll get back to the prostitutes shortly. Meet Nils Balls. He is the guy wearing a tin foil helmet in the Carnegie Library on Pittsburgh’s Northside. He’s seated with a fairy princess and a teen zombie who has a knife through his head, drawingContinue reading “Nils Balls and The Ship of Soiled Doves.”

The Last Unicorn in Kutztown

Kutztown’s Strand Theater is 100 years old. They are kicking off a series of classic films with a screening of the animated classic, The Last Unicorn. Peter S. Beagle, author of the tale will be there, Monday, Sept 23 for two shows, screenings at 5 and 7:30. Details here. Jason of the Strand tells meContinue reading “The Last Unicorn in Kutztown”

Amanda & NICK win an Emmy!!!

WE WONNNNNNN AN EMMMMMMMYYYYYYY!!! I hate Facebook posts with multiple exclamation points !!!  It should be up to the reader to decide how excited to become by reading an exclamatory sentence. Yesterday Amanda Geisinger, a Kutztown grad and Interactive Designer at Nickelodeon posted: WE WONNNNNNN AN EMMMMMMMYYYYYYY!!!  OK, OK, I am willing to make an exceptionContinue reading “Amanda & NICK win an Emmy!!!”