Sunday, April 29, 2012

Free Comic Book Day - Saturday May 5

Dave Jackson of Rockin' Rooster Comics and Games asked that I remind everyone that this Saturday is the National Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)

The industry started this as a way to bring the enjoyment of comics to the masses (and hopefully drum up some new business).  There are a variety of different titles available that vary by store owners.  Rockin' Rooster plans to have 60 different titles available, and allow each person to take up to 5 books. 
In addition to the free books, Rockin' Rooster will have rooms coverted to "Artist Alley" with tables setup for the visiting dignitaries.  According to Dave, "We normally have about 15 or so special guests, and some have reported decent sales and contacts during the event.  This year (so far) we have David Michael Beck; Bill Grapes, writer and artist on "The Infernal Fyre Dragon" ; Rod Fyke, artist and writer on "Peanut, Puddin' & Jelly" for Hazzum Productions" among others
Time:  Varies by store

Participating Local Retailers:

5000 Glenway Ave
Cincinnati, OH, 45238


6101 Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH, 45213


2105 Beachmont
Cincinnati, OH, 45230


627 Monmouth Street
Newport, KY, 41071


8522 Winton Road
Cincinnati, OH, 45231

7607 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, OH, 45321

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Illustrator News: Will Hillenbrand

Will Hillenbrand will be interviewed by Channel 9's Tanya O'Rourke at 12:40.

He will also be signing books tomorrow at Blue Marble in Fort Thomas from 4-5:30

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Jerry Dowling mentioned in NY Times Article

Lost Occupation, Lost Art as Sports Cartooning Declines is an article in today's New York Times that mentions our own Jerry Dowling.  Though we have known Jerry has been lost for a while.

From the article.

There were others, of course: Leo O’Mealia, who preceded Gallo at The Daily News, and Bruce Stark, who was also at The News; Karl Hubenthal at The Los Angeles Examiner; John Pierotti of The New York Post and Thomas Paprocki of The New York Sun; Dick Dugan at The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Lou Darvas at The Cleveland Press; Jerry Dowling of The Cincinnati Enquirer; and Murray Olderman of the syndicated Newspaper Enterprise Association.

Long before the recent contraction in the newspaper industry, editors began to view sports cartoonists as vestiges of a bygone era and as budgetary luxuries.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Illustrator News: Jared Lee

Jared Lee's book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick is 5th on the PW bestseller list! Congratulations!

Sneak Peek: Why the Possum Has a Large Grin

Here is a sneak peek of the book I illustrated and written by Johnette Downing. It is about a naive deer and not so nice possum and hilarity ensues.

Out in the fall!

Here is an interior sketch peek:

Wow! The last post on this blog was Friday the 13th. Broke the curse... (I hope...)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Illustrator News: Ursula Roma Show Final Friday at Venue 222

More info here:

Opens April 27th 6-10pm

Sketch Journal Workshop

Vanessa and I are going to a sketch journal in Taos, NM in June in a program sponsored by the Art Academy. I just heard the other day that there is still space available if anyone else wants to go.

This is the itinerary:

Sketchbook & Journal Workshop with Amy Bogard at the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, New Mexico
(Extended to 4 days this year) June 17 – June 21, 2012!
$1175 per person (double occupancy)
$1365 if you prefer a (single occupancy)
Workshop Includes:
• 4 days/5 nights lodging,
• Breakfast and Lunch on workshop days,
plus breakfast on the day of departure.
• Meet local Taos artists
• Visit Historic Taos sites, artists studio visits all set to inspire your creative journey
• Amy Bogard’s sketchbook & journaling techniques
• Amy Bogard’s 3-week lead-up instruction (to prepare students for the class)*
  email Amy directly!
Should be a lot of fun. 

Here is a link to some of the previous work done at the workshop:

A cool but unrelated sketch journal link: