Animal enthusiasts and lovers of horrible humor alike can now enjoy Terri Nelson’s illustration and comics via a gorgeous new website from Outbox Online. There’s also a new blog where you can find info about Terri’s upcoming appearances — including this weekend at the Stumptown Comics Fest (Table K06). See you there!
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!
Last week Terri and Cat headed out to the Dove Lewis Dog Blood Donor appreciation party at the Lucky Labrador Brewing Company to draw some of the heroic canines who have been assisting the local animal hospital. You can see Terri’s full set of sketches and photos of the dogs in question right here.
Paul Guinan, Aaron McConnell, and Terri Nelson were recently invited to Portland’s Keller Auditorium to draw Joey, the stunning puppet creation from the Tony Award-winning play WAR HORSE. Joey is operated by three extraordinarily coordinated puppeteers, who bring the 120lb creature to life with ear flicks, whinnying, tail swishing, breathing, and galloping. The show runs this weekend only at Keller Auditorium. For full details and to buy tickets, check out the Broadway Tour website.
Here are the pieces that emerged from Paul, Aaron, and Terri’s trip:
(more work forthcoming this week at aaronmcconnell.com)
Periscope Studio artists get a lot of our supplies from Jet Pens. They’re a purveyor of high quality Japanese writing tools of all kinds, including our beloved Uniball Signo white rollerballs that we use for white-out nearly constantly. (Try them out! You can INK OVER THE TOP of the white ink, and it’s nearly opaque in most circumstances. Super convenient for traveling, instead of a tube of white gouache getting squished all over your luggage.)
Anyway: Jet Pens graciously sent us a sample to review! Today, we got a Zebra Expandz 7.0mm Ballpoint Pen (pictured above).
It came unexpanded- it’s about 4 inches long unexpanded, so perfect to fit in a pocket. It expands by just pulling the ends apart from one another, and grows to be about 5 inches long, or about the size of a regular ballpoint pen. It’s VERY heavy, mostly metal parts, and feels high quality.
As comic book artists and cartoonists, we don’t often use ballpoints for our finished work, but this one seems like it’d be good for casual lettering tasks. The ink flows very smoothly, so that I had to check that it wasn’t a rollerball, and since it’s a ballpoint, the line weight is very even and regular.
It takes standard Zebra F-type refills, and it’s gonna go right in my travel sketch bag for all my lettering-on-the-go needs. SUPER nice. Get one!
Another First Thursday, another gallery opening that features work from our studio members. And this month there’s two shows!
Erika Moen, Terri Nelson, Cat Farris, and a string of other artists contribute their modified My Little Ponies to the OMG PWN!ES group exhibition at The Sequential Art Gallery. There will be tentacles until January. The opening reception begins at 6pm.
Paul Guinan moved his 25 piece Boilerplate robot art show from the ArtBar over to the Pearl Room at Powell’s Books on Burnside. A second, and last chance, to catch this show, it runs until the first weekend of January. The Thursday reception begins at 6:30pm. Paul will sketch in copies of the robot’s book.
OMG PWN!ES at the Sequential Art Gallery
Thursday, December 3, 2009, 6 to 10 PM, Sequential Art Gallery, 328 NW Broadway, Portland OR:
It’s a pony show! Studio members Erika Moen, Terri Nelson and Cat Farris have modified My Little Ponies in various amazing and wonderful ways. Go see’em!
One of us didn’t go to Emerald City and she went completely berserk in our absence: http://tinyurl.com/cqfeth. The report begins 3:48 PM Apr 3rd.
“Twittering an operation might seem frivolous, but when Ms. Nelson’s teeth began chattering after the procedure, a friend following the updates suggested it could be a potentially hazardous side effect, tardive dyskinesia, that can occur with one of the antinausea drugs Ms. Nelson was taking. (Her husband) who had been researching that very point when the message from the friend, Ken Yee, came in, was able to get the medication changed.
Periscope’s Terri Nelson had a fibroid tumor removed recently, and all sorts of web2.0 tech came into play. Read all about it in the New York Times.
Here is a portrait of an aye-aye, a rather disreputable prosimian that lives in Madagascar. It was drawn by Terri Nelson for Susan McCarthy’s new blog, Nature of the Beast.
Susan is a journalist and an author, specializing in two areas: wildlife and animal behavior; and humor. She is the co-author, with Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, of When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals, and the author of Becoming A Tiger: How Baby Animals Learn to Live in the Wild. Terri Nelson has opposable thumbs and uses them quite frequently in order to draw.