NYC – Dare2Draw: Anatomy in Context

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Costa Vavagiakis leads a a demo on “Anatomy in Context” at Society of Illustrators on Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 6:00pm until 9:30pm!

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NYC – Dare2Draw w/ Rocket Girl

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Artist Amy Reeder appears for a Dare2Draw lecture and Q & A at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm!

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About Amy Reeder:
Amy Reeder “Best known for her work on Batwoman and for her Supergirl covers, Amy Reeder rose to popularity on Vertigo’s Madame Xanadu, earning her three Eisner nominations: Best New Series, Best Artist, and Best Cover Artist.

Since then Amy has moved toward creator-owned projects, the first of these being Halloween Eve, a one-shot published by Image last October. Currently Amy is working on the upcoming Rocket Girl, an ongoing series with writer Brandon Montclare. Both have been funded through successful Kickstarter campaigns.

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NYC – Dare2Draw w/ Mark Chiarello

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DC Art Director/Illustrator Mark Chiarello appears for a Dare2Draw lecture and Q & A at the Society of Illustrators on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm!

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About Mark Chiarello:
Mark Chiarello was born on Halloween, in 1960. His book “Heroes of the Negro Leagues” (Abrams Publishing) was named the second best sports book of 2007, by Amazon.com.

A graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Mark was fortunate enough to have as roommates, Kent Williams, John Van Fleet, and George Pratt. He worked as an illustrator for Disney World for a short time in the 1980s, then went on to work for Marvel Comics and ultimately DC Comics, where he is currently Art Director.

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NYC – Dare2Draw w/ Sean Murphy

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Artist Sean Murphy appears for a Dare2Draw lecture and Q & A at the Society of Illustrators on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm! Sean will share some thoughts in an informal chat about his process and career. Let’s talk “Punk Rock Jesus” and draw Cosplay.

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About Sean Murphy:
Sean Murphy was born in Nashua, NH in the fall of 1980. He got interested in comics in grade school and spent many afternoons of his childhood drawing instead of making friends. His formal education started in Salem, NH as an apprentice to Leslie Swank, local painter, cartoonist and WWII vet. After graduating Pinkerton Academy high school in 1999 he attended Massachusetts College of Art (Boston) and then the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Before graduation, Sean was already working with such publishers as Dark Horse on their Star Wars titles. After getting his BFA, he moved out to Hollywood to pursue concept art for video games and film making while paying the bills with additional titles like Star Trek, Teen Titans, and Batman/Scarecrow: Year One.

His first creator owned book “Off Road” was released by Oni in 2005 and won an American Library Association award. Soon after, Sean signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics and moved to New York. His DC published work is what he’s most known for currently–Hellblazer: City of Angels, Joe the Barbarian, and American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest helped boost his career greatly. His latest book for DC/Vertigo, and creator owned mini series called Punk Rock Jesus, in stores now.

Sean lives in Brooklyn with his wife Colleen, and their two dogs, Red and Bebop.

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NYC – Dare2Draw Lecture

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Artist Jamal Igle appears for a Dare2Draw lecture and Q & A at the Society of Illustrators on Wednesday, March 21, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm! Jamal will share his thoughts about his successful Kickstarter campaign and all the work involved in making it happen.  Special guest Steven Zelin will discuss Kickstarter through the eyes of a CPA. He’ll also share some tips about artists filing taxes, a very popular topic this time of year!

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NYC – Zippy the Pinhead Exhibition

zphCartoonist Bill Griffith appears at the Society of Illustrators to open a retrospective art exhibition on Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Press Release:

“Are we having fun yet?” This non sequitur utterance by the clown-suited
 philosopher/media star Zippy the Pinhead has become so oft-quoted that 
it is now in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations. Zippy has in fact become an 
international icon, even appearing on the (former) Berlin Wall. Zippy’s 
creator, Bill Griffith, began his comics career in New York City in 1969.

His first strips were published in the East Village Other and SCREW 
magazine and featured an angry amphibian named Mr. The Toad.

He ventured to San Francisco in 1970 to join the burgeoning underground
 comics movement and made his home there until 1998. His first major comic book titles included Tales of Toad and Young Lust, a best-selling series parodying romance comics of the time. He was co-editor of Arcade, The Comics Revue for its seven issue run in the mid-70s and worked with the important underground publishers throughout the seventies and up to the present: Print Mint, Last Gasp, Rip Off Press, Kitchen Sink and Fantagraphics Books. The first Zippy strip appeared in Real Pulp No. 1 (Print Mint) in 1970. The strip went weekly in 1976, first in the Berkeley Barb and then syndicated nationally through Rip Off Press.

In 1980 weekly syndication was taken over by Zipsynd (later Pinhead Productions),
owned and operated by the artist. Zippy also appeared in the pages of the National
 Lampoon and High Times from 1977 to 1984. In 1985 the San Francisco Examiner
 asked Griffith to do Zippy six days a week, and in 1986 he was approached by 
King Features Syndicate to take the daily strip to a national audience. Sunday
 color strips began running in 1990. Today Zippy appears in over 150 newspapers
 worldwide. There have been over a dozen paperback collections of Griffith’s work 
and numerous comic book and magazine appearances, both here and abroad.

He became an irregular contributor to The New Yorker in 1994. Griffith’s inspiration 
for Zippy came from several sources, among them the sideshow “pinheads” in
Tod Browning’s 1932 filmFreaks. The name “Zippy” springs from “Zip the What-Is-It?”
a “freak” exhibited by P.T. Barnum from 1864 to 1926. Zip’s real name was
 William Henry Jackson, born in 1842. Coincidentally, Griffith (as he discovered in
1975, five years after creating Zippy) bears the same name. He was born
 William Henry Jackson Griffith (in 1944), named after his great-grandfather,
 well-known photographer of the Old West William H. Jackson (1842–1941).

Griffith is currently teaching comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York and is at work on a graphic memoir. He lives and works in East Haddam, Connecticut with his wife, cartoonist Diane Noomin.

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NYC – Celebrating Kurtzman Panel

h_kurtzman_0713Legendary artists Drew Friedman, Robert Grossman, Al Jaffee, and Arnold Roth will discuss the life and works of Harvey Kurtzman with a panel moderated by Peter Kuper on March 19, 2013  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Society of Illustrators.   

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS 

Drew Friedman is an award-winning illustrator whose work regularly appears in dozens of major publications.  For years he was renowned for his “stippling” style of caricature, employing thousands of pen-marks to achieve photographic verisimilitude, but in recent years Friedman has switched to painting.  His painstaking attention to detail and parodies of Hollywood icons is widely admired.  Friedman’s work has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Observer, Esquire, RAW, Rolling Stone, and MAD Magazine.  He is a graduate of SVA and studied under such legendary masters as Will Eisner, Ed Sorel, Stan Mack, Arnold Roth, and Harvey Kurtzman.

Robert Grossman is a New York artist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Rolling Stone and many other publications.  Grossman also works as a sculptor, filmmaker, and author and has published numerous titles including ZooNooz and O-MANLAND, an online compilation of strips focusing on the 2008 presidential race.

Al Jaffee is best known for his satirical work in MAD Magazine, and today remains a regular contributor having only ever missed one issue of MAD in the last 57 years. Jaffee’s trademark feature, the Mad Fold-in, was created in 1964 and a four-volume boxed set of hardcovers,The Mad Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010, was published by Chronicle Books in September 2011.  In 2008 Jaffee was honored by the Reuben Awards as Cartoonist of the Year. He has also received the National Cartoonists Society Advertising and Illustration Award in 1972, its Special Features Award in 1971 and 1975, and its Humor Comic Book Award in 1979.

Arnold Roth has been a humorous illustrator and cartoonist all his life and, for most of that time, has freelanced, snatching a living by hustling one assignment after another in a highly competitive market.  Roth’s big breakthrough came in 1957 when he started working on Trump, Playboy’s satiric magazine, and on Humbug, a more penurious production, both the inventions of Harvey Kurtzman.  His work has appeared regularly in major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Holiday, Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker and countless others.  In 1983, Roth was elected president of the National Cartoonists Society and the next year received the NCS Reuben Award as Cartoonist of the Year.

Peter Kuper’s illustrations and comics appear regularly in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and MAD, where he illustrates SPY vs. SPY every month.  He has written and illustrated many books including Comics Trips, a journal of an eight-month trip through Africa and Southeast Asia.  In 1979 he co-founded the political comix magazine World War 3 Illustrated.

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Will Eisner Week Celebrates Graphic Novels

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Press Release:

The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation is proud to announce Will Eisner Week 2013, a ten-day series of events in more than a dozen cities nationwide that celebrates graphic novels, free speech awareness, and the career and legacy of Will Eisner, one of the most innovative figures in the history of comics and graphic novels.

Will Eisner Week’s theme this year is, “Read a Graphic Novel,” which will be the underlying message of all the events. Cities holding celebrations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, and Minneapolis.

Will Eisner Week 2013 has added significance, as it marks 35 years since the 1978 publication of Eisner’s groundbreaking graphic novel, “A Contract With God.”

“This year, we will be having Will Eisner Week celebrations in more places than ever before,” said Will Eisner Week Organizing Committee Chair Danny Fingeroth. “The people doing the events are planning some amazing happenings that will spread the word about how cool graphic novels are, and that celebrate Will Eisner’s astonishing body of work done over a career that spanned seven decades.”

Will Eisner Week 2013 events include:

March 1-15, SAVANNAH, GA: Savannah College of Art and Design will hold several events run by Professor David Duncan, including a March 2 screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” and various Eisner-themed art sessions.

March 2, 4:00-4:55 PM, SEATTLE, WA: Emerald City Comicon panel: Eisner’s “A Contract With God—Reflections on the 35th Anniversary,” featuring Dennis O’Neil, Batton Lash, Matt Fraction, Jackie Estrada, and Ben Saunders.

March 3-10, PITTSBURGH, PA: Various events at the Toonseum, including a screening of the documentary “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist” by Andrew & Jon Cooke on March 6.

March 4-8, ARKADELPHIA, AR: The Comics Arts Club of Henderson State University, under the direction of Professor Randy Duncan, will study Eisner’s work in the context of Immigrant Experience Focus Week.

March 6: 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Art Institute of Portland: Lecture on Eisner by Dark Horse Editor Diana Schutz.

March 7, 6:30-9:30 PM, NEW YORK, NY: The Society of Illustrators hosts a Will Eisner Sketch Night.

March 7, 7:00-9:00 PM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA: The Cartoon Art Museum. An Evening With Mario Hernandez, including a discussion of Eisner’s influence.

March 7, 7:30 PM, PORTLAND, OR: The Jack London Bar. A reading of Eisner’s “Last Day in Vietnam,” with Brian Bendis, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Michael Oeming, and Dylan Meconis.

March 7, 7:00-9:30 PM, BOSTON, MA: Tufts University. Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist,” followed by a panel discussion including A. David Lewis, Chuck Henebry, and Stephen Weiner.

March 10, 1:00-4:00 PM, MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Minneapolis College of Art and Design hosts a Graphic Novel Read-In, featuring a screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist.”

March 11, 7:00-9:00 PM, NEW YORK, NY: Parsons/The New School, Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Jeremy Dauber and Danny Fingeroth discuss Eisner’s work in the context of Jewish-American literature.

March 12, WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT: Center for Cartoon Studies. Lecture on Eisner by Stephen Bissette. (For CCS students only.)

March 14, 7:30 PM, BURBANK, CA: The Animation Guild will hold a special Comic Art Professional Society meeting devoted to Eisner, hosted by Scott Shaw!.

Celebrations are also being planned for Amherst, MA and Washington, DC. Check www.willeisnerweek.com for updates on all events.

NYC – Dare2Draw w/ Act-I-Vate & Captain Action

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Host Liza Biggers will be joined by Special Guest Hosts, Dean Haspiel and Josh Siegel from Geeks OUT for a Dare2Draw lecture and Q & A at the Society of Illustrators on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 pm!

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NYC – What Lies Beyond Panel

 

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Donato Giancola, Rebecca Guay, Greg Manchess, Sam Weber, Michael Whelan, and appear on a panel at moderated by Irene Gallo on Saturday February 9th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

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Press Release:

Science fiction and fantasy illustration have been thriving for as long as art has existed. A stroll through any major museum features depictions of gods and demons, dreams and nightmares, and speculations on what lies beyond our boundaries from ancient cultures to today. Join us as we talk to five of the genre’s most celebrated artists and discuss their careers, the industry today, and where they see science fiction and fantasy illustration heading.

Donato Giancola mixes science fiction and fantasy themes with classical realism. His work appears on countless books and magazine covers. He is well-known for his ability to bring Tolkien’s Middle Earth to life and, mostly recently, won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for his portrait of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Rebecca Guay’s lyrical work spans the gaming, comic book, and publishing industries. She brings a contemporary voice to her Pre-Raphaelite influences, built on a solid structure of great drawing. In 2012 Rebecca’s A Flight of Angels, appeared on many “best graphic novels of the year” lists. Rebecca also founded the Illustration Master Class and SmArtSchool, both highly sought-after workshops. The Michelson gallery will mount a solo exhibit of her work in September.

Greg Manchess has had his hand in just about every aspect of illustration throughout his 36-year (and counting) career — his work can be seen on book covers, advertising, magazines, US postal stamps, movie posters, and beyond. Greg creates classic narrative images with gutsy brushstrokes that make the viewer delight in the application of paint as much as the themes and stories being depicted.

Sam Weber combines realism with abstract ideas and fractured compositions often more associated with editorial work. His somber palette and impeccable technique creates a sense of unease within its beauty. Sam’s work can be seen throughout mainstream and science fiction publications, including the NY Times and Tor Books. He also hosts the illustration podcast, Your Dreams My Nightmares.

Michael Whelan is arguably one the most well-known science fiction and fantasy illustrators of our time. Reacting against abstraction and pulp cartooning of the 60s’s and 70′s, Whelan brought a clean realism to science fiction, showing us a bright future that seemed possible to walk right into. He has won every major award the field has to offer (often, many times) but in recent years has balanced his illustration commissions with gallery work.

 

Irene Gallo (moderator) is the creative director for Tor.com and Tor Books.

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