Monday, April 29, 2013

Art Academy Students and Lots of New Lunchers

Lots of new faces this week. Long time lunch attender Elizabeth Neal brought some her her awesome Art Academy students by. We also saw a couple new pro faces. It is great to see new art!

Several of the students next to Pam
First timer Anisha

Friday, April 26, 2013

Illustrator News: Maurice Mattei's Photo's of Italy in Positive Magazine

Maurice says:

Much thanks to Sam & Suzanne and the others at POSITIVE MAGAZINE for running my Italian photographs in the Photo Essay section of their great publication. Attached are a few of the photos they included. Look up the magazine to see the rest. It will soon be on the stands at Joseph-Beth and Barnes & Noble and by subscription. Some of the photos can also be viewed on-line at the following

To see the entire collection, go to the following:

Comic Con at the Cincinnati Public Library May 5th

Public Library’s first Comic Con is May 5

Event includes panel discussion, free comic books, costumed characters, and awards ceremony
Comic book fans assemble! It’s time for the first Comic Con event Sunday, May 5, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. in the atrium at the Main Library. The Library is joining forces with Arcadian Comics & Games and the Friends of the Public Library to present an afternoon filled with a comic book swap, booths, a comic book exhibit, a panel discussion with writers and illustrators, the Comic Con Drawing Contest award ceremony, the opportunity to take pictures with your favorite characters (Stormtroopers, Mandalorian Mercs, X-Men characters and more), and free comic books in celebration of Free Comic Book Day. Call 513-369-6900 or visit
Panel Discussion is at 1:30 p.m. in the Reading Garden Lounge

Moderator Jeff Suess — Local author: Animaniacs (No. 46), winner of the Strange New Worlds writing competition, short stories in Strange New Worlds IV, Mon Coeur Mort, and Torn Realities

David Michael Beck — Local illustrator: Star Wars, Jonah Hex, Justice League of America, etc.   
Chris Charlton — Owner of Assailant Comics and the writer of Binary Gray
Tim Fuller — Local illustrator: Hooha Comics, Twelve-Way with Cheese, and Zombie Marge web comic, a finalist for the 2012 S.P.A.C.E. award for best webcomic
Ken Henson — Local artist and a professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. His credits include Splendid-Lite and Splendid-Darke
Mike Maydak — Local illustrator: The Blackbeard Legacy and 1782: the Year of Blood
Tony Moore — Local illustrator: The Walking Dead, Deadpool, Battle Pope, etc.
Carol Tyler —Local artist, writer, and professor. She is the recipient of an Eisner award and her latest graphic novel, You’ll Never Know: Soldier’s Heart, made’s “cosmic comics” list. Her credits include A Graphic Memoir, Drawn & Quarterly, Late Bloomer, You’ll Never Know, etc. Her comic strip Tomatoes appears in Cincinnati Magazine.
Brian Williams —Local creator and writer at Raven Hammer Comics. Credits include Lucius Hammer)

The Main Library is at 800 Vine St. Call 513-369-6900 or visit
FRIENDS’ SHOP: The Friends of the Public Library Shop will be open during Comic Con. Merchandise available includes graphic novels, superhero toys and games, and superhero-themed Mighty Wallets (pictured left).
Presenting partners: Friends of the Public Library, and Arcadian Comics & Games.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Chris Sickels Interviewed on Your Dreams My Nightmares Podcast

Really nice, long interview with Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio on the Your Dreams My Nightmares podcast.

I have posted a couple links before to different interviews on the site and this one is really good, particularly if some of the interviews in the past seemed a bit NYC-centic for one's taste.

He talks about going to the Art Academy, working in Cincinnati and Indiana, other Cincinnati illustrators C.F. Payne and Loren Long, and his brief stay in LA for a couple years.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Illustrator News: Carol Tyler Gets Four Eisner Nominations!

Carol Tyler is up for 4 Eisner Awards! Great news! Congratulations!

Best Reality-Based Work
  • Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert (Center for Cartoon Studies/Disney Hyperion)
  • The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, by Frank M. Young and David Lasky (Abrams ComicArts)
  • A Chinese Life, by Li Kunwu and P. Ôtié (Self Made Hero)
  • The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, by Julia Wertz (Koyama Press)
  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo & Me, by Ellen Forney (Gotham Books)
  • You’ll Never Know, Book 3: A Soldier’s Heart, by C. Tyler (Fantagraphics)
Best Graphic Album—New
  • Building Stories, by Chris Ware (Pantheon)
  • Goliath, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)
  • The Hive, by Charles Burns (Pantheon)
  • Unterzakhn, by Leela Corman (Schocken)
  • You’ll Never Know, Book 3: A Soldier’s Heart, by C. Tyler (Fantagraphics)
Best Writer/Artist
  • Charles Burns, The Hive (Pantheon)
  • Gilbert Hernandez, Love and Rockets New Stories, vol. 5 (Fantagraphics)
  • Jaime Hernandez, Love and Rockets New Stories, vol. 5 (Fantagraphics)
  • Luke Pearson, Hilda and the Midnight Giant, Everything We Miss (Nobrow)
  • C. Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Book 3: A Soldier’s Heart (Fantagraphics)
  • Chris Ware, Building Stories (Pantheon)
Best Lettering
  • Paul Grist, Mudman (Image)
  • Troy Little, Angora Napkin 2: Harvest of Revenge (IDW)
  • Joseph Remnant, Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland (Zip Comics/Top Shelf)
  • C. Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Book 3: A Soldier’s Heart (Fantagraphics)
  • Chris Ware, Building Stories (Pantheon)

Buy the book here:

Monday, April 8, 2013

Illustrator News: Jared Lee

Closer to home, Jared Lee's book Pluto Visits Earth is up for Third Grade to Fourth Grade Book of the Year in the Children’s Choice Book Awards.

Vote here:

Jon Klassen Interview

Jon Klassen used to be an artist at Dreamworks and also worked on the movie Coraline.

More recently, he has illustrated children's books and just won a Caldecott Award for This Is Not My Hat.

Since so many of us are animation fans and illustrate children's books, I thought some may enjoy listening.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Illustrator News: Chris Sickels

Art Academy grad Chris Sickels of Red Nose Studio is doing a workshop at the Society of Illustrators in New York City on April 20th:

This is from the last workshop:

Road trip anyone?

Illustrator News: Reuben Nominees

Daryll Collins and Jim Borgman are both up for Reuben awards.

The winners will be announced Saturday, May 25th at the Reuben Awards dinner in Pittsburgh, PA.

Jerry will be there for the event and promises picture and a full report.

Books by the Banks

Books by the Banks is a great book festival every year. Right now, the 2013 show is open to submissions from illustrators and authors, so if you have a book out this year...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Buddha Board Fish

A friend loaned me their Buddha Board to practice on and this was my best fish after playing with it for an hour or so.  I won't go into all the details here, but if you are interested you can read and see more on my blog - Nessy Designs.  I loved playing with this, and it is super green-- all you need is a brush and a little water, and no paper waste!