Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jerry Dowling Interview

Jerry Dowling has a radio interview on radio Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. with Mike Martini of WMKV 89.3 FM about his Hollywood book and Books by the Banks.

Marjane Satrapi will be at CCAD October 21st

 From the CCAD website:
Marjane Satrapi
Graphic Novelist & Filmmaker
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium (map it)
Bestselling graphic novelist and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi is the author of Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, as well as Persepolis 2, Embroideries, Chicken with Plums, and several children’s books. Satrapi co-directed the animated feature film adaptation of Persepolis, which was nominated for Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA awards.
This program is free and open to the public. If you would like to support programs like this, please donate any amount online (choose the "exhibitions and visiting artists & scholars" option).



Anyone want to carpool??

Monday, September 29, 2014

Carol Tyler Lecture

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 7:00-8:00 pm, the Carnegie offers a rare opportunity to hear Cincinnati’s CAROL TYLER, noted cartoonist, give a free public presentation based on her graphic novel, You’ll Never Know.   Her talk will be of special interest to those in art, graphics,  writing,  comics,  and have relevancy for veterans,  families of veterans  and  health professionals concerned with PTSD.
Come early to view Carol Tyler’s installation, “Pages from the Graphic Novel, You’ll Never Know,” and the entire exhibit of which it is a part, With and Without: Challenges, in the Carnegie Gallery.  Then enjoy her special presentation in the Carnegie Theater.   Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this amazing and highly regarded cartoonist, artist and writer.           

Grant Opportunities from People's Liberty

People’s Liberty is offering grant money and opportunities to individuals with innovative and disruptive ideas for the Cincinnati community.

Learn about pitching your creative business here on the latest Creative Juice podcast: http://thejuicecast.com/22-money-innovation-disruption/

You can apply for grants up to $100,000 and some include storefront/office space.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Classes: Jim Effler Teaching at Women's Art Club

 Jim Effler will teach his approach to painting using photos manipulated in Photoshop to follow classical principles such as establishing shadow and light, match colors, block in areas of color, and more. Part of the time you will be using Photoshop, but the majority of the time will be painting, and the end product will be a painting.
Students will need oil painting supplies and a canvas, specifics to come later.A laptop with Photoshop is recommended, but arrangements can be made if you do not have them. A digital camera is optional; printer and paper will be provided.


Animation Movie Night: Boxtrolls

If anyone is interested, we are meeting at the Cinemark in Oakley to see Laika's new animated film The Boxtrolls on Tuesday, September 30th at 7:05.

The movies are $5.50 on Tuesdays.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Beginning next week, I will be teaching evening classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati downtown. On the 1st, it's a Photoshop class and on the 6th, it's a brand new Illustrator class. Sign up right away please before the open slots fill up. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Expense of Comic Conventions

This blog post from Denise Dorman has caused quite a stir:


Some reposts of the blog have taken it out of context with the more sensational headline:

Denise Dorman Asks – Is Cosplay Killing Comic Con?

When the true title of the blog is

The Hidden TRUTH About Comic Book Convention Earnings: For Creators, Have Comic Book Conventions JUMPED THE SHARK?

I am not sure why it was worded this way when reblogged except to start a false argument with cosplayers.

The real issue is
the price of having a table and going to many cons in recent years has gotten crazy expensive!

I am curious what people who regularly show art at these show think. Denise says that it costs them $7000 to have a booth at SDCC. That is a CRAZY amount of money and I am not even sure it includes the cost of printing materials to sell and the booth banners, display materials etc.

I have talked to a lot of artists with a wide range of booth/comic/art types and it seems like the real issue is that before any of the other costs associated with a con, you have to pay a ton of cash for a table or a booth.

A convention like Mid-Ohio con for example used to charge $50 for an artist table. That has ballooned to at least $300 (maybe higher now; someone correct me) without any of the other costs.

After the artist has paid for the booth, the attendees that buy art have already spent a large amount on tickets, parking, hotel and food that has also skyrocketed in recent years. That means a huge reduction in sales.

One con I used to go to regularly was GenCon. I always had good sales there even though the art room was not on the main floor at the time. I thought the newer setup with the artists on the floor in booths would mean much better sales but when I asked my brother and his wife who attended the whole con several weeks ago if they scoped the art tables, they said they never even went to the art section of the dealers room!

I chastised them appropriately but I want to hear about what artists in town who still go to a lot of conventions think about the current situation.

I think a lot of people are going to the smaller alternative comic conventions (SPACE in Columbus is reasonable (for fans and artists) and easily my favorite convention).

It seems like many artists are turning to the alternative press shows. At TCAF in May, it CRAZY crowded. But, there is no entrance fee and I bought a lot of great comics.


Monday, September 22, 2014

New Book Out! Macarooned on a Dessert Island!

My latest book, Macarooned on a Dessert Island by Johnette Downing is finally out from Pelican Publishing!

I will be at several book festivals signing them this year including Books By the Banks.

Here are some of my favorite spreads:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Illustrator News: Matt Hamby Rhinegiest Entry

 Matt Hamby says: I need your vote!

My mural of the 2 Birds is now finished at Rhinegiest. Please vote for my mural as the favorite by liking the photo shared from the Rhinegeist page. Thanks for the support!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Illustrator News: Jim Effler Signing Posters

Jim Effler signing his posters
Jim Effler will be signing copies of his awesome poster at the Hudepohl 14k Brewery Run tomorrow September 20th.


The man pictured in the poster is Ludwig Hudepohl.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I need your VOTES! to help me win some Martha Stewart promotion!

Hey everyone! My designs made it into the finalist category. Now I need your help! Please VOTE! If you dig my work, I'd appreciate your vote! Just hit the vote button under my name on the link! You can vote up to 6 times per day - at the same time. Voting goes till October 13. So please share with your friends to help my chances! Also watch the video contained on the Martha Stewart page that shows my process. Kinda fun.
Thank you!!!


Back in Town

I just got back in town from a 2 week trip to Romania so should be sending the lunch emails out regularly.

Next week will be at Parker's Blue Ash Tavern. Hope to see you there!

Loren Long at Blue Manatee on September 20th

Loren Long will be signing Otis and the Scarecrow at Blue Manatee this Saturday at 2:00pm.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Soapbox Media Article featuring Cincinnati Illustrators Blog

Hey guys! In case you missed it, here is the article that Soapbox Media is running on The Cincinnati Illustrators Blog! It does a great job of highlighting the group!
Christina Wald

Girl Powered Part 2: 9 More Cincy Blogs to Follow

“The Illustrators Lunch is a weekly event started by a group of illustrators (including C. F. Payne, John Maggard, David Michael Beck and others) over 20 years ago (many years before I was involved),” says Christina Wald, moderator of Cincinnati Illustrators Blog. (read more)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Illustration for Earbud Theater podcast

I did this piece as cover art for a full-cast audio play, Escape! (The End of Humanity Song), by Nicholas Thurkettle. You can listen to the audio play here at Earbud Theatre.

Lifehacker illustration

An quick illustration I did for Lifehacker.com

Two new Reditorial Cartoons

These are the two most recent Reditorial Cartoons for WCPO.com

Friday, September 5, 2014

Carol Tyler Installation and Presentation at the Carnegie Gallery

Carol Tyler will be exhibiting an installation at the Carnegie Gallery in Covington. The address is 1028 Scott Boulevard, Covington, KY 41011.

 The opening is today Friday, September 5th, 2014 from 5:30 - 9:00. The title of the show is "With and Without: Challenges" and runs until November 1, 2014.
Carol Tyler's installation is titled, "Pages from the Graphic Novel You'll Never Know" and below is a photo of her installation in progress.

Carol Tyler's presentation will occur Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Hey Everyone,

I have great job opportunity for any young artists out there that are looking for a fun job that requires them to use their talents all day, every day doing art and getting paid for it.

I am losing another artist to the UC DAAP Co-op program....which of course is great news for her and we are very proud of her.....but that leaves us with an open artist position.

So if you know any one or are in a teaching position or similar job that posting this flyer is a possibility for them to see, I would truly appreciate it.


Celebrating 23 years of Business in Cincinnati!!
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