Portlanders hitting the town for First Thursday this evening: be sure to stop by the Sequential Art Gallery for an excellent solo show by Natalie Nourigat, who will be sharing process work and pages from her many projects in “Natalie Nourigat Presents”.
Drop in to chat with Natalie from 6pm to 10pm tonight, or visit during regular hours for the rest of the month! “Natalie Nourigat Presents” will be on display throughout the month of May, with gallery hours on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment.
Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is located in Old Town Chinatown at the Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113.
If you have any interest in the process of writing comics — or really creating anything at all — Shane McCarthy’s nitty-gritty interview with Jeremy Barlow is definitely what you should be reading this week. Get the scoop on Jeremy’s current projects, his advice to a younger self, and the harsh realities of pushing through self-doubt in the creative process.
With every new project I start, I feel like I have to learn how to write all over again. It’s agony, and I wonder why I do this to myself, and what I was thinking even following this career, and how this’ll be the last thing I ever do because I’m all used up. And once I’ve wasted enough time on that, once I can no longer procrastinate, I sit down and plow through.
This is how magic happens, everyone.
(You can also talk with Jeremy in person at the Stumptown Comics Fest this weekend! Find him at Table L06.)
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!
I spoke to more artists and gradually found out how many of my heroes and influences used photos. If Neal Adams, Al Williamson, P. Craig Russell, and Alex Raymond all thought photo reference was valuable, maybe I shouldn’t be rejecting it out of hand.
Dilettante, Steve Lieber’s ongoing blog column about life lessons for cartoonists, has a new post up this week! Steve discusses his experiences with using photo reference, encouraging artists to draw from life and improve their range of character expression and realism while maintaining a personal flair. Useful advice clearly delivered. Give it a read!
More summer reading for those of you with a penchant for crime. Silence & Co., written by Gur Benshemesh and illustrated by Ron Randall (with a cover by Steve Lieber), tells the story of a young hitman tackling the world’s most powerful criminal bank. Minhquan Nguyen calls the story ”Pulp at its finest. A terrific sample of the genre, proving that you can have sex, drugs, and violence in a story and still keep it classy.” The book should hit shelves next month, so keep your eyes peeled. Visit the book’s website for more information.
Those of you who have been on the edge of your seats watching Strip Search for the past few weeks will get a kick out of this epic fighting game-style poster Ron Chan drew of all the contestants. Seriously, how cool is this?
If you haven’t been watching Strip Search, what’s wrong with you?! Start with Episode 1 right here.
Last night at LA’s beloved Meltdown Comics, Warner Bros. Consumer Products launched its Batman Classic Television Series licensing program with a slew of new shirts, figurines, calendars, and a very exciting announcement involving not one, but TWO Periscope creators!
Yes, everything you’ve heard is true: Jeff Parker has officially been announced as the writer for DC’s all-new, digital-first, TV-show-inspired series “BATMAN ’66,” with Eisner Award-winner Jonathan Case illustrating the first three issues and Mike Allred providing cover art. As Jonathan says on his blog ”This isn’t just any Batman [...] this is the Adam West Batman, the Batusi Batman, the Julie Newmarriffic Batman” and we couldn’t be more excited to see what they come up with.
Jonathan has released a set of gorgeous promo images on Comic Book Resources, and Jeff is already tearing through scripts. Check out the official press release here, and expect to see Issue 1 of “BATMAN ’66″ out later this summer. Bat-tastic!
Comics Alliance blogger Cheryl Lynn Eaton caught this quick interview with Jeff Parker to kick off their Furious Five coverage of Emerald City. Five questions for five creators. Click through for Jeff’s thoughts on the relationship between being a writer and being a fan, the challenges of crafting pitches and titles, his strategies for crafting successful partnerships with artists, and a few choice highlights from the con. It’s all right here.
“You will realize when you observe people closely, and/or read substantial, great books, or watch movies by real masters that we are all complex animals. We are mixed bags with strengths and weaknesses, blind spots and inconsistencies. That’s part of what makes us unpredictable and endlessly interesting.”
Ron Randall recently posted a brief essay about Creating Characters You Can Live With over on the Trekker Blog. Click through to read the whole story!
Once again Jeff Parker and Paul Tobin are tearing it up with a slew of new releases.
First up is the twisted conclusion to Tobin’s horror series COLDER, with artist Juan Ferrerya continuing to deliver stunningly creepy artwork. Read a 5-page preview on the Dark Horse site, or simply buy the comic as fast as you can!
Not to be outdone, Jeff Parker has three new stories in stores this week!
Go feast your eyes on Red She-Hulk #63 (here’s a preview), Legends of the Dark Knight #6 (with Gabriel Hardman), and Willow: Wonderland #5 (with Christos Gage). If you’re daunted by the number of titles, Jim Dougan has submitted this helpful video tutorial on how to approach your local comic vendor and get “all the Parker.”