Monday, March 30, 2015

RIPExpo 2015

Angela got to run around RIPExpo 2015 on Saturday in Providence, RI. It was a blast. She traded with and met cool people. Check out the cool stuff she brought home!

So let's have Angela talk about some of the cream of this crop.

The Boy in Pink Earmuffs in Miss Priss Is Missing by Jay Fuller is incredibly adorable. The story comes from the web comic about a couple of 10-yr old boys making a ruckus, who also happen to be in love. So freaking cute. Clean confident line work. Ridiculous and funny stories. Adding this to my web comic reading. Plus, this comic has a pink cover, and the web comic is black, white, gray, and pink!

Here are two comics by Joe DeGeorge. I love them both. Owl Babies is an insane mock children's book and it is nuts. It is a modification of a real children's book by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson. Looks like he used that old style label maker to change and add text to turn it from normal kid's book to actually funny story. Then there's The Impractical Mushroom Forager's Handbook with so many happy mushrooms. Unfortunately for you, this book does not appear to be for sale online yet. I adore this book. Fairly accurate ink illustrations but all the mushrooms have smiley faces. Obviously, I wont use it for foraging, but I will use it for identification when the snow is gone and mushrooms are visible again.

Milk Pants by Amanda Scurti is ridiculous and I love it. Great art and humor. This is a book of illustrations she did based on snippets she heard on the TV while channel surfing. I love drawings f ridiculous things in a realistic style. I am going to go devour more of Amanda Scurti's work. There seems to be a lot of it, for which I am grateful.

I can't skip over the new work by Manvir Singh. I met him at MICE 2014 and was pleased as punch to see him at RIPExpo with a new book, Death & Rabbits. It is literally a zine with illustrations of rabbits and death deities on facing pages. There's even an index of the rabbit species and deities at the back. So cool. Again, your loss. I can't find a link to it online. Though you can get The Evolutionists' Doodlebook.

Feelings by Erin K. Wilson is a grin/frown sandwich. I smiled stupidly the first couple pages, frowned in understanding, then finished off with a stupid grin again. Just lovely. These appear to be autobio comics. Her art is confident and relaxed. I'll take whatever comic sandwich Erin will throw my way in the future.

I read Who is Amy Ameoba? a few years back and it has been rattling in my head since. Well, I finally got to meet the creator, Jason Viola. He is pretty nice. I was jabbering of course because the comic fumes were starting to get to me. But he had other stuff at his table. For some reason, I didn't get an Amy Amoeba book. But I did get the fantastic Fear of Flowers Beautiful and informative. He also had a collection of comics, Heart Farts, he created with his wife, Rebecca Viola, and her friend, Cara Bean. Awesome. I loved it. And one of then was part of an applied cartooning symposium here at CCS last year! I missed it! Drat. Oh well.

Back on the West coast a few years ago, at Short Run, I heard Georgia Webber talking about her series, Dumb, about when she lost her voice. And now there are 5 issues out! So I have them all now, of course. So exciting. She was great to talk to.

Last but not least, I finally got a copy of Junior by Luke Howard. Freaking sweet. This is from his CCS thesis project, I believe. I read it over winter break and it blew my mind. I just love it. Up there with I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura. Great art style, great pacing, great story telling. I really felt all the characters. Next I have to get a copy of the rest of his thesis in How to Be Shapes.

Well, those are my favorites. That's not even everything. There was other good stuff in the pile. Sheesh. Some talented people over here on the East coast. And yes, most of these photos feature either my cat, Nermal, or my dog, Ernie. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Deceitful Have No Pizza

Angela posted a new comic all over the place tonight: The Deceitful Have No Pizza. A fable comic in which the moral is "Don't be a dickweed." It's about a pair of hairdog pizza delivery folk in the 80s to a grumpy-puss wastoid who rips them off in the end.

Read it now!

Buy a hard copy to read.

Buy a digital copy to peruse.

Here's page one to get you starter.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Awesome Possum has gone digital

Awesome Possum is available to purchase digitally now! In the next week it will be available on the Etsy store. And this weekend it will be available at the CCS booth B85 at MICE! Our first East Coast con. Woot!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Jess Dodo

This Dodo started out as Zooey Deschanel, then turned into Jess from New Girl. And then neither. Or both.

In other news, the Awesome Possum Kickstarter for the natural science comic anthology was a success. We made 241% of our goal with 102 backers. Getting some proof printed today. Hopefully a proof of the book tomorrow. And if we're lucky, all the final prints by Friday.

This coming week, Abe and I will be driving to Vermont in a 16' truck and towing or car. It will be intense. So the Etsy shop will be down for about a week and if I can't mail the Kickstarter rewards before we move. They will be mailed from Vermont.

Exciting times at Chez Dodo.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Awesome 'Possum!

Angela finally did it. We have launched a Kickstarter for a natural science themed comic anthology called Awesome 'Possum. You should go check it out. I hear it is going to be awesome.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cafe Bambino show

Angela has art up at Cafe Bambino in Ballard (Seattle). It well be there for the month of July.

Here's all the pieces up. To the right when you walk in. These are all original art, but there are also prints for sale.

Cat vertebra, scratch board. $25

Head of garlic, watercolor with ink on an overlay. $30

Capybara, acrylic. $36

Beastie in the swamp, watercolor. $20

Immature bald eagle, pen and ink. $120

Banana slug, graphite and watercolor. $65
This is my favorite piece, I think.

The Hee Hee Tapir, pen and ink. $60
Another favorite

Dodo and the apple tree, acrylic. $70
Another favorite. I suppose I should stop saying that.

Pigeon spying popcorn, pen and ink. $120

Yearling elk (I am pretty sure that's what the skull is), graphite and watercolor. $60

Mushroom and watermelon playing cards, ink and watercolor. $35

Shaggy mane, pen and ink, $80

Bear and emu drunken love, watercolor and pen and ink. $35

Alia in the swamp, brush and ink. $120
These are two of my original characters.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Science items!

Wowee. Took long enough, but we finally have new items up for sale in the Etsy store. We will be adding more until finally everything is up! We might even add some original artwork. Should be some good stuff.

First up is the comic Angela made after learning all about the horseshoe crab in her Zoological Illustration class fall quarter. She made this comic over winter break because she was exploding with interesting information about this creepy little animal.

Then the poster that spawned the research that led to the comic. This poster was an assignment in her class first quarter, but the only rules were that it had to be about the crab. Which meant doing her own research. It was hard to pick a topic with so much information about these weird guys.

Last but certainly not least, the tapir poster! You have probably heard about Angela's fascination with tapirs over the last year or so. This is why. She knew she would have to pick a topic for her Vertebrate Illustration class. And tapirs are adorable.

So go grab your favorite posters and comics now. We also have lowered the price on the 2011 comics collection from $20 to $15 so grab it before they are all gone.