It’s a rainy day in Brooklyn and my brain hurts in the best way possible (if that makes any sense at all). Yesterday I met with Nicole, and that went really well. We talked a lot about her work, how it’s evolving, the purpose of comics as social justice, art as activism, etc. We also talked about some of her other work with the Groundswell Community Mural Project, and her comics project on Frank Little.
I also went to the WW3 Exhibition at Exit Art, which was HUGE, phenomenal, beautiful, amazing… I could go on. I got to speak with Seth Tobocman, (co-founder of WW3 Illustrated, he is well known for his piece “You Don’t Have to Fuck People Over to Survive”) We talked about his work, the creation and purpose of WW3 Illustrated, the web versus print, technology in comics… This conversation really brought everything about the combination of comics, activism, visual rhetoric, cultural significance, etc. in full circle and a lot of my thoughts/arguments suddenly made a whole lot more sense. I also spoke with Peter Kuper (other co-founder of WW3, well known illustrator), Kevin Pyle (creator of Katman), and Isabella Bannerman (draws lots of feminist comics, is part of The Six Chix.)
Here are some photos, just to give you an idea of what i’ll be working on drawing, sketching, etc. in the upcoming weeks as I start to script/draw my thesis. Disclaimer: the white balance is awful.
These are just a few of the many photos I took. Many thanks to everyone who made this networking opportunity possible, it was TRULY amazing, insightful, inspiring, thought provoking, I could go on and on. I’m hoping this trip plants the seeds for lots of good things to come in the future.
Today, I had the chance to check out Forbidden Planet and Strand, two book stores near Union Square. I had heard lots about Forbidden Plant from friends here in NYC. It seemed to have a lot of emphasis on mainstream comics, which I haven’t really delved into (on that note, if there’s a place to start, someone please offer me a suggestion) I walked out of there with Marjane Satrapi’s Embroderies, and the 40th issue of WW3 Illustrated. At Strands, which I could have easily spent hours in (they have a decent comic book selection, and a slew of other books), I decided to pick up Joe Sacco’s But I Like It, Gabrielle Bell’s Cecil and Jordan in New York, both of which have been on my to read list for quite a while. I’ll post reviews soon.
I’ll be returning to mundane Lansing tomorrow. Upon my return, I’ll be transcribing interviews, researching, and beginning the scripting process of my thesis. Oh, and the drawing a day and hopefully a new comic.
More to come!