Monday, February 27, 2017

CIVIC MINDED

POLITICS
It's almost spring in New York City. Usually during this time of thaw one can smell a hint of all the defrosted dog droppings left over the winter by dog-walkers to inconvenienced to stoop over while wearing all those sweaters and jackets. But this year the stronger scent of politics wafts through our town. 

Here are a couple of gag cartoons that are science and health inspired while still evoking thoughts of country and (obliquely) economy. "Enjoy!" (Ha.)



Thursday, January 19, 2017

AWESOME POSSUM!

IT'S HERE!
The cover of Awesome Possum volume 3     

I got my copy of Awesome Possum volume 3 in the mail yesterday. It is over 300 pages of natural history goodness! Stephen Bissette (yes that Stephen Bissette) inked the cover designed by Angela Boyle. Angela also happens to be the editor.


Surprise! Cats like birds and squirrels.

My contribution is a sketch of an anatomized opossum and a shark (each on the subway) as well as A Pictorial Anatomy of the Denizens of Manhattan's East Village, Gramercy Park, and Stuyvesant Town. Yes it's a bit wordy but I like old pamphlets with titles that take up the entire cover. 


This project gave me an excuse to buy A Dissection Guide and Atlas to the Rat and a couple of tomes on vertebrate anatomy.

Friday, January 6, 2017

UNICORN DISSECTION

SOME DAYS I CAN'T HELP MYSELF
And why should I? 
Here is a view of the retroperitoneal organs of the Unicorns abdominal cavity. 
I have no idea if horses have a peritoneum and this unicorn definitely did not.
I was browsing through one of my favorite reference sites, Historical Anatomies On The Web, and found myself once again engrossed in the equine anatomical illustrations by Carlo Ruini from Anatomia del cavallo, infermita, et suoi rimedii. I LOVE THIS GUY! I know this sounds nutty, but the illustrations of cadaveric horses are so.... alive! According to Historical Anatomies... the woodcut images were rumored (not confirmed) to be drafted by someone from Titian's workshop. They are quite beautiful. I am referencing the 1618 edition.

Ruin's title page

Comparative anatomy is very interesting. Usually I compare humans to animals but this time I thought of the substantial internal differences one might find in the anatomy of horses and unicorns. Who am I to passively worship  beauty when I can manipulate it into something whimsical and grotesque? 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

INJURY PREVENTION WORKSHOP AT CXC

DRAWING WITH (NO) PAIN!

Yes, this weekend I will be (re)covering Drawing With No Pain! workshop at Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (aka CXC). You may have been to my First Aid for Drawing Injuries, and/or No Back Pain! or other workshops, but I think this one is the most important because..

  • I take you through the groundwork of setting up a regular injury prevention practice.
  • We explore different types of injuries, 
  • ...go over guidelines on when to see a doctor,
  • ...start to think of ourselves as "cartoonist-athletes",
  • ...and practice some simple movements and stretches that may help improve posture and relieve stress on joints.
This is the very least of it. I know it's only an hour, but you'd be surprised how much material we can pack into that small amount of time.


The workshop is on Friday October 14 at 11:00 AM. Address is below.

Oh yeah, IT'S FREE!

Come on by the Will Eisner Seminar Room in the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

Oh, yeah, I will be selling my mega-mini comics (No)Pain! Injury Prevention For Cartoonists, and First Aid for Drawing Injuries at the downtown brach of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Saturday and Sunday October 15-16. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

BRAND NEW COMICS FOR MY FIRST CXC

WHERE WILL YOUR UTERUS BE THIS WEEKEND?
Get it this weekend at CXC!
Mine will be in Columbus Ohio for the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus fest. We (my uterus and I) will be presenting the workshop "Drawing with (No)Pain! Injury Prevention for Cartoonists" on Friday, October 14, 11:00 AM at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum guess what it's about? 

And when we're not wandering around the floor, checking out all the incredible work that will be there, you will find my uterus and I in anchorage at our exhibitor table with my spouse, the incredible R. Sikoryak.


Female pathologic anatomy in Medieval Europe.

THE WANDERING UTERUS
Why all the uterus talk? Because I will be debuting my latest mini comic, The Wandering Uterus (Furor Uterinus) and Contemporary Applications of Ancient Medical Wisdom. Yes, it's a long title but that's what I do!


The uterus at rest where it is happiest!

This "parchment," full color, 5.5" w x 8.5" h, 12-page (including covers) mini comic explores a diagnostic standard of women's medicine that was honored by the medical profession, across the (known) world for millennia! Learn about the scope of diseases caused by the wandering uterus! Learn ancient treatments of this malady! Witness one woman's (my) attempt to use this ancient wisdom for her own symptom relief!

The inspiration for this tome came from the book Perilous Chastity by Laurinda S. Dixon. She has a fascinating list of publications in her CV. I think Perilous Chastity is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of women's health and art. 

What?!? You can't get to Columbus, OH this weekend? Well, you'll have to wait until later this month to purchase the Wandering Uterus through Birdcage Bottom Books.

Monday, September 19, 2016

THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL

CAN YOU DRAW THE MEANING OF LIFE?

The answer is "Yes!" 

The question above was the title of a panel I moderated for the Brooklyn Book Festival yesterday (9/18/16). Although we could have saved a lot of time with a monosyllabic answer, it was so much more interesting to see what panelists Tom Hart (Rosalie Lightning), Cyril Pedrosa (Equinoxes), and Lauren Redniss (Thunder and Lightning) had to say about it.

GOING DEEP

All three books tackle big topics and provoke big questions about art, death, loss, and more. Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart is a memoire of his daughter, her tragic death, and his love for her. Tom is an expert story-teller. His black and white images are so expressive that I could not get through the book without weeping.


Cyril Pedrosa's book Equinoxes just came out in English (yay!) It is a cyclic story taking place over a year and  over millennia. The book follows separate characters through significant and insignificant moments in their lives. The drawing and the writing reflect one another in their thoughtful and loving (yes loving) detail.


Thunder And Lightning, written and drawn by Lauren Redniss is a vibrant form of reportage that uses weather and the elements as a touchstone for relating histories, interviews, and stories about the ecological, personal, economic, and political effects of weather. Instead of using the traditional comics panel format, Lauren arranges her text in and next to her images in absorbing two page spreads. It is fascinating. 

FINDING CONNECTIONS
The three artist/authors had thoughtful and interesting things to say about some of the themes in their work (art, death, loss, etc.) I'm going to write about the topic of Art and leave it there.

Pedrosa

If I was to synopsize (and I was!) the conversation... Cyril has a respect and love of art and the creative process that manifests in Equinoxes as 1) the presentations of creativity (painting, sculpture, singing) in the environments of his story and 2) the incorporation of art making (photography) and its meaning into the fabric of the story.

Redniss


Lauren includes a chapter on the interrelation of artist (writer), environment, and economy with her chapter on Thoreau, his thoughts on living and writing, and his stay at Walden Pond. She provides us with a mood and environment that was important to Thoreau and his writing. She gives us an intimate experience of his influences.

Hart

The ways in which art/comics are a part of Tom's life are inextricable from his and Rosalie's story. He and his wife Lela Corman are cartoonists. For Tom drawing is work, fun, "therapy" and more. His story of grieving shows us how cartoonists use elements of their work organically for their own emotional and spiritual survival.

...And that was only a tiny part of a whole conversation. I'm so lucky to have been involved in this panel!





Monday, August 8, 2016

ANATOMICAL TRIANGLES - Love Stories

SOME DAY THIS WILL BE A MINICOMIC
Use this image to refer back to as you read the torrid stories below.

You can't imaging this image and the word "torrid" belonging together? Read on!