Following her guest run as a writer and artist on the long-running and wildly popular webcomic PvP earlier this year, Dylan Meconis was recently picked as the first writing staff addition to creator Scott Kurtz’s team.
Dylan says she’s been having “disgusting amounts of fun” writing the latest arc, and things are set to change dramatically in the next few weeks. As Scott notes, “In just a couple of writing sessions, Dylan and I have laid down the broad strokes for some exciting changes in the PvP comic strip. This is only the beginning of what’s to come. We have big plans, a lot is going to change, and the future of PvP is bright!”
If you’re not already familiar with the series (which celebrated its fifteenth anniversary last week), now is a great time to jump aboard. You can catch a new strip of PvP every weekday right here. To read more about Scott’s decision to bring Dylan aboard, click here.
As most of you are probably aware, the fabulous Toronto Comic Arts Festival is taking place this weekend! Cartoonists will be traveling from all over the globe to exhibit and hobnob Saturday and Sunday at the Toronto Public Library. Admission is free, and there are going to be a bundle of incredible folks in attendance — including our own Dylan Meconis and Erika Moen! Find them on the floor to say hello, and be sure to see Erika at the Queer Comics panel on Sunday from 12:15-1:15pm. More details on the TCAF website.
If you’ve taken a look at our Appearances page lately, you’ll see that this weekend heralds the coming of the great Stumptown Comics Fest! You’ll be able to find most of Periscope* loitering around table blocks K and L Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (12pm-6pm) at the Oregon Convention Center. We’ll also be out in force at the Fest’s official after party on Saturday night at the Jupiter Hotel, where Jeff Parker and Cat Farris join local comics heavyweights to duke it out in the annual Art Battle.
*The full list: Aaron McConnell, Jeremy Barlow, Ben Dewey, Cat Farris, Colleen Coover, Dustin Weaver, Dylan Meconis, Erika Moen, Grace Allison, Jonathan Case, Karl Kesel, Natalie Nourigat, Paul Guinan, Paul Tobin, Rich Ellis, Ron Chan, Ron Randall, Steve Lieber, Terri Nelson, Jesse Hamm, and Terry Blas.
Several members are also appearing on panels, giving workshops, and holding signings. On Saturday, join Jonathan Case for a workshop on Composing Comics, Ben Dewey on Style and Communication, Mike Russel interviewing Dylan Meconis, and the infamous Freelancer Panel with Erika Moen, Natalie Nourigat, and negotiation ninja Katie Lane.
On Sunday, we’ve got a spotlight on Ron Randall’s Trekker with Dark Horse editor Jim Gibbons, a not-to-be-missed Manga Studio workshop with Wook Jin Clark, a Queer Culture in Comics panel with Erika Moen and Terry Blas, and a look at Kickstarter and Indie Comics with Dylan Meconis and others.
The full schedule (including times, locations, and descriptions) can be found here.
See you at the Fest!
Portlanders! Mark your calendars for March 7th, when Comics Underground returns with an extra-special, star-studded evening in honor of Will Eisner Week. Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz has hand-picked a lineup of some of the best comics creators in the country to share stories from Eisner’s Last Day in Vietnam. Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Michael Avon Oeming, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and our own Dylan Meconis will be reading, and Erik Nebel will be accompanying a wordless story on violin.
The show takes place at 8pm on Thursday, March 7th at the Jack London (529 SW 4th, Portland, Oregon). Admission is $3-5. Hope to see you there!
When cartoonist Scott Kurtz hurt his back a few weeks ago, Dylan Meconis got a call asking if she’d be willing to draw a fill-in story arc for PvP, his blockbuster online strip. Of course, she said yes.
For the next week, readers can thrill to the new questions raised by Dylan’s arc: Who is the mysterious Arjun Khan? And why does he have such a spectacular backside? Find out by reading her new strips — starting right here.
Fans of Emerald City Comicon’s Monsters and Dames art book will get a giant helping of Periscope goodness at the 2013 convention. This year’s charity publication will feature pinups from Ron Randall, Cat Farris, Rich Ellis (not pictured), Paul Guinan, Ben Dewey, AND Dylan Meconis! A monstrous display of artistic prowess.
Ron Randall pits his bountyhunting heroine Mercy St. Claire against a giant aquatic millipede.
Cat Farris depicts a friendly base jumping expedition gone wrong.
Paul Guinan sends Boilerplate and friends deep into an icy wasteland.
Ben Dewey’s Swamp Woman is rife with dark portents.
Dylan Meconis encourages young ladies of an adventurous disposition to take to the sky.
You can pick up a copy of the book at Emerald City, or bid in the charity auction for original pieces! Keep your eyes peeled.
You’ve heard of Shakespeare in the Park? Well, TREK IN THE PARK is a Portland phenomenon where classic episodes of Star Trek are performed outdoors before thousands of attendees. The Atomic Arts theater production has been featured on the PORTLANDIA TV series and was profiled nationally on CBS NEWS (which included an appearance of Portland comic book creators Matthew Clark and Greg Rucka as audience members).
Dylan Meconis, Paul Guinan, and Anina Bennett. The Vulcan ambassadorial party from Trek in the Park’s “Journey to Babel.”
Periscope artists Paul Guinan and Dylan Meconis, along with writer Anina Bennett, are in this year’s adaptation of the episode “Journey to Babel.” The husband-and-wife team of Paul and Anina play Spock’s parents Sarek and Amanda, with Dylan in a cameo as Sarek’s Vulcan aide.
The play is performed at Cathedral Park in St. Johns, beginning at 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays during August. Eight shows in all. BOLDLY GO!
Dylan Meconis is going to publish three books this year, and she’s using Kickstarter to fund the effort. They’re already drawn and can be read online. (One of them, OUTFOXED, is nominated for an Eisner award!) She’s made an enormously charming video discussing the project, which you can see here. There’s already been a tremendous outpouring of support. Click through and you’ll see why!
This last week French photographer P-Mod stopped by the studio to snap some pictures of us at work!
Thank you again, P-Mod
, your photographer is fantastic!
Spring has come to Portland! All the flowers and trees have exploded into bloom this week. We’re all hard at work inside, but studiomember Dylan Meconis dreams of going back to nature…BY FORCE IF NECESSARY.